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Customs duty on milk powder is reimposed; Special commodity levy on eggs reduced

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The Treasury has withdrawn the duty waiver granted for imported milk powder.

The decision has been taken with the aim of adjusting to world market prices, a senior official said. Accordingly, the applicable Customs import duty on the importation of powdered milk is 20% or Rs. 225 for a kilogram, whichever is higher, the Treasury states.

Meanwhile, the Treasury has reduced the special commodity levy on imported eggs from Rs. 50 an egg to Rs. 1 to encourage private sector imports. So far only the state sector has been importing eggs from India.

Egg prices have been dropping steadily after the removal of price controls and the import of eggs from India.

However, local producers said if the government reduced the taxes imposed on food items used in the poultry industry they could further reduce prices.

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Registration compulsory for all money changers 

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The Central Bank has issued a notice making it compulsory for all money exchange institutions to be registered with the Central Bank and regulated by it. 

The CB order is in effect from 3 June 2024. 

The Central Bank states that all money changers who are currently not registered will now receive the opportunity to provide such services in a systematic and regulated manner. 

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Apple is the world’s first $1 trillion brand: Kantar

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Kantar BrandZ’s Top 10 Most Valuable Global Brands 2024 has named Apple as the world’s first trillion-dollar brand, holding onto pole position for the third consecutive year. 

Google, Microsoft, and Amazon join Apple atop the rankings, with McDonald’s rounding up the top 5.

Demonstrating how effective AI has become for driving brand value, NVIDIA has lept 18 places to crack the top 10 for the first time, holding sixth position with a 178% year-on-year brand value increase. 

Facebook rejoined the Top 10 after a one-year absence, while Oracle joined the Top 10 for the first time. 

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Govt. to privatise SriLankan as part of IMF programme – CEO

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The government, as part of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) program, is looking to privatise several state-owned enterprises and one of those is the flag carrier of the island nation, said SriLankan Airline CEO Richard Nuttall.

Nuttal added that the airline is also looking for an investor. Three candidates have been finalised in April and the government is in talks with them.

Nutall said that no Indian company had shown interest in investing in the airline.

The airline hopes to grow its current fleet of 21 to 22 next month, with plans to obtain another three aircraft within the next three months.

Source: ANI

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