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Decision taken on govt. employees contesting for LG polls

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The government employees who have submitted nominations to contest the Local Government (LG) elections have received the Cabinet’s approval to work in the nearest LG division apart from the district in which they are contesting.

The decision has been taken in view of the observations issued by the Elections Commission over the measures to be taken with regard to these government employees till the election is held.

Accordingly, a proposal presented by State Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Janaka Wakkumbura has been approved by the Cabinet.

State Minister Wakkumbura yesterday said that the government employees who are contesting the election would be given their salaries and allowances.

He also said that necessary instructions have been issued to all the LG bodies through the Governors to carry out the activities of the LG bodies.

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Central Bank makes decision on interest rates

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The Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, which met yesterday, has decided to lower the Central Bank’s Standing Deposit Facility Rate (SDFR) and Standing Lending Facility Rate (SLFR) by 250 basis points.

Accordingly, the reduced interest rates are as follows.

Standing Deposit Facility Rate (SDFR) up to 13.50%

Standing Lending Facility Rate (SLFR) up to 14.00%

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List of professionals whose IRD registration is compulsory

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A gazette notice has been issued making it compulsory for those engaged in several fields such as medical, engineering, law, accounting and banking to register with the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) from today (01).

President Ranil Wickremesinghe has issued this gazette as the Minister of Finance, Economic Stabilization and National Policies.  

According to the relevant gazette, the people who are required to register with the IRD are listed below.

1. Practitioners registered with the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC)

2. Members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka

3. Members of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka

4. Members of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka

5. Members of the Association of Professional Bankers

6. Members of the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects

7. Members of the Institute of Quantity Surveyors Sri Lanka

8. Attorneys-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka

9. Individuals who have registered their businesses in Divisional Secretariats

10. Individuals who are in possession of vehicles registered (other than three-wheelers, motorcycles and hand tractors) in Motor Traffic Department

11. Individuals who have purchased or acquired, by virtue of Deeds Transfer, of any immovable property in Sri Lanka

12. Employees whose monthly contribution from both employee and employer to any Provident Fund is more than Rs. 20,000

13. Any individual who obtains approval for a building plan from a Local Authority

14. Any other individual who receives payment of Rs. 100,000 per month or Rs. 1,200,000 for a 12-month period for providing any services in Sri Lanka

In addition, all persons who have completed the age of 18 on 31 December 2023, or who will turn 18 on or after 01 January 2024, will also be subject to this new provision.

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Upcountry train services disrupted

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Train services along the upcountry railway line were disrupted due to a rock slip on the railway line between Haliela and Uduwara Railway Stations this morning (01), the Railways Department said.

Passengers said that while the Udarata Menike train was travelling from Badulla to Colombo at 5.45 this morning, the driver saw the collapsed earth mound and immediately stopped the train preventing a major accident.

The Railways Department said that the restoration of the railway line is currently being done.

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