The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says it will continue to support Sri Lanka in many areas including nuclear medicine, non-destructive testing in industry and assistance in introducing nuclear energy. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano reviewed the cooperation between the IAEA and Sri Lanka during his visit to the country on 14 March, the agency said in a statement on Tuesday (20).
Establishment of Local Government Institutions will commence from today (20) and accordingly, local government bodies could be established within a month from today, the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Governments said.
The new Inland Revenue Act would put an end to numerous ad-hoc tax concessions granted according to the whims and fancies of the Finance Minister of the day Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. .
The minister was addressing a public seminar conducted by the Inland Revenue Department on its new Act at Galadari Hotel yesterday said that the new act becomes operational from April 1 will create a level playing field for everyone to do business moving away from the culture of preferential treatment
The full speech of the minister is as follows:
At the outset please let me thank the Inland Revenue Department for organising this public awareness seminar today on the new Inland Revenue Act that will be operational from 1st April 2018. I assume this is one of many such programmes to be organised island wide on the new Revenue Act with the purpose of reaching to the general public.
I must say the new act became a reality because of the painstaking efforts undertaken by many stakeholders. Our colleagues at Inland Revenue Department and the Treasury made their modest contributions in consultation with trade chambers, auditors and charted accountants. While in the Parliament at the draft stage, the Revenue Bill was amended to accommodate diverse inputs from different political parties, which led to receive two thirds majority approval.
The program to pay compensation for the properties damaged during the recent unrest in Kandy would get underway today, according to Kandy District Secretary H.M.P.Hitisekera. According to a decision taken by the government, all relevant parties have been informed to expedite payments to the victims and complete payments within a short period of time. Hitisekera said the Go from today vernment has decided to start paying compensation although it was yet to fully estimate the damages caused to properties.
The United States has terminated the Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations on imports of Rubber Bands from Sri Lanka on 15 March.The decision on 15th March 2018 at 11.00 am, to terminate Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations on Lankan rubber bands was taken at a vote held at the International Trade Commission (ITC), US.
Although extremist groups are spreading hatred among Muslims in various countries in the World they will not be permitted to do so in this country said Minister Faiszer Musthapha Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government. The Minister stated this when he met the most reverend Thibbatuvawe Shri Sumangala the Mahanayake Thero of the Malwathu Chapter at the Malwathu Maha Viharaya Kandy. The Minister expressed his ideas on the recent disturbances that occurred in the Kandy area.
Diyatha Uyana or the Park by the Lake in Battaramulla, in the outskirts of Colombo has many interesting places and activities such as, a water retention lake, walkway, aquarium, flower shops, water fountain, foods stalls, a restaurant, boat rides and a children’s play area.
A high-level Sri Lankan delegation heads to Geneva tomorrow, where it will attempt to show progress on its human rights commitments, amid mounting calls for more political will to implement reconciliation and accountability measures set out in UNHRC Resolution 30/1 that the country co-sponsored in September 2015.
Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara appointed a special police team to assist the Presidential Commission inquiring into the allegations of large scale fraud and malpractices at SriLankan Airlines, Sri Lankan Catering Ltd and Mihin Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, during the period of January 01, 2006 to January 31, 2018.