The Day Brief of January 03, 2018

1. Major Financial system shock: Central Banks stops withdrawals of deposits by Depositors in two Finance Companies (ETI Finance Ltd and Swarnamahal
Financial Services Ltd) for 6 months: says it is to “safeguard” the Depositors whose withdrawals are withheld: Places companies under 3-member expert panel

2. National Venereal Diseases and Prevention of AIDS project report says there are 7,500 persons “identified as gays in Sri Lanka”: report also indicates large number of patients suffering from AIDS and VD are from Colombo, Gampaha, Galle, Kalutara and Kurunegala

3. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa launches election campaign of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna contesting under the “Pohottuwa” (Lotus Bud) symbol: says his photograph belongs to the “Pohottuwa”, although all want it

4. Grandson of G G Ponnambalam and son of Kumar, Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam describes LTTE terrorist leader Prabhakaran as “Tamil National Leader” at a TV programme

5. MP Namal Rajapaksa says the illegal Financial Crimes Investigation Department (FCID) is also committing Financial Crimes, and is being used to take political revenge: says that no sooner a new Government is in power, all these misdeeds will be fully investigated and the miscreants punished

6. Foundation Stone laid by Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Chinese President Xi Jing Ping at a historic ceremony marking the commencement of the Port City Project, removed by “unknown” persons and found a “new home” at the bottom of the Indian ocean

7. Final report of Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing serious acts of Fraud and Corruption (PRECIFAC) handed over to President Sirisena: President Sirisena due to make a statement on Bond Scam Report today

8. Government Medical Officers’ Association warns of plot to legalize medical degree awarded by SAITM: threatens to resume agitation

9. Fertilizer shortage leads to several Ministers expressing displeasure: UNP Deputy Leader and Minister Sajith Premadasa and SLFP General Secretary and Minister Duminda Dissanayake clash at Cabinet Meeting

10. Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Arjuna Ranatunga who was the Captain of the Sri Lanka Cricket Team in 1996 claims that he personally selected the players that constituted the world-cup winning team, although there were cricketers with better playing abilities at that time

Have a “well-safeguarded” Wednesday

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