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Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has given approval to waive off the entertainment tax on the local cinema industry for this year and the next to provide support to a sector hard-hit by COVID-19, his office said yesterday.

Parliament is unlikely to convene next week after several MPS are believed to have come in contact with Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Leader and parliamentarian, rauff Hakeem who tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, the Daily Mirror learns.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed an 18-member Deregulation Commission with public sector veterans, private sector leaders, entrepreneurs, law experts and professionals to simplify the existing laws and regulations in the interest of the people.

A final decision on the controversial Memorandum of Co-operation (MoC) signed between India, Japan, and Sri Lanka to jointly develop the East Container Terminal (ECT) at the Colombo Port is to be taken, following the recommendations by the two committees appointed by the Cabinet of Ministers, The Sunday Morning learnt.

Sunday, 10 January 2021 09:12

Ukraine not under lockdown – Ranatunga

Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga has stressed Ukraine has not been subjected to a country-wide lockdown at present.

Secretary to the Ministry of Education - Prof. Kapila C. Wijewardena had stated that attention is given to regulating private tuition classes over continuous complaints made to the ministry.

The Government was making arrangements to provide COVID-19 vaccines to the people of Sri Lanka by mid-February, Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID-19 Disease Control Minister Sudarshani Fernandopulle said yesterday.

Developing the agriculture sector is a key aim of Budget 2021, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said, with priority given to resolving water, land and technical issues through a large allocation of funds so Sri Lanka can promote import substitution measures.

The Government has held diplomatic level discussions with Russia, India and China with regard to the purchasing of Covid-19 vaccines in addition to the obtaining of vaccines through the COVAX facility, Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said yesterday.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed an 18-member Deregulation Commission with public sector veterans, private sector leaders, entrepreneurs, law experts and professionals to simplify the existing laws and regulations in the interest of the people.

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