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Woman shot at inside bus in Koggalla

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Two men who arrived on a motorcycle had blocked a bus travelling from Ambalantota to Koggalla and fired shots at a woman who was inside the bus yesterday evening (7).

The Ambalantota Police said a 48-year-old mother of three named Lasantha Rohini, a resident of Koggalla, was injured in the shooting.

She was returning home with 17-year-old daughter who had attended a tuition class.

The woman was shot in the right shoulder area and after being admitted to the Beragama Regional Hospital, she was transferred to the Hambantota General Hospital for further treatment.

She is the mother of one of the main suspects in a murder that took place in Koggalla on July 18 over an incident of cattle theft.

The DIG in charge of Hambantota and Matara, Mahesh Senaratne, said that the son-in-law of the man who was killed on July 18 has been identified as one of the suspects who carried out the shooting yesterday.

The murder victim was identified as Amarakoon Kankanamge Siripala (62), a father of two.

Police had made an arrest within a few hours over his murder.

Investigations revealed that the shooters did not come to kill this man, but to kill his son-in-law.

Source: Daily News

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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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