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Keeping 5g of Ice: Death sentence to anyone

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As of yesterday, the Supreme Court has the power to award the death penalty to anyone for possession of five grams of crystal methamphetamine, which is known as ‘ice’, Justice and Prisons Affairs State Minister Anuradha Jayaratne said.

“If found guilty, such a person could face the death penalty under the Poisons, Opium, and Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act No. 41 of 2022, which went into effect yesterday (April 23),” he said.

He said if school children were caught with even 5 grams of Ice they could be sentenced to detention centres. “However, it will be upto the Supreme Court to decide on such cases,” he said.

Addressing the media, he said, these amendments were brought to protect the future generation and to direct the country in the right direction.

The State Minister requested the parents and religious leaders to pay attention in this regard, as it would be useless if we were unable to protect the future generation to build the country.

“Even though the use of ice is dangerous, the law was only enforced on heroin, according to previous laws. As of today, the country is dealing with serious drug problems.

“According to the statistics, a total of 26,000 people are in prison so far. 16,000 of the total are in remand custody. Drug use had left 65% of the 16,000 in prison,” he said.

“As the government and with the advice of the President, we will take all measures to suppress this situation,” he said.

(dailymirror.lk)

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New constitution for SLC

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The Minister of Sports through the Attorney General today informed Court of Appeal that an Independent Panel of Governance Experts will be appointed in order to draft a new Constitution for the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).

Additional Solicitor General Sumathi Dharmawardena PC with State Counsel Rajika Aluwihare appearing for the Sports Minister made these remarks when the writ petition filed by a group of prominent individuals including former professional cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan was taken up for hearing before Court of Appeal.

ASG Dharmawardena told court that drafting of new constitution will be done with the assistance and expert advice of the Technical Committee of the International Cricket Council.

Dharmawardena said in a letter addressed to the Attorney General on August 30, 2022, the Sports Minister has informed that he would take steps to amend the Sports Law by a panel of experts with due Instructions to submit to him, an appropriate draft, which would cover Cricket as well.

President’s Counsel Sanjeeva Jayawardena with Counsel Dr. Milhan Mohomed appearing for the petitioners sought a further date to inform their stance regarding the petition in view of action taken by the respondents. The petition fixed for February 28 in order to evaluate the progress.

The Court was informed that following the discussion had on September 22, 2022 with the Attorney General along with the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs and the Chairman of the National ports Council, it was decided to take necessary steps to amend the Sports Regulation No. 1 of 2016 to incorporate a new regulation which will make it mandatory for National Sports Associations (NSAs) to amend their respective constitutions to reflect the following matters.

(1). To introduce to criterion to grade clubs, associations and other organizations affiliated to NSAs which has the right to vote.

(2). To introduce to voting structure for the said categorized clubs, associations and other organizations affiliated to NSA.

(3). To have the Director General of Sports grade the clubs, associations and other organization affiliated to NSAs 90 days prior to holding elections to elect office bearers to NSAs.

The petitioners in this petition are; Muttiah Muralitharan, Kushil Gunasekera, Sidath Wettimuny, Michael Tissera, Justice (Retd) Saleem Marsoof PC, Dinal Phillips PC, Rienzie Wijetilleke, Thilan Wijesinghe, Vijaya Malalasekera, Ana Punchihewa, Somasundaram Skandakumar and Dr. Palitha Kohona.

The petitioners said they are expecting to form an independent committee of governance experts to draft a brand new Constitution for SLC with input from the International Cricket Council (ICC). We also wish to have this new Constitution passed as an Act of Parliament to avoid any dilution or compromises at the hands of vested interests, the petitioners said.

(dailymirror.lk)

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Palaly airport to recommence services from Dec. 12

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The Palaly International Airport is to recommence services from Dec. 12, State Minister of Ports and Aviation, Premalal Jayasekara says.

The airport suspended services due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and maiden flight since the reopening is to be a flight from India.

MP Jayasekara said this during the committee stage debate of the Budget 2023 in the parliament today (Dec. 05).

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Galborella warehouse fire doused (Pics)

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The fire brigade has successfully doused the fire which had broken out in the upper storey of a warehouse at Galborella, Kelaniya.

The lower and upper storeys of the warehouse, which had housed electrical equipment, had been gravely damaged by the fire.

Power was also disconnected in the area in the morning, due to the fire

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