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TIN not mandatory for duel citizens

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It is not mandatory for Sri Lankans studying abroad and dual citizens to obtain a Tax Identification Number (TIN), said the Deputy Commissioner General of the Inland Revenue Department – Mr. B.K. Saman Shantha.
He said this during a press conference held at the Department of Government Information.

However, he said that if a person in a foreign country earns any income from Sri Lanka (bank account interest income, rental income or any other form of income) that exceeds the annual tax exemption limit of Rs. 1.2 million, they should definitely get the TIN number.

He said that the public is keen to obtain the TIN and the IRD is going to network computers with the Department of Motor Traffic to get information related to vehicle registration.

Noting that IRD computer systems have also been networked with those at Sri Lanka Customs, Mr. Saman Shantha said that this gives the IRD access to all details related to imports and exports.

Linking with all state institutions will help authorities to identify tax evaders, he added.

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Arthur C. Clarke Centre announces satellite launch for next year

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The Arthur C. Clarke Centre has announced plans to launch a satellite next year. 

Professor Chandana Jayaratne, Director of the Astronomy and Space Science Unit at Colombo University’s Physics Department and Chairman of the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies, emphasized the need for further infrastructure development to educate schoolchildren on satellite technology.

He made these remarks during a program focused on teaching students about satellite technology.

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Suspect in burglary of Sachithra Senanayake’s house arrested

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Police have apprehended a suspect involved in the burglary of former Sri Lankan cricketer Sachithra Senanayake’s house in the Kalalgoda area of Thalangama. 

The burglary occurred on the night of June 22, 2024.

The suspect, a 34-year-old resident of Thalangama, was identified through CCTV footage. 

Police recovered the stolen items, including a laptop, two tablet PCs, five expensive watches, four valuable bracelets, two rings, and Rs 10,000 in cash, from the suspect’s house. 

The motorcycle used in the theft has also been seized.

The suspect, who has a history of criminal activity and was recently released on bail after serving time for multiple burglaries in Kottawa, Thalangama, and Maharagama, will be produced before Homagama Court. 

Kottawa Police are conducting further investigations.

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MP Dylan Perera’s vehicle involved in highway accident

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MP Dylan Perera’s vehicle was involved in an accident near the Galanigama interchange on the Southern Expressway. 

The former minister was not injured, but another passenger in the car sustained injuries.

Kalutara-South Police and Highway Police are conducting further investigations into the incident.

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