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More taxes on CSN of Rajapaksa sons

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Carlton Sports Network (CSN), a dedicated sports channel operated by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s sons, is among the companies to be levied under the Super Gain Tax introduced by the Government, Parliament was informed today.


Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, who opened the debate on the interim budget, said this tax was introduced to charge a levy from some companies that prospered disproportionately during the tenure of the previous government while making a minimum contribution to the economy.


He cited CSN as an example and said it had neither paid the spectrum tax nor the electricity charges.


"CSN has usurped the sports telecasting rights of the state-run television channels and misappropriated the fleet of vehicles assigned to the Presidential Security Division (PSD) for its business operations. That is how it has made huge profits," the minister said adding that one-fourth of the income accrued by these companies will be charged as tax if they had made a profit of Rs.2,000 million or more during the financial year 2013/2014. (Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 52

  • LOL Thursday, 05 February 2015 10:36 PM

    How about charging them a rental on all the cars and other equipment they have "borrowed" from Rupavahini

    Subha Thursday, 05 February 2015 10:48 PM

    Why not just take over CSN to the state government???

    gemun Wednesday, 11 February 2015 09:15 AM

    Just based on Gossip ? . Even presidents declaraation that ex president has ordered an specially made aircraft for himself has been proved wrong. If they have done any thing wrong let law enforcement authorities do proper investigation and take legal action against them without politicians slinging Mud" This not Yahapalanaya non partison dcent people expected

    Aruna Friday, 06 February 2015 09:56 AM

    Are you the Auditor General?

    Simple mind Thursday, 05 February 2015 11:08 PM

    @ Senator could you pls read the news before commenting.

    patriot Thursday, 05 February 2015 06:05 PM

    In short, Mr. Ravi, why not just shut down CSN, there are many important things to do and now is 74 days left.

    Linusf Thursday, 05 February 2015 11:45 PM

    Why is it to be taxed at 25% if it made profits of 2000million or more, surely it should be taxed even if it made profits less than 2000million and I suggest at 50%.

    Senator Thursday, 05 February 2015 06:15 PM

    How did you get at this figure?Yes there would have been unpaid taxes,since it was owned by we know whom,but this figure?

    leel Friday, 06 February 2015 10:19 AM

    if such as the case, can somebody like JVP members or recently formed corruption committee headed by Sirilal Lakthilaka file a case in the court or complain to bribery and corruption commission against the CSN, its owners and officials.

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 05 February 2015 06:20 PM

    But even under a UNP government, can an ordinary citizen like me get a license to operate a TV channel? Do I need to know someone in the right place to get that approval?

    asoka Friday, 06 February 2015 10:19 AM

    WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE TAXES INTRODUCE BY THE finance minister.IMPRACTICAL TAX POLICIES CANNOT BE IMPLEMENTED. What happen to the PORT CITY PROJECT. WILL THE GOVERNMENT CANCEL ANY CHINESE PROJECT. ALL THE STORIES MADE IN THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN ONLY BE PROMISES. ONE thing will be happened US will request UN to postpone the US RESOLUTION against SRILANKA definitely.

    asoka Friday, 06 February 2015 10:19 AM

    WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE TAXES INTRODUCE BY THE finance minister.IMPRACTICAL TAX POLICIES CANNOT BE IMPLEMENTED. What happen to the PORT CITY PROJECT. WILL THE GOVERNMENT CANCEL ANY CHINESE PROJECT. ALL THE STORIES MADE IN THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN ONLY BE PROMISES. ONE thing will be happened US will request UN to postpone the US RESOLUTION against SRILANKA definitely.

    King Friday, 06 February 2015 01:24 AM

    Come on!Kings and Princes do not pay tax. Why bother then?

    T Wickramaratna Friday, 06 February 2015 10:35 AM

    No harassment please, but charge the wrongdoers withing the law. They should not be allowed to escape the law.

    PURAN APPU Friday, 06 February 2015 02:20 PM

    MAKE SURE TO COLLECT ALL DUES FROM CSN BEFORE THEY CLOSE THE SHOP.

    Sach Friday, 06 February 2015 07:43 PM

    @danny yeah we too hate CNN owners. M.

    dave Thursday, 05 February 2015 06:50 PM

    Ela . Niyamai... Using poor people money they are to make profit... Shame, Shame on Rajapakshas.....

