The Day Brief of December 31, 2017

1. Although President Sirisena had claimed that he had spoken to “Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif” to arrange the import of 40,000 metric tons of urea, it is pointed out that Sharif had resigned as Prime Minister in July 2017, nearly 6 months ago: the present PM of Pakistan is Shahid Abassi

2. Another Minister set to join the world’s largest Cabinet of Ministers early in the New Year: Wimal Weerawansa’s NFF MP Weerakumara Dissanayake likely to be given Cabinet appointment by President Sirisena

3. Elections Watch Organisation Spokesman says 32 notorious criminals are among those who are contesting the upcoming Local Government elections: Kegalle district tops the list with 7, while Colombo has 5 and Gampaha 4

4. While UNP and SLFP are contesting separately at the Local Government elections, the Unity Government between the two Parties likely to continue after 1st January 2018

5. Bond Comm Report containing 1400 pages presented to President Sirisena by the Chairman of the Commission Justice K T Chitrasiri: President Sirisena expected to hand over the Report to the Attorney General’s Department for action

6. Contraversey over the payment of the cost pertaining to the wedding of 50 Chinese couples arranged by company owned by the brother of an influential advisor to the Tourism Minister: Tourism Promotion Bureau Chairman Udaya Nanayakkara refuses to pay the charges, although Tourism Minister recommends payment

7. Judges and State Law officers to get massive salary increases and new allowances

8. Twenty five bullet-proof cars used by Former Presidents J R Jayawardene, Chandika Kumaranatunge, and Mahinda Rajapaksa to be sunk in the deep ocean

9. Colombo Stock Exchange records marginal growth of 2.1% on a very low base, after contracting for two consecutive years, 2015 and 2016

10. President Sirisena shows new “management style” to deal with ever-increasing crises of the Government during the year: Appeals to Indian PM Modi to send Fuel: Beseeches Malaysian PM Najeeb and Thai PM Prayut to send rice: Implores Pakistan PM to send fertilizer: Pleads with Russian President Putin to lift Tea ban: likely to beg US President Trump to restore GSP

Have an “always-appealing” Sunday

Leave a Reply