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People who bailed out underworld figures in hot water!

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Sixteen underworld figures involved in large-scale drug trafficking and were detained in the Boossa High Security Prison have fled the country once granted bail, an investigation conducted by the intelligence agencies has revealed.

Twenty-five people who were accused of drug trafficking and were detained in the prison have been released on bail.

It has been revealed that 16 out of the 25 have fled the country including Ganemulle Sanjeewa, Kawuma, Kanjipani Imran and Army Sampath.

The investigating officers said that maintaining cases against them has become an issue since these smugglers fail to appear in court.

It has been revealed that these suspects have obtained bail within two years and after obtaining bail, majority of them have fled the country with fake passports and by boats.

The officers pointed out that the majority of those who obtained bail were represented by the President’s Counsel.

A senior official said that steps will be taken to instruct the police to locate and arrest the guarantors who provided bail to these suspects.

Investigating officers also said that after leaving the country once given bail, these suspects settle in UAE and other countries and continue to operate drug trafficking and crimes without any hindrance.

Meanwhile, it was reported that honest prison officials including those at Boossa have received undue influence by the criminals who fled the country.

There have been instances where some prison officials and their family members have been threatened by the accomplices of criminals visiting homes of the officials.

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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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