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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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Court orders to probe assets of Podi Lassie & family!

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Colombo Chief Magistrate yesterday ordered the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to conduct a full investigation into all the assets illegally acquired by one of the country’s leading organized criminals Janith Madhusankha aka Podi Lassie and his relatives.

Colombo Chief Magistrate Nandana Amarasinghe made the order yesterday (05) after considering a request submitted by the Attorney General’s Department.

The CID has revealed that Podi Lassie, who is detained at the Boossa High-Security Prison in Galle, has accumulated money and property worth billions of rupees by committing many crimes including drug trafficking, murders and extortions.

The CID had submitted the progress of these investigations to the Attorney General.

Investigations have revealed that Podi Lassie has bought many properties including houses, luxury vehicles and other properties with the money earned from drug trafficking, including heroin sale, and that his relatives have also acquired many properties with the illegally earned money.

Accordingly, the Chief Magistrate ordered the Illegal Assets Investigation Division of the CID to obtain necessary court orders and conduct investigations into all the properties alleged to have been illegally acquired by Podi Lassie and his relatives.

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Poor revenue puts SLRC in tight spot!

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The Chairman and Director General of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) has made plans to give 80 perches from its land to a private university based on a 30-year lease.
The land demarcation in this regard was conducted on Friday (22) while a meeting was ongoing between the Chairman and all the union officials at the Chairman’s office.
It was reported that the land is to be leased out to the private university for Rs.1,100 million.  The employees said that the SLRC, which is currently running at a loss, has more than Rs.1,000 million in debt.
Meanwhile, SLRC internal sources said that the employees are accusing the JVP trade union members of being backward.
Meanwhile, previous SLRC Chairman Sonala Gunawardana’s decision to give the network’s YouTube rights to “IdeaHell” company which is owned by Dilith Jayaweera has reduced the revenue of the network by half.
The YouTube revenue that was previously received directly by the SLRC is now received by the company called “IdeaHell”.
It was reported that neither the current SLRC Chairman nor its Director General has investigated the reason for the decrease in its income even after the value of the US Dollar has increased.
Meanwhile, a very reliable source said that getting back the money owed to the SLRC from “IdeaHell” has become difficult.
A case is currently pending in the Court of Appeal against the transfer of rights to manage the YouTube channels of the SLRC to “IdeaHell” from “Wishmitha Enterprises” at the will of the former Chairman.

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The purest food on Earth?

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Ghee had fallen out of favour as saturated fats were considered unhealthy. But now, Indians are finding their way back to this ingredient that’s so integral to their cuisine.

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– Aysha Imtiaz
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