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CID complaint claims Manju’s funding sources aren’t clear

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A complaint filed with the Criminal Investigation Department claims that the overseas funding sources of Manju Nishshanka, are not clear.

The complaint, filed by Oshala Herath, Attorney-at-Law Namal Rajapaksa and Sepala Amarasinghe alleges that Manju Nishshanka, who is said to be the leader of the political movement – Global Sri Lankan Congress, has violated the Election Expenses Regulation Act and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

They have also revealed that Manju Nishshanka holds citizenship in the UK and the US in addition to that in Sri Lanka.

Noting that the Global Sri Lankan Congress is an unregistered political movement in the country, the complaint states that the movement has backed a political party called “Arunalu Janatha Party” in 05 LG bodies in Gampaha district and 01 LG body in the Southern Province.

Noting that Mr. Nishshanka has spent around Rs. 30 million for the election campaign of MP Mr. Nalaka Godaheva during the last General Election, the complaint also points out that he was later given a ministerial advisor position as well as a directorship falling under the State Ministry of Urban Development while Godahewa held the position of its state minister.

The complaint claims that he has been occupying the 6th floor of the Access Building in Colombo for more than a year now as his business and political headquarters, paying Rs. 05 or more as rent.

In addition, he also owns apartments at the ‘On 320 Residencies’ and Shangri-La apartments, the complaint further says.

Noting that Manju has a house in New York, USA for which he owes over USD 600,000, the complaint alleges that the sources from which he receives foreign funding for his expenses in Sri Lanka raises doubts.

The complainants urge authorities to look into this.

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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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