Consensus sought on noise laws
The Central Environment Authority will take steps
to introduce legislation to prevent noise pollution. The Supreme
Court had accepted the Central Environment Authority's proposals in
this regard and the draft proposals are now with the Legal
Draftsman's Department for final touches.
Removal of five levies led to price slash - Trade Minister
The Government has removed five levies including
VAT, PAL, SRL (Social Responsibilities Levy) Customs Surcharge and
Cess Levy applied on essential commodities by passing the Special
Commodity Levy Bill in Parliament on Thursday to provide greater
relief to consumers.
Eastern paddy fields under the plough soon
Farmers in the East deprived of their lands and
agricultural activities will be able to re-start their paddy and
other cultivations within the next two weeks. The Government has
ordered Security Forces to clear all land and anti-personnel mines
laid by fleeing LTTE terrorists and enable farmers to re-start their
cultivations within the next few weeks.