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MMDA and the consequences of adopting JSM submissions

Views - 432 Thursday, 21 February 2019 01:23

The MMDA stands for the Muslim Marriages & Divorce Act. The Committee comprises eminent theologians, judges, lawyers and educationalists. Both women and men were appointed as a team to resolve the many challenges faced by the Act. The committee comm


JVP deserves a chance

Views - 382 Thursday, 21 February 2019 01:18

However much and in whichever manner one shuffles the pack of cards in Sri Lankan politics, five jokers constantly appear right at the front: an incompetent Ranil Wickremasinghe (RW), a schizophrenic Maithripala Sirisena (MS) and sanctimonious Rajapa


Sri Lanka apparel exports $ 5 b milestone, what lessons to learn and what does it mean for SL?

Views - 463 Thursday, 21 February 2019 01:12

The export figures in December 2018 saw Sri Lanka’s ready-made garments industry for the first time crossing the $ 5 billion mark for the first time in history. It is the first export industry that has achieved this number in Sri Lanka since the co


A new route to global markets

Views - 250 Thursday, 21 February 2019 01:06

A country’s economic prosperity is associated with the ownership of powerful global brands. Look at the world’s most valuable brands and see who owns them. Many companies headquartered in the USA: Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Disn


The fight against wildlife trafficking: CITES in Sri Lanka

Views - 263 Thursday, 21 February 2019 00:00

From pangolins to elephants, from tropical timber to birds and snakes: Wildlife trafficking is one of the largest illegal global trade sectors and generates billions of USD per year. Since 1975, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Sp


Discipline and the devil’s disciples

Views - 403 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:55

That coach who repeatedly slapped a boy under his care has generated a storm of controversy on social media. On one side are aunties, bleeding hearts, civil rights champions et al who are outraged or at the very least shocked or surprised. On the oth


SL growth profile: Arrest moving down the staircase immediately to avoid hard landing on the floor

Views - 6271 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:50

Strong message in the Sri Lanka Development Update 2019 Sri Lanka Development Update for 2019 was released by the World Bank last week. This document contains a review by the bank’s residential staff of the present state of the country’s economy


Prudential banking and saga of MTD Walkers

Views - 1586 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:46

The matters referred to in the article under this title published in the Daily FT (15 February) are spotlighted in more detail under this scrutiny. While the general attention of the public remains more focused on recently arrested underworld kingpin


Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe’s empty rant

Views - 184 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:32

Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe (WR) has joined President Sirisena’s reckless verbal onslaught on the Constitutional Council (CC) that was set up by the 19th Amendment (Daily Mirror 15 February). I use “verbal onslaught” intentionally since, as


Perfidious politics of Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe PC

Views - 189 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:29

Inject truth to politics. Then you will not have any politics. The Nazi legal theorist Carl Schmitt stressed on the importance of rhetoric to create fear of imminent danger threatening the state. The first step in the process was to create open hos


Money is the root of all politics

Views - 98 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:21

It is true, politicians have an extremely poor reputation - but if you assume that every politician is like this, then sad to say, it is devoid of good sense or judgment. If they were, then whole infrastructure would collapse before you could even sa


10-year master plan for a trilingual Sri Lanka launched in 2011: What has happened to that?

Views - 254 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:05

In an article titled ‘Sri Lanka Launches Plan to Become Trilingual Nation’ appearing in the Asia Foundation website(https://asiafoundation.org/2012/03/28/sri-lanka-launches-plan-to-become-trilingual-nation/), on 28 March 2012, Molly Mueller state


MMDA, ACJU, politicians and women

Views - 105 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:10

It is 10 years since Justice Saleem Marsoof (JSM) and his committee was appointed to review and make recommendations to reform the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), passed originally in 1951 and amended in 1954, 1955, 1965 and 1969 before becom


President Trump looked for the failed idea of a wall

Views - 65 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

The talks over the “Wall of Trump” between the US-Mexico Border Security broke down with Congressional leaders over the weekend. After the renewed call for a wall at his second State of the Union, President Donald Trump attended a political rally


‘The Man Who Would Be King’: Remembering Anura Bandaranaike on his 70th birth anniversary

Views - 5397 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:20

‘The Man Who Would Be King’ is the title of a long tale written by Rudyard Kipling in 1888. This very popular story was made into a successful film starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer by the well-known director John Husto


Of pseudo-democrats, discipline and the coming death of liberty?

