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Refurbishment of Superior Courts complex commences with Chinese aid (Pics)

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Refurbishment of the Hulftsdorp Supreme Court complex commenced today (31), with financial assistance of RMB 240 million from the Chinese Government.

The total construction area of the ‘China Aid Comprehensive Refurbishment Project of Sri Lanka Complex’, is 23,602 sq. metres.

The ceremony to start the renovation work was held at 10.00 am today with the participation of Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, PC, Justice, Prison Affairs and Constitutional Reforms Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, PC, and Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka – Qi Zhenhong.

Strengthening diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and China, in 1998, the Supreme Court complex was built with a grant from the Chinese Government and handed over to the Government of Sri Lanka, followed by the signing of an agreement between both countries in 2016. According to this agreement, it has been decided to extensively renovate the Hulftsdorp Supreme Court complex.

The renovation work will be carried out within 32 months in two phases. Under the first phase, The section housing the Court of Appeal will be renovated under the first phase while the area of the Supreme Court will be renovated under the second phase. The renovations are to be completed on Oct. 17, 202.

(Pics : Department of Government Information)

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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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