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Duty on booze, cigarettes, motor vehicles up

The Ministry of Finance announced that the government has decided to revise the customs Duty, Excise (Special Provision) and Excise Duty on Motor vehicles, cigarettes, and Liquor with effective from today (2012.03.31). Full list: http://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/newtaxes-20120331.pdf        

Case against Prasanna’s immunity

  A court case has been filed against the diplomatic immunity given to Major General Prasanna Silva, the defence attaché to the Sri Lankan High Commission in London. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) filed the case today demanding that the British Foreign Office remove Silva’s diplomatic immunity so he can face legal action in London. [...]

Sanga drops in Test ranking

  Australian skipper Michael Clarke has moved into equal first in the ICC Test batting rankings after South Africa’s Jacques Kallis and Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara slipped down the pecking order. Kallis could only manage six runs in his sole innings in the second Test against New Zealand before missing the third match while Sangakkara [...]

Parliament to debate UNHRC

Parliament will convene next week to debate the resolution adopted on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris said today. The Minister told Parliament this morning that the debate will be next Tuesday and Wednesday. He also said that Sri Lanka will not allow Geneva to decide on [...]

Principal remanded for abuse

  A school principal has been remanded in Marawila over charges of abusing school girls, the police media unit said today. The police said that the 47 year old suspect is the principal of St. Theresa’s Vidyalaya in Thalawila. He had sexually abused five girls in the school on the 27th of this month and [...]

India sending a delegation to Lanka

  The Indian government hopes to send an all-party delegation led by the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj to Sri Lanka in April, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported. Swaraj told reporters that the all-party delegation’s visit to Sri Lanka is very much on and is tentatively scheduled from [...]

Sri Lanka beat England by 75 runs

  England lost their last six wickets for 31 runs as they collapsed to a 75-run defeat in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. Chasing a record 340, England seemed well set as Jonathan Trott (112) and Matt Prior took them to 233-4. But Prior’s dismissal to Rangana Herath (6-97) for 41 sparked [...]

Two arrested over lawyer assault

The police said that two people were taken into custody over the assault on a lawyer who appeared on behalf of the suspects in the Kotte Rajamahavihara Temple double murder case. Sumith Silva who appeared for the suspects in the case involving the murder of two Monks at the Rajamaha Viharaya, was assaulted outside Magistrates [...]

Legal action on some websites

  The government is contemplating legal action against some websites which had published defamatory articles on President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family. Acting Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena told reporters today that he had submitted a report to President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday regarding some websites. The Minister said that while newspapers and the electronic media [...]

Sri Lanka for joint patrolling with India

  Sri Lanka has called for joint patrolling between the navies of Sri Lanka and India to prevent clashes between fishermen of both countries, a Sri Lankan minister said on Thursday. Douglas Devananda, a minority Tamil Minister in the Sri Lankan government, told Xinhua that he has already discussed the issue with Sri Lankan fishermen [...]

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