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77% of graduates employed in govt. sector!

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More than 77 per cent of Sri Lankan graduates work in the public sector, a report released by the Tokyo-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) said.

The report titled ‘Strengthening Active Labor Market Policies to Drive an Inclusive Recovery in Asia’ further said that graduates whose skills do not match the available occupations in the market and lack specific skills prefer to ‘queue up’ for government jobs.

Majority of the graduates prefer jobs in Sri Lanka’s public service due to job security and financial security, as well as receiving a fixed salary and pension during the employee’s lifetime. On the other hand, the youth’s inability to get ‘better job opportunities’ in the private sector leads to dependence on public sector jobs.

The report further pointed out that it is important for the government to prevent recruiting graduates in public sector jobs continuously to simply absorb unemployed graduates, and instead focus on systematically recruiting skilled people to ensure efficiency and effectiveness.

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Armed gang robs Police OIC’s house

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An armed gang came in motorcycles ransacked a residence of an Officer In-Charge (OIC) of the Kalutara North Police this afternoon.

Police said the armed gang which broke into the house of the OIC, inspector Nishan Kumara of the minor complaints unit of Kalutara North at Welipenna reportedly stole two mobile phones and gold jewelry and fled.

The IP was not at home at the time of the robbery, but his wife who was at home was attacked by the robbers.  She was injured in the attack.

It was reported that robbers were carrying T-56 firearm.

Several police teams are investigating the incident.

(dailymirror.lk)

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Schoolboy dies after drowning in swimming pool

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A 14-year-old schoolboy who was swimming in the swimming pool in a hotel at Boralassa, Wennappuwa had drowned.

Police said the victim, a grade 10 schoolboy from Galagedara and was studying in a school in Sandalankawa.

It has been revealed that the schoolboy was swimming in the pool with fellow students while on an excursion with a group of 80 schoolchildren from a tution class in Makandura.

The Wennappuwa Police are conducting further investigations.

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Applying for passports online from next year

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The Immigration and Emigration Department has planned to accept applications to issue passports online starting in January next year, the department’s IT controller Champika Ramawickrama said.

Through the program, an applicant will be able to submit his/her application to the department from the comfort of his home.

He went on to say that the applicant only needs to come to the department to attend to biometric formalities, such as finger prints.

For that, the department has decided to establish 50 front offices counters in each district to obtain fingerprints, Ramawickrama said.

He stated that 50 Divisional Secretariat Offices were chosen from each district for this purpose.

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