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Irrigation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said addiction to drugs and the consumption of liquor were increasing alarmingly in rural areas and also among the people in upcountry estates and women were also among them.

Addressing a seminar in Badulla, the minister said drunkenness had become a social issue and a large percentage of the population including women in the Mahaweli Zone represented by him was also alcoholics.

A recent survey conducted by the World Bank has revealed that the consumption of liquor is one of main reasons for poverty, the minister added.
(Palitha Ariyawansa-Badulla)

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  • Mr DCSL Wednesday, 11 May 2011 03:22 AM

    It seems that MATHATA TITHA of Mahinda Chinthanaya has come to full effect!

    DHA Tuesday, 10 May 2011 07:55 AM

    .......majority of the liquor shops are sponsored by politicians.....

    aravinda senarath Tuesday, 10 May 2011 07:56 AM

    thithata matha!

    BUSHEL Tuesday, 10 May 2011 01:54 PM

    Dear Siri, U r saying world bank said the cause is poverty,
    Is it Ranil, who is responsible for poverty in the country?

    By Gad, Wednesday, 11 May 2011 03:34 AM

    Yehiya, learn to speak better English, or don't make an idiot of yourself.

    Yehiya-Doha Tuesday, 10 May 2011 02:46 PM

    Who is gain through that.

    Musthafa Tuesday, 10 May 2011 08:46 AM

    Good news

    Shayam Tuesday, 10 May 2011 08:57 AM

    Consumption of liquor is one of the indicators of increasing poverty

    raj Tuesday, 10 May 2011 02:57 PM

    what about you? have you increased drinking recently?

    lasantha Tuesday, 10 May 2011 09:00 AM

    The are drowning their sorrows because of the cost of living.

    M.Jayatunga Tuesday, 10 May 2011 03:26 PM

    Please do not ridicule the 'Mathata Thitha" programme



    Mahee

    THY Tuesday, 10 May 2011 10:00 AM

    the Only Disease sold legaly in Bottles.

    Ibnu Batuta Tuesday, 10 May 2011 10:01 AM

    This is another gimmick to increase taxes.

    MagodisThuma Tuesday, 10 May 2011 04:49 PM

    Of course I'm gaining..... After drinking I forget the problems in the real world & start enjoying life ,in my fantasy world !

    Apalled Wednesday, 11 May 2011 04:51 AM

    This is proof that people are drowning their economic sorrows in liquor.... The way prices are increasing of essentials, they may even turn to opium!

    KIRI PUTHA Tuesday, 10 May 2011 11:10 AM

    BUT according to the current "chinthanaya" it is an indication of strong economy development of rural and middle tier peoples.

    Just Another Citizen Tuesday, 10 May 2011 11:02 AM

    Considering the fact there isn't anything else for people in rural area's to do, what more can you expect?

    ramesh Tuesday, 10 May 2011 12:09 PM

    A sign of good economic development?

    raj Tuesday, 10 May 2011 12:36 PM

    How? are they getting the liquor free.....CAN I HAVE SOME LIQUOR FOR FREE...

    raj Tuesday, 10 May 2011 12:36 PM

    ARE U GIVING LIQUOR FREE FOR THEM?

    MagodisThuma Tuesday, 10 May 2011 07:54 AM

    I drink... to forget the problems arising due to cost of living !.

    suresh Wednesday, 11 May 2011 03:17 AM

    I know that you can still get DRUGS from CR & FC Club, Colombo 5.


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