TID quiz BBC Vavuniya reporter

The Tamil journalist has been reporting for the BBC for some 15 years from the north, the BBC Tamil service reported. He had been questioned about his reports on political prisoners at the Magazine prison and some telephone calls he had received from Tamil prisoners. The police Terrorist Investigations Division (TID) questioned the BBC Tamil Service reporter based in Vavuniya today.According to the BBC, Ponniah Manigavasakam was questioned for nearly two hours today by the TID. The reporter had told the TID that as a journalist it was nothing new to receive telephone calls from prisoners or their family members.With most of the prisoners remaining in prison for years they often seek information on their  release, the BBC reporter had told the TID. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Ontarios pot Crown corporation lost 42 million in latest fiscal year

TORONTO — Ontario Cannabis Retail Corp. lost $42 million in the latest fiscal year, according to newly released public documents.The provincial Crown corporation tasked with online sales and wholesale distribution of recreational pot reported revenues of $64 million for the year ended March 31, 2019.However, Ontario’s consolidated financial statements show the OCRC, which operates as the Ontario Cannabis Store, racked up expenses totalling $106 million during the period.Canada legalized cannabis for adult use on Oct. 17 last year, and the rollout was mired by supply chain issues and product shortages, which largely have been resolved in recent months.The supply shortages prompted the Ontario government to cap the initial number of retail licences at 25, but the province is in the process of increasing the number of legal pot outlets to 75 by October.The OCS announced last week that chief executive Patrick Ford would be retiring. Cal Bricker, senior vice-president of horse racing at Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp., was named interim chief executive while a search for a replacement is conducted. The Canadian Press read more