    Chris Friday, 06 February 2015 02:25 PM

    There must be a thorough and very public investigation as to how the children of the ex-President who himself was a man of very meager means when he got elected or even upto the time the LTTE was defeated,amassed such enormous wealth in such a short time.The rise of the Rajapakse clan from there was meteoric and obviously,as we are now gradually finding out,the spoils of mass scale looting of looting the resources of the country.How could this young man with hardly any known means or income or family wealth come to own such a large proportion of this mega asset.The government must give serious consideration to nationalizing this asset and selling it to the public if there is evidence it was acquired through misappropriation of public assets,or abuse of position and mass tax evasion.In addition criminal prosecutions must follow and if found guilty these people must be punished twice as severely as other ordinary criminals and given extremely long jail terms and still worse stripped of civic rights for a period of at least 20 years to prevent corruption of the Sri Lankan political environment.This family has been up to every conceivable vice known to human kind. Everyday the news brings news of their crimes that we find it hard to keep track of them.The worst part is that they were committed so brazenly without any regard to public opinion and still worse that the whole of Sri Lanka was their grandmothers dowry.

    Logic Friday, 06 February 2015 02:29 PM

    Why could they have not done so if they were using Navy facilities as pointed out by DR Honda Hitha above

    Empulze Thursday, 05 February 2015 07:00 PM

    Its high time you guys impound there passports or else badu missing weiy.

    macapagal Friday, 06 February 2015 10:54 AM

    Rajapakse wanted to become a king such the King of Saudi Arabia and he and his sons wanted to do whatever they wanted. they must be brought before the law and punished for all their wrong doings.

    Josh Thursday, 05 February 2015 07:12 PM

    any person can get a license as long as they have the right documents, the right requirements and pay the license fee properly.. CSN had non of those and did not pay any tax also..

    Lima Friday, 06 February 2015 10:59 AM

    WHY TALKING AND WASTING TIME , ARREST THEM AND PUT INSIDE THE RAT JAIL , IF COMMON MAN SUFFERS WHY NOT THEY GO THRU SAME ORDEAL , MAHINDA AND FAMILY AND THE KITH AND KIN , WE WANTED TO SEE THEM THAT WAY BEFORE PUBLIC TAKE LAW INTO THEIR HANDS TO PUNISH THE ROGUE RAJAPAKSAS FROM THEIR DEAD PARENTS TO THE UNBORN CHILD

    ragu Thursday, 05 February 2015 07:21 PM

    It shows clearly by the appointment of the head BOI...

    brainmaster Thursday, 05 February 2015 07:25 PM

    Some people will wrongly call this again a witch hunt. The brothers had exploited their privileges, that money is due to the Government. Brothers, you pay, now and ALL. If not, the Government has to confiscate your other assets.

    Don Friday, 06 February 2015 03:01 PM

    A take over will burden the government with the loses. This way they recuperate the loses CSN caused.

    Don Friday, 06 February 2015 03:04 PM

    Now all those institutions can send them the bills.

    Karu Ravinayake Friday, 06 February 2015 11:13 AM

    Many have been allegations made by this 100-day 20-twenty government which have fallen flat. So statements like this need to be taken with a pinch of salt.

    John Friday, 06 February 2015 11:22 AM

    Get your self updated

    lawry Friday, 06 February 2015 09:39 PM

    The best way to trace vehicles (be they presidents office vehicles or any state vehicles) is to check with the Registrar of Motor vehicles. They have a computerized vehicle particulars complete with owners details. Did we loose our marbles somewhere?

    Piyal Friday, 06 February 2015 11:33 AM

    There are many and many accusations, on many and many people and organisations. Where are the facts and details?. Just accusing in not enough.There is the Super profit tax brought in to tax illgotton profits. That means that National Savings Bakl, LOLC, Bank of Ceylon, National Insuaance Corporation, LOLC, and a whole lot of other Banks and coporate bodies mate profits the wrong If so the government in the name of good governaent should take legal action, more so now there in a CJ appointed by this government..

    Waco Saturday, 07 February 2015 08:50 AM

    Mr. President, Remove the Civic Rights of the entire family.

    Namal Friday, 06 February 2015 11:39 AM

    Ane apita wechcha dey

    Chinthaka Friday, 06 February 2015 03:47 PM

    Pls Strip them off the rights to broadcast all SL matches and reinstate SLRC as they have done for many many years specially all CWC matches.

    devin Friday, 06 February 2015 11:47 AM

    Takeover is should be a place where all "Yahapaalanaya" should not tread. Appropriate taxes/penalties are one thing. Takeovers impinge on the peoples rights to do things; not a good place to be.

