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President calls for report on Kandakadu incident

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe has called for a comprehensive report on the incidents that took place at the Kandakadu Rehabilitation Centre last evening (07).

Following a discussion held with Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, the President said necessary steps should be taken to prevent such incidents from recurring.

Commissioner General of Rehabilitation Major General Darshana Hettiarachchi said a conflict broke out between two groups of inmates at the Rehabilitation Centre last night.

Five injured inmates were first admitted to the Welikanda Hospital and then transferred to the Polonnaruwa Hospital for further treatment.

Mr. Hettiarachchi said that another group of inmates had escaped the Rehabilitation Centre during the unrest.

Meanwhile, ‘Ada’ newspaper reported that a group of unruly inmates had attempted to break into the armory of the 9th Field Regiment Sri Lanka Artillery located at the centre but the soldiers on duty had fired shots into the air to bring the situation under control.

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278 prison inmates to be pardoned

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A total of 278 inmates at prisons across the island will be released tomorrow in view of Vesak festival, the Prisons Department said.

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Parliament suspended due to lack of quorum

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Parliament sessions were abruptly suspended until June 04 due to a lack of quorum. 

There were less than 20 member present during the time of suspension. 

MP Jagath Samarawickrama was at the Chair.

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Notice for students sitting for Grade 5 scholarships

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The Department of Examinations has announced that the 2024 Grade Five Scholarship Examination will be held on September 15 this year.

It adds that applications for the examination will be accepted online from May 27 – June 14, 2024 and acceptance of applications will not be extended beyond the announced period.

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