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Shots fired at house of Samson’s grandson on a family contract?

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Police suspect that the shooting attack on the house of DSI Samson Group (Pvt) Ltd Executive Director Sajith Rajapaksa, who is also the grandson of DSI founder Samson Rajapaksa, was carried out as per a contract given by one of his family members to the perpetrators.

Initial investigations revealed that the shots were fired at the gate of Mr. Rajapaksa’s residence at Cross Road in Borella early yesterday morning in an attempt to threaten him.

Police said that there was an ongoing dispute among the three shareholders on the company’s board of directors.

Although no one was injured in this shooting, further investigations are underway to find the perpetrators.

Uditha Egalahewa is the Chairman of DSI Samson Group and Kasun Rajapaksa is the General Manager.

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IRD withdraws temporary VAT numbers

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The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) has decided to withdraw the facility of providing temporary VAT (Value-Added Tax) numbers for imports for commercial purposes in view of the misuse of the system.

The move follows revelations that some businessmen, including those involved in the import of commodity items, were misusing the facility by obtaining temporary numbers under different names.

IRD Commissioner General Sepalika Chandrasekara told the Sunday Times that the measure had been taken in view of the revenue losses to the government from the abuse of the system.

She said revelations had been made that even porters employed in Pettah and shop assistants had obtained temporary VAT numbers and evaded tax payments.

She said that necessary amendments would be presented in Parliament shortly.

However, temporary VAT numbers will be issued for imports by the government.

Until the amendments are approved for imports of medicines too, temporary VAT numbers will be issued, she said.

Ms. Chandrasekara said those holding temporary VAT numbers were being registered for permanent VAT numbers, and already 6,000 had been registered.

A Treasury official said that with the new system, they hope to increase tax revenue.

He said that with the new amendments, there would also be strict controls on the import of items.

The official said they were estimating the losses suffered due to the temporary VAT number.

(sundaytimes.lk)
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Advisory issued on severe lightning, heavy showers

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The Meteorology Department has issued an advisory for severe lightning in five provinces today (April 14).

Thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning are likely to occur at several places in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Central and North-western provinces, it said.

There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers. The general public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.

The general public is further requested to avoid using wired telephones and connected electric appliances during thunderstorms and to also avoid using open vehicles, such as bicycles, tractors, boats etc. and to beware of fallen trees and power lines.

For emergency assistance, the public is requested to contact local disaster management authorities.


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Dates set to debate on no-faith motion against Speaker

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It has been decided to debate the No-Confidence Motion against the Speaker of Parliament – Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena on March 19th and 20th.

The parliament vote in this regard will be held at 4.30pm on March 20.

Earlier this month, 44 opposition Members of Parliament submitted a motion of no confidence against Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.

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