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AL exams to start tomorrow

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GCE (Advanced Level) examination – 2022 which will be held from tomorrow, (23) to February 17, 2023.

More than 8,000 police officers are to be deployed for the security of examination centers and coordination centers established throughout the island.

Nearly 18,000 school teachers and school heads and Directors of the Education Ministry will be deployed from tomorrow for examination duties. 

Candidates are warned that indecent behaviour would result in the Examinations Chief cancelling their candidature during the period of the examination..

Commissioner General of Examinations, Amith Jayasundara told the media that some candidates are getting ready for liquor parties on the final day of the examination and if these take place, their candidature is liable to be cancelled after conducting inquiries against them for violating examination rules.

About 300 incidents of malpractices and frauds take place annually and 800 investigators of the Examinations Department will be deployed to conduct sudden visits to the examination centres to see whether the examination is being held in keeping with the instructions of the Department.

About 2,200 examination centres will be set up countrywide to conduct the examination. Principals have been told to apprise candidates on the examination rules.

source – Sunday Observer

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No COVID-19 deaths yesterday

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No COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed yesterday (29) by the Director-General of Health Services.

Accordingly, the current COVID-19 death toll remains at 16,828.

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Racecourse murder : Boyfriend further remanded

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The university student who was held in remand custody for allegedly murdering his girlfriend with a sharp weapon at Race Course grounds in Colombo has been remanded further.

Taking up the case today (30) Colombo Chief Magistrate Prasanna Alwis ordered him to be further remanded till February 13.

The magisterial inquest into the death was held today before Colombo Chief Magistrate and

A testimony of the deceased’s father was recorded before Chief Magistrate and further magisterial inquiry was fixed for February 13.

The suspect was not produced before Court by prison authorities since he is currently receiving treatment at the Mental Health Unit of prison hospital.

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Constitutional Council approves several judicial appointments

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The Constitutional Council met today (30) in Parliament presided by Speaker and the Chairman of the Constitutional Council – Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana.

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Sajith Premadasa, Leader of the Opposition, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, MPs Sagara Kariyawasam, other council members Dr. Prathap Ramanujam, Dr. (Mrs) Dilkushi Anula Wijesundere, Dr. (Mrs) Dinesha Samararatne were present at the Council meeting held.

MP Kabir Hashim, had informed his inability to attend this meeting due to unavoidable circumstances.

The Constitutional Council considered the recommendation of the President to appoint K.P. Fernando, President of the Court of Appeal as a Judge of the Supreme Court, to the post which fell vacant with the retirement of L.T.B. Dehideniya, Judge of the Supreme Court. The Constitutional Council unanimously approved the above recommendation.

Further the Constitutional Council unanimously approved the nomination of N.B.P.D.S. Karunarathna, Judge of the Court of Appeal to be appointed as the President of the Court of Appeal, and the nomination of Mr M.A.R. Marikkar, High Court Judge to be appointed as a Judge of the Court of Appeal to the resultant vacancies.  

The Constitutional Council further decided to publish the advertisement on newspapers of 1st February 2023, calling for applications for the appointment as Members of the Commissions specified in Schedule to Article 41B of the Constitution. Draft format of the application would be published on the Official Parliament website. The deadline to submit applications is 15th February 2023.

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