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No displaced persons should exist in SL by 2025 – President

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During the Jaffna and Kilinochchi District Coordinating Committee meeting today (04), President Ranil Wickremesinghe addressed crucial issues concerning missing persons, land releases, and environmental conservation in the Jaffna district. 

The President emphasized the need for immediate attention and proactive measures to address these pressing matters. 

President Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the issue of resettling displaced persons cannot continue and that there should not be any displaced persons by 2025. He instructed the officials to draw up a plan to resettle all those displaced.

The President inquired about the status of missing persons, emphasizing the urgency of the situation. The registered number for the missing persons is 1788, encompassing all 15 divisional secretariats in the Jaffna district. A total of 1289 families have been interviewed, but as of now, no reports have been received from the district secretariat. The President directed officials to expedite the process, aiming to conclude the remaining 500 cases swiftly. Additionally, the President proposed contacting the missing person’s office for a resolution, setting a target to complete the task within the next six months.

President Wickremesinghe acknowledged the economic hardships faced by the public and assured that public servants would receive economic relief after the Thai Pongal celebration this year. He emphasized that with the stabilization of the country’s economy, economic relief measures are being extended to the entire population.

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94th Battle of the Maroons ends in a draw (Pics)

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The 94th Battle of the Maroons between Ananda and Nalanda concluded in a draw at SSC grounds. 

Despite the draw, Ananda secured a first innings lead, having declared their first innings at 286 for 9 wickets in response to Nalanda’s first innings total of 277 for 8 wickets, which was declared on the first day.

In the second innings, Nalanda, batting at 120 for 3 wickets, maintained a cautious approach, and the match ended without either team pursuing a more aggressive strategy in their first innings.

Ananda’s all-rounder Kithma Withanaparhirana played a notable innings, scoring 76 runs in 92 balls with 11 fours and a six on the second day. 

However, the team fell short of a century, with number three batter Dinada Athalage contributing a significant knock of 71 runs in 165 balls with 9 fours.

Despite the draw, the match witnessed commendable performances from key players, with Nalanda skipper Sajitha Vithanage earning the Man of the Match award for his unbeaten century.

Both teams showcased sportsmanship in the annual encounter, and Nalanda retained the N.M. Perera Trophy, presented by former Nalandian legend Stanley Jayasinghe. 

The trophy has been a symbol of the prestigious Battle of the Maroons series.

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Term tests for Western province suspended

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The term tests for grade 10 and 11 in the Western province schools has been postponed after some of the question papers were shared on social media ahead of the examination.

A senior official said that the decision had been taken after complaints that several question papers had been leaked out before the examinations.

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Russian Naval Ship Varyag Visits Colombo

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The Russian Naval Ship Varyag has arrived at the port of Colombo on a formal visit. 

This 187m long Missile Cruiser, manned by a crew of 529, is led by Flag Officer Captain 1st Rank Velichko Anatoly Vasicievich, with Captain 2nd Rank Glushakov Roman Nikolaevich serving as the Commanding Officer.

During their stay in Sri Lanka, the ship’s crew is expected to participate in various programs organized by the Sri Lanka Navy, fostering camaraderie and exploring tourist attractions in the country. 

The official visit will conclude, and Varyag is set to depart from the island tomorrow.

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