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Proposal to remove tax on prostheses & white canes

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A proposal to abolish all taxes on equipment imported for the use of disabled and differently-abled citizens will be presented to Parliament this week, it was reported.

Ratnapura District MP Gamini Waleboda who is also the Chairman of the Sectoral Oversight Committee on Alleviating the Impact of the Economic Crisis has told this to ‘Aruna’ newspaper.

He has said that all the Customs-related levies, value added and social security taxes imposed on these devices are unfair to the disabled and the differently-abled.

It was said that 86 devices including prosthetic legs, prosthetic arms, white canes and hearing aids are used by disabled and differently-abled citizens.

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Postage stamp to be increased to Rs. 100 in July

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A proposal has been made to increase the price of an ordinary postage stamp to Rs. 100 by July, Mass Media Ministry Secretary Anusha Palpita said.

He told the Daily Mirror that the Postal Department is currently incurring an annual loss of Rs. 7,000 million.

“Last year, the loss was reduced to Rs. 3,200 million. However, with a salary increase for postal employees costing Rs. 2,800 million this year, the Postal Department’s loss will rise again to Rs. 7,000 million.” he said.

“If the losses continue to increase, it might reach Rs. 5 billion by 2025. Less than 1.5 million people use postage stamps, yet the entire country bears the burden of the Postal Department’s losses,” he added.

The price of a stamp was Rs. 15 until 2022, and the current price is Rs. 50.

“We are awaiting approval from the Treasury to raise the price of a postage stamp. This decision is necessary due to the ongoing losses of the Postal Department,” Palpita said.

(dailymirror.lk)

(This story, originally published by dailymirror.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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SL health officials urge public not to panic over flesh-eating bacteria

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Sri Lankan health authorities have urged the public not to panic about the spread of Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome (STSS), or commonly known as ‘flesh-eating bacteria’.

Surging numbers of STSS cases across Japan have raised alarm globally.

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NDU delegation from China, visits Navy HQ (Pics)

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A National Defence University (NDU) delegation from the People’s Republic of China, currently in Sri Lanka as part of their overseas study tour, visited the Navy Headquarters yesterday (June 18). 

During this visit, the members of the delegation called on the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera.

The NDU delegation, which comprised 41 student officers, was led by Rear Admiral Hu Gangfeng. Meanwhile, the delegation will be in Sri Lanka from 16th to 19th June.

During their official interaction, Rear Admiral Hu Gangfeng exchanged several views with Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera on several matters of mutual interests. The occasion culminated with an exchange of mementoes, signifying the importance of the occasion.

In addition, the delegation members took part in a briefing by the Commander of the Navy who outlined the roles and responsibilities of the Sri Lanka Navy. The Chief of Staff of the Navy, Rear Admiral Pradeep Rathnayake, Director General Operation, Rear Admiral Nishantha Peiris, Director General Training, Rear Admiral Buddhika Liyanagamage, Naval Assistant to the Commander of the Navy, Rear Admiral Kosala Warnakulasooriya and Defence Attaché of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Colombo, Senior Colonel Zhou Bo were also present on this occasion.

(Source / Pics : navy.lk)

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