May 23, 2019
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    On a Cabinet decision, 'Health' will be made a compulsory subject for the GCE (O/L) examination from next year, Cabinet spokesman and Minister, Gayantha Karunatilaka said yesterday. Adderessing the weekly cabinet media briefing last Morning he said this decision was taken after considering the proposal submitted by the Committee of Experts on Educational Reforms and a proposal by Health Minister Rajitha Seneviratne.

    Two cancer drugs imported from Russia did not cause any adverse effects on patients and applications have been forwarded to register two more drugs, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne had said. Minister Senaratne said that in the past a cancer drug was imported at a cost of Rs. 280,000 and after that another drug imported from Russia at a cost of Rs. 144,000 given to the hospitals.

    President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday gave instructions not to apply the 14% withdrawal tax on sales of tele-dramas. Due to misunderstanding of the new tax regime, there have been certain anomalies with regards to the 14% withdrawal tax.

    UNP MP Ananada Kumarasiri was elected the Deputy Speaker with a majority of 44 votes in Parliament yesterday following a secret vote. UNP MP Kumarasiri obtained 97 votes and UPFA MP Dr. Sudarshani Fernandopulle obtained 53 votes while the Speaker declared one vote as invalid. A total of 73 MPs were absent. TNA and JVP MPs were absent.

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