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* A passport office for Sri Lanka's Northern Province
Wed, Mar 10, 2010, 07:29 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka Controller General of Immigration and Emigration P.B. Abeykoon says that a passport office will be opened soon in Jaffna for the benefit of the people of the Northern Province sparing the trouble of long distance traveling to obtain passports.

The Immigration and Emigration Department has already opened passport offices in Anuradhapura in North Central Province and Matara in Southern Province for the benefit of the people in remote areas.

In an interview with today's state-owned Sinhala daily The Dinamina, the Immigration, and Emigration Controller said the government had taken measures to increase the airport staff by 100% within a short period. Incentives will be granted to the present staff.

The shortage of airport staff impedes the efficiency of the airport services especially for the increasing number of tourists, says the Controller.

He also said that the Department has focused to improve the credibility of Sri Lankan passport by including finger prints of the holders.

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