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Dual power and the Mahinda magic

Views - 713 Tuesday, 13 February 2018 00:00

Last year, 2017, the Government and Opposition separately commemorated the centenary of the Russian revolution – actually of twin revolutions, liberal and socialist, of February and October, 1917. In an interesting twist, the result of the Sri Lank


Why did voter behaviour change on 10 Feb?

Views - 1390 Tuesday, 13 February 2018 00:00

What Sri Lanka saw on 10 February, 2018 will go down in history as a show of the ‘power of a Sri Lankan voter’. A typical Sri Lankan may look submissive, quiet, and gentle but they are decisive and are change agents. We saw this on 15 January, 2


University ragging: Destroying the creativity of a generation

Views - 793 Monday, 12 February 2018 00:10

Lucky and unlucky students Those who can secure admission to a state university in Sri Lanka consider themselves a lucky lot. That is because the state university system has a few places far short of the number that qualifies for admission at the GCE


A brisk and brusque verdict

Views - 51 Monday, 12 February 2018 00:00

A verdict earned President Maithripala Sirisena has earned the verdict given at the local government polls. He appointed candidates defeated at the parliamentary elections through the national list and made them cabinet ministers. In electoral democ


How to read the local government election results

Views - 3592 Monday, 12 February 2018 00:00

In politics, perception is reality The perception is that former President Rajapaksa’s SLPP won a great victory; that the UNP did not do as well as expected and President Sirisena’s attempt to consolidate his position in the SLFP has failed. Pre


After the landslide: The bigger picture

Views - 101 Monday, 12 February 2018 00:00

It was the well-established, UNP and West-friendly website ECONOMYNEXT that broke the story using the ‘L’ Word—Landslide. “Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s proxy was set for an unexpected landslide victory in Saturday’s local council


Undiplomatic diplomacy of a presidency

Views - 352 Monday, 12 February 2018 00:00

The ‘Game Chandiya’ political rhetoric reached its peak with the various contenders fighting for their survival in this insignificant election which elects members to local government bodies to administer the grassroots of the country. Plenty of


Perspectives on public sector performance

Views - 384 Monday, 12 February 2018 00:00

By the time this column is published I am sure the final verdict of the Sri Lankan voters will be loud and clear. Freshly elected members to the local government institutions, hopefully with 25% female representation, must be gearing to “serve” t


Learnings from election results

Views - 786 Monday, 12 February 2018 00:00

nIdentify your real reasons for success – is it the disgust with your competitor or did you deliver? (both in 2015 and 2018) nDon’t rely on your brand reputation to do the job – the voter needs to ‘touch and feel’ the real value delivered


Dharmasena Pathiraja – The Master Movie Maker

Views - 3801 Saturday, 10 February 2018 01:00

Renowned Sri Lankan film maker Dharmasena Pathiraja breathed his last on the morning of 28 January, 2018 at the Lakeside Hospital in Kandy. The 74-year-old academic cum film director, referred to as “Pathi” by almost everybody he interacted with,


Maldives reaches a critical state with internationalisation

Views - 95 Saturday, 10 February 2018 00:25

The political situation in the Maldives is now at a critical stage with the possibility of international intervention in one form or another due to the efforts of the internationally influential Maldivian Opposition Leader in exile, Mohamed Nasheed.


The importance of the 10 February LG election

Views - 432 Friday, 9 February 2018 00:10

The local elections on Saturday will take place in 341 local authorities and councils (24 municipal councils, 41 urban councils and 276 divisional


Three historical moments: Mahinda’s, Sirisena’s and Ranil’s

Views - 241 Friday, 9 February 2018 00:00

Unlike King Asoka, our King Mahinda lost the Kalinga moment that would have made him adorn the annals of Sri Lanka and even world history as one of those great men


Creators’ acid tests: Practical implications of three-fold patentability criteria

Views - 100 Friday, 9 February 2018 00:00

The Intellectual Property (IP) system of Sri Lanka is governed and regulated by the Intellectual Property Act No. 36 of 2003. Further


Polls: war by other means

Views - 260 Friday, 9 February 2018 00:00

By the time you read this heaven knows what other cat our political leadership would have let out of the diplomatic bag.


LG Political Campaigns and Questionable ‘Political Culture’

Views - 66 Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:10

A democratic election is a process in which people are involved closely interacting with the contesting candidates, their political parties/groups, party leaders and other campaigners. The culminating act is voting. One may argue that the process is


Giving voice to the young– missing talent for impact!

