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Services for citizens: How do we define success?

Views - 182 Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:00

The 1990 ambulance service is perceived as a great success. Though it commenced operations amidst controversy, with the GMOA alleging all kinds of conspiracies and harms to patients, it is now seen as a shining achievement. This contrasts with other


Per capita GDP value: Is it the right indicator to follow?

Views - 330 Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:00

Introduction We are eternally looking at our growth figures using Gross Domestic Product per capita and currently at $ 4,265 tell ourselves that we are still in the lower middle income country group and need to work hard to jump over to upper middle


Disregard of governance principles by political leadership should come to an end

Views - 6208 Monday, 27 May 2019 00:20

In this uncertain world, there is one thing about which Sri Lankans can be absolutely certain. That is, they can be pretty sure that they would wake up every morning to news of gross disregard of good governance principles by the country’s politica


Appointment in ‘Kattankudy’

Views - 424 Monday, 27 May 2019 00:00

This essay is an excavation of the roots of mindless rage that burst out of the town of Kattankudy in the Eastern Province. It holds a truth that needs to be told. In his short story ‘Appointment in Samara’, Somerset Maugham retells a 9th Centur


Tawheed is not a misdeed but dirtied by the extreme

Views - 522 Saturday, 25 May 2019 00:10

A singular and specific victim of the whole macabre incident of the 21 April Easter Sunday bombings by terrorists in Sri Lanka from a standpoint of Muslims was the maligning, tarnishing and distorting of a term indispensable, necessitous and fundamen


17 things ‘Avengers: Endgame’ teaches us about the state of our superheroes

Views - 518 Friday, 24 May 2019 00:10

Art imitates life. Even movies do. Maybe especially so. In these lean times, there’s nothing like a little laughter to stop the press, stem the blood pressure, ease that stress in life. So here goes. Trust you’ll take these tongue-in-cheek. Or pe


Sri Lanka needs urgent surgery!

Views - 828 Friday, 24 May 2019 00:07

Sri Lanka was on the slippery slope of a serious crisis, heading for a great disaster of the State, even before the outbreak of Easter Sunday attacks. Now, in the aftermath of the ruthless Easter Sunday attacks, the country’s crisis has become exac


Mangala, Monks, Mangala Sutta and Marx

Views - 270 Friday, 24 May 2019 00:02

In the Buddhist belief system, ‘Mangala’ means a ‘blessing’. In the abstract ‘Mangala’ denotes an ‘auspicious sign’. In the ‘Mangala Sutta’, the Buddha has enumerated 38 of the highest blessings that we must or should be guided b


Cricket and DOTA 2: Should be equally promoted for similar reasons

Views - 191 Friday, 24 May 2019 00:00

February 1982. Sri Lanka played its first test match. Following the age-old traditions, it had to be with England. Venue: P Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo. While Sri Lankan spectators had high hopes, Sri Lankan team under the captaincy of BandulaWarn


Unmasking anomalies: Trail of terrorism in SL

Views - 164 Friday, 24 May 2019 00:00

The Easter Sunday attacks perpetrated by suicide bombers and their associates created a climate of fear all around the country. It is highly distressing that the entire Muslim population in Sri Lanka is under siege and subject to enormous challenges


Occupational prestige further propagates a divisive society

Views - 163 Friday, 24 May 2019 00:00

Occupational prestige is regarded by society as an individual’s social standing based on the occupational position in the hierarchical social structure of an aggregate of occupations. Accordingly, the general public perceive certain occupations hig


Who built the Matara/Beliatta railway line?

Views - 561 Friday, 24 May 2019 00:00

In 2019, after 70 long years of independence, Sri Lanka succeeded in adding to the rail network left behind by the British when we extended the southern line from Matara to Beliatta, a distance of less than 20 miles. While the network left in place b


A case for reviewing plantation management

Views - 434 Thursday, 23 May 2019 02:22

Last week, I elaborated on ‘Going Beyond Agronomic Research for Plantation Reform’ with the aim of beginning a conversation on the importance of non-agronomic research to understand the many problematic areas that plague the plantation sector, in


How are we doing in e-government?

