NewsThe Finance Ministry says it will revise the scheme of imposing luxury tax on vehicles with effect from November 1. Issuing a statement, the ministry said that vans, cabs, double cabs, motorcycles, and three-wheelers will not be subjected to this tax from next month. According to the revised regulation, the tax will be applicable to cars and jeeps imported at a cost of more than Rs 3.5 million, hybrid vehicles imported at more than Rs 4 million, and electric vehicles imported at more than Rs 6 million. The ministry explained that, due to the evolving trends of vehicles, luxury vehicles will not be categorised based on their engine capacities, but based on their specifications. The following vehicles, as said by the Finance Ministry, would be exempted from the luxury tax ;
October 29, 2019 08:48 UTC
NewsThe Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) says that the shortage of gas will be resolved by November 1, following assurances given to that effect by gas companies. A shortage of gas was reported island-wide after the government reduced its prices this month, raising suspicions on whether stocks were not being released to the market. However, CAA Director General M.S.M.Fouzer stated that shortage of gas, was due to the attack on the Saudi Arabian Aramco' oil facility, and the inclement weather in Mumbai - from which gas is imported to the country. Two companies namely Litro Gas Lanka Ltd., Shell Gas company had informed the CAA that the gas shortage would be resolved shortly, as their stocks are expected to arrive early next month, he said. (Reporting by Damith Wickramasekara)
October 29, 2019 08:26 UTC
NewsThe Supreme Court (SC) has extended the interim order suspending the implementation of the death penalty until December 10. In July this year, the SC had issued the interim order until October 30, after considering a fundamental rights petition of a lawyer against the punishment. Diganage had petitioned court, after President Maithripala Sirisena declared that he had signed the death warrants for four inmates convicted of narcotic offences. However, President Sirisena’s term will expire after the presidential election on November 16. Related storyWill carry out atleast one execution if court order is issued in my favour : PresidentSupreme Court suspends death penalty until October 30
October 29, 2019 06:22 UTC
NewsA six-member high-level delegation of the Nigerian Army has arrived in the country to learn about the training activities of the Sri Lanka Army’s Special Forces. The delegation, led by Major General G Oyefesobi the Director (Administration) of the Nigerian Army, called on Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva yesterday. The Sri Lankan Army Chief had explained the possibilities for the Nigerian Army to receive training in Sri Lanka, and share their experiences with Sri Lankan military personnel. Accordingly, the delegation had stated that they are “seriously considering to send more troops to Sri Lanka for Special Forces training in future” a press release from the Army Headquarters read. The release noted that two Nigerian army officers are already receiving training in Sri Lanka.
October 29, 2019 06:22 UTC
NewsUpdate : Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has denied that the recent enrolment of students in state schools are being carried out in violation of election laws. He told Times Online that the Education Ministry had instructed principals of some state schools to enrol these students in keeping with a gazette issued before the elections had been announced. Education Ministry, Governors warned against violating election lawsThe Education Ministry and Governors have been warned against violating election laws in the run-up to the presidential poll, a senior official at the Elections Secretariat said. The Principals of several state schools have complained against these instructions, which have been issued in the run-up to the presidential election. Accordingly, the polls body, in a letter has warned to the Education Ministry to immediately stop issuing instructions to that effect.
October 29, 2019 06:00 UTC
WorldIn today's News Indian toddler stuck in borewell dies despite major rescue effortsA two year old boy, who had fallen down a well in southern India on Friday, has been found dead, the BBC reported quoting media reports. Officials in Tamil Nadu said early on Tuesday that Sujith Wilson's body had been retrieved in a decomposed state. Sujith fell into the abandoned borewell while playing with friends. We found his body to be highly decomposed and dismembered," Tamil Nadu official J Radhakrishnan was quoted by the New Indian Express. In June this year, a toddler who was stuck in a similar well died in the state of Punjab despite a two-day rescue operation to retrieve the boy.
October 29, 2019 02:03 UTC
NewsPresidential candidate Sajith Premadasa today (Oct 28) stressed that the country’s future development would only be possible by uplifting the youth. “We will strongly support the youth unlike any other previous governments,” the New Democratic Front (NDF) candidate said after signing his Youth Charter at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo. “This charter will vest the youth with the responsibility of developing the country by using your (youth) power as the country’s strength,” Premadasa said. These institutes would provide the youth the knowledge on subjects such as digital technology, nano technology, bio technology, IT, and English, he said. “This charter will allow the youth to stand on their own instead of becoming slaves to politicians and powerful individuals,” Premadasa emphasised.
