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Over 250 youths from Jaffna apply to join Air Force

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More than 250 youths from Jaffna have applied to join the Sri Lanka Air Force during the ‘Air Tattoo 2024’ educational and technological exhibition, which was held in Jaffna in commemoration of the SLAF’s 73rd anniversary.

The Sri Lanka Air Force conducted the ‘Air Tattoo’ from March 6 and concluded on a momentous note, marking a potential turning point in relations between the SLAF and the Jaffna community.

The event, held at the Muttraweli Ground, not only served as a platform for education and technological exploration but also witnessed a remarkable display of renewed interest in the Air Force from Jaffna’s youth.

The final day of the ‘Air Tattoo’ was held yesterday, with the Senior Adviser on National Security to the President and Chief of the Presidential Staff Sagala Ratnayaka attending the event as the Chief Guest. The Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Udeni Rajapaksa, extended a welcome to the Chief Guest upon his arrival.

Addressing the media, Sagala Ratnayaka said that the SLAF conducted a recruitment programme in view of the programme for the first time in Jaffna, and over 250 young people from Jaffna applied to join the SLAF. “This surge in interest, with over 100 aspiring officers and 156 seeking other ranks, signifies a significant shift in the community’s perception of the Air Force,” he said.

He invites the people in Jaffna to join the Sri Lanka Air Force and to be part of the SLAF.

Meanwhile, the President’s advisor thanked the SLAF for launching several programmes to help the school students in the area.

“The country had gone through difficult times, but now we have overcome that period. It is imperative to build a robust economy moving forward, with a particular emphasis on the North, especially the Jaffna area, taking a leading role,” he said.

Sagala Ratnayaka said that the government is concentrating on developing tourism in the North and the East, as well as bolstering manufacturing industries.

He said the government is working hard to raise the living standards of all the people in the country.”

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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.

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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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