The Day Brief of December 29, 2017

1. President Sirisena who dissolved Parliament one day before the vital COPE Report on the Bond Scam was to be presented in Parliament, says he will not spare even his kith and kin to clean up politics: EPDP leader Douglas Devananda and CWC leader Arumugam Thondaman stand by his side

2. Another Minister added to the world’s largest Cabinet of Ministers: UPFA MP Piyasena Gamage sworn in as State Minister of Law and Order by President Sirisena

3. Sri Lanka continues to enjoy the lowest maternal deaths record in South Asia

4. Group of Jaffna-based lawyers file petition to prevent the last rites of the late Chief Incumbent of the Jaffna Sri Naga Viharaya, Ven. Meegahajandure Gnanaratana Thero being performed at the Jaffna Fort Sports ground: Jaffna Magistrate disallows petition

5. UNP rebel MP Wijayadasa Rajapakshe resigns from Constitutional Council: does not cite reasons

6. Outstation students obtain best results at GCE Advanced Level examination this year

7.Mahajana Eksath Peramuna Vice Chairman Somaweera Chandrasiri joins President Sirisena: Former Deputy Minister Nimal Lansa joins Joint Opposition

8. Russian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yury B Materiy says there was no connection between recent bans on Ceylon Tea and Russian Asbestos

9. Former Governor of the Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal says economic growth has crashed over the past three years – 2015 to 2017, with negligible investment, and that per capita income has been stagnant at the same level as that of 2014

10. Governor of the Central Bank Dr Indrajith Coomaraswamy says economy on a “better footing for the New Year”: Economic growth for 2017 expected to be at its lowest in a decade: Inflation moving to double-digits: Debt to GDP ratio nears 90%

Have an make-believe Friday

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