Views - 88 Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:00

Listening to Science in Sri Lanka over the airwaves as you travel back home after work? Well, all of us know that it is not possible to find such a program easily, if at all. With so many of our citizens out of touch for so many years, mere availabil


SL must reach ASEAN via Singapore FTA

Views - 158 Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:00

Whilst the Share of Voice (SOV) is currently focused on the local elections, the fact of the matter is that Sri Lanka is at a crossroads to pay almost a $ 10 billion debt in the next three years. With our income sources not very competitive, with exp


Export competitiveness of Sri Lanka: A reflection through Enabling Trade Index

Views - 121 Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:00

The export earnings of Sri Lanka as a percentage of GDP is on the decline over the past few years. However, during the year 2017 the export sector recorded remarkable growth. Nevertheless, there is no room for complacency as we have a long way to go


Lost in translation

Views - 366 Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:00

Last week, I had the joy of meeting up with an old friend domiciled in the United States. A professor of philosophy at an American university, he had come down to participate in a forum at the Galle Literary Festival, the glamorous shindig of the Sri


So this is reconciliation!

Views - 657 Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:00

“Our nation--Tamil Eelam! “Our leader--Prabhakaran!” shrieked the demonstrators, brandishing Tiger flags outside the Sri Lankan High Commission in London on the 70th Independence Day of our country. Defense Attaché Brigadier Priyankara Fernand


Some salient features of the proposed Securities Exchange Act: Part 2

Views - 225 Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:00

There is also an important new provision imposing duties upon auditors of Listed Companies, similar to the provisions identified above in respect of market institutions


Economic Policy: Are we down the wrong lane?

Views - 772 Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:00

The esteemed economists and IMF seem to be in agreement with this approach. I disagree with both and am of the view that the strategies built on the above will lead us deeper into the economic wilderness.


The death of a Prelate and elephants in captivity

Views - 598 Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:00

One of the most notable news stories in the past few days, (even overshadowing the ongoing election rhetoric) was the untimely death of a scholar monk


Change Independence Day to Sri Lanka Day – the day the free education scheme was passed in the Stat

Views - 88 Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:00

“The spurt in education which propelled Sri Lanka to achieve a high level of social development began even before the country gained independence


The new math or the same old matrix

Views - 154 Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:00

If members of parliament are O-Level-failed, it’s a failure of the legislature that reflects poorly on the struggling electorate as much as on state education


Some salient features of the proposed Securities Exchange Act: Part I

Views - 131 Tuesday, 6 February 2018 00:00

In the early part of this year, the Legislature will consider the promulgation of the new Securities Exchange Act, which will provide the legal framework for the regulation and supervision of the capital market. The original Securities Council Act


Sri Lanka’s opportunity to leverage high-end tourism with reclaimed beaches

Views - 110 Tuesday, 6 February 2018 00:00

The recent proposals of the Megapolis Ministry to reclaim the sea around the Galle Face Green and to extend it southwards to Dehiwela, is a commendable idea. In addition, the expressway coming into the city centre with links to other expressways goin


Reservoir sedimentation is on the rise with climate change

Views - 120 Tuesday, 6 February 2018 00:00

Climate change has posed many threats to the world and these threats seem to be increasing gradually. Increased frequency of floods and droughts, rising atmospheric temperatures, rise in sea level due to glaciers melting are widely accepted as real c


National consciousness: A scarce commodity in Sri Lanka

Views - 137 Tuesday, 6 February 2018 00:00

All successful nations in the world, whether Japan, Korea, Germany, Singapore, USA or Israel, have had a common thread running through them ‒ that is resilient patriotic national consciousness which gave them the identity, spirit, cohesion and mome


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Putting ‘Yaha’ into ‘Palanaya’ – could standards be the trick?

Thursday, 22 February 2018

I will from the outset indicate that this is not about politics, even though popular terminology cannot be resisted if one is to get the message across. We are driven by emotions and the media is only adding fuel to the fire. If one takes a step back


Back to business: Making people’s lives better

Thursday, 22 February 2018

“People are the real wealth of a nation. The basic objective of development is to create an enabling environment for people to enjoy long, healthy and creative lives. This may appear to be a simple truth. But it is often forgotten in the immediate


The President cannot remove the PM

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Following the large gains made at the local government elections at the expense of the UNP and SLFP by the Mahinda Rajapaksa-led SLPP, the pro-Mahinda Rajapaksa Opposition has been calling for the resignation of the Prime Minister on the basis of the


Ranil’s tactical success, Mahinda’s strategic victory

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Who will defeat the UNP? The people, with or without the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. That was proved at the local government


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