Ten main issues which received media attention one year ago today

A glimpse into the past


16 July 2018

1. PM Wickremesinghe finally acknowledges the Economy has collapsed: says there is no money in circulation in the entire country: asserts huge drop in sale of consumer goods: also says agriculture has suffered a massive decline

2. Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says no Government has given as much support to the farmer, as the current Government

3. European Union says No to death penalty in Sri Lanka: reminds Government that Sri Lanka voted in favour of a worldwide moratorium on death penalty: Heads of Missions expected to "convey their displeasure" to the President shortly 

4. Prison authorities prepare a list of 18 death row inmates for hanging for submission for President Maithripala Sirisena's signature

5. Gazette issued removing the Glyphosate ban: Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne says Glyphosate ban cannot be removed without a Cabinet decision to do so: Ven Athureliye Rathana Thera says he will lead a popular agitation against the lifting of the ban 

6. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa demands that the Government deals with the massive drug menace without any further delay

7. Army Commander Lt. General Mahesh Senanayake says the Army is not closing down any camp but will be "right-sizing": The Commander was given a further one year extension of service by President Sirisena a few days ago 

8. Specialist at Women's Hospital at Castle Street Dr Sanath Lanerolle says he believes at least 1000 illegal abortions are carried out daily in the country

9. All bakeries country-wide to increase prices of all bakery products other than bread by Rs.5 per item

10. President leaves for Rome for a very important conference on Forest Conservation: Rome was once governed by Emperor Nero who played the fiddle while the City burned

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