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CESS tax on multiple items amended

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The rate of CESS levy imposed on a total of 637 items under 187 HS codes has been amended with effect from yesterday (Nov. 15)

In his capacity as the Minister of Investment Promotion, President Ranil Wickremesinghe has issued the relevant government notification on November 14, by virtue of the powers vested in him by Section 14 of Export Development Act No. 40 of 1979.

Thereby, the prices of imported items such as butter, dairy spreads, cheese, curd, onions, garlic, several vegetables and fruits, soap, wet wipes, cement, notebooks, exercise books, air conditioning machines, household or laundry washing machines, and ballpoint pens will be increased.

The Ministry of Finance, however, noted that the CESS rate revision will affect the prices of any imported essential items.

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Orange prices increased exponentially!

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The price of a kilo of imported oranges has increased to Rs.1,990, fruit importers said.

They said the prices of fruits including oranges have to be increased due to the increase in import costs and taxes.

A few months ago, three imported oranges were sold at a price between Rs.100 and 200.

Imported oranges are the most sold orange variety in the Sri Lankan market due to the export of Sri Lankan oranges.

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UDA urged to form ‘land bank’

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Minister of Urban Development and Housing – Prasanna Ranatunga has instructed officials to enlist all lands owned by the Urban Development Authority and form a land bank immediately.

The UDA owns around 1,008 acres of land and buildings with high market value located in major cities across the island and some such properties have been ursurped by certain indviduals.

The minister has pointed out that by enlisting all these lands under a land bank would minimise misuse of lands.

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Auto Diesel price slashed

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The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has announced that the price of a litre of Auto Diesel will be reduced by Rs. 10/- from midnight today (05)

Accordingly, the new price of a Liter of Auto Diesel will be Rs. 420/-.

However, CPC states that prices of other types of fuel will remain unchanged. 

Meanwhile Lanka IOC says that they too will reduce the price of Auto Diesel by Rs. 10 from midnight today.

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