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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.

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 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 President calls on all to fulfill the responsibility collectively to ensure a better country for the youth

 

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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.