The Day Brief of November 30, 2017

1. Rains and gale force winds that the Meteorology Department assured will not occur two days ago, wrecks havoc: flights diverted to Mattala airport: power interrupted: landslide warnings in 6 districts: Police placed on stand-by

2. Massive fraud estimated between USD 50 and 100 million, uncovered by COPE involving the cancellation of the lease of aircraft for Sri Lankan Airlines

3. Motion filed by Attorney General as “matter of grave urgency” calling for the vacation of the interim order against the Gazette on the delimitation of Local Bodies, will not be taken up by the Court of Appeal today

4. Court of Appeal grants interim relief to former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa by suspending the certificate issued by the FCID: Order says that prima facie there has been no misappropriation under the Public Property Act

5. Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna pays further deposits in Nawalapitiya, Pasbage Korale, Matale, Nuwara Eliya, and Lindula

6. Former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal says “amerteurish government has swallowed IMF advice to increase tax”: says this government in its first two and a half years has increased Public Debt by Rs.2,777 billion

7. Yesterday’s protests: Disabled security forces, Inland Revenue officials, Tamil teacher assistants

8. Minister Naveen Dissanayake says “rouges must be caught and imprisoned, but we need to search for evidence”

9. President Sirisena says in Korea that he will not betray the country: 6 Cabinet Ministers, Dr Sarath Amunugama, Tilak Marapana, Daya Gamage, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Malik Samarawikrama and Thalatha Atukorale accompany him

10. PM Wickremesinghe says he will advance Sri Lanka’s position as the best sweets manufacturer in South Asia
Have a sweet Thursday

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