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Sri Lankans living abroad can apply for passport online

Officials of the Immigration and Emigration Department who participated at the Sectoral Oversight Committee on International Relations chaired by Member of Parliament Namal Rajapaksa stated that Sri Lankans living abroad will be able to apply for a new passport or renew their passport online with effect from June 1st.

Higher fuel quotas from Wednesday

The weekly fuel quotas will be increased from midnight on Tuesday (30), Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera announced yesterday. The weekly quota for three-wheelers (registered) increased from 10 to 15 litres, other three wheelers from 8 to 14 litres, motorcycles from 7 to 14 litres, buses from 60 to 125 litres, cars from 30 to 40 litres, land vehicles from 25 to 45 litres, lorries from 75 to 125 litres, quadric cycles from 6 to 14 litres, special purpose vehicles from 30 to 45 litres and vans from 30 to 40 litres.

New Zealand declares a rarenational emergency due to Cyclone Gabrielle

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - The New Zealand government declared a national state of emergency Tuesday after Cyclone Gabrielle battered the country's north in what officials described as the nation's most severe weather event in years.

Millions Allocated for Former Presidents in 2023

-Millions continue to be allocated for past heads of state in 2023 with a bulk of it going towards the maintenance of their state homes and vehicles

-The state has to allocate for 4 past Presidents, namely Chandrika Kumaratunga, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Maithripala Sirisena and Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Hema Premadasa, wife of the late Ranasinghe Premadasa also gets a budget allocation under this category

Over 150,000 child porn materials uploaded from Sri Lankan IP addresses

While a special Police unit was established at the Children and Women Bureau in order to monitor pornographic video footage and photographs related to children in 2021, according to the latest reports, it has been found that a total of 152,811 child sexual abuse related materials have been uploaded from Sri Lankan internet protocol (IP) addresses in the same year.

Sri Lanka makes top 10 in Most Instagrammable Places

Sri Lanka has been listed amongst the “50 Most Instagrammable Places in the World 2023” on travel website Big 7 Travel.

The island nation made it to the Top 10 of the list, ranking ninth, amongst Italy, England, France and USA.

The list is developed via a comprehensive scoring system that analyses the number of hashtags and TikTok views per destination, while sample surveys from the Big 7 Media’s 1.5 million audiences and their global editorial team is also taken into account.

They were plotting to kills us - Wasantha Mudalige

The Convener of the Inter-University Students' Federation Wasantha Mudalige attended a media briefing for the first in 167 days on Thursday (2).

At this media briefing, he made certain startling revelations about what he experienced during his detention.

According to Wasantha Mudalige he was arrested by a police officer identified as ASP Mahinda Wiloarachchi from the Peliygaoda Special Police Unit.

‘Kanjipani’ Imran sneaks into Tamil Nadu-The Hindu

Notorious underworld gangster Mohamed Najim Mohamed Imran alias ‘Kanjipani’ Imran sneaked into Rameswaram days after his release on bail by a court in Sri Lanka, police sources said on Saturday, The Hindu news agency reported.

The Tamil Nadu intelligence has sounded an alert to senior police officers across the State to mount vigil along the coastal districts and look for him and his associate who landed along the Ramanathapuram district coast on December 25, 2022.