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26th July 2018

Carry eco Certificate always: Police - Daily Mirror

The carrying of Vehicle Emission Test (VET-eco test) certificate had been made compulsory due to complaints about the existence of fake certificates, the Police said today.


VAT relief for health sector - DailyFT

The Government decided to remove VAT from medical consultation fees, channelling charges, and medical practitioners’ charges effective from July 2018, Cabinet Co-Spokesperson Dr. Rajitha Senaratne told reporters yesterday. However the VAT component of hospital room charges will remain.


USD 100Mn World Bank aid to modernize the education system in Sri Lanka - LBO

Sri Lanka signed a US 100 million dollas credit agreement with the World Bank to support Sri Lanka’s efforts to strengthen and modernize the general education system in the country, the Finance Ministry said.


Sri Lanka to reimburse tea exporter promotional costs - EconomyNext

The Sri Lankan government is to reimburse 19 tea exporters half their international promotional costs under its global pure Ceylon tea promotion campaign, a spokesman said.


PM to launch Sri Lanka’s first Tourist-friendly Tuk programme - The Island

The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) will launch Sri Lanka's first ever tourist-friendly Tuk Tuk service on July 30 at Galle Face Green under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.


Death penalty for drug traffickers, regardless of GSP Plus - Daily News

Co-cabinet spokesperson, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said the Government would forge ahead with the death penalty directive given by President Maithripala Sirisena even if it leads to the loss of GSP Plus.


Chinese mining giant keen to set up gem and jewellery exchange in SL - Daily Mirror

A Chinese state-owned gold mining giant has expressed interest to set up a US $ 30 million gem and jewellery exchange in Sri Lanka with the support of the Sri Lankan government and a major local gem and jewellery supplier to China.


Facebook in freefall as weak outlook stuns market - EconomyNext

San Francisco, United States | AFP | Wednesday - Facebook shares went into a freefall Wednesday as a stunningly weak financial outlook raised fresh concerns for the social networking giant as it tries to recover from the impact of data protection scandals and investigations.


Shares fall for third straight session in dull trade - DailyFT

Reuters: Shares extended fall for a third straight session yesterday as investors sold blue-chip shares, but foreign buying helped limit losses.


Rupee ends steady in dull trade - DailyFT

Reuters: The Sri Lankan rupee ended steady yesterday as dollar demand from importers offset greenback selling by exporters, traders said.


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