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Overseas travel ban on ‘Evolve’ owner

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An overseas travel ban has been slapped on Mr. Mohammad Ajmal, the owner of the Evolve College of Education.

He faces charges of financial fraud after issuing fake certificates for caregiving courses, which is currently a popular choice among many seeking employment opportunities overseas.

The private educational institution is a well known entity in Bambalapitiya. 

Taking up the case yesterday (Dec. 04), the Colombo Additional Magistrate issued this order after considering around 45 complaints lodged with the Bambalapitiya police in this regard.

The police had sought an overseas travel ban, citing that they are unable to locate the suspect, who has been appearing under several names.

Meanwhile, the court also issued a foreign travel ban against a resident of Giriulla, who had worked as a counselor in this institute and is currently on bail.

Police have stated that a large number of youth have fallen prey to this institute, who had garnered mass publicity via Facebook, stating they issue NVQ 4 level certificates. Police have added that a recent diploma ceremony was also held at the BMICh in Colombo, with politicians such as Anura Priyadarshana Yapa and Shantha Bandara in attendance.

Further investigations are being conducted on the instructions of Bambalapitiya Police Chief Inspector – Sampath Padmalal.

(Pics : Facebook page of Evolve College of Education)

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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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SL over 60s cricket team ranked 4th in the world

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The Sri Lanka Over-60s cricket team, led by Garry Gunasekara, achieved a commendable 4th place in the recently concluded Over-60s Cricket World Cup in Chennai. 

Twelve teams, including all major cricketing nations except Pakistan and Bangladesh, participated in the tournament.

In the group league stages, Sri Lanka secured victories against India, Wales, and the Rest of the World. 

They also tied with the West Indies and suffered their only defeat to Australia, finishing 2nd in the group. 

Sri Lanka faced England in the first semi-final, resulting in a loss, while New Zealand lost to Australia in the second semi-final. Australia went on to convincingly win the final against England.

In the third-place match, Sri Lanka faced New Zealand and narrowly lost by 20 runs, ultimately securing the 4th position in the Over-60s Cricket World Cup.

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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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