Sri Lanka will commence the operations of the passenger ferry service between Kankesanthurai and Pondicherry on April 29, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Aviation said.
It said a passenger terminal is currently being constructed at the Kankesanthurai Port to facilitate the ferry service by the Sri Lanka Navy.
Ferry owners have mentioned during a recent discussion that they will be charging 50 US Dollars per passenger for a one-way trip, while allowing a passenger to carry baggage weighing 100kg.
A ferry is expected to carry 150 passengers at a time and will take around 4 hours to travel from Karaikal Port in Pondicherry to Kankesanthurai.
Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that any businessman in India and Sri Lanka can join this passenger ferry service.
Operating hours of liquor stores, revised
The Excise Department has announced changes to the operating hours of liquor shops, effective from tomorrow (December 09).
According to the revised schedule, liquor shops will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The detailed list of times is as follows :
Deadline extensions for SLT & Srilankan bids
The deadline to submit expressions of interest for Sri Lanka Telecom and SriLankan Airlines have been extended on investor requests, Director General of the State Enterprises Restructuring Unit, Suresh Shah said.
The date to express interest for Sri Lanka Telecom was extended to January 12, 2024, from December 18.
The date for SriLankan Airlines was extended to January 09, 2024 from December 05.
The government is selling majority stakes in the firm.
The SRU will issue requests for proposal documents to qualified investors who express interest.
Source – economynext.com
Cinnamon prices drop in SL
Cinnamon prices have dropped in the Sri Lankan market, the Department of Agriculture states.
Alba cinnamon, which is the highest grade of Ceylon cinnamon available in the local market, is sold between Rs. 4,800 – Rs. 5,000 per kilo which is a drop of Rs. 500.
This will lead to serious economic issues for those at the grassroot level of the industry, whose livelihood is cinnamon cultivation.
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