3rd school term to be held in 3 phases


The Ministry of Education says December 02 (Friday) will be a holiday for all government and government-approved private schools in the country after the second term of schools drew to an end today (01).

The third term is scheduled to commence next Monday (Dec. 05).

Meanwhile, the third term of schools will be split into three phases as follows :

Sinhala and Tamil schools
• First phase: From December 05, 2022 (Monday) to December 22, 2022 (Thursday) – Christmas holidays from December 23, 2022 to January 01, 2023
• Second phase: From January 02, 2023 (Monday) to January 20, 2023 (Friday) – Holidays from January 21, 2023 to February 19, 2023
• Third phase: From February 20, 2023 (Monday) to March 24, 2023 (Friday)

Muslim schools
• First phase: From December 05, 2022 (Monday) to December 22, 2022 (Thursday) – Christmas holidays from December 23, 2022 to January 01, 2023
• Second phase: From January 02, 2023 (Monday) to February 15, 2023 (Wednesday) – Holidays from February 16, 2023 to February 28, 2023
• Third phase: From March 01, 2023 (Wednesday) to March 21, 2023 (Tuesday)




Tuition teacher remanded over sexually abusing teen

A 24-year old science tuitor was remanded for sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl from Pannala.

The Pannala Police have arrested the suspect who runs a tutorial institute in Dankotuwa, Wennapura and Makandura areas.

Police said the suspect has alleged to have been sexually abusing the child for a longer period of time. The suspect tutor was arrested while he was conducting classes in Dankotuwa area.

He was remanded till December 15 after being produced before the Kuliyapitiya Magistrate.

The Magistrate also ordered the police to investigate whether the suspect had abused more students who are studying in the tuition classes conducted by the teacher.


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Women MPs turn turns orange against Gender-Based Violence (Pics)

A number of activities were held in Parliament today (01) under the leadership of the Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus in support of the Sixteen Days of activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV). Women Parliamentarians and women staff officers were dressed in orange to support the programme.

Accordingly, a wristband with the message “Let’s Unite to end Gender Based Violence” was presented to the President Ranil Wickramasinghe by the Chairperson of the Women Parliamentarians Caucus, Member of Parliament (Dr.) Sudarshanee Fernandopulle along with the other members of the Caucus. Chief of Staff and Deputy Secretary General of the Parliament Mrs. Kushani Rohanadeera was also present on the occasion. Here, the President informed that the draft bill of the Women’s Act should be completed soon and submitted to Parliament.

The publications relevant to gender equality and social inclusion available for reference by MPs, donated by National Democratic Institute (NDI) were also presented to the President at the recently established Gender and Social Inclusion Section of the Parliament Library.

Subsequently, wristbands with the message “Let’s Unite to end Gender Based Violence” were tied on the Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, Leader of the Opposition, Sajith Premadasa, and leaflets on gender equality and social inclusion were also presented.

At the press conference held, members of the Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus explained the, global theme of the campaign 2022, “UNITE! Activism to end violence against women and girls.” It was also emphasized that without unity GBV cannot be combated, thus calling on governments, development partners, CSOs, youth, media and all other stakeholders to come together to fight against GBV.

To stand in solidarity with this global movement, the female parliamentarians carried out a series of advocacy measures starting from 25th November. They conducted two panel discussions on combating GBV on 28th and 29th November.

A knowledge sharing session with journalists on “Combatting Violence against Women (VAW) through Media” is scheduled to be held on December 6. There will be a discussion on combating GBV and VAW through media reporting among Sri Lankan journalists including the lobby correspondents.

All these activities are being carried out by Women Parliamentarian’s Caucus, hand in hand with the Parliament Communications Department and the Parliament Secretariat in the hope of raising awareness among Parliamentarians and the public against GBV and the necessary support was provided by the National Democratic Institute (NDI).










2 more COVID-19 deaths

2 COVID-19 deaths were confirmed yesterday (30) by the Director-General of Health Services.

Accordingly, the current COVID-19 death toll is at 16,805.