Saturday 19th April 2014

The Aussie equation

Published : 12:00 am  May 4, 2013  |  Category: FT VIEW  |  1 Comment  |  413 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  |  356 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  |  426 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  |  513 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  |  670 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 →

Rethinking foreign policy

Published : 12:42 am  April 27, 2013  |  Category: FT VIEW  |  Leave a Comment  |  528 views  |  

Fresh debates have erupted over Sri Lanka-US relations, with prominent present and former Government members airing their contrary views this week. The statements also come in the backdrop of a 20% reduction in US aid to Sri Lanka and continued concern over reconciliation efforts that have made the island a repeated subject at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).    Read More →

FDI and tourism

Published : 4:46 am  April 26, 2013  |  Category: FT VIEW  |  Leave a Comment  |  832 views  |  

TOURISM is the bright beam guiding post-war economic growth. The Government is banking on the industry to boost public expenditure and make Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) numbers look more impressive, but there is still much to do before the two aspects of tourism and FDI synergise to create sustainable development.    Read More →

Private sector as moral police?

Published : 12:41 am  April 25, 2013  |  Category: FT VIEW  |  2 Comments  |  600 views  |  

Should corporates be the moral police? When hate speech and racism is spread via social media, the scourge is almost impossible to stop but can have very serious repercussions. At times like this the Government and formal law enforcement authorities could be unable or unwilling to bring the offenders to book. At such a time corporates can take remedial measures, but it is a step that comes with consequences.  Read More →

Wimal’s worthy cause?

Published : 12:35 am  April 24, 2013  |  Category: FT VIEW  |  Leave a Comment  |  465 views  |  

SRI LANKA’S migrants seem to have found an unlikely hero. Construction and Housing Minister Wimal Weerawansa after meeting a group of his fellow citizens in Doha over the New Year holidays has pledged to take up their issues with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and push for stronger regulation of manpower agencies.  Read More →

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