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Appeal Court issues order on 8 vaccines

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The Court of Appeal has ordered the respondents including the Minister of Health to file objections to a petition filed seeking a writ order invalidating the registration of 8 types of vaccines manufactured by a local company.

The order was issued by the Appellate Court bench after considering the writ petitions filed by two activists of the United Human Rights Organization.

Accordingly, the court ordered Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella and the authorities of the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) to file any objections related to the petition on October 2.

The petitioners said the NMRA has approved 8 types of vaccines manufactured by the local private company for anesthetics and brain-related diseases.

According to NMRA regulations, a vaccine should be subjected to a “supervision period” of six months before giving approval and registration. However, the petitioners pointed out that these regulations have not been followed when approving the vaccines.

Accordingly, the lawyer representing the petitioners made a request to give an early date to consider the petition in order to avoid the possible harm caused by the release of these vaccines to the market, the Ada Derana court reporter said.

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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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