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Trains on upcountry line, back to normal (Update)

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Train travel on the upcountry line have been restored to normalcy.

Trains on the route were disrupted after a freight train derailed in the area between the Talawakelle and Watagoda railways stations.

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(Previous News: 23rd June 2023, 12:27pm)

Freight train derails on upcountry line

A train delay was reported on the Upcountry Line due to the derailment of a freight train which was travelling from Kandy to Badulla this morning (23).

The Railways Department said that the train derailed in the area between the Talawakelle and Watagoda Railways Stations.

Meanwhile, the department said that the passengers of the Udarata Menike Train plying from Badulla to Colombo and the Podi Menike Train plying from Colombo to Badulla will be transferred to other trains near the site of the accident.

Restoration works of the railway line are continuing.

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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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