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Indian Air Force Chief to visit Sri Lanka

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Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhary will visit Sri Lanka on May 01 for an official visit on an invitation from Sri Lanka Air Force Commander Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana.

Air Chief Marshal Chaudhary, who joined the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot in 1982, has an extensive experience of over 3,800 flying hours on various fighter jets, including MiG-21, MiG-23MF, MiG-29 and Su-30MKI.

He is a highly accomplished professional with numerous qualifications, including Qualified Flying Instructor, Pilots Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner. He is also a founding member of the Indian Air Force Surya Kiran Aerobatic Demonstration Team. Since September 30, 2021, he serves as the 27th Chief of Air Staff of the Indian Air Force. During his stay, the Indian Air chief is expected to call on the President, the Prime Minister, the State Minister of Defence and the Defence Secretary.

The official visit aims to facilitate discussions on the development of cooperation between regional air forces, joint training and technical knowledge exchange. The expansion of maritime surveillance operations will also be among the key topics for discussion.

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278 prison inmates to be pardoned

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A total of 278 inmates at prisons across the island will be released tomorrow in view of Vesak festival, the Prisons Department said.

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Parliament suspended due to lack of quorum

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Parliament sessions were abruptly suspended until June 04 due to a lack of quorum. 

There were less than 20 member present during the time of suspension. 

MP Jagath Samarawickrama was at the Chair.

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Notice for students sitting for Grade 5 scholarships

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The Department of Examinations has announced that the 2024 Grade Five Scholarship Examination will be held on September 15 this year.

It adds that applications for the examination will be accepted online from May 27 – June 14, 2024 and acceptance of applications will not be extended beyond the announced period.

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