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Govt. squeezing the life out of people: Prof. Janak

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Any government in the world uses taxes as a main way to secure its income but we are very careful when talking about the Inland Revenue Act and related income and expenses, Professor Janak Kumarasinghe of the Business Studies Department at Sri Jayewardenepura University said.

He said that the imposition of new taxes will affect employment and unemployment, the income and expenses of a business and the consumption of the general public in the country.

Commenting further, he also said the government is trying to tell the world to downgrade the country’s status from lower middle income to low income.

“The government that tries to portray Sri Lanka as a poor country to the world is working hard to collect maximum taxes from the poor in the country. This shows a complete contradiction in managing the economy. If we are poor, the government should work actively to boost the economy and create new investment opportunities. Taxes have been imposed instead depriving even the opportunities given to start new businesses. More taxes discourages new businesses. This economy, which has not enabled new income generating avenues, has imploded.”

“A negative economic growth causes further collapse and shrinking of the economy. This is like squeezing people’s life out of them and telling them to breathe at the same time. What the government should have done was to create new sources of income. Government revenue should be increased while expenditure related to fiscal policy should be reduced. However, the government has focused only on increasing revenue without paying attention to cutting costs. People who are responsible for this crisis have placed the burden on the people. We can see that they are trying to stay in power in the future by placing all the burden on the people and by rescuing those who have committed fraud and corruption.” he said.

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President pays final respects to late Dr. Ariyaratne & Palitha Thewarapperuma (Pics)

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe today (April 19) paid his final respects to the late social activist and founder of the Sarvodaya movement, Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne as well as to former UNP Member of Parliament and former Deputy Minister, Palitha Thevarapperuma.Visiting the Moratuwa Sarvodaya Headquarters where Mr. Ariyaratne was laid to rest, the President offered his final respects and left a condolence note. He also shared condolences with the grieving family members. 

The President also paid his last respects and extended condolences to the grieving family and local community at the residence Palitha Thewarapperuma, in Yatadolawatte, Matugama.

UNP Chairman MP Wajira Abeywardena and several others attended the event.

(Pics : PMD)


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Flu & diarrhea cases among children on the rise

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Health Authorities have warned of a rise of diarrhea and flu cases among children after the New Year period.
Consultant paediatrician Dr. Deepal Perera advised parents to immediately seek medical attention if their children have been suffering from fever continuously for 3-4 days.

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Fortified rice distribution initiative commences

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The distribution of fortified rice, provided by the World Food Program (WFP) on behalf of the program initiated under the instructions of President Ranil Wickremesinghe, to provide a nutritious meal for school students, commenced today, (19) at the Veyangoda warehouse complex.

In an effort to reduce iron deficiency among school children, fortified rice is provided for school meals. This distribution will be conducted under the supervision of Mr. M.H.A.M. Riflan, Director General for the Partnership Secretariat for World Food Programme Co-operation (PSWFPC), which operates under the purview of the Presidential Secretariat.

As planned, the distribution of 735 metric tons of rice to provincial-level schools commenced today as part of the first phase and will continue tomorrow (20). This rice stock is being delivered to schools under the supervision of officials from the respective Provincial Departments of Education and Public Health Inspectors (PHIs).

Meanwhile, Director General for the PSWFPC, Mr. M.H.A.M. Riflan stated that 378.835 metric tons of dhal, 412.08 metric tons of sunflower cooking oil, and 300 metric tons of dates will be distributed to schools following the start of the new school term on May 19.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Education has implemented measures to provide a main meal at school for all students in grades 1-5 across the country. Following nutritionists’ recommendations, students receive breakfast between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. daily before engaging in educational activities.

Under the theme of ‘Healthy Active Generation,’ the 2024 school meal program aims to reduce nutritional problems among students, increase daily school attendance, foster good eating and health habits, contribute to the improvement of educational achievement levels, and fulfil the fundamental objectives of promoting local food culture.The school feeding program for this year extends its benefits to 1.6 million students, including primary students from 9,134 government schools, as well as smaller schools with fewer than 100 students. A budget of Rs. 16.6 billion has been allocated to the nine provincial councils by the government, supplemented by sponsorship from entities such as the World Food Program (WFP) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

(President’s Media Division) 

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