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2 teachers a arrested over O/L English paper fiasco

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A male tuition class teacher and a female school teacher have been arrested by the Police over the incident of allegedly sharing parts of the English Language question paper of the GCE Ordinary Level Examination on WhatsApp with a group of students.

The tuition teacher who conducts private tutoring classes in the Hasalaka area was arrested by the Kandy Computer Crimes Investigation Division and the female teacher had been arrested by the CID in the Gampaha area yesterday (12).

The female teacher is said to be currently undergoing training at a Teacher Training College and has been in charge of examinations in the examination center of a leading school in Gampaha.

It has been revealed in the investigation that she took a photo of the English question paper with her mobile phone and shared it through her WhatsApp group. A senior Police officer of the Criminal Investigation Department stated that the investigations show that the teacher who was arrested at Gampaha took photos of the question paper and sent it to a WhatsApp group on her mobile phone before distributing the relevant question paper to the students.

The suspect male tuition teacher is a resident of Puhulayaya in Mahiyanganaya. Police say that the mother of the arrested teacher is a former principal of a school in the Hasalaka area. Police have also taken into custody two smart phones belonging to the tuition teacher and his mother.

Preliminary investigations have revealed that the relevant WhatsApp group of the teacher has over 1,000 students.

This investigation is taking place according to a complaint made by the Commissioner General of Examinations. The official also said that from the investigations done so far, it appears that the question paper has not been leaked from the examination department prior to the exam.

(dailynews.lk)

(This story, originally published by dailynews.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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India in talks with Sri Lanka to acquire graphite mines

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India is in talks with Sri Lanka to acquire graphite mines in the island nation.

The demand for graphite is steadily increasing, as it is the most common material used for anodes in lithium-ion and other batteries.

The Indian government had discussions with the government of Sri Lanka on acquiring graphite mines there, sources said.

(PTI)

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Karapitiya Hospital to be a National Hospital

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The Cabinet has approved the proposal to develop the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital as a National Hospital.

Speaking at the weekly cabinet briefing that took place today (May 23), Cabinet spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardane said that this will be the third National Hospital in addition to the two National Hospitals in Colombo and Kandy.

The relevant Cabinet paper had been presented by Health Minister Ramesh Pathirana.

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36,900 power breakdowns due to inclement weather

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The Ceylon Electricity Board has reported over 36,900 breakdowns resulting in power interruptions to more than 300,000 consumers in the last 3 days due to inclement weather, says Power and Energy Minister – Kanchana Wijesekera.

Taking to X, the minister notes that additional service staff has been assigned to attend the breakdowns and the CEB management & service staff are working 24 hours to restore power to the affected consumers.

If consumers are unable to repot power interruptions through the CEB hotline 1987, they can use the SMS option to 1987 with BD and the electricity consumer number to follow, use the CEB Care app or through http://cebcare.ceb.lk, he adds.

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