The Day Brief of January 8, 2018

1. President Sirisena due to commission USD 400 million Moragahakanda Hydo-electricity and Irrigation reservoir commenced in 2009, today: also due to commission USD 31 million Rajagiriya Fly-over which was conceived, planned and funds allocated in 2013

2. Transparency International requests Government not to use Rajagiriya Fly-over for electioneering purposes

3. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says a Commission needs to be appointed to search for the development work done by the UNP-SLFP Government after borrowing several trillions of Rupees

4. PM Wickremesinghe says that an investigation must be conducted into the Treasury Bond issues between 2008 and 2014: Analysts note that the massive Bond Scams which caused losses of around Rs. 1 Trillion, occurred in 2015 and 2016: Former President Rajapaksa says the Bond Scam loss resulted in higher taxes on the public: Total tax of Rs.1 Trillion in 2014 increases to Rs.2 Trillion in 2018

5. Respected writer Sanja de Silva Jayatilake says citizens’ justice likely to be meted out for the perpetrators of the “mother of all scams”

6. Ten tuskers killed in the past two months

7. Farmers who are suffering from the acute shortage of fertilizer say farmers who wash off their mud, are now not fit to be kings, but fit only to beg on the streets

8. Large advertisements extolling the virtues of the UNP-SLFP Government placed in today’s newspapers by President’s office, and Ministries of Mahaweli Development and Environment, Ports, Samurdhi Development, Irrigation and Water Management

9. Controversey brewing in the Insurance industry which complains that overseas companies are illegally holding themselves out as Insurance Brokers

10. NFF leader MP Wimal Weerawansaa says beleaguered Former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake being sacrificed cannot atone for the Bond Scam: Ravi Karunanayake says he is as “clean” as PM Ranil Wickremesinghe

Have a “squeaky clean” Monday

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