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Got mandate to uplift country, not engage in elections – President

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The United National Party (UNP) says that President Ranil Wickremesinghe has officially informed the party that he will not be involved in any activity related to the Local Government elections.

A statement from the UNP notes that the President officially communicated this to party seniors yesterday (03).

Noting that he was given a mandate not to engage in elections, but to uplift the country within two years, the President had informed the party leaders he is not prepared to violate this.

He had told them that he is only ready to chair the UNP Working Committee in keeping with tradition if the UNP wants to contest the LG polls.

He had also informed the UNP seniors that if the party decides to contest the LG polls, 40% of the candidates should be fresh faces.

The President had also noted funds have been allocated for only 4,000 elected representatives, while the rest should declare whether they will serve for free with no salary or benefits.

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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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