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'SL to re-examine President's tax holiday'

July 21 (EN) Sri Lanka's will re-examine the income tax holiday granted to the President under the existing law, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said, with a new income tax bill proposing the sweeping away of ad hoc tax exemptions granted over the years. A central theme of the draft income tax law was to end the tax exemptions granted as favours to various people at various times, he said. more..

Pothas likens Sri Lanka to India

July 21 (C365) Pothas feels that Sri Lanka should look to emulate India’s approach to replacing superstars but it is plain to all but the most casual observer that the Islanders do not have the cricket infrastructure and base that their Asian rivals possess. India have an unending conveyor belt of talent drawn from a cricket mad populous of over a billion people, SL has a population of just over 20 million people and lack the facilities to ensure the best talent does not slip through their fingers. more..

Champika entrusted with clearing canals in Colombo

July 21 (DN) Minister Champika Ranawaka was entrusted with the task of clearing blocked canals in and around Colombo. The Cabinet Sub-Committee which met on Wednesday gave the full authority to Minister Ranawaka on this regard. Minister, who was previously given full authority to ensure proper and efficient garbage disposal in Colombo, could shoulder the task successfully in the last few weeks. The new assignment comes on the heels of this success.    more..

Video: Attempt to arrest MFSAC convener: GMOA complains to NPC

July 21 (DM) GMOA today complained to the National Police Commission saying some people under the guise of being police personnel in civvies had attempted to abduct the Medical Faculty Students Action Committee (MFSAC) convener Ryan Jayalath. It submitted the video footage and the pictures of the incident which took place at the premises of the Organisation of Professional Associations (OPA) yesterday. more..

Kuldeep, Jadeja rip through SL Board XI

July 21 (CI) Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav claimed seven wickets between them, wiping out a strong SL Board President's batting lineup for 187, on the first day of India's two-day practice match. Led by KL Rahul's rapid half century, the visitors then ended the day on 135 for 3. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane remained not out in the thirties. Despite the President's XI's modest score, it had been Danushka Gunathilaka, who had made the greatest individual batting impression more..

Inflation declines to 6.3% in June 2017

July 21 (Reuters) Sri Lanka's consumer prices in June rose 6.3% from a year earlier, slowing from the previous month's 7.1%, Department of Census and Statistics said on Friday. The National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) rose 1.3% in June on a month-on-month basis, after rising 0.7% in May. The 12-month moving average inflation, for which data is available since December 2015, remained at an all-time high of 6.1 percent in June, unchanged from a month ago. more..

Video: MFSAC Convener's arrest attempt fails: Police blames distractions by students

July 21 (DM) The commotion that was created when a group of police officers, some in uniform and others in civvies, attempted to arrest Medical Faculty Students' Action Committee (MFSAC) Convener Ryan Jayalath at the conclusion of a joint meeting by GMOA and several other organisations to protest against the SAITM, ended in failure. It was reported that Jayalath along with several other MFSAC representatives had more..

One third of Sri Lankan family firms don’t have a succession plan: survey

July 21 (LBO) SL Institute of Directors and global strategy consulting firm Stax, highlighting their 2017 Family Business Survey, says 32% of Sri Lankan family firms do not have a succession plan. In addition, one out of two Sri Lankan family firms in the second generation (sibling partnerships) have reported that they do not currently have a long-term strategy. These findings reveal some of the ambiguities and challenges experienced by Sri Lankan family businesses today. more..

Travel goods from Sri Lanka to receive duty free entry to US

July 21 (LBO) Export of travel-related products from SL will enjoy duty free entry to the United States following a decision by the US administration to approve the inclusion of travel goods from all GSP beneficiary countries, including SL, in the expanded US GSP scheme on July 1, 2017. Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that this would enable the duty-free entry of products such as bags, wallets and backpacks in to the US market after being previously charged 6 to 20% tariffs. more..

Customs officers transferred over Rs 3.2b cocaine haul

July 21 (AD) Three Customs officers attached to the container yard in Orugodawatta have been transferred over the stock of cocaine recently recovered from the Ratmalana Economic Centre.  Seven suspects have been arrested so far in connection with discovery of a cocaine haul, weighing 218.6 kg and estimated to be worth around Rs. 3.2 billion, on Wednesday. Ministry of Industry and Commerce said that more..

Vaas returns as Sri Lanka fast bowling coach

July 21 (CB) Sri Lanka's fast bowling coach Chamapaka Ramanayake stepped down from his role Friday (July 21) morning, ahead of the Test series against India. Former Sri Lanka pacer Chaminda Vaas has been requested by SLC to help the senior side for the India series. Ramanayake confirmed that he has stepped down. He added that there have been a few offers and that he will weigh in the options before taking up a suitable job after a brief break. more..

SL expects to pass income tax law in August

July 21 (EN) SL is expecting the parliament to vote on a new income tax law that will expand the tax net by August 2017, which applies from the 2018 fiscal year, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. Finance ministry is currently in talks with industry groups and other stakeholders, whose views, if reasonable, will be incorporated at the committee stage or third reading in parliament. "There are cases filed in Supreme Court, and we will incorporate changes that are suggested," more..

