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Cabinet paper next week to scrap CESS on school equipment – Susil

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Education Minister – Susil Premajayantha today (25) revealed in Parliament that he will table a Cabinet paper next Monday to scrap the CESS tax on school equipment.

Meanwhile, the minister also said that university cutoff marks will be released in the next 2-3 weeks.

The impact of the revised CESS rates on school equipment has been a heated topic in the country as the country struggles with the economic crisis. Experts had warned this could lead to many children dropping out of school, especially in the rural areas, because their parents will not be able to afford it.

Last week, State Minister of Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya also said that the recently revised CESS rates will be reconsidered if it has an impact on school stationery and equipment.

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One more COVID-19 death

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One more COVID-19 death was confirmed yesterday (04) by the Director-General of Health Services.

Accordingly, the current COVID-19 death toll is at 16,805.

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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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Bandula asks SLTB chairman to resign

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Minister of Transport and Highways Bandula Gunawardena has called for the immediate resignation of the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB), Kingsley Ranawaka.

In a letter addressed to the SLTB chairman, the minister states that the ‘Park and Ride – City Bus Service’, which was initiated under a policy decision of the government, has been suddenly suspended without informing him, based on a decision reached by the Director Board of the Sri Lanka Transport Board.

Therefore, the Minister, under the powers vested in him by Sri Lanka Transport Board Act, No. 27 of 2005, has instructed Mr. Ranawaka to resign from the posts of SLTB chairman and Director Board member with immediate effect.

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