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Illegal cigarettes seized from a hotel in Negombo

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A consignment of foreign-made cigarettes was seized from a restaurant in Periyamulla, Negombo last evening (08) by a group of officers from the Special Raid and Investigation Unit of the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA).

This stock of cigarettes had been illegally imported into Sri Lanka and they were placed in the shelves together with a stock of cigarettes released to the local market by the Ceylon Tobacco Company.

A large quantity of “Manchester” and other foreign manufactured cigarettes were found in this restaurant. The consignment was seized and sealed in front of the owners of the restaurant and is to be presented in the Negombo Magistrate’s Court today (09).

The officers of the CAA’s Special Raid and Investigation Unit are conducting investigations on how this stock of foreign-made cigarettes was brought to Sri Lanka, depriving Sri Lanka of Customs duty revenue, and who is operating the sales network of these cigarettes in Sri Lanka.

Source – Dinamina

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India relaxes onion export ban for Sri Lanka and UAE

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India has lifted its ban on onion exports, permitting the shipment of 10,000 metric tonnes to Sri Lanka, announced the Indian High Commission in Colombo. 

This move, aligned with India’s Neighbourhood First policy, aims to support Sri Lanka during its Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrations.

The decision comes as a relief for Sri Lanka, where onion prices surged following export bans imposed by both India and Pakistan.

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade has issued a gazette notice granting permission to National Co-operative Exports Limited for the export of 10,000 MT of onions to Sri Lanka.

Furthermore, the UAE has been granted permission to import an additional 10,000 MT of onions, in addition to the 24,400 MT already permitted. This decision is significant given the substantial Indian and South Asian expat community residing in the UAE.

The relevant gazette notification is given below.

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Expressways generate whopping income during Avurudu season

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The expressways have generated an income of Rs. 159,802,950 from April 10 – 13, Road Development Authority (RDA) says.

According to the Director of Expressway Operation Maintenance and Management Division – R.A.D. Kahatapitiya.

Over 4,350,000 vehicles have used the expressways during this period, he has added.
As many as 366,000 vehicles have used the expressways during this three-day period.

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Special transport arrangements to those returning to Colombo

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Special train services are in operation from this evening (April 14) for people to return to Colombo after the Sinhala and Tamil New Year holidays, the Railways Department said.

Deputy General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways –  N.J. Indipolage stated that accordingly, eight additional train journeys will be in operation from Badulla, Galle and Beliatta railway stations to Colombo Fort.

The Department of Railways also mentioned that the office trains will be operational as per usual from April 16.

Meanwhile, the National Transport Commission has said that special buses will be deployed to transport those who had gone to their hometowns during the New Year.
Bus associations have also stated that buses to Colombo will be operational.

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