The Day Brief of November 17,2017

1. Deputy Minister Harsha de Silva reaffirms Sri Lanka’s “very firm commitment” to highly controversial UN Resolution 30/1 which was based on the flawed assumption that 40,000 deaths occurred at the final stages of the war, at the Human Rights Council in Geneva
2. Another massive bombshell at the Bond Comm: Hundreds of telephone calls between UNP COPE “Foot-note” members, Sujeewa Senasinge, Hector Appuhamy, Ajith P Perera and Harshana Rajakaruna with Arjuna Aloysius, while COPE inquiry was continuing; Beleaguered Former Minister Ravi Karunanayake and his family spoke to Perpetual Treasuries’ Arjuna Aloysius, over 700 times
3. Former Governor Arjuna Mahendran’s phone records show many calls to Perpetual Treasuries’ CEO Palisena, Public Debt Dept officials and others connected to the issue of Bonds;
4. UNP, SLPP, JVP, CaFFE, and PAFFREL oppose Petition challenging Local Government gazette: key supporters of SLFP Ministers, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene, Dilan Perera and Dayasiri Jayasekara, among the Plaintiffs trying to postpone the elections by filing the Petition, says Joint Opposition
5. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says debt obtained by current government during last 3 years was Rs.2,773 billion, increasing Public Debt from Rs.7,391 billion in 2014 to Rs.10,164 by 30th June 2017; says it is the MS/RW administration that has placed the country in a Debt-trap
6. President Sirisena declares open Shangri-La Colombo; a project commenced during the Rajapaksa administration
7. Former JVP Presidential Candidate, Nandana Gunatilleke appointed UNP Organizer for Panadura
8. Telecommunication Regulatory Authority takes unprecedented step of issuing a warning to general public not to “insult, slander, promote hatred, or character-assassinate using social media, telephone, short messages, etc; banning of a certain website continues
9. Farmers protest about Sevanagala Sugar factory being returned to UNP Minister Daya Gamage
10. Northern Province Education Minister S Sarveshvaran refuses to hoist National Flag at school function

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