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State Minister Ajith Nivard Cabraal to deliver keynote at CA Sri Lanka’s Budget Webinar next week

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The Annual Budget Seminar organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) will be held on November 19 from 9.00 am to 12.30 pm with a host of eminent speakers and panelists who will share their insights on the government’s national Budget for the year 2021.

For the first time in the event’s history, the budget seminar will be held on a virtual (online) platform due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

State Minister of Money & Capital Market and State Enterprise Reforms Ajith Nivard Cabraal will deliver the keynote speech on “Thinking Behind the Budget Proposals.”

The guest speakers will be Secretary to the Treasury S. R Attygalle and Governor of the Central Bank Professor W. D. Lakshman. Attygalle will focus his speech on “Implementation of the Budget Proposals,” while Prof. Lakshman’s presentation will delve on “Impact of the Budget Proposals on the Economy.”

The CA Sri Lanka Budget Webinar will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding on the national budget while also evaluating the economic and tax components arising from the Government’s budget for next year.

The panel discussion will include Deputy Commissioner General of Inland Revenue (Tax Policy & International Affairs) D R S Hapuarachchi, while the Moderator of the session will be the chairman of the Faculty of Taxation of CA Sri Lanka Sulaiman Nishtar. The budget highlights will be delivered by Partner of KPMG Ms. Shamila Jayasekara.

The online event is open to members of the public as well as Chartered Accountants, other professionals from accounting and non-accounting streams and students. Anyone who wishes to register for the event can visit www.casrilanka.com and register and pay online.

The CA Sri Lanka Annual Budget Seminar is one of the institute’s most sought-after events with a large number of participants attending the event, due to its extensive focus on pertinent areas of the national budget.



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Cabraal briefs Chief Incumbents on Port City Project Commission Bill

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On the instructions of the President and the Prime Minister, State Minister of Finance Ajith Nivard Cabraal on April 19 visited the Asgiriya Chapter, the Malwathu Chapter and the Chief Prelates of the Amarapura and Ramanna Maha Nikayas and briefed them on the relevant draft commission bill on Port City Project.

Cabinet Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, Minister of State Lohan Ratwatte, Minister of State Kanaka Herath, MP Wasantha Yapa Bandara and MP Kokila Gunawardena were also present on the occasion.

 

 

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Growing importance of training for nurses taking care of patients with NCDs

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To keep pace with the rapid expansion and increasing complexity of elderly home healthcare, training needs of home healthcare nurses must be identified and subsequent training programs implemented. English Nursing Care conducts training sessions on a weekly basis covering a variety of care needs for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) such as diabetes. The World Health Organisation (WHO) record that NCDs are estimated to account for 75% of total deaths in Sri Lanka.

Furthermore, according to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health “although people are living longer, they live more years suffering from disease and disability, mainly from NCDs; life expectancy at birth in Sri Lanka is 74.9 years but healthy life expectancy at birth is only 67.0 years.” This has a significant impact on quality of life.

English Nursing Care Sri Lanka works towards improving the quality of life of the elderly living with NCD’s by training nurses on the most advanced and developed methodologies brought through years of experience internationally and locally. Being responsible for the well-being of your loved ones is pivotal in the service they provide.

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SriLankan Airlines welcomes Indian delegation to Sri Lanka

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SriLankan Airlines in a bid to recommence Indian tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka under the proposed bio-bubble tourist arrival concept successfully completed a familiarization tour for Indian media and travel trade professionals recently. A delegation of tour operators, agents, and senior editors representing influential media institutions concluded a familiarization tour in Sri Lanka.

The delegation spent six nights and seven days touring the country while being subjected to mandatory PCR testing and other health guidelines imposed by the Ministry of Health. Upon arriving in Sri Lanka, the delegation toured the most sought-after local tourist sites including Dambulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, and Bentota. The tour was initiated by SriLankan Holidays and the ground arrangements for the tour were handled by Jetwing Travels, Aitken Spence, Sri Lanka Convention Bureau (SLCB), and Hamoos Travels.

The main purpose of their participation in this fam tour was to restore confidence in visiting Sri Lanka, especially among the Indian tourists to provide them in-depth knowledge on how the country’s tourism industry operates under the bio-bubble concept. Apart from visiting various places, they experienced the stringent health and safety protocols adopted by the country in resuming tourism under the “bio-bubble” concept allowing tourists to roam around without mixing with the local population.

During their stay here, the delegation was hosted for a virtual meet-and-greet with SriLankan Airlines Chairman Ashok Pathirage, Chief Executive Officer Vipula Gunathilleka, and Head of Worldwide Sales & Distribution Dimuthu Tennakoon. The discussion focused on the airline’s operations to India, vaccination and quarantine travel arrangements between the two countries, current safety measures, and guidelines pertaining to the bio-bubble concept. They lauded the effort taken by officials to make their trip a memorable one.

The Indian delegation was highly impressed with the opportunities they were given to travel and explore the country and its exclusive holiday prospects for the enthusiastic traveller. This fam tour was a manifestation of the immense potential of Sri Lanka as a post-covid travel destination enticing the Indian traveller.

 

 

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