    Asanga Friday, 06 February 2015 11:51 AM

    This comment is not relevant to CSN. But I still cant understand why some people think it is ok for MR to make money in the name of the war/peace and development. I saw on a comment, somebody comparing Lee Kuan Yew. Yes, he is rich but this person has no idea how he made his country rich. If i am not mistaken GDP per capita 55,000 USD ‎, GDP 298 Bn USD for 5.4mn population. I know we had for 30 years but did MR or anyone for that sake had a clear vision for this country like LKY had for SG. We talk about change, are we as a community, society or country ready to change, Are we ready to change how we eat, drink, sleep especially work or any for the betterment of the future. My answer is No. If any one has a chance to talk to a 1st generation modern Singaporean they will say the sacrifices they made to build the country. I think time has come to challenge the politicians.

    Avatar Friday, 06 February 2015 06:52 AM

    I wonder if they ever knew what tax is all about-they never paid them!!!

    Danny Friday, 06 February 2015 03:58 PM

    What kind of a sissy budget "targets" institutions and sets its figures? This is a hateful budget in the guise of relief.

    Chaw Chaw Friday, 06 February 2015 11:17 PM

    Are you Sure??????? Why dont you make a complain if you have facts????????????

    JVP Thursday, 05 February 2015 08:40 PM

    Hello, Josh how can you say that they are not payed any tax. please tell us.

    nirosha Friday, 06 February 2015 07:23 AM

    As far as I know csn used all the facilities from ITN even the frequency was former prime TV frequency. Do they have there own broadcasting stations or still they use ITN resource. Do they pay a rent for it?Where are the towers? I got to know in pidurutalagala mountain they have a tower build where only towers were allowed for three forces and police. State TV only.I think have to see these matters more deeplyNirosha

    willowsd Thursday, 05 February 2015 08:40 PM

    Good move, they have more and enough to pay the taxes, helping Hambantota" 80 $ million?

    Nalin Friday, 06 February 2015 12:02 PM

    CSN is telecast crystal clear why TNL and some other channels are very poor in visibility. Sirasa also can not be seen clearly in many areas. via DM Android App

    poor man Thursday, 05 February 2015 08:45 PM

    poor uneducated people need to know how corrupt these jarapakese was via DM Android App

    Namal Friday, 06 February 2015 07:42 AM

    Will Rajapasksas arrest scenes telecast on CSN via DM Android App

    johnnycage Thursday, 05 February 2015 09:11 PM

    Who are these idiots that keep unliking all the comments?

    ANTON Friday, 06 February 2015 08:32 AM

    NOW I KNOW.....CSN STANDS FOR "CHINTAKA SONS NETWORK".

    Katie Friday, 06 February 2015 09:13 AM

    Having made so much profit in 2013/2014, the staff is not paid properly but utilised to the maximum. This year too they were not given an increment and their bonus is so little that a young girl working there cannot buy a dress for that amount. Their salaries are so low that peons in the state sector earn more than an executive at CSN. Take over CSN and help the staff utilise their education and experience in the proper manner.

    sam silva Friday, 06 February 2015 09:15 AM

    CSN transmission was free on ITN TV towers. Any other broadcaster has to spend money on putting up towers around the country and maintaining them. For CSN this was free from ITN.Also they got huge advertising from state companies like SLT (telecom); insurance etcAll ill gotten money

    Dr HondaHitha Friday, 06 February 2015 09:25 AM

    As far as my knowledge concern,SLN(Sri Lanka Navy) has being very generous on CSN and let CSN to operate on Navy tower @ piduruthalagala.Further it could be a possibility that CSN may using Naval transmiters ,r infrastructure as well as technical support for their own good.It is worthy to carry out proper inquiry to identify high handed or shameless acts of Navy hierarchy.

    Mevan Thursday, 05 February 2015 09:58 PM

    What lot of people ignore is the fact that CSN deprived the state media institutions like Rupavahini and Eye channel from earning income by telecasting cricket matches and this was unfair to say the least.

    Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 06 February 2015 09:30 AM

    CSN were law on to themselves, just like any other Rajapakse ventures, deserves maximum taxing.


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