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No other country can better understand the preciousness of free trade than SL

Views - 221 Thursday, 19 July 2018 00:00

The year 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up and also the 17th anniversary of China’ accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). In 2001, China acceded to the WTO, which marked a new historic stage of reform and


Sri Lanka stepping up its pursuit of trade-led growth

Views - 464 Wednesday, 18 July 2018 00:00

“We were a trading nation since the era of ancient kings,” Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe reminded Parliament


Trump’s trade logic and Sri Lanka’s mistake

Views - 365 Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:00


The demise of the superstar investor

Views - 316 Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:00

The allure of the superstar investor can be irresistible. You know who they are – the confident, articulate individuals idolised either because of a spectacular non-consensus investment call, the size of their fortune or sometimes because they are


To hang or not to hang!

Views - 413 Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena dropped a bombshell out of the blues last week, sans all ‘maître’ (loving-kindness) when he launched a coup de main on drug offenders. He threatened to use his powers to place his signature to execute the death sen


National prosperity through quality and productivity

Views - 293 Monday, 16 July 2018 00:00

I was so delighted to get involved with the national convention of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Quality and Productivity (SLAAQP) with the fitting theme, “National Prosperity through World Class Quality and Productivity”.


Disruptive economy and poverty of knowledge: Sri Lankans have a lot to learn

Views - 752 Monday, 16 July 2018 00:00

The poor are usually defined as those who are below a given level of income that would be insufficient to meet their basic needs. In my view, the poor – no matter whether it is an individual, family or a nation – are those who are unable to read


Sanjeewa Pushpakumara’s ‘Davena Vihagun’ (Burning Birds): A realistic and authentic film

Views - 3545 Saturday, 14 July 2018 00:20

Filmmaker Sanjeewa Pushpakumara is a bright star in the cinematic firmament of Sri Lanka. His second feature film ‘Davena Vihagun’ (Burning Birds) is currently being screened in Sri Lanka. The film completed in 2016 has been shown at several inte


Of Erdogan, Mahinda and Gota or the dance of the Vidayaka Janadhipathi

Views - 184 Saturday, 14 July 2018 00:10

We have been talking about Turkey’s Erdogan who recently won electoral support to be the country’s first Executive President. At the elections, Turkey began digging its grave. To be sure, one cannot blame th


Yameen regime in Maldives turns to Islamic countries for support

Views - 340 Saturday, 14 July 2018 00:10

The Abdulla Yameen Government in the Maldives is turning to Islamic countries in a bid to resist pressure from the West and India to restore democracy as per their prescription, and to do their bidding in economic, foreign policy and strategic matter


Executing a successful forward contract: Lessons from practical implementations

Views - 152 Friday, 13 July 2018 00:00

Among many, maintaining quality and continuous supply are the two most important things to an exporter. Some exporters


Social media – Foe or friend for Sri Lanka?

Views - 118 Friday, 13 July 2018 00:00

In March 2018, Sri Lanka experienced ethnic tensions and the Government banned social media platforms such as Facebook,


Negative and positive news: ‘Rare corpse flower set to bloom at Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya’

Views - 326 Friday, 13 July 2018 00:00

Last Monday I have received seven news alerts to my phone, of which six were about murders and robberies


A future hub for trade and logistics in the Indian subcontinent

Views - 152 Thursday, 12 July 2018 00:00

It is now certain, cemented and unstoppable that Sri Lanka Port City is the future hub of business activities and foundation of the success of new Sri Lanka in the new world and business order, on par with world giants, exploiting the strategic geogr


Fixing Sri Lanka’s labour market: Comparative lessons

Views - 344 Thursday, 12 July 2018 00:00

The recently-published ‘Sri Lanka Development Update 2018’1 by the World Bank focuses on creating more and better jobs for an upper middle-income Sri Lanka. It usefully analyses the state of Sri Lanka’s labour market and identifies challenges t


Gotabaya, Viyath Maga, 13A and me

Views - 483 Thursday, 12 July 2018 00:00

Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara writes that “After the 2015 presidential elections, for reasons better known to DJ, he approached GR and joined Viyath Maga.” That’s a blatant lie. As Dullas Alahapperuma and Matale Mayor Mohammed Hilmy will att


Practical and sensible economics

Views - 323 Thursday, 12 July 2018 00:00

This article focuses on some key areas of our economy. These areas are export promotion, attracting FDI, entrepreneurship and innovation, augmenting the labour force with more women, and education. An underlying theme throughout the article is the n


Has Sri Lanka been beaten by Myanmar?