25 tanks were renovated in Trincomalee District this year: President

July 21 (PSL) President Sirisena says renovations of 25 irrigational tanks in Trincomalee District alone have been completed by this year, under the govt’s program to build an agricultural economy to bring the historical irrigation culture back in Sri Lanka. President was speaking at a ceremony held today near the historical Kantale Reservoir. Ceremony was held to appraise the excellences in 2016 of Local Food Production Program. more..

Senior Writers Award ceremony under President’s patronage

July 21 (PSL) Godage Senior Writers Award ceremony jointly organized by the SLBC and Sirisumana Godage Publications was held under the patronage of President Sirisena at the SLBC’s auditorium, yesterday. During this event 15 senior writers, including authors and journalists received their felicitation awards from the President and in parallel to this the winners of the Penayata Pilithuru competition held at school level, were also presented their awards by the President. more..

Garbage crisis will be resolved soon: PM

July 21 (DM) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said govt has put in place a well coordinated system to permanently resolve the garbage crisis which has hit Colombo as well as several other cities in the country. “Several cities including Kandy are facing a garbage crisis. The intention of the government is to implement a coordinated effort by all local govt bodies, provincial councils, govt ministers including the Megapolis Minister to resolve resolve this matter permanently,” he said. more..

Sri Lanka slams police over abduction bid

July 21 (AFP) Police faced censure on Friday over an attempt to abduct a student activist, a tactic widely used against dissidents by the previous strongman leader's regime. Minister Mangala Samaraweera said he lodged a protest with IGP Pujith Jayasundara over an attempt by plain-clothed officers to seize a student known for his anti-govt views on Thursday night. Other students prevented him from being grabbed by more..

DIG Jayasinghe suspended from duties

July 21 (AD) National Police Commission has approved the suspension of Senior DIG, Lalith Jayasinghe. Commission has approved the request put forward by the IGP in writing, to suspend Jayasinghe from his duties. Senior DIG Lalith Jayasinghe, who was arrested on the 15 of July, was remanded till the July 25 after being produced at the Kayts Magistrates Court. Jayasinghe was arrested for allegedly helping a suspect in the murder of schoolgirl Sivaloganathan Vidya more..

Severe drought in 13 districts: DMC

July 21 (NR) Disaster Management Centre says extreme drought conditions prevail in 13 districts across the country. Accordingly the DMC noted Mannar, Puttalam and many areas in the North and North Central Provinces are adversely affected by the drought. Assistant Director of the Disaster Management Centre Pradeep Koddippili said drought conditions have been reported for close to a year. Many areas in Kurunegala and in the Kandy district as well are affected. more..

PUCSL approves CEB’s 20 year electricity generation plan

July 21 (AD) Public Utilities Commission of SL has granted approval to the alternate Least Cost Long Term Generation Expansion Plan (LCLTGEP) 2018- 2037 of CEB, with the view of ensuring energy security and continuous supply of electricity.  LCLTGEP has been compiled based on the results of the latest electricity expansion planning studies conducted by the CEB for the planning period of 2018-2037 which includes more..

Volvo to check on buying rubber components from Sri Lanka

July 21 (EN) Sweden's Volvo has agreed to consider the possibility of buying rubber components from Sri Lanka for its automobiles, Chairperson of the Export Development Board (EDB) Indira Malwatta said. Sri Lanka has established a reputation for rubber gloves and tires, but needs to diversify its product range, she told a business forum held by the European Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (ECCSL) and the European Union Delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. more..

Corruption: 3rd leg of a govt’s crooked stool

July 21 (FT) If the human race is fallen, politics – perhaps – is where it shows most blushingly. It is, after all, the world’s oldest profession; having thrived before the fall. In the beginning, when God began to create all the other pastimes and vocations, there was chaos and darkness brooded over the deep… but who created the chaos? In case you’re thinking prostitution is the oldest profession, perhaps you can now attribute it to policy – or the creation of employment for fallen humanity by more..

Chandimal ruled out of Galle Test

July 21 (CI) Dinesh Chandimal, the newly-appointed Sri Lanka Test captain, will miss at least the first Test against India after contracting pneumonia. Rangana Herath, who captained Sri Lanka in four Tests in the 2016-17 season, is likely to lead the side in Galle, in Chandimal's stead. "We were actually only told late last night - the blood Test came a bit late. He's got pneumonia," Asanka Gurusinha, SL's cricket manager, said. more..

No SLFP MP will leave govt: Duminda

July 21 (DN) SLFP General Secretary and Minister Duminda Dissanayake said he was certain that no SLFP MP will leave the Govt. Dissanayake was responding to a question from a journalist at a press briefing, about speculation that 18 SLFP MPs are planning to leave the govt shortly. Dissanayake went on to say that there is no need to panic and take a decision on whether to leave the Govt at this juncture as the bipartite agreement between the UNP and SLFP will go till December. more..

