Thursday, October 27, 2016

Special COPE Report On Controversial Central Bank Bond Scam Issue Presented To The Parliament

Image result for COPE REPORTA special COPE(Committee On Public Enterprises) Report on the controversial Central Bank's  Bond Scam Issue was presented to the Parliament short while ago by the chairman of COPE,MP Sunil Handuneththi.

The 55 page COPE Report includes 15 recommendations and observations  regarding the Central Bank's Bond Scam Issue including to take legal action against former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran who the COPE charged as directly involved in the Bond Transaction which caused the loss of billions of rupees belonging to the Treasury  and to take legal action against him and others who are responsible for it according to the COPE  Chairman.

The report has also observed the financial irregularities of the Bond Scam and recommended to recover  the losses incurred from those involved in this scam.

Sixteen members of the COPE had reported as rejected a Report with footnotes and Nine members had rejected a Report without footnotes MP Handuneththi has stated.

Meanwhile former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran who is in center of the Bond Scam issue had left the country  it has been reported.However He had left the country to attend a wedding and  is due to return shortly the Prime Minister Ranil Wikrmasinghe has stated.

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A Clerk Who Had Taken A Bribe Of Rs.600,000 From A Heart Patient To Arrange His Bypass Surgery Quickly Caught By Health Ministry Officials

Officers  attached to the Special Investigations  Division of Health Ministry  had caught a clerk  working at the Personal Division in Colombo National Hospital over taking a bribe of Rs.600,000 from a patient at Cardio Thoracic Unit ward  of the hospital  to do his  Bypass Surgery immediately .


The Hospital Clerk  has received Rs.600,000 from the patient to his bank account and afterwards  as  promised he had taken  steps to arrange the patients surgery on 20th Of October it has been revealed.

The patient who paid the money to the  Hospital Clerk admitted to the Cardio Thoracic Unit of  the National Hospital  on 28 th of September .

Another patient who was admitted to the ward for a Bypass Surgery two months ago and Still in the awaiting list heard the story from the patient who paid money for the clerk and informed on this to Special Investigations Division of the Health Ministry .

As a result The Investigation  Division officers had caught the suspected clerk An investigation on him is currently underway .



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Major General Ubaya Madawela Has Been Appointed As New Chief Of Staff Of Sri Lanka Army

 Major General Udaya Madawela has been appointed as the new Chief of Staff of the
 Sri Lanka Army with effect from 01st of November according to the Ministry Of Defense.

Major General Madawela was security force commander of the Sri Lanka Army's Central and West divisions and former Military Spokesman.He is also the Military Advisor of the Sri Lanka Mission to United Nations in New York.

Meanwhile Major General Channa Gunathilake has been appointed as the new deputy Chief Of staff of the Sri Lanka Army with effect from  01st of November the Ministry has stated.

Government To Allocate 15,000 Acres Of Land In Hambanthota For Chinese Investors-Prime Minister Wikramasinghe

Announcing the five year economic plan of the government in Parliament today (27) prime minister Ranil Wikramasinghe has stated that 15,000 acres of land in Hambanthota (Southern Province) will be allocated for Chinese Investors.

Prime Minister Wikramasinghe also says  that government is planning to annul the Export and Import Control Act and a bring a new legislation on the lines of Singapore's regulations if Export and Imports and Exports Act and Strategic Goods Control Act.

A new set of investment incentives based on low tax regime and capital allowances will be introduced and the more details on this will be announced during the Budget he has revealed.

Mount Lavinia Magistrate Has Released The Army intelligence Officer Arrested In Connection With Killing Of Former Sunday Leader Editor

The Army Intelligence Officer  P.Udalagama who was arrested and remanded in connection with the murder of former sunday leader newspaper editor Lasantha Wikramathunge has been released on bail by Mount Lavinia Magistrate today (27).

The suspect who was arrested on 16th of  July on the charges of alleged abduction ,unlawful detention and questioning of the driver of  late editor Wikramathunge has been released on three personal bails of Rs.500,000 each and a cash bail of Rs.50,000.

The court  barred the suspect from entering any military establishment in the country and leaving the country.

The former sunday editor leader was killed on his way to work in January 2009.

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Maharagama "Apeksha" Hospital To Perform Bone Marrow Transplants In Sri Lanka For The First Time

Image result for maharagama apeksha hospitalFor the first time in Sri Lanka Maharagama "Apeksha" Hospital is due to perform an expensive Bone Marrow Transplant Surgeries free of charge for local patients  with effect from this December according to the Ministry Of Health,Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine.

These surgeries will be performed mainly by four Oncologists attached to Apeksha Hospital  who had recently undergone a special training regarding the Bone Marrow Transplant Surgeries at St.Vincent's University Hospital ,Australia as per  the instructions of Consultant Surgeon Dr.M.A David who is attached to the St.Vincent's Hospital Ministry has stated.

There are over 100 patients in Maharagama "Apeksha" Hospital awaiting Bone Marrow Transplant Surgeries which performs in foreign countries at the cost of around Rs.30 to 40 million according to the reports.Sri Lankan patients are mostly flying to the countries like India and Singapore for this surgery.

Increase Of VAT And Nation Building Taxes To Be Implemented From 01st Of November

Image result for vat taxThe increase of Value Added Tax(VAT) and Nation Building Tax(NBT) will be implemented with effect from 01st of November according to the Ministry of Finance.

The VAT Increase from 11% to 15% was approved when the VAT Amendment Bill was passed in Parliament yesterday(26) with majority of 53 votes.

Accordingly the VAT increase will affect tobacco,telecom,air ticket fees and private medical services excluding Dialysis,OPD Services and diagnostic tests and the 2% Nation Building Tax rate will remain unchanged it has been reported.

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