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Even first properties are to be taxed – Harsha

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Samagi Jana Balawegaya MP – Harsha de Silva says that taxes are to be imposed even on first properties according to IMF conditions, despite what the President says.

Speaking in Parliament today (June 18) on the proposed Imputed Rental Income tax, he said that he would be delighted if the President would decide to scrap it.

However, he pointed out that Minister Bandula Gunawardena has emphasised that conditions of the IMF agreement are set in stone.

MP de Silva further noted that this unfair taxation system would be amended under the new government which will come into power in the next 04 months.

Speaking in Parliament earlier today on the introduction of the Imputed Rental Income tax, President Ranil Wickremesinghe had assured that the first property would be exempted from taxation.

He also added that it is intended to focus on high-net-worth individuals and not on average-income earners.

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Prasanna urges Ranil to declare candidacy promptly

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During a spirited rally in Kadawatha today, Minister Prasanna Ranatunga passionately urged President Ranil Wickremesinghe to promptly announce his candidacy for the presidency within the upcoming week.

“The people of Gampaha eagerly await your decision. Please do not delay any further in declaring your intention to contest,” Minister Ranatunga urged with conviction.

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Harin awards Rs. 1M to Olympic athletes

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Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Harin Fernando has awarded financial sponsorship cheques of Rs. 1 million each to six athletes participating in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. 

Additionally, prize money totaling Rs. 1280 lakh was distributed to athletes and coaches who secured medals and top-eight positions in the last Asian and Paralympic Games in Hangzhou, China.

Young sprinter Tharushi was among the highly rewarded, receiving Rs. 15 million for her Asian Games gold medal along with another Rs. 2.5 million for her relay medal.

Minister Fernando emphasized the significance of encouraging athletes even amidst the country’s financial crisis. 

He expressed his commitment to promoting sports and highlighted the importance of discipline in representing Sri Lanka. He urged athletes to dedicate themselves to achieving victory, meeting the high expectations of the nation.

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Former INSSSL Director General Asanka Abeygunasekara arrested

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The former Director General of the Institute of National Security Studies of Sri Lanka (INSSSL) Asanka Abeygunasekara has been arrested by police.

Abeygunasekara, against whom there was a pending open warrant over a case filed by the Inland Revenue Department (IRD), was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake this morning (21), police said.

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