4ZZZ launched its glorious tradition of counting down listeners' 100 favourite songs on New Year's Day 1977. More than 10 years later, 2JJJ in Sydney (which employed many ex-Zed staff) began conducting its own Hot 100. Because 4ZZZ held the rights to the name Hot 100, there was a little bit of legal biffo when TripleJ became a national broadcaster, so they changed the name of their survey to the "Hottest 100".
Sri Lankan politicians vote to reduce presidential powers
215 out of 225 politicians approved a constitutional amendment yesterday to restore a two-term limit for presidents. The bill also removed the president's power to dissolve parliament; and to appoint judges, police and public officials.
The amendment rolls back changes made by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa after he successfully crushed the Tamil separatist uprising.
Rajapaska’s term in office is now the subject of corruption and human rights abuses investigations following his surprise defeat in January’s election. Justice Minister, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe says "This amendment marks a historic moment in Sri Lanka returning to a democracy.