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Over 900,000 driver’s licenses waiting to be printed

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The number of driver’s licenses piled up for printing at the Department of Motor Traffic (DMT) has exceeded 900,000, it was reported.

This situation has arisen due to the lack of cards and insufficient infrastructure, the DMT said.

Due to the shortage of foreign exchange, it was not possible to import cards to print driver’s licenses a year ago, but later steps were taken to import 1 million cards from Austria including 500,000 cards with smart chips and 500,000 cards with QR code.

The number of cards that can be printed in a day is 2,000 as only two machines are in proper condition in the Werahera DMT Office.

All 500,000 cards with the chip have been printed, and the printing of the cards with the QR code started yesterday (16).

However, DMT Commissioner General Nishantha Anuruddha Weerasinghe said between six thousand and seven thousand driving licenses are expected to be printed per day from next month since three more printers are to be received this month.

Accordingly, he said that the driver’s licenses of all the applicants will be issued in six months.

If the licenses of those currently issued with temporary driving licenses have expired or if the driving license card has not yet been received, they can be extended from the DMT Werahera office or the district offices.

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Sri Lanka Mirror wishes everyone a happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year!

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The 2024 Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned at 09.05 pm last night (April 13).

‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ extends heartfelt New Year greetings to all our readers. May this upcoming year be filled with boundless happiness, prosperity, and success for each and everyone of you.

–  Sri Lanka Mirror team

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Derailed train causes delays on coastal line

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A train has derailed at the Kalutara South railway station on Saturday morning (13).

Trains operating on the Coastal Line are thus experiencing delays, Sri Lanka Railways said.

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Kristalina Georgieva to head IMF for a 2nd term

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The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has selected Kristalina Georgieva to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on October 1, 2024.

The appointment comes ahead of the start of the fund’s spring meetings in Washington next week.

Georgieva, who has been in the role since the autumn of 2019, was the sole candidate for the position. However, it was only after European leaders signalled that they would endorse her last month that her candidacy was assured.

In a statement, the coordinators of the Executive Board, Mr. Afonso S. Bevilaqua and Mr. Abdullah F. BinZarah has said, “Looking ahead, the Board welcomes Ms. Georgieva’s ongoing emphasis on issues of macroeconomic and financial stability, while also ensuring that the Fund continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of its entire membership. It recognizes her focus on strengthening the Fund’s support to its members through effective policy advice, capacity development and financing. The Board looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Managing Director.”

“I am deeply grateful for the trust and support of the Fund’s Executive Board, representing our 190 members, and honored to continue to lead the IMF as Managing Director for a second five-year term,” Ms. Georgieva has said.

The Bulgarian national has served as Managing Director since October 1, 2019. The Managing Director is the chief of the IMF’s operating staff and Chair of the Executive Board. The Managing Director is assisted by four Deputy Managing Directors in overseeing the Fund’s operations, which serve its membership through about 3,100 staff.

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