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Foreign firms to handle air traffic control in SL?

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The Ports, Shipping and Aviation Ministry sources said that there is a shortage of air traffic controllers in the country.

Although there should be 150 air traffic controllers in Sri Lanka, the country only has 80 of them.

Due to the shortage of air traffic controllers, the airspace service for the aircraft passing through Sri Lanka will have to be handed over to other countries.

In view of the current situation, only aircraft arriving and departing Sri Lanka are being controlled and international aircraft control activities have been suspended.

It was reported that air traffic controllers have left Sri Lanka due to higher salaries and other allowances offered by other countries.

Sri Lanka will lose an amount of 25,000 US Dollars if air traffic control duties were given to another country.

If restrictions are imposed regarding the violation of international air traffic control laws, aircraft flying towards India and Australia over Sri Lanka may also be entitled to control the aircraft over Sri Lanka.

(Ada Derana)

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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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