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No major income from exporting cannabis: ADIC

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There is no truth in the reports that large economic benefits can be generated from exporting cannabis, the Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC) said.

It said that various efforts are being made to legalize the use of cannabis in Sri Lanka and a committee has been appointed to investigate the feasibility of exporting cannabis.

The minister in charge of the subject had recently announced that permission would be given in this regard as a special project under the Board of Investment (BOI).

However, the ADIC said the audit records of the cannabis companies had revealed that there is no truth in the claims that there are economic benefits from exporting cannabis.

It expressed these views by issuing a statement in view of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, or World Drug Day, today.

They pointed out that parties with vested interests hope to promote cannabis in the guise of the economic crisis.

The Centre noted that the current positive ideologies of cannabis will help increase its popularity.

The ADIC further said the use of other drugs would also increase when harmful drugs such as cannabis are popularized.

It said that about 100 people die daily due to smoking and alcohol use and that tobacco and alcohol companies earn about Rs.1,000 million from Sri Lankans.

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Electricity tariffs reduced

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The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has approved a reduction of electricity tariffs by 22.5 per cent overall, PUCSL chairman Prof. Manjula Fernando said today (July 15).

The tariff revision, which will be effective from midnight today, is as follows :

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FR petition filed over Presidential Election dismissed with costs

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The Supreme Court has dismissed the Fundamental Rights (FR) petition filed seeking an order to prevent holding of the Presidential Election as the 19th Amendment to the Constitution has not been properly passed in Parliament, subject to costs.

This verdict was issued when the relevant petition filed by Attorney-at-Law Aruna Laksiri was taken up for consideration today (15) before a Supreme Court judge bench comprising Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Justices Arjuna Obeysekara and Priyantha Fernando.

Accordingly, the court ordered the petition dismissed with costs of Rs 500,000 to be paid by the petitioner before July 31, 2024.

The petition argued that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was not properly passed in Parliament and therefore called for a referendum to ensure its proper passage.

The Election Commission and its members, the General Secretary of Parliament and the Attorney General had been named as respondents of this petition.

The petitioner claimed that through the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, Article 70 of the Constitution has been amended to deprive the President of the power to dissolve an elected Parliament after one year has passed.

The petitioner asserted that the amendment has not been approved by a referendum, even though a Supreme Court bench ruled that the amendment should be referred to a referendum.

The petitioner pointed out that the amendment cannot be considered as a law because it has not been approved by a referendum and signed by the President.

Therefore, the petitioner had argued that it is wrong to continue to accept the 19th Amendment as a law.

(adaderana.lk)

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Sabry to visit Romania & Poland

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Foreign Minister Ali Sabry will pay official visits to Romania and Poland from 16 to 19 July 2024.  

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo, he will meet with his counterparts and other senior government ministers and officials.

Minister Sabry will also formally open the new Sri Lanka Embassy in Bucharest which commenced operation in 2023.

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