The President said that the Government is committed to provide all the facilities needed to uplift the living standard of the underprivileged people. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena told Parliament today he stands firmly against granting tax concessions for beer and liquor.He said the Government had faced criticism for proposing tax concessions for beer. The President said the policy of the Government is to not earn revenue through the sale of cigarettes or liquor.Meanwhile, President Sirisena said that the present Government is an administration which understands the pulse of the underprivileged people.
Source: Mark Simpson/Twitter Fair play to Rory McIlroy. Fielded 5 questions about Caroline at Wentworth. Then politely asked to talk about golf. pic.twitter.com/riusfZFYjp— Mark Simpson (@BBCMarkSimpson) May 21, 2014 4. A search continues today for missing Dublin man George Manson. The Coast Guard helicopter, garda dogs and mountain rescue teams have been dispatched to help find the 76-year-old.5. The trial of Seán Fitzpatrick – due to start on 7 October – has been pushed back until 2015, reports RTÉ News. His legal team said they needed more time to examine the “significant amount of evidence” in the case which relates to bank loans not disclosed to auditors.The former Anglo chairman was found not guilty of all charges in the last case taken against him, after which he talked about the “six years of great personal difficulty”. Source: Video TheJournal.ie/YouTube6. Rory McIlroy said the sending of his wedding invites was the moment he knew he wasn’t ready for marriage. The golfer called off his engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, issuing a statement this morning, and then answering questions at a press conference. WHAT’S THE STORY?1. Banker-turned-US consultant David Drumm is to take the stand at a bankruptcy trial today, hoping to prove he did not defraud his creditors. Have questions? Can he go to jail? Will he be extradited? We’ve got the answers.Remember that time Charlie Bird tried to talk to him at his home in Cape Cod, Boston?2. Taoiseach Enda Kenny doesn’t want Alan Shatter to accept the €70,000 severance pay due to him – but he can’t do anything to stop him. Source: Julien Behal/PA Archive/Press Association Images3. Xenophobic messages that appeared overnight at Newlands Cross on the N7 are to be removed immediately, the NRA said today. 7. Meanwhile, another sportsman has got himself into hot water on Twitter. Joe Brolly branded Sky Sport’s newly-revealed GAA presenter – and former equestrian show jumper – Rachel Wyse a “Baywatch babe”. It wasn’t long before Twitter called him out – and he apologised.Catch up on the rest of today’s stories>