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Excise revenue has increased – Excise Chief

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Mr. M.J. Gunasiri, who was reappointed as the Commissioner General of the Excise Department, says that the February revenue of the department has increased by 38.5% compared to that of last year.

He has also said that due to increase in alcohol prices, the alcohol production in 2024 January has dropped by 657,000 litres in comparison to that in 2023 January.

However, despite the production drop, the revenue has increased by 38%. We hope for a 30% revenue increase in the month of March as well, he has added.

The Excise Commissioner General has also said that special teams will be deployed to conduct raids on illegal liquor during the upcoming festive season.

However, liquor producers claim that the industry is suffering losses due to reduced alcohol production.

Speaking to ‘Sri Lanka Mirror’, a prominent liquor producer in the country said that discussions are currently underway to stop all production activity for a week, as a mark of protest against increased taxes.

However, moderates claim that the Excise Department is capable of securing large profits if they recover unpaid Excise Duty from liquor manufacturers without increasing taxes.

The Excise Commissioner General himself had previously declared that there are 09 liquor manufacturing companies that have not paid taxes and owe the state around Rs. 7.2 billion. However, no follow up statements in this regard were made.

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Five killed, 21 injured in accident at ‘Fox Hill SuperCross’ event

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Tragedy struck at the “Fox Hill Super Cross 2024” racing event in Diyatalawa, resulting in the death of five individuals and leaving 21 others injured, according to Police Media Spokesperson DIG Nihal Thalduwa.

The incident occurred when a race car veered off the track and collided with a group of spectators, DIG Thalduwa explained.

The 28th edition of the ‘Fox Hill SuperCross,’ organized by the Sri Lanka Military Academy Diyatalawa with the support of Sri Lanka Automobile Sports (SLAS), commenced in Diyatalawa on Sunday (21).

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Southern province governor Willy Gamage resigns

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The Governor of the Southern Province Willy Gamage has handed over his letter of resignation effective from 02 May, 2024, to the President’s Secretary.

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5 years marked since the Easter Sunday bombings

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Today (April 21) marks 05 years since the brutal Easter Sunday bombings in 2019.

All churches across Sri Lanka will observe 02 minutes of silence at 8:45 am today (21) to remember those lost in the attacks.

Several memorial events centering the St. Anthony’s church in Kochchikade and the St. Sebastian’s church in Katuwapitiya will be held.

Police spokesman DIG Nihal Thalduwa says that security has been beefed up to areas where memorial services are being held.

In 2019, a spate of bombings that took place across the country claimed 273 lives while injuring hundreds.

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