Six year old dies after stone assault

A six year old child who was assaulted by a woman using a stone within the premises of a school in Ella last week, died in hospital last night.The police media unit said that the woman had been arrested following the assault last Friday while the child was admitted to the Badulla hospital. The woman who assaulted the child had been remanded when she was produced in court last week. The assault had taken place inside the Kithalanwatta Tamil Vidyalaya and the victim was identified as 6 year old Manoj Sivakumari, a resident of Kithalanwatta, Ella. The child died last night while receiving treatment at the Badulla hospital for the injuries suffered from the assault.According to the police the motive for the assault is still unknown. (Colombo Gazette)

France adopts pioneering tax on tech giants after US threat

PARIS — France has adopted a pioneering tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook despite threats from the U.S.Just ahead of the vote Thursday, French economy minister Bruno Le Maire said allies needed to settle differences “without using threats.”The French Senate estimated that the tax could bring in 400 million euros ($450 million) this year and 650 million next.Late Wednesday, the Trump administration announced an investigation into the tax under the provision used last year to probe China’s technology policies, which led to tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports.The French digital services tax would impose a 3% annual levy on French revenues of digital companies with yearly global sales worth more than 750 million euros ($844 million) and French revenue exceeding 25 million euros.The Associated Press read more