Month: March 2012

VIDEO: Tax on Motor Vehicles increased

The Government has revised taxes on cars, three-wheelers and motorbikes effective from today (31) in a move to reduce import costs and motor vehicle imports….

Tax on Motor vehicles also hiked

Tax on Motor vehicles which include cars, vans, trishaws and motor bicycles have been increased immediate effect. The Ministry of Finance and Planning announced today that the increase was made to ensure a drop in the vehicles imported to the country in order to reduce the high traffic congestions prevalent. The Ministry also said that…

3 Bn. Income from booze and cigarette hike

The Ministry of Finance and Planning said today that the estimated revenue from the increase of tax on alcohol and cigarettes would be close to 3 Billion rupees.The Ministry announced today that the price of all brands of cigarettes will be increased by Rs 1 forthwith. The Tax on imported beer was increased by Rs….

Warning to the public from Police Headquarters

Police Head quarters says that a special security programme has been implemented in the city of Colombo and its suburbs for the security of the public during the forthcoming festive season….

Join hands to observe earth day:MR

President Mahinda Rajapaksa requested all citizens of the country to join hands with him to observe earth hour 2012 by switching off non essential lights this evening from 8.30 to 9.30 PM the Government Information department said….

Vietnam accepts offer of oil exploration block

Sri Lanka has offered Vietnam a block on the Mannar Basin to carryout oil exploration and the latter has officially accepted the offer. Discussions are now on between the two countries to formulate an agreement in this regard….

Tell the world about Lanka’s achievements -President tells media

President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said the media are entrusted with the responsibility of guiding people and enabling them to differentiate between truth and untruth and between right and wrong, while performing an exemplary role in society….

The Dalai Lama wins 1.7 million Templeton prize for religion

Onlanka News – By Walter Jayawardhana Dollars 1.7 million worth Templeton Prize of religion for the year 2012 has been awarded to the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama….

Remittances, exporter conversions boost Sri Lanka rupee

(Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s rupee closed firmer on Wednesday as exporters and residents receiving remittances from workers abroad sold dollars ahead of festivals in April to mark the local new year….

SLFP to take disciplinary action against Mervyn

The central committee of the SLFP yesterday unanimously decided to take disciplinary action against Minister Mervyn Silva over a statement that the minister had made asserting that no one could touch him while President Mahinda Rajapaksa was in power….

GL slams US over double standards on human rights

Citing a simmering row between Israel and the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) over the latter’s decision to investigate Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the Sri Lankan government yesterday pointed out the inconsistency of the US position, with regard to the contentious issue of human rights….

Ten Veteran Journalists to be felicitated by President, Today

Ten Veteran journalists who have excelled in the spheres of Mass Media will be honored with special awards by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at a ceremony to be held in Colombo on Friday morning.  This felicitation ceremony organized for the first time, by the Department of Government Information will take place when its new five storied…

Becoming politicised in unavoidable, says Rauff Hakeem

Minister of Justice Rauff Hakeem says that both the private and government sectors becoming politicised is unavoidable….

Sri Lanka beat England by 75 runs in first Test

Sri Lanka beat England by 75 runs in the first Test played in Galle. Sri Lanka scored 318 and 214 in their two innings while England scored 193 and 264 in reply….

Govt. declares May 7 a holiday for Vesak

The government decided to declare May 7 (Monday) as an additional public holiday for the Vesak celebrations, the Government Information Department stated….


AN EXPERIENCE AT GETWELL PHARMACY, WELLAWATTE The Ministry of Health has given strict instructions to all Pharmacies in the best interests of the people yet most Pharmacies are exploiting innocent consumers by selling expired medication and substitutes….