PM says opposition playing double games

by Norman Palihawadane Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, yesterday, said that the Rs. 5,000 allowance, given to the people who had lost their daily income due to COVID-19 pandemic, would not be stopped though there had been a decision made not to pay it for the month of June, owing to opposition by some political parties. The PM said that the government had been asked to suspend the payment owing to petitions by Opposition political parties to the Elections Commission, against paying Rs 5,000 to people who had lost their livelihoods.…

Sri Lanka extends trade controls, license regime in import substitution drive

Sri Lanka has extended import bans for three months on a wide variety of goods and started a license regime on other goods in an import substitution drive after money printing brought currency pressure on top a Coronavirus crisis. Sri Lanka is relying on a law widely in the 1970s to control imports and cripple economic activities in th 1970s as the central bank was unable to deal with the collapse of the Bretton Woods system which also sent oil prices up. But the controls are now coming despite oil…

Udaya Gammanpila Gives President Sirisena False Immunity Boost

(Daily Mirror) Factcheck’s verdict is based on the most recent information that is publicly accessible. As with every fact check, if new information becomes available, Factcheck will revisit the assessment. Former MP Udaya Gammanpila made this statement as part of a series of tweets with reference to the ability to prosecute former President Maithripala Sirisena for any alleged crime in relation to the Easter Sunday attacks. To evaluate the former MP’S claim Factcheck consulted the provisions of article 35 of the constitution as they stood both before and after the…

Opposition is trying to sabotage anti-coronavirus campaign by reconvening Parliament

(Daily Mirror ) ◼️Anti-Coronavirus campaign by reconvening Parliament ◼️Even in the midst of this national crisis and global disaster we see the unpleasant sight of the political opposition vociferously demanding that the dissolved Parliament be reconvened Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said the opposition’s present efforts are aimed at getting the old Parliament reconvened and using their majority in Parliament to block government finances, thereby sabotaging the anti-coronavirus campaign in order to bring the government into disrepute before the election. Issuing a statement the premier said the President, the government…

special flight with 230 passengers arrive in Mattala ?

A Privilege Air B767-35D flight P66991 from Netherlands landed this morning at Mattala International Airport with 230 passengers. All 230 passengers are ship crew members who will be taken for a Ship which is currently docked in Galle Harbour. Tonight the flight will return back to Netherlands with the 57 crew members of the Ship who are retuning home with the arrival of new crew members. Pictures : Shehan Madhawa (Twitter) Newswire

Not the most enlightened comment, is it?

(Daily Mirror) ◼️ELECTIONS HELD IN THE PAST WHEN PEOPLE WERE DYING FROM DENGUECommenting on Co-cabinet Spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardana’s remarks that elections have been held even when people died from dengue, star Cricketer Kumar Sangakkara asked,“not the most enlightened comment, is it?” At the Cabinet media briefing yesterday, Minister Gunawardana said the elections were held during the previous governments times when people were dying from dengue. He said this in response to a question asked on holding the general elections during the ◼️Covid-19 pandemic. When the news was shared on…

Bollywood’s romantic hero dies at 67

He was part of the Kapoor acting dynasty which has long dominated Bollywood, the Hindi film industry. The actor made a huge splash in 1973 with his first lead role in Bobby – a teenage love story. He played the romantic lead in dozens of films for over two decades, after which he made a successful transition to character roles. Rishi Kapoor debuted as a child actor in 1970 in his father Raj Kapoor’s film, Mera Naam Joker. Several of his films in the 1980s and 90s – Khel Khel…

Luxury Tax will be imposed

Vehicle Importers Association of Sri Lanka says that due to the increase of the value of Japanese Yen and the US Dollar against the Sri Lankan Rupee, several vehicles with engine capacity less than 1,000cc would also be subjected to a luxury tax. Customers would now have to pay 15% more than the vehicle price, President of Vehicle Importers Association of Sri Lanka Ranjan Pieris had told Daily Mirror Newspaper. “Earlier, the vehicles bought by the middle-class community were exempted from the luxury taxes but after the rupee depreciated, the…