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Ban on sending women for foreign employment

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The employment of women for domestic and unskilled jobs through tourist visas will be banned with effect from tomorrow (11), the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau (SLBFE) said.

The Bureau said it received information about women who have gone for employment through tourist visas and been subjected to various harassments especially in the UAE and Oman.

The Sri Lankan embassies of these countries have informed the Bureau about Sri Lankan women stranded there.

However, since no institution or person comes forward to take responsibility for them or their jobs, the concerned women continue to face issues and harassment.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Labor has been notified to ban sending women for unskilled jobs through tourist visas as a problematic situation has arisen when bringing them back to Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, the Bureau’s Special Investigation Division has received complaints regarding 570 individuals and organizations who have defrauded money by claiming to provide foreign jobs from January to October.

Legal action has been taken over 182 such complaints and the Bureau has taken steps to provide an amount of Rs. 28,383,000 which was recovered from the fraudsters, back to the complainants.

The Bureau said that 17 raids have been conducted in relation to complaints and 43 suspects have been arrested and necessary legal measures have been taken.

Meanwhile, 586 people who tried to travel abroad for work illegally, especially on tourist visas, have been sent back by the Airport unit of the Foreign Employment Bureau this year.

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Armed gang robs Police OIC’s house

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An armed gang came in motorcycles ransacked a residence of an Officer In-Charge (OIC) of the Kalutara North Police this afternoon.

Police said the armed gang which broke into the house of the OIC, inspector Nishan Kumara of the minor complaints unit of Kalutara North at Welipenna reportedly stole two mobile phones and gold jewelry and fled.

The IP was not at home at the time of the robbery, but his wife who was at home was attacked by the robbers.  She was injured in the attack.

It was reported that robbers were carrying T-56 firearm.

Several police teams are investigating the incident.

(dailymirror.lk)

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Schoolboy dies after drowning in swimming pool

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A 14-year-old schoolboy who was swimming in the swimming pool in a hotel at Boralassa, Wennappuwa had drowned.

Police said the victim, a grade 10 schoolboy from Galagedara and was studying in a school in Sandalankawa.

It has been revealed that the schoolboy was swimming in the pool with fellow students while on an excursion with a group of 80 schoolchildren from a tution class in Makandura.

The Wennappuwa Police are conducting further investigations.

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Applying for passports online from next year

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The Immigration and Emigration Department has planned to accept applications to issue passports online starting in January next year, the department’s IT controller Champika Ramawickrama said.

Through the program, an applicant will be able to submit his/her application to the department from the comfort of his home.

He went on to say that the applicant only needs to come to the department to attend to biometric formalities, such as finger prints.

For that, the department has decided to establish 50 front offices counters in each district to obtain fingerprints, Ramawickrama said.

He stated that 50 Divisional Secretariat Offices were chosen from each district for this purpose.

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