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Singapore offers assistance to upgrade Immigration system in SL

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The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Singapore Senarath Dissanayake met a team of officials from the Immigration Checkpoint Authority (ICA) of Singapore at the High Commission recently.

The ICA delegation is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka from 26 to 31 May 2024 and the visit aims to explore opportunities for collaboration in enhancing Sri Lanka’s immigration system through integrating advanced technology and achieving standards similar to those of Singapore. 

This visit has been arranged following a request made by Minister of Public Security of Sri Lanka Tiran Alles, from Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, Singapore K Shanmugam.
During the meeting the High Commissioner highlighted the challenges Sri Lanka faces in border control. He emphasized that Minister and the Sri Lankan Department of Immigration are eager to receive the delegation, as their expertise and insights would greatly contribute to Sri Lanka’s efforts to modernize and improve the immigration processes.

Deputy Director of ICA Phua Chiew, who leads the ICA team to Sri Lanka, briefed the High Commissioner on the transformation journey of ICA and their planned engagements with the Sri Lankan authorities. He explained that this upcoming visit is a preliminary step to understanding the border control systems and connected measures in Sri Lanka. He also conveyed ICA’s readiness to assist Sri Lanka Immigration in improving their border management capabilities.

The meeting concluded with a shared commitment to strengthen cooperation between the two countries on border control and immigration matters. Prior to this meeting, an introductory meeting between the High Commissioner Senarath Dissanayake and Commissioner of ICA Marvin Sim, was held to discuss the potential collaboration between the two immigration authorities.

Minister and Head of Chancery Ahamed Razee and Minister Counsellor Naduni Hasintha were also in attendance at the meeting.

(High Commission of Sri Lanka – Singapore)

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President meets TMVP Leader Pillaiyan

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe has symbolically distributed freehold deeds to 192 individuals from 13 divisional secretariat divisions in the Batticaloa District. 

This distribution is part of the ‘Urumaya’ freehold deeds program, which aims to provide freehold deeds to 27,595 qualified families in the district, according to the President’s Media Division (PMD).

The ‘Urumaya’ national program is set to grant 2 million freehold land deeds to people across the island, enhancing property rights and security for numerous families.

Following the distribution ceremony, President Wickremesinghe met with TMVP Leader Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, also known as Pillaiyan, and party members at their headquarters. 

During this meeting, the TMVP leader expressed his support for the President and confirmed his party’s backing in the upcoming presidential election.

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Deadline for NIC applications extended to June 30

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The Department for Registration of Persons (DRP) has extended the deadline for individuals over 40 years old to apply for National Identity Cards (NICs) to June 30, 2024. 

Commissioner General of the department Pradeep Saputhanthri stated that the deadline for these applications has been extended to June 30. Originally, the deadline was set for March 31.

This extension was granted in response to requests from Divisional Secretaries, according to the department.

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Highlights from the 16th Nationalised Services Cricket Awards

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The 16th Nationalised Services Award, organized by the Nationalised Services Cricket Association (NSCA), took place in Colombo. 

State Minister for Sports Rohana Dissanayake and Sri Lanka Cricket President Shammi Silva chaired the event. 

NSCA Chairman Nalin Aponsu and members of semi-state and bank cricket teams attended. 

Awards were presented to teams that participated and won national service cricket tournaments from 2018 to 2024. 

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