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The Sri Lankan Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs, W.D.J. Senevirathne, has announced that the Sri Lankan Government had finally decided to declare Monday, April 15, 2013, as a one-off additional public holiday throughout Sri Lanka.
Earlier this week (2013-03-29), following this week's Cabinet meeting, the Sri Lankan Administration Minister, John Seneviratne, had announced that the Sri Lankan Government was considering declaring Monday, April 15, 2013, as a one-off public holiday throughout Sri Lanka because the 2 annual public holidays for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year both fall on a weekend in 2013.
Note that, until today, Monday, April 15, 2013, had been listed only as a bank holiday, in the list of official bank holidays in Sri Lanka for the calendar year 2013, released by Sri Lanka Banks' Association, last fall (2012-10-16), but not as a public holiday (2012-06-11).
In Sri Lanka, generally, public holidays which fall on the weekend do not give rise to a compensatory public holiday on the following Monday, though it is generally the case for bank holidays, however when 2-day public holidays both fall on a weekend, an extra ad hoc public holiday has been declared in the past (2012-05-01).
As per the Secretary of the Ministry, a Gazette notification to declare April 15 a special Public Holiday will be issued on Monday.
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