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Suspect arrested over importing substandard IVIG, remanded (Update)

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The owner of the company, which allegedly used forged documents to import a batch of substandard human intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), has been remanded until November 15.

The accused known as Aruna Deepthi, who was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), was produced before Maligakanda Magistrate’s Court earlier today.

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(Previous News on 1st November, 2023 at 08:15am)

CID arrests one over importing substandard medicine

The owner of the company – Isolez Biotech Pharma which had allegedly imported the vials of substandard immunoglobulin, has been arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

The suspect is one Sugath Janaka Fernando alias Aruna Deepti, a 57-year-old resident of Rathdolugama area.

He is to be produced before courts today (01).

On Monday, a court had imposed overseas travel ban on the suspect, which is accused of using forged documents to import the substandard medicines, and two other high-ranking government officials who were allegedly involved in this fraudulent activity.

The relevant order was issued by the Maligakanda Magistrate’s Court after considering the facts presented by the CID through a motion, claiming that the concerned suspects were preparing to flee the country.

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278 prison inmates to be pardoned

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A total of 278 inmates at prisons across the island will be released tomorrow in view of Vesak festival, the Prisons Department said.

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Parliament suspended due to lack of quorum

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Parliament sessions were abruptly suspended until June 04 due to a lack of quorum. 

There were less than 20 member present during the time of suspension. 

MP Jagath Samarawickrama was at the Chair.

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Notice for students sitting for Grade 5 scholarships

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The Department of Examinations has announced that the 2024 Grade Five Scholarship Examination will be held on September 15 this year.

It adds that applications for the examination will be accepted online from May 27 – June 14, 2024 and acceptance of applications will not be extended beyond the announced period.

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