Amendment of the 13th Amendment

Published : 12:00 am  June 10, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  320 views  |  

By R.M.B Senanayake It would appear that the Government is going ahead on amending the 13th Amendment. The 13th Amendment is an agreement between the Sinhalese and Tamil political parties backed by India. The Indian Government pressurised the LTTE to accept it although they did not do so in good faith. Article 154(G)(3) is a safeguard built into the provisions of the Constitution to safeguard and preserve the devolution of power to the Provincial Councils.  It prevents the central government from legislating on subjects allocated to the Provincial Councils (PCs) without first obtaining the consent of all PCs.  Read More →

Ensure fair and free election to Northern PC under present Constitution

Published : 12:00 am  June 10, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  244 views  |  

The Friday Forum has called for a fair and free election for the Northern PC under the present Constitution. Following is the full text of the statement:The Friday Forum considers effective devolution essential to building trust and ethnic harmony, securing future peace and promoting good governance.  The Government has more than once publicly committed itself to implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. It is thus with deep concern that we view current attempts to dilute the already limited provisions for devolution embodied in the 13th Amendment.  Read More →

Catch 22? Yield and not the wages!

Published : 1:22 am  June 6, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  728 views  |  

By Hemal de Silva As Rohantha Athukorala points out (, there is no doubt about the importance of the tea industry (TI). Any problem that arises in this industry has therefore to be correctly identified and thereafter search for the best or the better solution to overcome it.  Read More →

Regulatory and compliance changes

Published : 12:00 am  May 31, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  647 views  |  

 The world is already at risk, it’s time to focus on strict regulatory measures By Lalith J. Perera Global banks will continue to evolve in a complex regulatory framework, embedded with legislation, regulation and codes of practice irrespective of where they operate. The key uncertainties relate to each government and regulators adjust laws, regulations and economic policies in respect of macroeconomic policies adopted.  Read More →

EU insights

Published : 12:00 am  May 31, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  603 views  |  

Wrapping up his tenure, EU Head of Delegation Bernard Savage talks to the Daily FT on varied experiences and offers views on trade, investment and politics By Uditha Jayasinghe Q: What are the top three experiences that you are taking away from Sri Lanka? A: Well clearly when I arrived in January 2009 the situation was very different. There was an ongoing conflict raging in the north and of course subsequent to that there was the very difficult situation created by the displaced and obviously the end of the conflict and the resettlement of those displaced have been experiences that marked my period here. Another one was the whole question of GSP Plus. So I think it’s fair to say that... 

Unemployment statistics: Are they accurate?

Published : 12:00 am  May 31, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  918 views  |  

Sri Lanka’s premier human resource association for practitioners, the Sri Lanka Institute of Training and Development (SLITAD) staged  its 2013 conference on the theme ‘Talent Drought,’ citing the industries of apparel and agriculture and the next sectors to face this challenge being IT, hospitality and financial services.  Read More →

Hirdaramani Industries joins Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Published : 12:33 am  May 30, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,426 views  |  

Hirdaramani Industries recently announced that it has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and will use the group’s sustainability measurement tool, the Higg Index, to drive environmental responsibility across its supply chain.  Read More →

New Constitution proposed by the UNP

Published : 12:01 am  May 30, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  1 Comment  |  705 views  |  

n The main Opposition United National Party yesterday unveiled the key features of its proposed draft Constitution that the party says will be put before a referendum of the people within six months of forming a government. The following is the full text of the UNP’s proposals to be included in the Third Republic Constitution of Sri Lanka:  Read More →

Tobacco laws: Are we heading in the right direction?

Published : 12:08 am  May 27, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,069 views  |  

This year marks eight years since the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The WHO FCTC was a milestone for the promotion of public health and provides new legal dimensions for international health cooperation. There has been a rapid growth in the number of parties to the Convention, now up to 176 countries, covering some 90% of the world’s population. The countries themselves have been taking extraordinary steps in tobacco control, with nearly 80% adopting or strengthening tobacco control legislation.  Read More →

Promoting meditation

Published : 12:00 am  May 24, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  664 views  |  

Ven. Shiraishi Mineyoshi, a Buddhist Priest from Japan, arrived in Sri Lanka to participate in a special meditation ray power treatment program for people. Meditation ray power treatment helps restore the body’s natural balance and bring the body back into its natural rhythm. This tour was organised by Darshana Tours  Read More →

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