Over 200,000 nabbed with drugs from 2010

It was revealed today that 202,777 locals and 230 foreigners have been taken into custody for drugs such as heroin, Kerala ganja and cocaine from 2010 to September 20 this year.

Chief Government Whip Gayantha Karunathilaka told Parliament that 4,399 kgs of heroin, 1,631 kgs of Kerala ganja and 1,913 kgs of cocaine had been taken into custody between this period.

He said this in response to a question raised by JVP MP Nalinda Jayatissa on the quantity of drugs taken into custody during the said period of time. He also stated that the seized drugs were destroyed in the presence of the magistrate on a court order.

Post of CJ: Prez nominates SC Judge Nalin Perera

President Maithripala Sirisena has nominated Supreme Court Judge Nalin Perera to the post of Chief Justice which will fall vacant today with the retirement of the present incumbent, it is learnt.

The President has referred his nominee to be considered by the Constitutional Council (CC). It will be the first appointment to be considered by the CC under its new members. It will meet at noon today under the chairmanship of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to finalise the appointment

Explore ways to reduce fuel prices: PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had requested the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the Ministry of Finance to look for ways and means of reducing fuel prices and to provide a report to him regarding the same.

Sources close to Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said he made this request today.

Minister Wajira Abeyweardene who confirmed this said the objective of this move is to reduce prices as and when global prices goes down irrespective of the fuel price formula

Fuel prices to increase with pricing formula

In accordance with the pricing formula activated by the Ministry of Finance, there is the possibility of the price of fuel being increased from today said the general secretary of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation Trade Union D.J. Rajakaruna.

He said that in view of the appreciation of the Dollar and the price of crude oil in the world market rising an increase in the price of Fuel in the local market could be expected. During the past three months in which the pricing formula was in operation the price of Petrol and Diesel increased.

During the first three months from 10th July to 10th September the price of Octane 92 Petrol increased by Rs 12, Octane 95 Petrol increased by Rs 11, Supiri Diesel Litre by Rs 13 and Auto Diesel by Rs 14 the Petroleum Corporation stated.

Even I’m unable to comprehend pricing formula: Mangala

He said further that when people come to know what this formula was, they will also be affected mentally.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera made this comment at a media briefing held yesterday at the UNP head quarters Sirikotha in Pitakotte, replying to a question posed by a journalist. With the Pricing Formula on the Fuel pricing is in operation, it cannot be expected that there would be a price reduction today.

He also stated that until the beginning of February next year, one cannot have any hopes of a reduction in the price of oil in the World Market. The price increase of oil in the World Market and the value of the rupee are directly having their impact on the fuel price and it is expected to have a media briefing somewhere next week on the declaration of the pricing formula.

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