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Wijeyadasa slams ‘The Morning’ report on Thilini Priyamali case

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Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe yesterday (21) stated in Parliament that a news report that had appeared on ‘The Morning’ newspaper had violated his parliamentary privileges.

He urged the Speaker to hold a probe by the Privilege committee.

“I, being the Chairman of the Privilege Committee, would stay away from it temporarily to enable the probe. Appoint someone else as the Chairman and carry out the probe on the matter,” he told the Speaker.

The court case with regard to the financial fraud charges faced by Thilini Priyamali was taken up by the Fort Magistrate last Wednesday (19) and the newspaper had reported that lawyers from Rajapakshe’s chamber are appearing for Thilini Priyamali.

Speaking on the newspaper report, Wijeyadasa had said :

“I don’t have a chamber as the Minister of Justice, but some of my junior lawyers are appearing for Thilini Priyamali at the moment. There are journalists who are prepared to publish anything if they are given bottles of arrack,” he said.

“This is not an issue on my parliamentary privileges alone. Media tend to blame all 225 MPs for wrongdoing which a few MPs were accused of.

“An honest MP cannot send his/her’s child to school as others raise various questions,“ he said,“Criticizing the MPs is good, but one must not do it with vested interests and malice,” he also said.

The article in question had stated that President’s Counsel Maithri Gunaratne yesterday (19) raised concerns regarding the presence of a group of lawyers, including the Justice minister’s son – Attorney-at-Law Rakhitha Rajapakshe, appearing on behalf of Priyamali.

Slamming the media, Wijeyadasa has said that he looked into the matter and found no such thing was said. “This is an offense punishable by a two-year sentence,” he added.

Liberty Publications, which owns ‘The Morning’, is chaired by Dilith Jayaweera.

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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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