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Rs.500 million extra to be paid to import antibiotics!

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The Medical and Civil Rights Professional Association (MCPA) called on the President to launch an immediate investigation into the move to purchase an antibiotic by paying Rs.500 million extra.

During a news briefing held in Colombo yesterday (24), Dr. Chamal Sanjeewa of the MCPA said that a shortage of antibiotics has been created due to the disagreement between the minister and officials.

Currently, he said a tender has been called for the purchase of a stock of 2.5 million vaccines belonging to the Cefuroxime category.

He said the Health Ministry is acting in a suspicious way and it seemed that an invisible hand is influencing the awarding of the tender to the company that offered to buy it at 75 cents each instead of the company that offered to buy it for 25 cents.

Although nearly 90,000 vaccines have been purchased through the companies that have offered to provide drugs at a low cost, he asked why the tender board had recommended the company that has suggested higher prices by questioning the quality of the company that has provided vaccines at a lower cost.

“After this questionable transaction, it was reported that a request has been made to the Procurement Appeal Committee of the President’s Secretariat to give the recommendation,” he said.

“If the minister is attempting to award tenders at a higher price instead of referring the relevant recommendation to the Cabinet and implementing it, the President should directly intervene and investigate this transaction,” he also said.

Meanwhile, the doctor said that the Health Minister and the officials of the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) had previously stated that when purchasing emergency drugs for Sri Lanka, there was no time to scientifically check the quality of the drugs and that they were going to purchase the drugs only by checking the documents.

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Cricket equipment distributed to 67 schools in the Gampaha district

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With the aim of developing cricket in the schools of the Gampaha district, cricket equipment was distributed to 67 schools yesterday (July 15) at the Presidential Secretariat. 

This event was held under the patronage of Mr. Sagala Ratnayaka, the Chief of Staff to the President and the President’s Senior Adviser on National Security.

The program was organized by the Youth Vision 2048 organization and the Sri Lanka Cricket Board, following the vision of President Ranil Wickremesinghe. It was carried out under the full guidance and supervision of Mr. Sagala Ratnayaka.

In his address, Mr. Ratnayaka emphasized the importance of school cricket in nurturing talented players for the national level. He also highlighted President Wickremesinghe’s commitment over the past two years to rebuilding the country’s economy. The President aims to implement an economic program that ensures a prosperous future for the country’s children within a corruption-free framework.

Mr. Ruwan Wijewardena, Presidential Adviser on Climate Change, also spoke at the event, expressing his appreciation for all those contributing to the development of future generations’ sports skills.

President of Youth Affairs and Sustainable Development Director Sachira Sarathchandra, Youth Vision 2048 Advisor Dr. Lasantha Gunawardena, Youth Vision 2048 President Dan Poddiwela, along with officials and principals from the Sri Lanka Cricket Board, sports instructors, and students, were present at the event.

(President’s Media Division)

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Maithri, Pujith, Nilantha given time till August 30 to finish payments

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The Supreme Court yesterday ordered former President Maithripala Sirisena, former IGP Pujith Jayasundara and former Chief of State Intelligence Service, DIG Nilantha Jayawardena to pay all the compensations stipulated by the Supreme Court’s decision regarding the Easter Sunday terror attacks before August 30.

If they fail to pay the amount before that date, the Attorney General was ordered to take the necessary steps to prosecute them before September 20 for contempt of Court for not acting according to the judgement.

Also, according to the decision of the Supreme Court, the National Police Commission was ordered to take the necessary steps to conduct a disciplinary investigation against the former head of the State Intelligence Service Nilantha Jayawardena and report to the Court about its progress on September 20 through a motion.

Meanwhile, the Court was informed that out of the Rs. 75 million ordered by the Court, former IGP Pujith Jayasundera has paid only Rs. 1.9 million.

The Court was further informed that then Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando has paid the total amount of compensation ordered by the Supreme Court.

President’s Counsel Faizer Mustapha, appearing for Maithripala Sirisena, informed the Supreme Court that his client has already paid Rs. 58 million in compensation to the victims and further requested for six years to pay the remaining Rs. 42 million in equal installments.

(dailynews.lk)

(This story, originally published by dailynews.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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This week’s Cabinet decisions

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A number of decisions have been taken at the Cabinet meeting held yesterday (July 15).

The decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers are as follows :

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