* Salaries of state sector servants incresed by Rs. 10,000 - Rs. 5000 will be given in February/ remaining Rs. 5000 in June- Thereby state sector employees' salaries increased by 47%.
Request made for private sector employers to increase the salaries of private sector employees Rs. 2500.
* 12.5kg gas cylinder price reduced up to Rs. 1596 (Rs. 300 reduction)
13 Essential goods price reduction by removal of taxes - with effect from midnight
* Sugar: Rs. 10 reduction - tax reduced from Rs. 28 up to Rs. 10 * Milk powder 400g packet will be Rs. 325 (maximum retail price) - reduction of Rs. 61 * Sustagen milk powder to be reduced by Rs. 100 (400g) * Flour prices reduced by Rs. 12.50 per kilo * Bread - reduced by Rs. 6 * Green grams - reduction by Rs. 40 per kilo * Sprats: Reduction of Rs. 15 * Canned fish - Reduced by Rs. 60 * Coriander - Reduced by Rs. 60 per kilo * Maldive fish - taxes reduced by Rs. 200 * Chilli powder - Reduced by Rs. 25 (powdered)
The government has waived off the 25% tax paid by customers when reloading phones.
Gold jewellery pawned to banks - that don't exceed Rs. 200,000 - interest will be waived off.
Mansion tax - Rs. 1 million per annum will be charged for houses of which the value is estimated at Rs. 100 million or exceeds 5000 sqft.
His Royal Highness Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Crown Prince and the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
It is with deep sadness that I have learnt of the passing away of His Majesty King Abdullah
bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the King of the Kingdom of
I warmly recall the significant role played by the late King to enhance bilateral relations
between Sri Lanka and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the mutual benefit of our peoples.
On behalf of my country, I wish to express my sincere gratitude for the support extended to
Sri Lanka by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, during the reign of the late King at the
The late King’s far sighted policies to ensure a brighter future for the people of Saudi Arabia
and His Majesty’s contribution towards bringing peace and stability to the Middle East
Region is widely acknowledged. His inspirational unwavering determination and
commitment to serve the people of Saudi Arabia, was admired and appreciated.
At this time of national grief, the Government and people of Sri Lanka join me in extending
deepest condolences to Your Highness, the Government and the people of the Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia, particularly the members of the Royal Family of the late King.
Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
Indian Prime minister's wishes to Hon.Ranil Wickramasinghe
I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations on your appointment as the prime minister of Sri lanka.
The rich experience you will bring to bear in discharging the responsibilities of this august office will be invaluable in guiding the destiny of sri lanka at this crucial juncture. The people of Sri Lanka have reposed their faith in new government, and I wish you all success in working towards peace, prosperity and development of Sri Lanka and bringing about genuine reconciliation and harmony amongst all Sri Lankans.
We warmly recall the efforts made by you during your tenures as prime minister of Sri Lanka to strengthen relations between our two countries. I strongly believe that the futures to work with your Excellency to bring our two countries even closer, particularly through the deepening of our economic engagement.
Please accept, Excellency, my best wishes for your new term in office and the continued progress of the friendly people of Sri Lanka.