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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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Sri Lanka Mirror wishes everyone a happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year!

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The 2024 Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned at 09.05 pm last night (April 13).

‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ extends heartfelt New Year greetings to all our readers. May this upcoming year be filled with boundless happiness, prosperity, and success for each and everyone of you.

–  Sri Lanka Mirror team

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Derailed train causes delays on coastal line

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A train has derailed at the Kalutara South railway station on Saturday morning (13).

Trains operating on the Coastal Line are thus experiencing delays, Sri Lanka Railways said.

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Kristalina Georgieva to head IMF for a 2nd term

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The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has selected Kristalina Georgieva to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on October 1, 2024.

The appointment comes ahead of the start of the fund’s spring meetings in Washington next week.

Georgieva, who has been in the role since the autumn of 2019, was the sole candidate for the position. However, it was only after European leaders signalled that they would endorse her last month that her candidacy was assured.

In a statement, the coordinators of the Executive Board, Mr. Afonso S. Bevilaqua and Mr. Abdullah F. BinZarah has said, “Looking ahead, the Board welcomes Ms. Georgieva’s ongoing emphasis on issues of macroeconomic and financial stability, while also ensuring that the Fund continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of its entire membership. It recognizes her focus on strengthening the Fund’s support to its members through effective policy advice, capacity development and financing. The Board looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Managing Director.”

“I am deeply grateful for the trust and support of the Fund’s Executive Board, representing our 190 members, and honored to continue to lead the IMF as Managing Director for a second five-year term,” Ms. Georgieva has said.

The Bulgarian national has served as Managing Director since October 1, 2019. The Managing Director is the chief of the IMF’s operating staff and Chair of the Executive Board. The Managing Director is assisted by four Deputy Managing Directors in overseeing the Fund’s operations, which serve its membership through about 3,100 staff.

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