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Maliyadeva girl who donated organs gets three ‘A’s

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The 19-year-old Vihagana Ariyasinghe of Kurunegala Maliyadeva Girls’ College, whose organs were transplanted to seven other patients after she was pronounced brain dead, has obtained three ‘A’ passes in the commerce stream of 2022 A/L Examination.

She has obtained three Distinctions for economics, business studies and accounting and has secured the 176th position in Kurunegala District and the 2,256th position in the country. Her Z-score is 1.7.

Vihaghana had voluntarily donated her organs. Her heart and lungs were transplanted to one patient who is an anesthesiologist in a critical condition due to heart and lung failure. It was a special surgery since it was for the first time that such an organ transplant was done at the same time in the country.

In addition, the two kidneys taken from her were successfully transplanted to two critically ill patients, one of which was successfully transplanted to a patient who was receiving treatment at the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital. The liver and eye membranes taken from her have also given a new life to three other people.

While undergoing treatment at the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital, she passed away on March 22, giving a new life to seven others.

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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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