‘Women and Child Affairs Minister Chandrani Bandara, this week said that in Sri Lanka, women were the co-architects of Sri Lanka’s post-independence welfare state, which ensured free education and healthcare for all citizens.
Sri Lanka’s tea industry recovered in 2017 with the crop up 5% to 307 million kilos from a year ago and export earnings rising to Rs233 million (US$1.5 billion) with better production expected this year if good weather prevails, Minister of Plantation Industries Naveen Dissanayake said. Sri Lanka’s highest tea exports, of $1.63 billion were in 2014 when the crop was better
Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in the most parts of the island except Northern province after 2.00 p.m.Several spells of showers will occur in the Eastern and Uva provinces and Polonnaruwa and Hambantota districts.There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers. General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.
The Law and Order Ministry in a media release announced that there are several platforms available for the public to lodge complaints of illegal surveillance and harassment.The Ministry said, from time to time, it has been made aware of alleged incidents of harassment and illegal surveillance of the public, including human rights defenders and victims of human rights violations including members of the families of missing persons.
The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) in a report released has recommended measures for state institutions to take in empowering women in Sri Lanka's informal sector.The HRCSL last week launched the report "Empowering women in the Informal Sector: A Human Rights Agenda" to mark the International Women's Day 2018.