Champaka resigns as fast bowling coach

July 21 (NR) Sri Lanka’s fast bowling coach Champaka Ramanayake has tendered his letter of resignation to Sri Lanka Cricket. It is believed that Chaminda Vaas will once again be appointed fast bowling coach following the resignation of Ramanayake. Champaka Ramanayake was reappointed Sri Lanka’s fast-bowling coach in May 2015 after two years away from the role. He replaced Chaminda Vaas, who parted ways with SLC at the end of April. more..

JVP press conference: Tax bill issue

Former Walallawita PS Chairman Athukorala indicted in High Court

July 21 (DN) Director General of CIABOC yesterday filed indictments in the Colombo High Court against Walallawita former Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Udeni Athukorala. This is for allegedly accepting a bribe of one million rupees from the former Bentara Pradeshiya Sabha chairman in exchange for issuing a permit to transport sand in 2013. Bribery Commission filed indictments against the former Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman on 13 charges under Bribery Commission Act more..

Preserving Sovereignty

July 21 (CT) UN Human Rights and Counter Terrorism Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson met LTTE suspects in prison in his recent visit to the island. Prisons in SL come under Minister D.M. Swaminathan, a UNP MP. Bradman Weerakoon is an adviser to this Ministry, while his son Asela is Foreign Ministry Secretary. Ostensibly, permission for Emmerson to meet these inmates had been given by the Foreign Ministry in a practice allegedly adopted by Rajapaksa regime of the past, more..

Constitutional Assembly: JO divided

July 21 (DN) Joint Opposition (JO) group is divided over the Constitution making process with one group insisting on immediate withdrawal from the Constitutional Assembly (CA) and the other adamant on remaining in it. Federation of National Organisations led by Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekara lashed out at the JO for deciding to remain in the CA. This was after the five MPs from NFF decided to leave the assembly. more..

LG polls Amendment Act: Govt, party leaders reach consensus on ratio

July 21 (DM) Govt and other party leaders have reached consensus to differ the First Past the Post System / PR system ratio to 60/40 from the earlier proposed ratio of 70/30 and to pass the amendments to Local Govt Electoral Act no 12 of 2012 next week, Minister Faizer Musthapha said. The govt would be in a position to hold LG polls within this year after passing much delayed Amendments to Local Govt electoral system next week. more..

FCO announces Sri Lanka as one of 30 Human Rights Priority Countries

July 21 (DM) The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in its annual Human Rights Report for 2016 announced that Sri Lanka was one of 30 Human Rights Priority Countries (HRPCs), countries with which the UK looks for positive engagement that contributes to addressing human rights concerns. The Human Rights Priority Countries as announced by FCO included Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bahrain, more..

Video: Universal medical science: A blessing for curing multiple diseases: Rajitha

July 21 (DM) If we could continue all the medical experiments in all the medical sciences, it would help to fill up all the loopholes by adding them to one, and that could be the result of creating of the Universal Medical Science which would be to cure all the diseases, Health and indigenous Minister Rajitha Senarathne said. Addressing an appreciation ceremony at the SL Ayurvedic Drugs Corporation for its achievement of gaining profit of Rs.3.5 b more..

Emmerson's meeting with LTTE detainees within terms of ref: Ministry

July 21 (DM) In the wake of controversy surrounding the permission given to Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter Terrorism Ben Emmerson to meet LTTE detainees, Law and Order Ministry had acted in this regard in keeping with Terms of Reference governing such visits, it is learnt. During the Universal Periodical Review of the UNHRC, the Member States made a recommendation to Sri Lanka to extend more..

'International brands keen to set up facilities in Sri Lanka'

July 21 (FT) With the help of foreign missions, the Export Development Board (EDB) confirmed that its collective effort has enabled it to knock on the doors of some well-known international brands that are keen on shifting their production facilities to Sri Lanka.  EDB Chairperson Indira Malwatte said few leading apparel and automobile companies had expressed their enthusiasm to work from Sri Lanka. more..

People mixed up over garbage segregation, say officials

July 21 (ST) Residents in Colombo and its suburbs are still confused over the segregation of garbage despite an improvement in the clearing of garbage heaps that accumulated over the past few weeks, officials say. S. Abeyratne the senior operations manager of a private company which handles solid waste in the Colombo area said that they have removed the garbage from several dumping areas such as Bloemendal, more..

Uma Oya project: More moves to grab public money

July 21 (SL) Uma Oya contractor, FARAB Energy and Water Project Company, an Iranian company, is responsible for carrying out the project. It  is an insured company  and  should take steps to use its insurance money rather than trying to grab public money, environmentalists and scientists claim. Environmentalist Dr. Ravindra Kariyawasam says that a company like FARAB is insured especially knowing consequences. more..

CEB protests over alleged attack on employee

July 21 (DM) Power failures have been reported in Sri J'pura and the surrounding areas yesterday due to a protest launched by CEB trade union employees demanding the arrest of the suspect who allegedly assaulted a CEB employee in Ambatale, Mulleriyawa on Wednesday. CEB sources said power interruptions were reported in Avissawella, Homagama, Horana, Malabe & J'pura for several hours causing inconvenience more..