Views - 2721 Thursday, 12 July 2018 00:00

We have heard that the great Lee Kwan Yu wanted Singapore to be like Sri Lanka way back in the sixties. Today, Singapore is a $ 349 billion economy whilst we are at just a quarter of that value at around $ 85 billion.  Then we consider ourselves to


Divorce law in Sri Lanka: Fostering animosity, not relationships

Views - 900 Wednesday, 11 July 2018 00:00

The agony and anxiousness that a divorce proceeding in Sri Lanka inflicts on spouses is widely known and there are many


Kerawalapitiya LNG plant tender exposes deterioration in the political system

Views - 636 Wednesday, 11 July 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka has failed to implement a single major electricity generating power plant since 2014. Meanwhile, the country’s


A response to former CB Governor Cabraal’s article, ‘The Government’s growth scam!’ – Part II

Views - 442 Wednesday, 11 July 2018 00:00

In my previous article on the above theme that appeared in Daily FT of 3 July (available at: http://www.ft.lk/columns/A-response-to-former-CB-Governor-Cabraal-s-article-


Free tabs for A/L students: Limits and opportunities

Views - 229 Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:27

‘Tabs for A/L students’ and ’13 years of education for all’ are two promises from the 2015 election manifesto of the UNP. Both are game-changer promises, but a promise in a manifesto is only a starting point. Bureaucrats have to expand the id


Public and semi-Government sector employees exceed 1.1 million

Views - 377 Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:00

The importance of the Public Sector is an indisputable social and economic reality throughout the world. The Public Sector usually comprises of organisations that are owned and operated by the Government and exist to provide services such as public e


Giving leadership to a digital economy

Views - 226 Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:00

The new economy has greatly changed our economic environment in relation to how the Government and businesses operate and provide goods and services. Prosperity in the new economy involves more than capitalising on knowledge assets. Prosperity involv


Resolving the paradox of rice-poverty amidst plenty

Views - 927 Monday, 9 July 2018 00:10

Sri Lankans are great rice eaters. On average, they eat 108 kg of rice per person per year as against the world average of just 54 kg per head. A plate of rice eaten by an average Sri Lankan is usually equated to Adam’s Peak or Samanala Kanda.


Coughing a port and later hiccups

Views - 230 Monday, 9 July 2018 00:00

The distilled essence of the New York Times story was in the phrase ‘Cough up a port’ in the headline.


Maldivian Joint Opposition faces teething troubles ahead of presidential poll

Views - 122 Saturday, 7 July 2018 04:00

The Maldivian Opposition parties had recently made a significant breakthrough by agreeing to back Ibrahim Mohamed Solih alias Ibu of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) as the common candidate for the 23 September presidential election....


Dictatorial market economy

Views - 609 Friday, 6 July 2018 00:10

Recently I have listened to the speeches delivered by Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Nalaka Godahewa at the official website


Listen to Vijayakala before shooting her

Views - 816 Friday, 6 July 2018 00:00

Our politicians have, essentially, been exploiters; trying at every turn to fish in troubled waters. The sole objective is to find


It is not workshops but attitude that will govern the nation

Views - 261 Friday, 6 July 2018 00:00

Sri Lankans are always bombarded with “negative news” like underworld murders, corruption, unending depreciation


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In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Saturday, 22 September 2018

‘Indian Film,’ first published in 1963 and co-authored by former Columbia University Professor Erik Barnouw and his student Dr. Subrahmanyam Krishnaswamy, is considered a seminal study of the evolution and growth of Indian cinema. The book is cit


Imran may turn blind eye to blasphemy law and persecution of Ahmadiyyas

Saturday, 22 September 2018

There are clear signs that Pakistan’s freshly minted Prime Minister, Imran Khan, will make a sincere effort to reduce corruption and maladministration in the domestic sphere. In foreign affairs he is likely to make a brave attempt to mend fences wi


The rate of exchange, capital flight and the Central Bank

Friday, 21 September 2018

The Central Bank (CBSL) exists for the sole purpose of price stability. Its controls on the financial system and monetary policy exist to maintain price stability. As put forth many times by the Governor, the failing of the CBSL to control inflation


Red flag over the Sri Lankan Navy

Friday, 21 September 2018

Shocking story Rusiripala, a former banker in Sri Lanka, who has taken to writing in Daily FT, is perturbed by the red flag I have raised (Daily FT article 18 September) over the shocking charge that our Navy had operated a ransom gang that had abduc


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