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Dulles proposes not to hold O/L exam this year

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Freedom People’s Congress MP Dullas Alahapperuma has put forth a request to postpone the GCE Ordinary Level Examination by a year.
Addressing the Parliament, the Parliamentarian pointed out that there was an issue at present due to the delay in the marking of GCE Advanced Level examination answer scripts.

MP Alahapperuma stated that as a result, over 600,000 students who have sat for the GCE Ordinary Level examination are unable to move forward to the GCE Advanced Level.

Requesting the authorities to consider not conducting the GCE Ordinary Level examination this year, MP Alahapperuma advised to instead provide a certificate from the Examination Department declaring all students as eligible to commence their Advanced Level education.

“There will be no injustice to any student. It is also a fact that no one can obtain jobs with their GCE Ordinary Level exam results,” he pointed out.

MP Dullas Alahapperuma said this move will allow the authorities to once again conduct the GCE Ordinary Level exam in December and GCE Advanced Level exam in August, while this will not cause injustice to the students.

Revealing that such a decision was taken during the Coronavirus pandemic with regard to the London O/ Levels and resulted in a great concession for students, MP Alahapperuma requested the authorities to consider his proposal.

(NewsWire)

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Sri Lanka Mirror wishes everyone a happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year!

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The 2024 Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned at 09.05 pm last night (April 13).

‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ extends heartfelt New Year greetings to all our readers. May this upcoming year be filled with boundless happiness, prosperity, and success for each and everyone of you.

–  Sri Lanka Mirror team

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Derailed train causes delays on coastal line

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A train has derailed at the Kalutara South railway station on Saturday morning (13).

Trains operating on the Coastal Line are thus experiencing delays, Sri Lanka Railways said.

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Kristalina Georgieva to head IMF for a 2nd term

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The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has selected Kristalina Georgieva to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on October 1, 2024.

The appointment comes ahead of the start of the fund’s spring meetings in Washington next week.

Georgieva, who has been in the role since the autumn of 2019, was the sole candidate for the position. However, it was only after European leaders signalled that they would endorse her last month that her candidacy was assured.

In a statement, the coordinators of the Executive Board, Mr. Afonso S. Bevilaqua and Mr. Abdullah F. BinZarah has said, “Looking ahead, the Board welcomes Ms. Georgieva’s ongoing emphasis on issues of macroeconomic and financial stability, while also ensuring that the Fund continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of its entire membership. It recognizes her focus on strengthening the Fund’s support to its members through effective policy advice, capacity development and financing. The Board looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Managing Director.”

“I am deeply grateful for the trust and support of the Fund’s Executive Board, representing our 190 members, and honored to continue to lead the IMF as Managing Director for a second five-year term,” Ms. Georgieva has said.

The Bulgarian national has served as Managing Director since October 1, 2019. The Managing Director is the chief of the IMF’s operating staff and Chair of the Executive Board. The Managing Director is assisted by four Deputy Managing Directors in overseeing the Fund’s operations, which serve its membership through about 3,100 staff.

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