Although in Sri Lanka, women are significantly empowered in many ways than their counterparts in the rest of South Asia, their role in domestic and household work has resulted in limitations being imposed on their contribution to the economy.
While being conscious of her role as a wife and a mother, it goes without saying that the woman of today has the capacity and the potential to play a greater role economically, socially and spiritually. As a nation, we must be able to set the stage for her to be accepted, acknowledged and recognised within a wider context; one in which we can truly assure her of an equal position and the rightful place in our society.
It is the obligation of the society and the government to ensure that women in Sri Lanka are able to aspire to the kind of empowerment women all over the world have experienced in modern times.
My hope is that the theme of this year's International Women's Day will encourage and facilitate the Sri Lankan woman, towards truly fulfilling the role required of her within a greater economic and a social framework at a national level.
This International Women's Day, may every Sri Lankan woman find the strength within her to successfully overcome challenges and emerge as a confident stake holder of Sri Lanka's common future.

The senior-most judge of the Supreme Court, Priyasad Depp was sworn in as the new Chief Justice before President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s official residence,today (March 02).
Justice Priyasad Depp held the office of the Solicitor General from 2007 to 2011 and became a judge of teh Supreme Court in 2011. He had fulfilled his duties as the Acting Chief Justice several times.
Minister of Justice, Wijeyadasa Rajapakhse Secretary to the President P. B. Abeykoon, and family members of Justice Priyasad Depp participated in this swearing in ceremony.

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President Maithripala Sirisena signed the historic gazette notification proclaiming 82 brave sons of Motherland, who were named as traitors by the British Government for fighting for the freedom of the Motherland, as patriotic national heroes, at the Magul Maduwa (The Royal Audience Hall) in Kandy, March (01).
Even though it is a national responsibility to revoke the Gazette issued by the British Government declaring the national heroes as the traitors, it was neglected to fulfill that responsibility for nearly two hundred years.
Accordingly, the President signed the gazette notification giving the due honour and respect to those heroes, on March 02, the day that marks the completion of 202 years since signing of the Kandyan Convention 1815.
The event was held under the theme “Uththamabiwandana”.
President Sirisena addressing the huge gathering said that is an important day for the Sri Lankan Buddhist Community, which rectify a sad and tragic error in the history of our country.
The President expressed his appreciation over fulfilling this task which should have been done earlier. He added that we should recall with honour and respect our brave war heroes who sacrificed their lives during the 30-year battle against the terrorists, in a similar way we recalled the brave sons of Motherland who fought during the freedom struggle.
President Sirisena further said that the Cabinet approval has been granted to re-implement the Upcountry Rural Rehabilitation Commission (Udarata Gami Punaruththapana Commission) again aiming to streamline the development of the activities of upcountry as a result of the guidance given by the Maha Sangha of the Tri-Nikaya including the Anunayake Theros of the Malwathu and Asgiri Chapters.
When the members of the Maha Sangha brought to the President’s attention that there are certain issues relating to lands belonging to the Sri Dalada Maligawa, President Sirisena promised to take immediate measures to rectify those issues.
The President signed the gazette notification amid the Seth Pirith chanting of the Maha Sangha. Subsequently, President Sirisena posed for a group photograph with the Maha Sangha, Ministers and MPs.
The President also paid floral tributes to the Statue of the Wariyapola Sri Sumangala Thera as well as to the Monument of the Keppetipola Maha Nilame at the premises of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Later he joined the “Uththamabiwandana” national ceremony.
During the event delivering a special sermon by the Anunayake Theros of the Malwathu and Asgiri Chapters, appreciated the President as a leader who is created by the history.
The Maha Sangha of the Tri-Nikaya including the Anunayake Theros of the Malwathu and Asgiri Chapters,Ministers Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Gayantha Karunathilaka, Lakshman Kiriella, S.B.Disanayaka, Deputy Minister Karunaratne Paranavitana, Governor of the Central Province, Niluka Ekanayake, Chief Minister, Sarath Ekanayake and many others participated in this event.

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The historic ceremony to declare about 82 heroes of the 1818 Uva-Wellassa Rebellion, who were sentenced to the capital punishment and were expatriated, as patriots will be held today (1st Mar.) in Kandy under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.
The President will sign the gazette declaring these 82 heroes of the 1818 rebellion as patriots at this historic ceremony named ‘Uththamaabhiwandana’, which is organized by the Department of Government Information. It will be held at 4.00 p.m. at the Magul Maduwa in Kandy.