October 28, 2019 14:37 UTC
NewsSri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (28) appealed to the Tamil community place their trust in him as he is someone who does what he promises. By Sandun JayawardanaSri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (Oct 28) appealed to the Tamil community to place their trust in him as he is someone who does what he promises. Speaking at his first campaign rally in Jaffna, Mr Rajapaksa appealed to the people of the north to look to the future rather than remain stuck in the past as some Tamil leaders want them to be. The SLPP candidate said steps will be taken under a future Government headed by him to give employment to the youth in the North and again reiterated his campaign promise to grant university admission to all those who pass the GCE Advanced Level examination. SLPP Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa also addressed the gathering as did MPs Douglas Devananda and Angajan Ramanathan.
October 28, 2019 14:03 UTC
NewsThe Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today claimed that the government did not increase the salaries of public servants out of their own will, but instead due to continuous demands made to that effect. “A situation was created where the government had to provide the salary increment due to the pressure exerted by the leftist groups,” JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva told a news conference. He made these remarks while responding to a query on the present government's decision to increase the salaries of public servants up to Rs 10,000. The JVP General Secretary rejected accusations that his party supports the United National Party. The JVP-backed National People's Power movement has nominated JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake as its presidential candidate.
October 28, 2019 13:18 UTC
NewsPresidential aspirant Gotabhaya Rajapaksa today (Oct 28) said he would rehabilitate more than 250 former LTTE cadres and reintegrate them into society under his rule. They too will be rehabilitated,” the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) candidate told a rally in Jaffna. The Former Defence secretary, claimed that the previous government had carried out a very successful programme to rehabilitate former LTTE cadres, by even offering employment, during the previous government. We have to focus on the future," he stressed urging the people to have faith in him for a better future. Rajapaksa stated that his manifesto has outlined the steps that would be taken to resolve the problems of the Northern people.
October 28, 2019 12:00 UTC
NewsPresident Maithripala Sirisena and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa will be appointed as Co-leaders of the Sri Lanka Nidahas Podujana Sandanaya alliance, Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara said. The agreement to form the alliance will be signed between the Sirisena-led SLFP, the Rajapaksa-led Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), and several other parties, on October 31. SLFP General Secretary Jayasekara told Times Online that SLPP member Dinesh Gunawardena will be appointed as the Chairman of the alliance which will be represented by the symbol of a Chair at the upcoming elections after the presidential poll. He added that the post of alliance secretary and treasurer will be filled by the SLPP, while SLFP members will be appointed to the posts of national organiser and assistant secretary. Meanwhile, 51 percent of the executive committee of the alliance will be constituted by the SLPP while the SLFP will occupy 31 percent of the body.
October 28, 2019 11:03 UTC
WorldEU leaders have agreed in principle to extend Brexit until 31 January 2020 - meaning the UK will not leave as planned on Thursday, the BBC reported. EU Council President Donald Tusk said it was a "flextension" - meaning the UK could leave before the deadline if a deal was approved by Parliament. It comes as MPs prepare to vote on proposals by Boris Johnson for an early general election on 12 December. The SNP and Lib Dems have also proposed an election on 9 December. The UK was due to leave the EU on Thursday, but Mr Johnson was required to request an extension after Parliament failed to agree a Brexit deal.
October 28, 2019 10:18 UTC
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October 28, 2019 09:45 UTC
NewsThe Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Mawanella electorate organiser who was arrested for being in the possession of a firearm was granted bail today (Oct 28). Imtiaz Cader, had been released on a cash bail of Rs 25,000 and two surety bails worth Rs 100,000 each, by the Kegalle High Court. High Court judge Namal Bandara ordered Cader and his wife to handover their passports to court. The case will be taken up for further hearing on November 26.
October 28, 2019 08:37 UTC
NewsThe Education Ministry has decided to recruit more than 700 graduate teachers to teach foreign languages in state schools. Issuing a statement, the Ministry explained that students in Grade 10, Ordinary Level and Advanced Level will be taught languages such as German, French, Hindi, Japanese, Arabic, and Korean. “Gaining proficiency in foreign languages is vital for students in the future world of employment,” the statement read. The aim of this project is to enhance learning opportunities of foreign languages, and to expose students towards learning them as part of their tertiary education, it added. The Ministry observed that education plays a role in developing diplomatic ties, and that the recruitment of new teachers will assist in this purpose.
October 28, 2019 08:15 UTC