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Unlicensed medicine factory raided in Modara 

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A large-scale pharmaceutical manufacturing plant was raided in Modara, Colombo 15 for operating without a license, the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) said.

A 61-year-old resident of Modara, the owner of the plant, has been arrested. He had been operating the pharmaceutical factory in a three-storied building on rent basis.

He had produced and distributed a powerful painkiller which is restricted from use in the country but widely used by drug addicts.

He has produced these drugs with a brand name which was produced in India.

A stock of medicinal syrup used for cough and labels were also seized. Around 5,000 capsules of different types of drugs allegedly produced in this factory have been seized from the owner’s house.

The officers of the Police Narcotics Bureau have seized a stock of raw materials suspected to have been used for the production of drugs.

The suspect who was arrested had previously produced medicines with a license which expired in 2013.

The NMRA said that he was arrested in 2019 while manufacturing medicines in Kelaniya without a license and produced in court.

According to the NMRA, the suspect was produced in court on charges of producing, selling, distributing drugs without a license under the National Medicines Regulatory Authority Act No. 5 of 2015.

NMRA Chairman Professor S. D. Jayaratne, Chief Executive Officer Dr. Vijith Gunasekara, Head of Supervision and Enforcement Division, Chief Food and Drug Inspector Amith Perera and other officials conducted the raid.

Source – Aruna

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Sri Lanka Mirror wishes everyone a happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year!

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The 2024 Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned at 09.05 pm last night (April 13).

‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ extends heartfelt New Year greetings to all our readers. May this upcoming year be filled with boundless happiness, prosperity, and success for each and everyone of you.

–  Sri Lanka Mirror team

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Derailed train causes delays on coastal line

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A train has derailed at the Kalutara South railway station on Saturday morning (13).

Trains operating on the Coastal Line are thus experiencing delays, Sri Lanka Railways said.

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Kristalina Georgieva to head IMF for a 2nd term

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The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has selected Kristalina Georgieva to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on October 1, 2024.

The appointment comes ahead of the start of the fund’s spring meetings in Washington next week.

Georgieva, who has been in the role since the autumn of 2019, was the sole candidate for the position. However, it was only after European leaders signalled that they would endorse her last month that her candidacy was assured.

In a statement, the coordinators of the Executive Board, Mr. Afonso S. Bevilaqua and Mr. Abdullah F. BinZarah has said, “Looking ahead, the Board welcomes Ms. Georgieva’s ongoing emphasis on issues of macroeconomic and financial stability, while also ensuring that the Fund continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of its entire membership. It recognizes her focus on strengthening the Fund’s support to its members through effective policy advice, capacity development and financing. The Board looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Managing Director.”

“I am deeply grateful for the trust and support of the Fund’s Executive Board, representing our 190 members, and honored to continue to lead the IMF as Managing Director for a second five-year term,” Ms. Georgieva has said.

The Bulgarian national has served as Managing Director since October 1, 2019. The Managing Director is the chief of the IMF’s operating staff and Chair of the Executive Board. The Managing Director is assisted by four Deputy Managing Directors in overseeing the Fund’s operations, which serve its membership through about 3,100 staff.

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