President Maithripala Sirisena has suspended the Withholding Tax imposed on the sale of teledramas.The President’s media division said that President Maithripala Sirisena had advised Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera to withdraw the tax and inform the relevant institutions. The President further said that, if there is any obstacles for the progress of the field of art, including the local cinema industry and the field of the tele dramas due to the new Tax policy, he will take action to provide relief to those issues after consulting the relevant institutions. He made these remarks during a meeting held with the representatives of the Associations of cinema and tele dramas, at the Presidential Secretariat. The representatives apprised the President in detail regarding the issues faced by them due to the Government’s new tax policy.Ministers Mangala Samaraweera, Wijeydasa Rajapaksha, Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiywanna, Secretary of Ministry of Higher Education J.J.Rathnasiri, and other officials and Somaratne Dissanayake, Dharmasiri Bandaranayake, Nalan Mendis, Attorney – at – Law Douglas Siriwardana, Deepani Silva, Chandani Seneviratne, Inoka Sathyangani, and other veteran artistes were present at the talks. (Colombo Gazette)
ONE MAN IS dead and another is seriously injured after a stabbing incident in Shankill in south Dublin in the early hours of this morning. The two men in their late 20s were found with serious stab injuries on the road at Rathsallagh Park at around 5.30am. They were taken to St Vincent’s Hospital where one of them was pronounced dead shortly after 8am this morning. The second man remains in a serious condition in hospital. Gardaí say that the scene has been preserved for a technical examination and have appealed for witnesses who may have been in or around the Rathsallagh Park area to contact them. Gardaí can be reached at Shankill on 01 666 5900, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.