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Online passport applications from tomorrow ; 51 DS offices named for fingerprinting

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The Ministry of Public Security has announced that passport applications will be accepted online under a new system from tomorrow (14).

According to the Minister of Public Security – Tiran Alles, the process will be kicked off at the Homagama Divisional Secretariat under the auspices of President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The ministry further notes that applicants can submit their fingerprints for the application process at 51 sub-offices of the Department of Registration of Persons at 51 divisional secretariats.

However, the Department of Immigration and Emigration will still continue to accept applications.

The online process will ensure that applicants will receive their passports within 03 days, which will be couriered to their homes.

The 51 sub-offices of the Department of Registration of Persons at 51 divisional secretariats, where online applicants can submit their fingerprints, are as follows :

Ampara district – Samanthurai, Pottuvil
Anuradhapura district – Nuwaragam Palatha Central, Kekirawa, Horowpothana
Badulla district – Mahiyangana, Haputale
Batticaloa district – Valachchena, Kathankudy
Colombo district – Seethawaka, Homagama
Galle district – Karandeniya, Akmeemana, Neluwa
Gampaha district – Negombo, Mirigama, Gampaha
Hambantota district – Tangalle, Tissamaharama
Jaffna district – Chavakachcheri, Point Pedro
Kalutara district – Ingiriya, Matugama, Panadura
Kandy district – Gampola, Kundasale, Pujapitiya
Kegalle district – Galigamuwa, Ruwanwella
Kilinochchi district – Karachchi
Kurunegala district – Kuliyapitiya, Nikaweratiya, northwestern province office of the Department of Registration of Persons
Mannar district – Manthai West
Matale district – Naula
Matara district – Athuraliya, Devinuwara
Moneragala district – Buttala
Mullaitivu district – Mullaitivu
Nuwara Eliya district – Ambagamuwa, Walapane
Polonnaruwa district – Elehera, Dimbulagala, Hingurakgoda
Puttalam district – Puttalam, Chilaw
Ratnapura district – Balangoda, Kuruwita, Embilipitiya
Trincomalee district – Kinniya
Vavuniya district – Velangasettikulam

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Tamil parties agree to field common Presidential candidate

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Several Tamil political parties and a group of representatives of civil organizations have reached an agreement to present a common Tamil candidate for the upcoming Presidential Election.

The agreement was signed in Jaffna today by seven parties including TELO led by MP Selvam Adaikkalanathan, PLOTE led by MP Dharmalingam Siddharthan, Tamil People’s Alliance led by MP C.V. Wigneswaran, Tamil National Party led by Attorney-At-Law N. Sri Kantha, and EPRLF led by Suresh Premachandran.

The Tamil People General Assembly, comprising of several Tamil civil organizations, also signed the agreement.

However, the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) comprising President’s Counsel M.A. Sumanthiran and the Tamil National People’s Front comprising Attorney-At-Law Gajendra Kumar Ponnambalam did not sign the agreement today.

(News 1st)

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Club Wasantha’ murder: Tattoo studio owner makes confidential statement

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Dulan Sanjula, the owner of the tattoo studio in Athurugiriya, has made a confidential statement before the Kaduwela Magistrate over the recent shooting and killing of two individuals including Surendra Wasantha Perera alias ‘Club Wasantha’. 

Meanwhile, the seven suspects including Dulan Sanjula have been ordered to be remanded further until August 5, 2024. 

The suspect, who was arrested in connection with the incident, had requested permission to make a confidential statement to the Kaduwela Magistrate. He made this request when the seven suspects arrested in relation to the incident were produced before the court on July 10.

However, the Kaduwela Magistrate had advised the suspect in question to rethink the decision and make the request again during an upcoming court date.

Furthermore, the magistrate ordered the prison officers to provide additional security to the suspects, since there are accomplices of the criminal figure infamously known as “Loku Patee,” who is suspected to be involved in the incident, detained in the prison.

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AKD meets Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs

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National Peoples’ Power (NPP) Leader MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake, who is currently on a visit to Japan, has held discussions with the State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Tsuge Yoshifumi today (July 22).

The discussion, which took place at the Japanese Foreign Ministry, focussed on the current economic and political situation in Sri Lanka, the long-term friendship between the two countries and the next step in diplomatic and economic relations, while special attention was paid to Sri Lanka’s upcoming presidential election.

During the meeting, the Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs congratulated MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake on his visit to Japan.

The Southwest Asian Affairs Director Tsutsumi Taro, Deputy Director of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Iwase Kiichiro, and several members of the Japan Committee of the NPP were also present on the occasion. 

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