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Over 2,000 arrested during 24-hour special drug bust

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The police have made more than 2,000 arrests and impounded large consignments of drugs during a 24-hour special operation ending at 12:30 am today (Dec.19), the Public Security Ministry says.

Accordingly, a total of 2,166 individuals have been placed under arrest, while 1.3kg of heroin, 556g of methamphetamine (‘Ice’), 7.8kg of cannabis, 3.5kg of ‘Mawa’ and 1,075 narcotic pills have been seized.

Further, the police have secured detention orders on 66 individuals arrested in the drug bust.

Meanwhile, financial asset investigations have been initiated on 14 arrestees and sent 226 for rehabilitation.

Among the arrestees are 169 who have been wanted by the investigation officers.

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Political parties urged to publish their National Socio-economic Recovery Programmes 

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A public appeal has been made to several mainstream political party leaders to  immediately publish their respective National Socio-economic Recovery Programmes for social discourse.

The request has been formally addressed to the political party leaders of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), the National People’s Power (NPP), United National Party (UNP), Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC).

The full context of the public appeal is as follows : 

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Govt. to provide free fertilizer to all paddy farmers

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Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries – Mahinda Amaraweera has said that the government has decided to provide MOP fertilizer free of charge to all the paddy farmers in Sri Lanka during the 2024/25 Maha season and 2025/26 Maha season.

Sri Lanka will thus receive 55,000 metric tons of MOP fertilizer as requested by the government from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

The Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries, Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera, expressed his views on this in a meeting held in Tissamaharama today (June 24).

(dailynews.lk)

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8 arrested over gang rape of teen, remanded

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Eight youths who were arrested in connection with the alleged gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in the Jalthara area of Hanwella, have been remanded until June 28.

The suspects were produced before the Homagama Acting Magistrate Padmasiri Jayawardena today (June 24).

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