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Accepting applications for ‘Aswesuma’ 2nd phase, commences

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Chairman of the Welfare Benefits Board, Jayantha Wijeratne, announced that applications for the second phase of ‘Aswesuma’ will be accepted from today (15) until March 15. 

Eligible individuals will receive ‘Aswesuma’ benefits without any influence.
Additionally, he noted that families who did not apply for the first phase of ‘Aswesuma’, and also those who did not participate in the housing information census though submitted application, can apply for the second phase of Aswesuma.

Chairman of the Welfare Benefits Board, Jayantha Wijeratne, shared these insights during a press conference held today (15) at the Presidential Media Centre to announce the commencement of applications for the ‘Aswesuma’.

During the second phase of ‘Aswasuma’, benefits are anticipated to be extended to 2.4 million families. It was emphasized that expediting the benefits process requires submitting applications with accurate and truthful information. Additionally, he also stressed the necessity of including the National Identity Card number of applicants during the application process for the second phase to ensure timely provision of benefits within the specified timeframe.

Hence, the Department of Registration of Persons has initiated a special program at the Divisional Secretariat level to expedite the issuance of ID cards for applicants lacking national identity cards.

Applications for the second phase of Aswasuma can be submitted via online system or through Divisional Secretariats or from Grama Niladhari. Applicants have the option to complete the application form in Sinhala, Tamil or English on the website www.wbb.gov.lk .

For individuals unable to apply online, model applications are accessible through Divisional Secretariats or civil organizations and there is no charge for obtaining these applications.

It was highlighted that individuals who applied for the first phase but did not qualify for benefits, as well as those who missed participation in the appeal tests, will have an opportunity for re-certification in the future. Further information can be obtained through the hotline number 1924.

The press conference was attended by members of the Welfare Benefits Board, including H. T. K Pathmasiri, Kumar Dunusinghe, K. H. J. Muller, R. Aneez, as well as Additional Commissioner (Operations) of the Welfare Benefits Board R. R.R. Rajapaksa and Additional Commissioner (Finance) E. A. Weerasena.

(President’s Media Division)

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The incident occurred when a race car veered off the track and collided with a group of spectators, DIG Thalduwa explained.

The 28th edition of the ‘Fox Hill SuperCross,’ organized by the Sri Lanka Military Academy Diyatalawa with the support of Sri Lanka Automobile Sports (SLAS), commenced in Diyatalawa on Sunday (21).

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5 years marked since the Easter Sunday bombings

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Today (April 21) marks 05 years since the brutal Easter Sunday bombings in 2019.

All churches across Sri Lanka will observe 02 minutes of silence at 8:45 am today (21) to remember those lost in the attacks.

Several memorial events centering the St. Anthony’s church in Kochchikade and the St. Sebastian’s church in Katuwapitiya will be held.

Police spokesman DIG Nihal Thalduwa says that security has been beefed up to areas where memorial services are being held.

In 2019, a spate of bombings that took place across the country claimed 273 lives while injuring hundreds.

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