(June 19, 2010, Sri Lanka is to have war victory celebrations every year on May 18 and the government will have to become the day another holiday.
Sri Lanka already has 25 public holidays and the number will increase to 26, if the victory celebration day is added to the list.
The victory celebrations in massive scale cannot be conducted without proclaiming the day a holiday at least to the city where the celebrations are held. Om the other hand, the celebrations will become a propaganda loss comparing to the massive expense for the programme if people will not watch it in television. Therefore, it will become another unavoidable holiday.
Too many holidays is considered a factor discouraging the foreign direct investment to the country.
In public sector, the employees enjoy nearly one third of the years either holidays or leaves. Meanwhile many public sector employees in already overstaffed institutes idle without specific duty
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