Chief Prelates of Malwatta and Asgiriya chapters, Ven. Maha Sangha, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Ministers, Parliamentarians, and the family members of the heroes of 1818 rebellion will participate at this event.

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The Department of Census and Statistics, on 17 November 2016 conducted the Census of Public and Semi Government Sector Employment 2016 which is the eighth in a series of censuses conducted by the Department of Census and Statistics (DCS). The first scientific Census on Public and Semi Government sector employment was carried out in 1980 in order to cater to the need of data on the ever growing Public and Semi Government sector. Subsequent to that, censuses were carried out in 1985, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2016. Before 1980, Ministry of Public Administration had been instrumental in conducting censuses in 1968, 1972 and 1976.

A Preliminary Report based on the summaries prepared manually at institutional level immediately after the census which covered both the public sector and the Semi Government sector has been prepared by the Department of Census and Statistics. The report presents information on employees at the work place they are currently attached to.

Dr. A.J. Satharasinghe, Director General of Census and Statistics stated that the total number of employees in the public and semi-government sector excluding three army forces is 1,117,808 of which 54.9 percent are males and 45.1 percent are females. The census results also show that the 7.6 per cent of employees are over 56 years while 15 percent and 77.4 percent of employees are in the age groups of 18-29 years and 30-55 years respectively.

The Census reveals that out of all public and semi government employees more than 95 per cent are holding permanent positions. This comprises of 75.6 per cent Permanent/Pensionable employees, 3.9 per cent permanent/ pensionable employees who are also contributing to a provident fund, and 15.7 per cent permanent employees who are contributing to a provident fund.

The Census preliminary results also shows that a majority of 35.8 per cent of the work force are G.C.E (Advanced Level) qualified while one in every four employees (26.1 per cent) has a degree or a higher qualification. 

The Census also captures the levels of computer literacy among public and semi government sector employees which revealed that 62.7 percent of the employees are capable of performing some task using a desktop/ laptop/ tablet computer or a smart phone while one in  every two employees use internet.

The Preliminary report of the Census of Public and Semi Government Sector Employment 2016 can be downloaded from the DCS website, www.statistics.gov.lk.Census department

president SAARCThe Fourth South Asia Region Public Procurement Conference commenced under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo yesterday (20). The Conference will continue until February 23 in Colombo and Kandy.

The Conference is an annual learning, knowledge and experience sharing, and networking event for the Heads of Public Procurement Agency or Authority of the eight member countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC); it is a follow up on the three other Conferences held in Kathmandu, Nepal in April 2011, Islamabad, Pakistan in March 2014, and in Dhaka, Bangladesh in November 2015.
Understanding the importance of moving towards an e-procurement system the Government has decided to hold the Fourth Conference in Sri Lanka and the Conference is being hosted by the Department of Public Finance, Ministry of Finance, and is co‐sponsored by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and Islamic Development Bank.
Holding this conference in Sri Lanka will pave the way to achieve the Government’s objectives of sustainable development and making a new economic and social environment for the betterment of the country and the people.
The e-Procurement System will enable to minimize bribery and corruption and it will also make the public finance management more efficient and transparent.
Bangladesh handed over the presidency of South Asia Regional Public Procurement Conference to Sri Lanka. The Former President of the Conference, Mr. Faruque Hossain handed over the presidency to Mr. Mr. Algama, Director General of the Department of Public Finance.
Minister of Finance,Ravi Karunanayake, Finance Ministry Secretary, R.H.S. Samaratunge, Head of the Islamic Development Bank, Issa Midi lde, the Country Director of the Asian Development Bank for Sri Lanka, Sri Widowati and dignitaries also participated.

Attorney-At-Law Thusira Melawwethanthri was handed over his letter of appointment as the new Director General of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation yesterday (15th Feb.) by the Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Gayantha Karunathilake at the Ministry Premises.dg

President Maithripala Sirisena presented service pension benefit letters to the retired differently abled War Heroes who volunteered to retire before completing their 12 year mandatory service period at the Presidential Secretariat, today (14).

The pension benefits were given to 2,261 tri forces personnel and to 136 police officers and marking the event the President symbolically presented the pension benefit letters to 150 war heroes.

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