President Maithripala Sirisena instructed the relevant authorities to immediately notify the relevant amendments to the excise act by the gazette. At a discussion held in the presidential secretariat yesterday President requested the officials to take measures to minimize crimes and eliminate drugs. The President emphasized the need to make the country free of narcotics by enforcing strict laws. The president also pointed out the need to implementing an affective programme to rehabilitate the drug addicts. The suspects of serious crimes will be transferred to Boossa Prison under STF security. President also focused attention to the problems pertaining to the Government Analyst Department.
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