President to leave for India tomorrow

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is scheduled to set off on his first overseas visit tomorrow (28) after taking office as the Head of the State. He will be leaving for India for a two-day visit in keeping with the invitation extended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. President Rajapaksa is set to meet Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and PM Modi for bilateral discussions. Presidential Secretary P.B. Jayasundara Secretary to Foreign Ministry Ravinatha Aryasinha, Secretary to the Treasury S.R. Attygalle and

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Cabinet announces several tax reliefs

The Cabinet has given its approval to remove the Nation Building Tax (NBT), Pay As You Earn (PAYE) Tax and Withholding Tax on interests, the Co-Cabinet Spokesperson Bandula Gunawardena said today. He mentioned this during the first press briefing to announce the decisions of the new government’s Cabinet of Ministers, held at the Department of Government Information this evening. He also said that the Cabinet has further decided to reduce the telecommunications levy by 25%. Thereby the current telecommunications levy

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Sri Lanka elections: In the south, hopes on Gotabaya run high – The Hindu

By Meera Srinivasan – The Hindu Correpondent “I brought my child along just so he can see our leader, even if from a distance,” said Sepalika Harshani, 29, carrying her toddler under an umbrella.           She was among thousands who flocked to Wellawaya town in Sri Lanka’s southern Monaragala district on Saturday afternoon, braving the rain. They had come for the rally of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, candidate from their favourite political clan, in the final lap of

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After hiatus, Rajapaksa brothers set to dominate Sri Lanka again – Reuters

By Sanjeev Miglani, Shihar Aneez – Reuters COLOMBO (Reuters) – One brother is considered a shoo-in for the job of Sri Lanka’s president in elections this weekend and another is eyeing the prime minister’s post when that election becomes due early next year. FILE PHOTO: Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka People’s Front party presidential election candidate and former wartime defence chief, with his brothers, Mahinda Rajapaksa, former president and opposition leader and Chamal Rajapaksa (R) are seen as they leave after handing

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South Africa celebrates rugby world cup win over England

South Africans have been celebrating after their rugby team beat England 32-12 in the world cup final in Japan. The victory under Siya Kolisi, the team’s first black captain, was another symbolic moment for the Springboks. In 1995, former President Nelson Mandela’s famously celebrated on the podium with captain Francois Pienaar after their first world cup win. This is the third time that the Springboks have won the trophy equalling New Zealand’s record.

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Now is the time for Sri Lanka to stand on it’s own two feet – Lord Naseby

By Lord Naseby Is this really a country that has to be monitored by the West almost every day? The President of the APPG for Sri Lanka thinks not. About 6 months ago I was conscious that the UN Motions on Sri Lanka would be reviewed in March 2019 by the UNHCR in Geneva.I decided I should try to initiate a debate as near to Independence Day on February 4th as I could. After all it is nearly four years since

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UNP accused Sarath Fonseka behind violent attacks on reporters

Sarath Fonseka is the defence minister nominee of Sajith’s dream government. People of our country should not forget the recent past. This is how the same UNP brought accusations against SF in the past. Do we let these political bastards to fool us anymore? If the answer is “NO”, lets defeat Sajith and the clan and bring Gotabhaya to the presidency.

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Ex Military Leader Kagame’s Rwanda is still Africa’s most inspiring success story – Can Sri Lanka’s Gotabaya achieve the same miracle?

  By Lanka Eyewitness Europe Correspondent When Paul Kagame became Rwanda‘s president in 2000, he inherited a country that had been torn apart by genocide. To rebuild it, he had to rely on mostly uneducated guerrilla fighters and a handful of ill-trained cadres. Even the most optimistic of analysts doubted his chances. But 19 years later, the country is stable, prosperous, unified and, in large part, reconciled. Social services, such as education, healthcare, housing and livestock are provided to the needy,

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Gotabaya outlines war-winning strategy now applicable for economic war

By Lanka Eyewitness Europe Correspondent  Outlining the 12-point strategy that brought victory for security forces ending the 30-year old war in the North and East, Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa told a packed audience of policy planners, economic experts, members of civil organizations, Central Bank employees, and journalists at the Centre for Banking Studies auditorium on Wednesday that a similar strategy could be applied to gain success in the present day economic management. Attorney General Mohan Peiris, Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa

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