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49 mn. tax unpaid by cinema halls in Colombo

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The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) there is an unpaid tax arrears of Rs. 49 million due from cinema halls located in the CMC jurisdiction.

The amount is an arrears of Entertainment Tax from 2019 – 2023, they said.

According to the Entertainment Tax Ordinance, every cinema hall is required to pay 08% of their daily earnings as Entertainment Tax to the relevant Urban Council or Municipal Council in their respective areas.

In the CMC jurisdiction there are 46 cinema halls. However, only 36 are functioning at the present after 10 being closed down during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Out of these 36 cinema halls, 25 of them have not paid the Entertainment Tax, says a senior official at the CMC Revenue Unit.

Although measures have been initiated to recover this tax arrears, it will not be obtained by force since the cinema industry was deeply affected during the pandemic, the official added.

Instead, it will be secured through a relief system, he further noted.

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Popular Indian singer Pankaj Udhas no more

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Popular ghazal and playback singer – Pankaj Udhas has passed away aged 72. 

The Udhas family confirmed his death on Monday was due to a prolonged illness.

Taking to Instagram, Pankaj Udhas’ daughter Nayaab shared a statement on Instagram which read, “With a heavy heart, we are saddened to inform you of the sad demise of Padmashri Pankaj Udhas on 26th February 2024 due to a prolonged illness.”

He had passed away around 11am at the Breach Candy hospital, Indian media reports citing a family source.

 His last rites will be held on Tuesday. 

Pankaj is survived by wife Farida Udhas, daughters Nayaab and Reva Udhas, and brothers Nirmal and Manhar Udhas, who are also singers.

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Laugfs Gas prices to remain unchanged too

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LAUGFS Gas PLC has also decided not to revise the prices of domestic LP gas cylinders for the month of February 2024.

Accordingly, the current prices are as follows:
12.5kg cylinder – Rs. 4,740 
5kg cylinder – Rs. 1,900

The announcement comes hours after Litro Gas Lanka stating that they will not revise gas prices this month.

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Actress Poonam Pandey passes away

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Actress and model Poonam Pandey has passed away last night (Feb. 01) due to cervical cancer at the age of 32, according to her team who posted the news of her death on her Instagram handle.

Poonam made her feature film debut with Nasha, an erotic drama that was released in 2013. She made cameo appearances in films such as Love Is Poison (Kannada) and Aa Gaya Hero (Hindi). The actress also headlined the Telugu movie Malini & Co and The Journey of Karma.

She was also part of the television reality competition series Lock Upp.

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