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* Sri Lanka not to raise domestic gas prices for the next two months
Mon, Mar 1, 2010, 08:38 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 01, Colombo: The domestic gas prices will not be raised now and remain the same for the next two months, Minister of Trade and Consumer Affairs Bandula Gunawardena announced at a media briefing today.

The Minister said the Consumer Affairs Authority reviewed the requests by the gas companies to raise the price of a 12.5 kg gas cylinder and agreed that the request was reasonable considering the rise in global market.

However, President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Finance and Planning Minister has taken a decision to eliminate the import tax on gas and issued a gazette notification effective from midnight today in order to provide relief to the public ahead of the approaching Sinhala and Hindu New Year in April.

The price of a 12.5 kg Shell gas cylinder will remain at Rs. 1,550 while Laugfs cylinder will remain at Rs. 1,481.

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