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New Action Committee formed

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An action committee comprising key secretaries from various ministries, including Education, Finance, Tourism, Fisheries, Transport, Plantation and Industry, has been appointed to swiftly implement strategies aimed at re-employing individuals impacted by the economic crisis.

The measure was taken at a pivotal meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat, under the leadership of Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment, Manusha Nanayakkara, and President’s Secretary, Mr. Saman Ekanayake.

This committee follows in the footsteps of a tripartite committee established during Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe’s tenure as Prime Minister, which focused on addressing job losses resulting from the economic crisis. Strategies for re-employment were developed, and the Ministry of Labour and Foreign Employment was entrusted with their implementation. The World Labour Organization provided technical support through a comprehensive survey, culminating in a final report presented to the Ministry.

The tripartite committee engaged in extensive discussions, formulating long-term, medium-term, and short-term solutions. The newly appointed action committee assumes responsibility for the implementation of these solutions. Future endeavours will prioritize identifying areas with increased job opportunities and implementing qualification development programs to connect individuals with these prospects.

By leveraging collective expertise and collaboration across ministries, this action committee aspires to swiftly create job opportunities and pave the way for personal and economic growth. Together, we shall navigate the challenges of the economic crisis, providing renewed hope and empowering individuals with the means to build a brighter future.

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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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