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15 complaints made against human trafficking in Laos

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The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) has received 15 complaints as of yesterday (01) against alleged human trafficking in Laos. Many Sri Lankan youths had been stranded in Laos on the false assurance of finding them employment opportunities in Thailand.

All these complaints have been received against Ruwan Pathirana, an English teacher from Ambalanthota who has already been arrested by the Bureau and remanded, and a local government candidate Anura Senaratne who is said to have aided him.

All the complaints have been made by the youths in the Southern Province. The SLBFE said that except for a few, the rest of the Sri Lankans are still stranded in Laos.

These traffickers had previously taken four young women and a young man first to Thailand and then to Laos. The traffickers had received USD 5,000 each from a Chinese company for supplying employees.

The investigations revealed that the youths were taken by the main suspect’s son to Thailanda, sold them to the Chinese company and returned to Sri Lanka. Investigations have been launched to arrest him as well.

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Health Ministry’s Additional Secretary Dr. Saman Ratnayake arrested

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The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) arrested Additional Secretary of the Health Ministry Dr. Saman Ratnayake over the import of substandard human Immunoglobulin injections.

The arrest was made after Dr. Saman Ratnayake arrived at the CID to provide a statement.

Several key individuals including former Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, Former Health Secretary, the Medical Supplies Division Director are currently in remand custody over the Immunoglobulin scandal.

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Dickwella replaces Kusal in SL T20 Squad

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The Cricket Selection Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket has announced Niroshan Dickwella as the replacement for Kusal Janith Perera in the upcoming Twenty20 International (T20I) Series against Bangladesh.

The series is scheduled to commence on Monday in Sylhet.

Kusal Janith Perera, originally included in the T20I squad, will miss the series due to a respiratory infection.

Perera did not join the team on their departure to Bangladesh on Thursday. 

In light of his absence, Niroshan Dickwella has been named as the replacement and is expected to join the team ahead of the first T20I match at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet.

The T20I series against Bangladesh consists of three matches, with the second and third T20Is scheduled for March 6 and 9, respectively, at the same venue.

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Scholarship exam, GCE O/L, A/L dates released

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The Examination Department has announced the schedule for several key examinations for the year 2024.

Accordingly, the GCE (O/L) Examinations 2023 is scheduled to take place from May 6th to May 15th while Grade 5 Scholarship Examinations 2024 is set for September 15th, 2024.

In addition, the GCE (A/L) Examinations 2024 will run from November 25th to December 20th, 2024.

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