The Day Brief of December 30, 2017

1. Massive new economic shock to herald New Year: USA’s GSP Tax concession stopped from 31st December 2017: Serious implications likely for Sri Lankan apparel exports, as US is Sri Lanka’s biggest apparel export market

2. UNP Deputy Minister Harsha de Silva, one of the greatest supporters of the GSP concession, now says the removal of GSP by the USA has no significant impact on Sri Lanka’s exports to the USA

3. President Sirisena says the Pakistan PM has promised to send 40,000 MT of fertilizer following telephone conversation with him: no disclosure as to whether the normal Governmental procurement procedures have been followed in this mega multi-million dollar procurement

4. Driver and Cleaner of the Bulldozer that razed the ancient Chaitiya at Sampur to the ground, badly injured in a motorcycle accident

5. Distribution of goods in open violation of Election laws, continues in 4 districts – Hambantota, Moneragala, Badulla and Gampaha: Elections Commission Chairman acknowledges he has received complaints, but no action taken yet

6. Wild elephant in Amparai in the Eastern Province dies by consuming huge quantities of Polythene

7. President Sirisena says he will hand over the leadership of the SLFP to an educated, intelligent youth who is engaged in clean, decent and corruption-free politics: Youthful UNP State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe recently asked why Presidential Commissions were not being appointed for Ships, Spectrum, and Advertising contracts scandals

8. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says Politicians may cross over, but not people

9. Sri Lanka’s new Cricket Coach Chandika Hathurusinghe bans music at training: says he needs “full control and responsibility to pick the playing eleven”

10. Bond Comm Report due to be handed over to the President today: In a New Year message, PM Wickremesinghe says he wishes for year of hope and courage

Have a hopeful and courageous Saturday

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