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Price cap on 100 more essential drugs

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Health and Industries Minister Dr. Ramesh Pathirana told Parliament yesterday that 100 more essential drugs will be brought under price control with immediate effect.

The price cap imposed by the Government only applies to 100 essential medicines currently and when price control is introduced for another 100 medicines, 200 types of medicines altogether will be under price control.

The Minister said this while replying to the question raised by MP Jayantha Samaraweera.

He said that one medicine is available in 10 or 15 brands and patients can buy medicines without difficulty by regulating a fair price on them. The Minister also said that this price control is being decided by a committee consisting of 11 experts related to medicine and economy.

The Minister stated that 862 imported essential medicines are available in the country and 675 of them are imported from the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

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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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