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Thursday, 20 June 2019 06:08

Govt expands tourism relief schemes

The Cabinet of Ministers has decided to further expand the relief packages provided in support of the tourism industry recovery in the wake of the recent terror attacks. Given the severity of the downturn and the length of time needed for gradual recovery, the expanded financial relief schemes will cover the entirety of the industry, from the large hotel sector to the medium and small scale hotel and guesthouse sectors to the transport, entertainment, supply and travel sectors, the Daily News learns.

A representative of the Sufi community told the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) investigating the Easter Sunday attacks that members of his sect were at the receiving end of regular vicious verbal attacks by Zahran Hashim, the leader of the terror group.

Thursday, 20 June 2019 06:03

Muslim religious bodies before PSC today

Members of the Ceylon Thowheed Jama’ath (CTJ) and All Ceylon Thowheed Jama’ath (ACTJ) have been summoned to testify before the Parliament Select Committee inquiring into the Easter Sunday terror attacks, today (20).

Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana was in Budapest for bilateral discussions with the Hungary Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Péter Szijjártó last Friday. The visit, undertaken at the invitation of the Hungarian Foreign Minister Szijjártó, coincided with the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Hungary this year (since February 1959).

Sri Lankan labour in 14 different job categories will have access to employment in the Japanese market, with Foreign Employment Ministry to put in stringent controls to eliminate malpractices.

The Finance Ministry is reported to have instructed all ministries to curtail their capital expenditure announced in the budget by 15 per cent because of financial constraints faced by the government.

The President's Office sources report that the President has decided to appoint Major General Shavendra Silva as the Chief of Sri Lanka Army for a period of 4 months along with 6 months of service extension.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 09:11

State lands - Prez opposes freehold rights

President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to be opposed to the piece of legislation introduced by the government to give people freehold rights of State lands used by them under permits issued in terms of the Land Development Ordinance.

SLFP General Secretary MP Dayasiri Jayasekara yesterday emphasised that President Maithripala Sirisena will run for the second term and Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa would be the Prime Minister.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 08:46

Electronic tablets: Prez not agreeable

President Maithripala Sirsiena Sirisena has once again registered his protest to Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam over the plan to distribute free electronic tablets among schoolchildren.

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