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Elections (Special Provisions) Bill approved

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The Cabinet has granted approval to draft the new Elections (Special Provisions) Act.

The Bill to be prepared amending five Acts including the Parliamentary Elections Act No. 1 of 1981, Presidential Elections Act, Provincial Council Elections and the Local Government Elections Ordinance.

The approval was earlier granted on 12.12.2022 to amend the Parliamentary Elections Act to take appropriate action in case of violation of the code of conduct by political parties/independent groups and candidates contesting for an election and to establish special polling stations for specially identified voters who cannot vote at the designated polling station on election day. 

The Cabinet approval was also granted on 12.12.2022 to amend the Local Government Polls Ordinance, the Parliamentary Elections Act and the Provincial Council Elections Act so that legal action can be taken in cases of violation of Media Guidelines when an election has been declared. 

Accordingly, the Legal Draftsman has commenced the preparation of Bills in this regard.

The Cabinet approved the proposal presented by the President to advise the legal draftsman to prepare a bill to introduce a new Act instead of amending all the related Acts separately.

Therefore, the Cabinet granted approval to the proposal submitted by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Reforms to publish the relevant draft bill in the government gazette notification and subsequently to table it in Parliament for the concurrence.

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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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