Sri Lankan boat found abandoned at Rameswaram

A fibreglass boat with a Mannar district registration number in Sri Lanka was found abandoned at the seashore in Rameswaram, the Rameswaram police said on Thursday.The police said they were investigating as to who had come in the vessel which has been seized, the Press Trust of India reported. There were two oil cans and some wires in the boat, they added. (Colombo Gazette)

Poll Would you support a smartphone tax to fund suicide prevention

first_imgYesI would, but it depends on how high it isNoI don’t knowVoteRead: Senator: Tax the smartphone, and use the money for suicide prevention>Read: France wants to tax iPads and iPhones to fund the arts> I would, but it depends on how high it is (750) Yes (298) I don’t know (2502) Poll Results: No (3756) FINE GAEL SENATOR Catherine Noone has called on the government to introduce a levy on smartphones to raise money for suicide prevention measures.Earlier in the week a report in France encouraged the government to impose a tax on internet-linked devices to help fund the arts. Noone said that a similar tax in Ireland of between one and four per cent on the cost of a device could have a huge impact in terms of resources for suicide prevention.With some 1.6 million smartphone users in Ireland – a figure expected to rise dramatically in coming years – the tax could certainly raise major funds.However critics of recent suggestions for similar taxes have argued that the devices are expensive enough as it is and taxes in Ireland have already increased significantly in recent years.We want to know: Would you support a tax on smartphones and tablets to help fund suicide prevention?last_img read more