Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said the Gazette Notification announcing the price reduction of another 25 medicines, including 10 cancer drugs will be issued within the next two weeks. The Minister made this announcement addressing the council meeting of the Non Communicable Disease Unit at the Health Ministry.
Windy and showery condition is expected to reduce gradually over the island from tomorrow. Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces and fairly heavy falls about 50 mm can be expected at some places.Several spells of showers will occur in Western province and in Galle and Matara districts.
The Sri Lanka Chamber of Pharmaceutical Industry (SLCPI) has called upon the government to establish a fair and transparent pricing mechanism which factors the impact of US Dollar appreciation against the Rupee, similar to pricing formulae applied on petroleum products and domestic LPG.
The Development Strategies and International Trade Ministry has come up with a draft of a ‘trade adjustment package’ to safeguard the welfare of workers and improve the competitiveness of firms to mitigate the potential negative impacts of trade liberalization. The draft paper published on Wednesday is open for stakeholder comments till August 23 and is available on the website modsit.gov.lk.
An agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion between Sri Lanka and Oman was signed during the Second Meeting of the Sri Lanka-Oman Bilateral Consultations, held on 15 August 2018 in Colombo at senior officials' level by the leaders of the respective delegations.
A special meeting to discuss ways to expedite the ‘Enterprise Sri Lanka’ loan scheme and to assist new entrepreneurs to apply for loans was held between the Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera and the officials of the CBSL, People’s Bank, Bank of Ceylon, and Rural Development Bank yesterday at the Finance Ministry.
The industrial production (IIP) has increased by 0.4% in June, 2018 compared to the same month in 2017 according to Department of Census and Statistics. The IIP reported for the month of June 2018 and 2017 were 104.8 and 104.4 respectively.
A meeting was held today between the Ministry of Finance, the Central Bank and the Heads of Bank of Ceylon, Peoples Bank and the Regional Development Bank to expedite the “Enterprise Sri Lanka” loan programme.
The bus strike launched on last night by the All Ceylon Private Bus Workers Association (ACPBWA) against the new spot fines is a failure, Transport Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva said today. The minister told a media briefing that no one could oppose the new traffic fines once they were passed in Parliament and gazetted.
The Government has decided to appoint a Special Salaries Commission to make necessary recommendations to increase the salaries of the entire public sector staff, and to remove the salary anomalies in public sector institutions, including the Railways Department.