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The Prime Minister emphasizes, the restructuring of the UNP will commence after the No-Confidence Motion.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says, once the No Confidence Motion that is to be taken up for debate today is dealt with, restructuring of UNP will commence.  The premier revealed this decision at a meeting of UNP parliamentarians held yesterday.

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It has been revealed that certain individuals are attempting to destroy the UNP, by paving the way for the party to be betrayed to another camp.

The Collective of Citizens' Organisations points out the need to defeat the No-Confidence Motion which targets the Prime Minister and the government. All should gather around the change brought about on the 8th of January 2015. Speaking at a press briefing held in Colombo yesterday,

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The Minister of Finance points out, the government's tax policy is a step forward in the process of increasing state revenue and streamlining an unsystematic economy.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera says, the government's tax policy is a step forward in the process of increasing state revenue and streamlining an unsystematic economy. The present tax system has been devised under a simple but disciplined framework.

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The State Timber Corporation celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The State Timber Corporation celebrates its 50th anniversary today. The ceremony to mark this milestone will be held at the BMICH at 10.30 this morning. President Maithripala Sirisena will be the chief guest. 350 employees who have served the corporation for more than 30 years will receive gold coins. Scholarships will also be granted for employees' children who have obtained university entrance.

Necessary stocks of essential food items, available for the forthcoming festive season

Public and private entities engaged in the importation and distribution of essential food items say, necessary stocks of essential food items are available for the forthcoming festive season. Minister Rishad Bathiudeen says, steps will be taken to make essential goods available via mobile delivery services. Plans are also underway to have goods available at reasonable prices at Sathosa outlets. Chief Executive Officer of Sathosa Dr. S.H.M Faraz says, the prices of many essentials have been brought down in view of the forthcoming festive season.

Special bus and train services will be operational from next Friday for the convenience of those returning to their hometowns to celebrate the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

Meanwhile, Director General of Pensions Jagath Dias says, steps have been taken to pay this month's pension on Friday in view of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

Nigerian 'migrant hero' baptised by Pope, after preventing robbery

John Ogah, an undocumented migrant without a home or job, begging for small change outside an Italian supermarket in Rome, has been hailed as a 'migrant hero'.
In September last year, John was begging for money outside a supermarket in Rome, when a masked thief armed with a meat cleaver tried to make-off with 400 euros from the supermarket's cashiers. Security cameras captured John confronting the armed robber with nothing but his bare hands,

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SriLankan Airline to seek a strategic partner, with a new chairman and director board, while undergoing re-structuring

Loss-making state-run SriLankan Airline will seek a strategic partner, with a new chairman and director board, while undergoing re-structuring under a plan devised by aviation consultancy 'Nyras'. A committee of officials chaired by the Treasury Secretary, convened by the Chairman of the National Agency for Public Private Partnership, and the secretary of the Ministry of Public Enterprises will carry out the restructuring of the airline and a search for a strategic partner.

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Commonwealth Games begin today

More than 4,500 athletes from 71 nations and territories will compete for 275 gold medals at the 21st Commonwealth Games, which begin in Gold Coast in Queensland - Australia, today.

The opening ceremony takes place today at around 2.30pm Sri Lankan time.

The first gold medal will be contested in the Women's Triathlon, tomorrow.

Morkel takes South Africa closer to 3-1 series win after du Plessis's ton.

South Africa eyeing for a great series victory against Australia.
This was a magical day of Test cricket - and not in the mere figurative sense of the word. What sorcery was behind South Africa's amazing, never-ending innings,

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White House criticizes China for 3 billion dollars tariffs on US imports

The White House has criticized China after it imposed retaliatory tariffs against the US on a range of goods including pork and wine. Beijing has introduced duties of up to 25 percent on 128 American imports following President Donald Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminium. China said the move was intended to safeguard its interests and balance losses caused by the new US tariffs.US stock markets plunged, partly on fears the duties will escalate.

The Finance Minister says the new Inland Revenue Act has introduced a new Income Tax System to the country, which simplifies the complexities in taxation.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera says, the new Inland Revenue Act has introduced a new Income Tax System to the country, which simplifies the complexities in taxation. In addition, international laws have been synchronized with domestic requirements, for the prevention of tax evasion.

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United Socialist Party alleges that the joint opposition is trying to destabilize the country through a conspiracy by pushing the no confidence motion in the parliament.

The leader of United Socialist Party Sirithunga Jayasuriya alleges that the joint opposition is trying to destabilize the country through a conspiracy by pushing the no confidence motion in the parliament.

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The Pope calls for an end to the "carnage" in Syria during his Easter message

The Pope has called for an end to the "carnage" in Syria during his Easter message from the Vatican. He also asked God to heal the wounds in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and urged dialogue on the Korean peninsula. Pope Francis said the power of the Christian message gave hope to the deprived.

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The government hopes to create a generation of local entrepreneurs having the ability to face the world with strength.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the government intends to create a generation of local entrepreneurs having the ability to face the world with strength. He made the remark at a marketing and educational fair that concludes yesterday at the BMICH in Colombo. The Prime Minister said local entrepreneurs would be given the facilities and encouragement to win the global market.

Minister Sajith Premadasa declares the commitment to ensure land ownership for all citizens.

Minister Sajith Premadasa has declared the government's commitment to ensure land ownership for all citizens. He notes that land ownership is one of the basic human rights. The minister was speaking after laying the foundation for the 'Yowun Sethgama' model village in Kotavehera, Kurunegala.

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Another meeting takes place today to resolve the issues of non-academic staff of universities.

Higher Education Minister Kabir Hashim will have a discussion today with representatives of the striking non-academic staff of universities. Co-President of the non-academic staff unions committee Edward Malwattage confirmed the meeting to the SLBC.

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The no-confidence motion is described as one against the entire government.

State Minister Ajith P. Perera says the no-confidence motion is one not against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, but one against the entire government. Speaking to journalists at Sirikotha yesterday, he said the move showed that its supporters had no faith in the government.

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The Central Bank will continue to exchange defaced currency notes with new ones.

The Central Bank will continue to exchange defaced currency notes with new ones after a deadline to get such currency notes exchanged from commercial banks expired yesterday. Central Bank superintendent Deepa Seneviratne said the exchanging could be done at the bank head office and regional offices on working days from today. Online facilities have also been made available for the purpose.

The new Inland Revenue act comes into force

 

The new Inland Revenue act comes into force . Finance minister Mangala Samaraweera says the act will ease the burden on the low-income people and effectively implement the revenue laws on the high-income group. He notes that there has been no increase in tax revenue parallel to the upsurge in the country's income. The minister says Sri Lanka's tax revenue remains low when compared to other countries in the region.

According to him, the new Inland Revenue act will make it obligatory for eligible taxpayers to pay their taxes. The act aims to change the present ratios of direct and indirect taxes of 80 per cent and 20 per cent, to 60 per cent and 40 per cent respectively. Minister Samaraweera adds that the Treasury and the Inland Revenue Department have taken measures to realize that objective by 2020.

The renovation of tanks in the dry zone commences

The renovation of 123 tanks in the Polonnaruwa district has begun with Chandana Pokuna in Hingurakkoda under the auspices of President Maithripala Sirisena. This is part of the programme to renovate 2,400 tanks in the dry zone that have not seen any repairs for a long time. At a related discussion, President Sirisena instructed officials to obtain the required machinery without delay and speed up the task. He stressed that farmers in Polonnaruwa should be ensured an uninterrupted water supply to carry out their farming activities.

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