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.
Sri Lankan Tourism Minister John Amaratunga on Monday expressed confidence in the country attracting over 2.5 million tourists in 2018. Minister told Chinese news agency Xinhua that he urged the embassies to lift travel restrictions issued against Sri Lanka and assured the island was now safe for tourists.
The Central government on Monday told the Madras High Court that there is no legal basis for India to invoke the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) since there is no treaty, including human rights treaties, under which the alleged attacks by Sri Lankan Navy against Indian fishermen could be established as human rights violation well Known South Indian English news paper The Hindu reported today.
A preliminary discussion was convened by the Prime Minister to focus on the legal measures taken against the offenders of the Kandy riots. The discussion was held yesterday at Temple Trees with the participation of ministers, high ranking officials and representatives of the Muslim community. They discussed the prevention of communal riots in the future as well.
‘Women and Child Affairs Minister Chandrani Bandara, this week said that in Sri Lanka, women were the co-architects of Sri Lanka’s post-independence welfare state, which ensured free education and healthcare for all citizens.
President Maithripala Sirisena says some are working according to their personal agendas to gain political power and they are not interested in strengthening the peace and reconciliation or in solving the issues of the country.
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 Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Report on Sri Lanka was adopted today at the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Geneva said.Sri Lanka was represented by Permanent Representative Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha and assisted by the Deputy Permanent Representative Mrs. Samantha Jayasuriya during the session.
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.