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Losses Related To Gender Bias

Asian countries have a window of opportunity to tackle gender inequality in their labour markets and support sustainable crisis recovery, according to a new report published recently by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Labour Organization (ILO). The report, Women and Labour Markets in Asia: Rebalancing for Gender Equality, says that although Asia [...]

Govt.-TNA Discuss Power Devolution

Government Representatives and members of the TNA participated in a discussion yesterday on finding a political solution to the ethnic issue. TNA parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran has told the media that the government and the TNA had discussed matters related to the devolution of power. The TNA earlier stated that the Indian government had asked the [...]

No Public Holiday On Monday

The Labor Ministry has decided not grant an additional public holiday on Monday (2) contrary to various comments to the effect. The Ministry has stated that an additional public holiday would not be granted in lieu of May Day falling on Sunday. However, the Ministry has requested the private sector to grant an additional holiday [...]

Several Districts Affected By Floods

The Disaster Management Center has said that several districts in the country have experienced floods due to heavy rains. The DMC states that the districts of Ratnapura, Kalutara, Galle and Hambantota have experienced floods due to heavy rains The Ratnapura District is currently the worst affected area by the rains in the country. The floods [...]

Govt.: KP Can Be Used To Counter UN Allegations

Cabinet Spokesperson and Minister Keheliya Rambukwella says former LTTE international wing head and chief arms procurer Kumaran Pathmanatahan alias KP could be used by the government to respond to international allegations. Rambukwella has told the media that the government could use KP to counter the report by the experts panel of UN Secretary General Ban [...]

Political Parties Set For May Day Celebrations

Political parties have made preparations to hold May Day celebrations with processions and rallies. The governing UPFA is to hold its May Day rally at the Colombo Municipal grounds under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa following a procession from Campbell Park. All coalition parties of the UPFA is to participate in the May Day [...]

SC To Take Petition Against Pvt. Pension Scheme On Monday

The Supreme Court has decided to hear the petition against the government’s proposed pension scheme for the private sector on Monday (May 2). A three-member Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ashoka de Silva has decided to hear the petition on Monday. The petition was taken up in the Supreme Court yesterday. The legislation [...]

Govt. To Protest

The government has said it is to organize a protest campaign, both locally and internationally, against the report by the Panel of Experts appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sri Lanka. Cabinet Spokesperson and Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told the Cabinet press briefing today that the protest would be against the “Darusman report” [...]

Court Orders Temporary Suspension Of Website

The Pugoda Magistrate’s court has today temporarily suspended a private news website operating in the country pending a court hearing. Magistrate Aravinda Perera has ordered that the activities of LankaeNews website be suspended until a court case against one of its journalists, Shantha Wijesuriya is concluded. The Magistrate has also ordered the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission [...]

Govt. Revenue From Excise Tax Increases In 2009

The government has announced a Rs. 1 billion increase in revenues earned from the excise tax on liquor in 2009 in comparison to 2008. Deputy Finance Minister Geethanjana Gunawardena has informed parliament that the revenue earned from liquor sales had increased from Rs. 27.2 billion in 2008 to Rs. 28.2 billion in 2009. Meanwhile, the [...]

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