The Finance Ministry announced the increase on excise duty on cigarettes by Rs.3.80 per stick with effect from midnight yesterday, the Finance Ministry said. The duty on the cigarettes would be determined according to their length, the source said.Prices of cigarettes which are 72 mm and 84mm long would be increased.
The Petroleum Resources Development Secretariat (PRDS) has prepared an initial draft of the ‘National Policy on Natural Gas’ as the Government moves to commercialize already discovered gas deposits in the Mannar basin through International Competitive Bidding.
Construction work on the last stage of the Outer Circular Highway (OCH), the expressway around Sri Lanka capital that connects the Southern Expressway to the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway, is about 65 percent complete, according to the Road Development Authority (RDA).
The 29.5-kilometer OCH starts from Kerawalapitiya along the Colombo - Katunayake Expressway to link Southern Expressway crossing A-4 highway at Kottawa and the main A-1 Colombo-Kandy highway at Kadawatha.
Since only a minute 25,000 students out of nearly 222,500 students passing the GCE Advanced Level Examination qualify for university admission, wider opportunities should be made available to the balance 200,000 or so to obtain employment in the technology field, Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera said.
Nine years after the end of Sri Lanka’s long drawn conflict between Government forces and the LTTE, the Northern Province is confronting a very different type of war. Communities struggling to rebuild homes and livelihoods nearly a decade after the guns fell silent are finding themselves mired in debt.
The Geo Information System and the website designed for the first-ever Agro Entrepreneurship model village of Sri Lanka which was constructed In view of uplifting the lifestyle of the rural community in the island, by the Ministry of Agriculture under the " Gramashakthi" project, at Kanathewewa in Haputale was launched by Hon. Minister of Agriculture Mr Mahinda Amaraweera on last 21st July, at Sri Sangaraja Piriven temple in Kanathewewa.
‘Construct 2018,’ Sri Lanka’s No 1 construction exhibition, will be held from August 24-26, 2018, at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre (SBMEC) in Colombo, Sri Lanka.This three-day comprehensive event is unequivocally Sri Lanka’s largest and most promising construction industry related exhibition showcasing building materials, building services and construction equipment among a wide range of other standardised services.
The second phase of Atchuvely Industrial Estate Development Project in Jaffna is now being implemented. Minister Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen said the Ministry would invest Rs. 100 million for this project through 2018 budget allocations. “This would be the second industrial zone for the North East,” he said during a visit to Jaffna recently.
Kotapola and Pitabaddara areas in the Matara District where the highest rain fall are received suffer from frequent floods. In addition to the loss of lives and property resulting in from the flood situation, damages are caused to the river basin, the bridges constructed across the river bank as well as the roads running parallel to the river.
The new Bribery Commission Act being formulated will criminalise bribery in the private sector and bribery of foreign public officials, Commission’s Director General Sarath Jayamanne PC said.The DG was addressing a press conference to wind up the three-day ‘Global Expert Group Meeting on the Jakarta Principles’ in Colombo, yesterday.
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Chief of the Corruption and Economic Crime Section Candice Welsch said deliberations of the meeting will lead to the “Colombo Commentary” and it will be a guideline to all 186 countries which are signatory to the UN Convention Against Corruption.