Views - 162 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:15

I despair of our politicos and would-be politicians. Not that they are not all honourable men. From the honourable prime minister to the former defence secretary discharging his duty honourably after premature retirement! But that honour often dresse


The importance of the 2019 Government Budget

Views - 267 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

The tension between the SLFP and the UNP was largely triggered after the defeat of the UNP and the President’s SLFP faction at the Local Government polls last year, resulting in a blame game on the two sides. Thereafter no side made a real effort t


Government infrastructure projects dwarfed by private investments in the hotel plant

Views - 151 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

The tourism industry has been referred to as a ‘thrust industry’ and ‘engine of growth’ by the State ad nauseam, while in reality the industry is paid only lip service. The immense benefits both direct and indirect often go unnoticed. Today


Crisis of the Constitution

Views - 229 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

Now, economically, Sri Lanka is in a state of virtual bankruptcy, which cannot be controlled. Politically too, it is on the verge of anarchy. Fluctuations of political crisis affect the economic crisis while those of economic crisis affect the politi


Aekiya rajyaya (ඒකීය රාඡ්‍යය) and orumiththa nadu (ஒுமித்த நா)

Views - 141 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

There is a report given by the expert panel appointed by the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly in the form of a draft constitution. Based on this, the Steering Committee will have to prepare a draft constitution, if they wish, to be d


After all, customers too are humans!

Views - 231 Thursday, 14 February 2019 01:44

Desire to be cared for is a universal human need. We all yearn for it from the ‘womb’ to the ‘tomb’. Caring is an absolutely essential requirement that all human beings need, and it is something that can be easily given by the sensible use of


Some reasons for the impending failure of the ‘New Constitution’

Views - 66 Thursday, 14 February 2019 01:21

It is not only the ‘aekeeya/orumiththandu’ confusion and the ‘draft provisions’ for a new constitution that are questionable, but also the procedure and the process that were followed in drafting them. Under the present circumstances, there i


Sri Lanka now needs visionary leaders

Views - 425 Thursday, 14 February 2019 01:15

In Sri Lanka, our political leaders have forgotten that we had elected them to represent our interests, care for our welfare and to drive the country to greater heights. It is sad that they had forgotten that aspect altogether. It appears they think


Bank frauds and rising NPAs: Do we have the right people in the financial industry?

Views - 2927 Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:00

There are 33 banks and 48 finance companies in Sri Lanka. The financial industry which mainly consists of the Banking Financial Industry (BFI) and the Non-Banking Financial Industry (NBFI) approximately has an asset base of 12.2 trillion. This compr


The role of religion in conflict, peacebuilding and governance

Views - 335 Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:00

Religious organisations and beliefs are potential drivers of, or barriers to, social change - the transformation of social and political structures in pursuit of, for instance, democratisation, participation, human rights, social inclusion and gende


Will tourism lose another chance?

Views - 1007 Tuesday, 12 February 2019 00:16

Last week we saw the appointment of another respected business professional to drive Sri Lanka Tourism – the sixth Chairman to drive the entity Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) within a space of just four years. If I may capture since 20


Attack on ATMs: The use of the ‘eyeball test’ involving vigilance is the best

Views - 6234 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:20

It seems that the genetic code of modern Homo sapiens is not different from that of other species. The latter is guided not by thinking but by instincts. Similarly, Homo sapiens is still embedded with the ‘gene of fear’ that compels it to ‘figh


Of Mintzberg and Zuckerberg: Communities and commodities

Views - 465 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:10

Henry Mintzberg, the veteran management thinker, promotes the concept of “community,” stating that leadership should pave way for “communityship”. Mark Zuckerberg, on the other hand, created the largest social media platform, Facebook, with a


Sri Lankan tourism; all that glitters is not gold

Views - 535 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

Tourism in Sri Lanka was said to have reached an all-time high last year with a staggering 2.2 million tourists visiting the country. While news articles widely publicised this never before seen rate, little did anyone pay attention to return in inve


Apple: The Emperor has no clothes

Views - 342 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

A Goldman Sachs analyst has compared Apple’s current troubles to that faced by Nokia in 2007. Nokia depended on customer upgrades for sales in a saturated market in 2007 for that era’s phones. Steve Jobs came out with the touchscreen iPhone that


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On time – Only for a week! A must-change!

Thursday, 18 April 2019

We are in April and the month where we witness the declaration of a new year as per our traditional practice. It is that period of time when a huge majority of our population, which certainly can be counted in millions, intends to act in unison and q


Unholy trinity is unholy to Sri Lanka from all fronts

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Let us see the background of the unholy trinity or impossible trinity or trilemma. Every country is challenged with international monetary policy which will in return decide the fate of the economic growth. Three strategies available are;


Is it the plane or the pilot?

Thursday, 18 April 2019

The two recent crashes involving Boeing 737 MAX twin-engine jetliners have brought flight safety into sharper focus than ever after many decades. This is in many ways a story of success breeding complacency. Airline safety has improved beyond belief


Is Sri Lanka capable of a course correction?

Thursday, 18 April 2019

The genesis of Sri Lanka’s current political and economic problems can very well be traced back to several structural issues of the country, both politically and culturally. It is no secret that from the outset of the war in Sri Lanka, the country


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