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Company behind rejected eye lenses secures fresh Tender!

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A company that had recently imported a stock of cataract lenses that were subsequently rejected, has secured a fresh Tender to import another 70,000 lenses, reports say.

The previous stock imported by the company – PTC Holdings (Private) Limited, was rejected as the lenses had lacked the required specifications.

They company has bid to provide a cataract lens at Rs. 9,000 to the Medical Supplies Division (MSD) of the Health Ministry. A cataract lens obtained by the Osu Sala costs around Rs. 30,000, reports add.

It is also learnt that the MSD is being increasingly pressured to accept the rejected stock of lenses, which has been imported from India. However, in a backdrop of the case concerning the controversial procurement of substandard human immunoglobulin vials, MSD officials are reluctant to do so.

On their website, PTC Holdings (Private) Limited has named Mr. Gihan Beneragama, Mrs. Gimhana Wickramasurendra and Mr. Jaliya Wickramasurendra as their Director Board members.

Mr. Gihan is the son of Dr. Hemantha Benaragama, former director of the National Medical Regulatory Authority.

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Youth found dead in three-wheeler at Ward Place

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A 33-year-old youth was found stabbed to death inside a parked three-wheeler at Ward Place, Colombo, according to police reports.

The gruesome discovery was made early this morning (23) in front of the National Dental Hospital, following a tip-off received by Cinnamon Gardens Police around 1.00 a.m.

Upon investigation, police traced the three-wheeler’s registration to a resident of Middeniya. 

The vehicle owner revealed that he had lent it to his 33-year-old brother-in-law, who works as a taxi driver.

Cinnamon Gardens Police are continuing their investigation into the incident.

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Tamil parties agree to field common Presidential candidate

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Several Tamil political parties and a group of representatives of civil organizations have reached an agreement to present a common Tamil candidate for the upcoming Presidential Election.

The agreement was signed in Jaffna today by seven parties including TELO led by MP Selvam Adaikkalanathan, PLOTE led by MP Dharmalingam Siddharthan, Tamil People’s Alliance led by MP C.V. Wigneswaran, Tamil National Party led by Attorney-At-Law N. Sri Kantha, and EPRLF led by Suresh Premachandran.

The Tamil People General Assembly, comprising of several Tamil civil organizations, also signed the agreement.

However, the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) comprising President’s Counsel M.A. Sumanthiran and the Tamil National People’s Front comprising Attorney-At-Law Gajendra Kumar Ponnambalam did not sign the agreement today.

(News 1st)

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Club Wasantha’ murder: Tattoo studio owner makes confidential statement

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Dulan Sanjula, the owner of the tattoo studio in Athurugiriya, has made a confidential statement before the Kaduwela Magistrate over the recent shooting and killing of two individuals including Surendra Wasantha Perera alias ‘Club Wasantha’. 

Meanwhile, the seven suspects including Dulan Sanjula have been ordered to be remanded further until August 5, 2024. 

The suspect, who was arrested in connection with the incident, had requested permission to make a confidential statement to the Kaduwela Magistrate. He made this request when the seven suspects arrested in relation to the incident were produced before the court on July 10.

However, the Kaduwela Magistrate had advised the suspect in question to rethink the decision and make the request again during an upcoming court date.

Furthermore, the magistrate ordered the prison officers to provide additional security to the suspects, since there are accomplices of the criminal figure infamously known as “Loku Patee,” who is suspected to be involved in the incident, detained in the prison.

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