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Only 1,703 treated out of 5k drug addicts

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According to the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board (NDDCB), only 1,703 persons out of over 500,000 drug addicts have received treatment.

The NDDCB points out that this is due to the lack of sufficient physical and human facilities to rehabilitate drug users.

According to the NDDCB, there are around 100,000 heroin addicts, 50,000 ICE addicts, 300,000 cannabis addicts and another 100,000 addicted to pills.

But the capacity of non-government and government institutions in this country is only 10,000 per year and only 1,733 people have been treated in 2021.

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Dates set to debate on no-faith motion against Speaker

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It has been decided to debate the No-Confidence Motion against the Speaker of Parliament – Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena on March 19th and 20th.

The parliament vote in this regard will be held at 4.30pm on March 20.

Earlier this month, 44 opposition Members of Parliament submitted a motion of no confidence against Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.

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Police in civvies prohibited from stopping vehicles

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Acting IGP Deshabandu Tennakoon issued orders to all Police stations islandwide, prohibiting Police officers in civilian clothes from stopping vehicles.

The order was issued in the backdrop of the death of a carpenter due to Police firing in Narammala.

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Ranjith Bandara named as COPE Chairman behind harassment incident

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Opposition MP Hesha Withanage has stated it had been the present chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) – Professor Ranjith Bandara, who had sexually assaulted a female COPE officer.

The allegations levelled at a COPE chairman (previously unnamed) had rocked parliament last week.

MP Hesha had named Prof. Bandara in Parliament last Friday (18) after MP Charitha Herath had urged to reveal the name, claiming that such allegations also put him in an embarrassing light as a previous Chairman of COPE.(Source : Divaina)

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