The Day Brief of November 26, 2017

1. Elections Commission will go ahead with 93 local councils where there are no multi-member wards

2. Senior DIG, CID Ravi Samaraweera informs Police Commission that a Special Investigation Unit functioning directly under IGP Pujith Jayasundara is monitoring top Police Officers’ phone calls

3. Aloysius phone call storm rages: Rajitha says “we can talk to anyone”: Sujeewa says “nothing ethically wrong; my duty to protect UNP at COPE”: Dayasiri says “no need to tell anyone”

4. Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister instructs Provincial Fisheries Minister to take charge of entire fisheries activities in the Northern ocean strip

5. Central Bank says 3 ailing finance companies to be liquidated

6. Board of Investment notes that Foreign Direct Investments are on the decline after 2014, and is now seeking assistance from Harvard to promote foreign investments

7. Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa facing impending arrest on eve of official announcement of local government elections: Professor G L Pieris says that Joint Opposition will soon file action against individual police officers responsible for filing charges against government’s political opponents for unlawful arrest or detention, and claim damages for false imprisonment and malicious arrest

8. Cabinet Spokesman and key Yahapalana proponent, Minister Rajitha Senaratne says the law will be applied strictly to deal with journalists “resorting to sensationalism, distortion of facts, and use of disgraceful language”

9. UNP informed sources say a UNP-TNA Government will be formed if the SLFP gets together with the Joint Opposition

10. Sri Lanka in trouble in 2nd Cricket Test in Nagpur: Sri Lanka 205, India 312 for 2 wickets

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