Thursday 24th April 2014

Time for new strategies?

Published : 12:00 am  May 9, 2013  |  Category: FT VIEW  |  Leave a Comment  |  446 views  |  

The first quarter results of tourism for the year released on Tuesday show the lowest quarterly growth since 2011, which is recorded at 10.9%, bringing in a total of 288,798 tourists to the country and raising fears that the industry may not be able to meet the 1.25 million target set for 2013.    Read More →


Flooded with questions

Published : 2:12 am  May 8, 2013  |  Category: FT VIEW  |  Leave a Comment  |  615 views  |  

Rains have returned, bringing their usual devastation. Colombo was submerged in flash floods that seem unabated despite massive infrastructure development programs, while an estimated 23,000 people were affected in the Western Province.  Read More →


Female labour force participation

Published : 12:00 am  May 7, 2013  |  Category: FT VIEW  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,301 views  |  

WHAT ails Sri Lanka’s female workforce? Despite Sri Lanka attaining middle income status in 2010, its female labour participation remains the lowest in South Asia, creating many questions over this largely-neglected issue.  Read More →


Change the blame game

Published : 12:00 am  May 6, 2013  |  Category: FT VIEW  |  Leave a Comment  |  444 views  |  

The no-confidence motion that will be taken up in Parliament this week against Foreign Employment Promotion Minister Dilan Perera provides a telling context within which to discuss protection of migrant rights. Parliament will on Tuesday debate a no-confidence motion on Perera, prompted by the execution in Saudi Arabia of Lankan housemaid Rizana Nafeek. The motion, signed by 14 UNP MPs, accuses the Minister of failing to extend meaningful support in any manner to Nafeek, who was executed in Saudi Arabia earlier this year after being convicted of killing an infant in her care.  Read More →


The Aussie equation

Published : 12:00 am  May 4, 2013  |  Category: FT VIEW  |  1 Comment  |  416 views  |  

AUSTRALIA joined its voice to Britain and several other countries that have urged for Sri Lanka to brush up its democratic and reconciliation credentials ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in November.    Read More →


Power to the people

Published : 2:28 am  May 3, 2013  |  Category: FT VIEW  |  Leave a Comment  |  358 views  |  

PRESIDENT Mahinda Rajapaksa’s May Day boon will be met with much sighs, but it could be short-lived relief unless the Government makes strong inroads into reducing losses and mismanagement at the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB).  Read More →


Justice disempowered?

Published : 12:00 am  May 2, 2013  |  Category: FT VIEW  |  Leave a Comment  |  427 views  |  

The disintegration of Sri Lanka’s judicial system and been slow but telling. It is now so apparent that public confidence in law is at an all-time low and people readily acknowledge that justice is only a commodity traded among the rich and powerful. To make matters worse a US-funded grant of Rs. 450 million to upgrade the judicial system has gone a begging due to the inefficiency of the Government and reluctance to make a genuine attempt to stem the rot.  Read More →


May Day or mayday?

Published : 12:00 am  May 1, 2013  |  Category: FT VIEW  |  Leave a Comment  |  514 views  |  

May Day is for the working people, for them to air out their demands and show the power gained with the strength of their backs and the sweat of their brows. It is doubtful whether politicians qualify under this category of the ‘working class,’ but May Day rallies in Sri Lanka have always been led by this vocal group that uses it as a dual-purpose stage.  Read More →


Victimising the innocent

Published : 12:16 am  April 30, 2013  |  Category: FT VIEW  |  Leave a Comment  |  474 views  |  

The abuse and murder of seven-year-old Pushpakumara Wijekoon in Kegalle last week has shaken the country yet again. It is the latest in a series of incidents further confirming a horrific and fast rising crime wave sweeping the country.  Read More →


Sri Lanka’s chance at CHOGM

Published : 3:22 am  April 29, 2013  |  Category: FT VIEW  |  Leave a Comment  |  672 views  |  

The much anticipated Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group Meeting (CMAG) ended with Sri Lanka’s position as the host of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) secure and intact. It is a significant diplomatic victory and presents an unprecedented chance for the country to gain lost ground on the international stage.  Read More →


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