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Rs.40mn fine imposed on liquor company with fake stickers!

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The Excise Department informed the Parliament’s Committee on Ways and Means that more than 44,000 bottles of liquor with fake stickers were seized during the inspection of 52 liquor bottle manufacturing sites.

The Excise Department said that the fine collected from one company for the liquor bottles with fake stickers was nearly Rs.40 million.

This information was revealed at the hearing of the Committee on Ways and Means yesterday which was held under the chairmanship of MP Patali Champika Ranawaka. A group of officials including Excise Commissioner General Saman Jayasinghe were present at the meeting.

Due to the use of fake stickers, the tax revenue that has been lost to the country so far is Rs.2,900 from each bottle of liquor. The recent raids were conducted by the Excise Department following the recommendations given by the committee on August 22, 2023.

MP Ranawaka recommended to the Excise Department that if these fake sticker smuggle continues, the licenses of the alcohol manufacturing companies should be revoked according to Section 27 of the Excise Act and to complain to the Criminal Investigation Department.

An app

The Committee recommended to the Excise Department to introduce a mobile app based on QR technology that will allow the people to identify the standard of the liquor bottles.

Accordingly, it was decided that an IT application containing the following components should be introduced before the end of this year.

* Ability to automatically calculate tax immediately after completion of production process.
* Ability to renew licenses online.
* Automatic cancellation of licenses in case of tax default.
* Being able to interact with other institutions and the facility to use the National Identity Card number as the identification number.

License to be revoked if taxes not paid

Furthermore, the committee also instructed to cancel the licenses in accordance with Section 27 of the Excise Ordinance Act by October 30, if the manufacturing factories failed to pay the tax dues as per the Rs.6 billion arrears payment plan.

In addition to these recommendations, the Committee on Ways and Means gave recommendations to introduce a system that can monitor all 38 toddy factories, a common identification method for all liquor bottles that can easily identify fake liquor bottles and to set up a system where the Commissioner General of Excise can supervise all 23 liquor manufacturing factories.

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GCE O/L results out within 10 days

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Examination Commissioner General Amith Jayasundara said yesterday (23) the results of the GCE Ordinary Level Exam 2023 (2024) will be released within the next 10 days.

He stated that efforts will be made to release the exam results within this week and if it is not possible, the results will be definitely released within ten days.

(dailynews.lk)

(This story, originally published by dailynews.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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Non-academic staff of schools to take TU action

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The non-academic staff of government schools have announced a decision to engage in a Trade Union action by reporting sick today (June 24) and tomorrow (25).

According to the Education Non-Academic Employees’ Union, the TU action is being carried out in the North Central, and North Western provinces and Kandy District today (24) .

General Secretary of the association Ajith K. Thilakarathne stated that the trade union action is being carried out based on several demands including a national policy for non-academic staff in the education sector.

Meanwhile, the National Organizer of the Principal Service Union – Sisira Rajapakse has announced that a nationwide strike has been planned for June 26.

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New State Minister sworn in

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MP Sathasivam Viyalendiran was sworn in as the State Minister of Trade and Environment before President Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Presidential Secretariat a short while ago, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said.

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