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Customs detect cigarettes with street value of Rs 487 million

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By Prabath Vithana

Customs yesterday detected contraband cigarettes with a street value of Rs 487 million smuggled from Dubai at its Orugodawatte yard.

There were about three million sticks of fags.The State would have lost revenue to the tune of Rs 404 million if the cigarettes had entered the market undetected.Customs are conducting further investigations.



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Tomorrow (03 October) is World Temperance day

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Tomorrow (03 October) is World Temperance Day and the Department of Excise has announced that all liquor shops will remain closed.

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Vehicle revenue permits could be obtained from home commencing October 7th

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Minister of State for Technology, Kanaka Herath during a news conference held at the Presidential Media Centre today (02), under the theme ‘Collective path to a stable country’ announced that Sri Lanka will introduce the new motor vehicle revenue license system (eRL 2.0) on the 7th of this month. He emphasized that this program will be implemented in all provinces except for the Western Province.

With the introduction of eRL 2.0, vehicle revenue licenses could be obtained  through the online system, a program jointly executed by the State Ministry of Technology and the Information and Communication Technology Association of Sri Lanka (ICTA).

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President to honour senior journalist Edmond Ranasinghe tomorrow

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The tribute ceremony for senior journalist Edmund Ranasinghe, the founding editor and editorial director of the ‘Divaina’ newspaper and one of Sri Lanka’s most esteemed journalists, is scheduled for tomorrow (03rd October) at 3:00 pm at the Presidential Secretariat. President Ranil Wickremesinghe will preside over this event, which marks the initiation of a program conceptualized by the President to honour senior journalists who have made significant contributions to journalism in the country.

In appreciation of Mr. Ranasinghe’s seven decades of dedicated work in the media, a book titled ‘Edmond’s Newspaper Revolution,’ compiled by the 93-year-old journalist himself, will be published.

The keynote speech at this tribute ceremony will be delivered by Mr. Upali Tennakoon, the former Editor-In-Chief of the Island and Rivira newspapers, currently residing in the United States of America.

Mr. Edmond Ranasinghe embarked on his media career as a journalist at the Lake House, ‘Daily News’ newspaper in 1952. In 1973, while serving as the News Editor and holding the title of Deputy Editor, he resigned from his position in protest of the government’s takeover of the Lake House.

In 1977, Mr. Ranasinghe was reappointed as the Editor of ‘Dinamina’ by invitation from Lake House and later he also took on the role of Editor at Silumina.

In 1981, he became the founding Editor of the ‘Divaina’ newspaper, revolutionizing journalism in Sri Lanka and elevating it to unprecedented popularity in a short span of time. In 2016, at the age of 86, Mr. Ranasinghe once again assumed the role of Editor at ‘Silumina,’ further showcasing his enduring commitment to journalism.

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