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Immunoglobulin import case: Finance Ministry refutes involvement

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The Ministry of Finance clarified that CID officials, during their visit to the Treasury on November 27 and 28, had obtained statements from the Director of the Department of Development Finance and the Deputy Director of the Department of Public Finance on the procurement of human immunoglobulin drugs and the process followed in utilizing funds from the Indian Line of Credit.

Contrary to some media reports, the Ministry asserted that no Treasury officials had visited the CID headquarters. Instead, they had cooperated solely to assist the CID in understanding the correct procedures for procurement and fund utilization.

In terms of the court order by the Maligakanda Magistrate’s Court, the CID was asked to obtain statements from Treasury officials concerning the procurement guidelines applicable with regard to utilizing of funds from the Indian Line of Credit.

The Department of Public Finance and the Department of Development Finance are the relevant Treasury departments responsible for the overall procurement guidelines and the administration of the Indian Line of Credit, the Ministry said.

“Treasury officials provided documents relating to communications that occurred between the relevant Departments in the Treasury and the Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Finance, Economic Stabilization and National Policies has no involvement in the specific procurement carried out. We will continue to extend our fullest support to the CID and to the courts in carrying out the investigations,” the Ministry said.

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94th Battle of the Maroons ends in a draw (Pics)

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The 94th Battle of the Maroons between Ananda and Nalanda concluded in a draw at SSC grounds. 

Despite the draw, Ananda secured a first innings lead, having declared their first innings at 286 for 9 wickets in response to Nalanda’s first innings total of 277 for 8 wickets, which was declared on the first day.

In the second innings, Nalanda, batting at 120 for 3 wickets, maintained a cautious approach, and the match ended without either team pursuing a more aggressive strategy in their first innings.

Ananda’s all-rounder Kithma Withanaparhirana played a notable innings, scoring 76 runs in 92 balls with 11 fours and a six on the second day. 

However, the team fell short of a century, with number three batter Dinada Athalage contributing a significant knock of 71 runs in 165 balls with 9 fours.

Despite the draw, the match witnessed commendable performances from key players, with Nalanda skipper Sajitha Vithanage earning the Man of the Match award for his unbeaten century.

Both teams showcased sportsmanship in the annual encounter, and Nalanda retained the N.M. Perera Trophy, presented by former Nalandian legend Stanley Jayasinghe. 

The trophy has been a symbol of the prestigious Battle of the Maroons series.

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Term tests for Western province suspended

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The term tests for grade 10 and 11 in the Western province schools has been postponed after some of the question papers were shared on social media ahead of the examination.

A senior official said that the decision had been taken after complaints that several question papers had been leaked out before the examinations.

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Russian Naval Ship Varyag Visits Colombo

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The Russian Naval Ship Varyag has arrived at the port of Colombo on a formal visit. 

This 187m long Missile Cruiser, manned by a crew of 529, is led by Flag Officer Captain 1st Rank Velichko Anatoly Vasicievich, with Captain 2nd Rank Glushakov Roman Nikolaevich serving as the Commanding Officer.

During their stay in Sri Lanka, the ship’s crew is expected to participate in various programs organized by the Sri Lanka Navy, fostering camaraderie and exploring tourist attractions in the country. 

The official visit will conclude, and Varyag is set to depart from the island tomorrow.

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