No pomp and pageantry for Maithripalas second anniversary

The second anniversary of President Maithripala Sirisena’s inauguration in office will be celebrated on 08th January 2017 without pomp and pageantry.Media Minister Gayantha Karunatillake said that all public institutions have been instructed to commence projects that can be implemented immediately under the 2017 budget proposals. He said that development activities that are more fruitful to the public will also commence in line with the celebration. (Colombo Gazette)

Average US price of gas down 3 cents per gallon

CAMARILLO, Calif. — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has dropped 3 cents per gallon (3.8 litres) over the past three weeks to $2.63.The price is 20 cents lower than what it was in mid-July.However, industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday she expects the trend to reverse after Saturday’s drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s key oil processing facility.There was no immediate impact on global oil prices from the attacks as markets were closed for the weekend, but analysts anticipate a price spike when markets reopen Monday.The highest average price in the nation is $3.62 a gallon in the San Francisco Bay Area.The lowest average is $2.11 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.The average price of diesel is down a penny since August 23, to $2.99 per gallon.The Associated Press