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New national revenue act will be introduced.

A new national revenue Act will be introduced. The government has taken effective measures to introduce new set of rules with the necessary amendments to the revenue act. This measure is taken according to the recommendations presented during 2016 budget proposals.


Kankesanthurai harbour to be renovated with necessary facilities.

Cabinet of the Ministers approved the proposal presented by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs to engage in loan negotiations and enter into relevant agreements with EXIM Bank of India to rehabilitate the Kankesanthurai harbor.


UK says it will 'not pay 100 billion euro divorce bill.

The UK will not pay a 100bn-euro "divorce bill" to leave the EU, Brexit Secretary David Davis has said.
He told ITV's Good Morning Britain the UK would pay what was legally due, "not just what the EU wants".
It comes amid claims by the Financial Times that the settlement sought by the EU had risen from 60bn euros.
Mr Davis said the UK treated its EU "rights and obligations" seriously but it had "not seen any number", adding the EU was playing "rough and tough". (BBC)

Progress review meeting of the Defence Ministry was held today under the patronage of the President.

Progress review meeting of the Defence Ministry was held at the Ministry auditorium this morning under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. Operations and the future plans of the institutions those come under the Defence ministry were discussed lengthily at this meeting.

The president paid special attention to the progress of paying compensations to the victims of the Salawa armory blast tragedy. Progress of the construction of Army headquarters in Pelawatta, Battaramulla was also discussed. The new army headquarters will be opened next year. The President pointed out the need to commend the services rendered by the members of the three armed forces and the civil defense department at the recent disasters including the Meethotamulla tragedy. Accordingly, commendations latters will be included into their personal files.

Attention was also focused to provide blocks of lands to war heroes. It has been revealed that about 9,000 blocks of land have been given to war hero families. The President said more lands can be allocated from Mahaweli areas according to the need arisen. The government has decided to liquidate the Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Security Company. However, the president has requested to make proposals to continue the company for the welfare of the retired security officers working there.

The Premier says that the cabinet has not taken any decision to appoint the Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka as the leader of the armed forces.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says that the cabinet has not taken any decision to appoint the Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka as the leader of the three armed forces. Addressing the parliament he said the government has no need to setup a special force. The cabinet has focused attention to a system to carryout essential services without disruption. The Prime Minister revealed these facts answering a question raised by Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath today.
10 orders under the Special Commodities Levy Act, two orders under the Customs Ordinance and three orders under the Special Provisions Act on Manufacturing Taxes were taken up for the debate today. The Draft Bill on economic services charges was also discussed. Joining the debate Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said the country has implemented a proper economic policy at present.
Several provisions for the safety of local manufacturers in the agricultural sector have been presented to the house today. The Minister further said that majority of the people are with the government. However, a handful of public officials are disrupting the government’s forward march.

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says the SLFP held the May Day rally very successfully

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says the UPFA lead by the SLFP has been able to hold the May Day rally very successfully with two attractive processions this year. The Gatambe rally was the SLFP May Day rally which was with the highest participation of members and trade unions. At a press briefing held in the SLFP headquarters today he said a large number of party supporters representing the northern and eastern provinces also participated in this rally. He added that the central committee of the party may take decision against the party members and some leaders who did not attended the Gatambe rally. The organizers who are actively work with the party will be given more responsibilities. The ousted organizers can also join with the party if they are willing to work with the party mechanism again.

Joining the press briefing Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara said the SLFP started the first step at this May Day rally to go forward as uncorrupted political party. A program will be implemented to further strengthen the party in future. Deputy Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said that SLFP has deviated from communalism. It is obvious by the large number of Tamil and Muslim members who joined the rally from north and east.

Police will implement special traffic operations tomorrow to nab errant drivers.

The police headquarters say special traffic operation will be implemented tomorrow in the Colombo city to nab the drivers who violate traffic rules and the traffic lanes law. Officials in civvies will be deployed to identify the offending drivers and they will be produced before courts. This program is to be implemented island wide in future.

Court rules Geetha Kumarasinghe not suitable to be a Parliamentarian

The Appeals Court today ruled that United People’s Freedom Alliance MP Geetha Kumarasinghe was disqualified from functioning as an MP as she holds dual citizenship. The Attorney General had previously informed the Court of Appeal that Kumarasinghe was not qualified to hold an MP post as she held dual citizenship in Sri Lanka and Switzerland.


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