Tax

TRC Levy Removed, Duty on Vehicles Reduced

The Finance Ministry announced today that it would remove 10% TRC levy on Internet Services.



Mangala Samaraweera

Mahinda is exacting a grand scheme of revenge – Mangala

Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera stated that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is currently scheming to exact revenge on the general public who voted to oust him from power in 2015 through his attempts misrepresent acts of the current government.



Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa

UNP to mull no-faith motion against Wijeyadasa today

The Working Committee of the United National Party will meet this morning at Sirikotha and one of the items up for discussion is a Motion of No-Confidence against one of the party’s Cabinet Ministers, Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe.



Sri Lanka Rupee vs US Dollar

Sri Lankan rupee ends steady as bank dollar sales offset demand

The Sri Lankan rupee ended steady on Wednesday as dollar selling by banks in the latter part of the session offset the importer dollar demand, dealers said.



Arjuna Ranatunga

Arjuna Ranatunga renews calls to sack Thilanga Sumathipala

Minister Arjuna Ranatunga blamed Sri Lanka’s cricket board Tuesday for the squad’s crushing three-Test series whitewash on home soil against India.



Rajitha Senaratne

Trials should be held on a day-to-day basis at a ‘Higher Court’: Rajitha

Trials should be held on a day-to-day hearing basis at a ‘Higher Court’ on the cases filed against top notch officials of the previous Rajapaksa regime, Minister Rajitha Senaratne said.



President Maithripala Sirisena is at a meeting

President instructs officials to complete proper waste management programme by December

President Maithripala Sirisena instructed the officials to complete the implementation of proper waste management programme in the nine provinces of the country by December, in accordance with the Government policy of providing a permanent solution for the garbage disposal issue of the country by next year.



Shiranthi Rajapaksa

Shiranthi and Rohitha arrive at CID, FCID

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s wife Shiranthi Rjapaksa and their youngest son Rohitha Rajapaksa arrived at the CID and FCID respectively this morning to give statements over two separate ongoing investigations.



Dinesh Chandimal

Worst ever defeat – Dinesh Chandimal

Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal who has been playing for Sri Lanka since 2011 said that this is the worst series defeat ever he has been part of.



Muhunthan Canagey

ICTA CEO and Managing Director steps down

The CEO and Managing Director of Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) Muhunthan Canagey resigned from his position yesterday.



Gboard

Google adds voice recognition for Sinhala and Tamil

Google’s speech-to-text recognition has added another 21 languages including Sinhala and Tamil, the global internet giant announced today.



Mattala Airport

India To Sri Lanka: Forget China, We Want Your Empty Airport

An Indian company has emerged with a bold plan for taking over Sri Lanka’s struggling Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA). The proposal, which would see India pumping $205 million into the airport for a 70% share for 40 years, was approved by Sri Lanka’s Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva and sent on to the country’s cabinet for review.



STF - Special Task Force - Sri Lanka

Special operations Room to gather crime information

The Police have opened a special 24 hour operations room with a hotline dedicated to gather information on any drug related or organised crimes at the STF headquarters.



Hambantota port

Does China harbour strategic ambitions for Sri Lankan port?

Sri Lanka says it’s a way for it to help claw its way out of debt. China says it’s a strictly commercial deal for one of its state firms.



Alibaba with Ceylon tea

Sri Lanka in talks with China’s Alibaba to promote online sales of Ceylon Tea

Sri Lanka’s government is in talks with China’s e-commerce giant, Alibaba, to promote online sales of the country’s popular Ceylon tea, a local media reported Sunday.



Gun shooting

Shootout at Kurana, two injured

A shootout took place in Kurana, Negombo between an underworld gang travelling in a Dolphin van and the STF in a jeep last evening. The incident took place near the Grandiza Hotel in Kurana.