Views - 221 Thursday, 23 May 2019 01:47

It is customary to assess some aspect of the performance of a country using a composite index such as the Ease of Doing Business Index or the Network Readiness Index. For government services, there is the e-Government Development Index (EGDI), issued


National introspection in the aftermath

Views - 172 Thursday, 23 May 2019 01:30

“The immediate task for the Government is to guaranty the safety and security of all innocent Muslims and prevent a recurrence of 1983 … One cannot eradicate one evil with another” – Anatomy of an Islamist Infamy (III), CT, 9 May. In this, th


Dhammika Perera an anti-establishment candidate

Views - 2839 Thursday, 23 May 2019 01:22

During the holy Vesak weekend the phones were buzzing all over Sri Lanka over a story that appeared on a web page. The story said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had met with business tycoon Dhammika Perera whose business empire contribute


AI + BI + CI x DI = Empowering, enriching and impacting society and environmental wellbeing

Views - 301 Thursday, 23 May 2019 01:17

There has never been a time like today where many are raising concerns for society’s wellbeing, survival and thriving, despite many progressive advancements in the digitally transformed world. We are already in the so-called Fourth Industrial Revo


God bless Sri Lanka

Views - 131 Thursday, 23 May 2019 01:11

Terrorism has come back to Sri Lanka. Our motherland faced three insurrections after independence and there were several communal and religious clashes among different ethnic and religious groups. As a nation we have failed to explore the root cause


The clergy should get off the backs of Sri Lankans

Views - 220 Thursday, 23 May 2019 01:04

Once again I observe the Sri Lankan clergy coming out to ‘advice’ Sri Lankans in this time of crisis. The sim-ple fact is that they are not competent any longer to occupy a privileged position in the advisory panel. In the ancient days of the kin


Current lamentable situation of the country – some important contributory factors

Views - 62 Thursday, 23 May 2019 00:59

We are witnessing a series of revelations of alarming significance following the horrendous bombing incidents of Easter Sunday. Those at the helm of affairs in the country are trying to cover up their sinful delinquencies, now being exposed, by prais


SC: FR violations and destructive marginalisation by built environments

Views - 37 Wednesday, 22 May 2019 00:00

The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, after hearing submissions and arguments on a nationally and internationally important public interest Fundamental Rights Application No. SCFR 273/2018, gave a landmark Order on 18 April 2019. It was successfully pursue


Silence and solidarity 

Views - 194 Wednesday, 22 May 2019 00:00

Whatever people may tell you, whatever clichés are spouted in novels and TV broadcasts, silence isn’t deafening. It is, in fact, painfully empty, your ears searching for even the slightest morsel of sound to register. In its vacuum comes a roar l


Sri Lanka Easter bombings: Converting ‘threat’ into ‘opportunity’

Views - 277 Wednesday, 22 May 2019 00:00

Continuously we are getting negative news, negative statistics, and forecasts as outcome of the Easter attacks. As per British psychologist Dr. Graham Davey, “the way that negative news affects your mood can also have a larger effect on how you i


Beyond the despondency, disbelief and mistrust

Views - 85 Wednesday, 22 May 2019 00:00

Whatever the Head of State, the President, or the Prime Minister says, only renewed confidence in Sri Lanka could take the country forward from its state of despondency, disbelief and mistrust. When no one trusts the President or the Prime Minister,


In search of meaning

Views - 121 Wednesday, 22 May 2019 00:00

When confronted with a mindless mass murder in the most horrific fashion what do we do? The natural response of those who witnessed the horror from a distance as well as those who survived the event at close quarters have one essential human emotion.


Afghan refugees face Jaffna’s hostility: These Sri Lankans are crazy

Views - 1194 Wednesday, 22 May 2019 00:00

Abbas Ahmadi, an IT specialist, was rather high in the Afghan provincial civil service. He is of Hazara ethnicity and persecuted by the majority Pashtuns who ironically dominate the ruling faction as well as the rebelling Taliban.The Hazaras are inpa


Truth has now arrived, and falsehood has perished

Views - 887 Wednesday, 22 May 2019 00:00

“And say: Truth has now arrived, and Falsehood has perished: for Falsehood by its very own nature is bound to perish.” Holy Quran: Chapter 17 Verse 81. Every discussion, debate and discourse that we see and hear over the audio – visual and prin


Revitalising the tourist inflows

Views - 224 Wednesday, 22 May 2019 00:00

Easter Sunday 21 April terror acts have dealt a very heavy blow on tourism. The inflow has dried up for the moment while it can be presumed that forward selling too may have become sluggish. It is noted that Government has introduced a series of meas


One month gone: No charge on over 200 Catholics murdered

Views - 836 Wednesday, 22 May 2019 00:00

It’s been one month since the murder of around 300 innocent Catholic children and parents but no has yet been charged for the biggest negligence of duty that Sri Lanka has seen in recent history. The President and Prime Minister have both denied a


Enemies of democracy Part 3: Democracy has no meaning if mobocracy can rob the people’s property

Views - 6261 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

Property rights are the corner stone of any economy Property rights of people are at the foundation of any economic system, whether it is free-market, statist, or socialist. People do what they do in an economy if they can enjoy the fruits of their l


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Is Sri Lanka under the dominance of a powerful cabal?

Saturday, 15 June 2019

There is a saying that “A fish rots from the head”. That is the expression used when a country’s leadership is seen as responsible for violence and unethical behaviour of its supporters and the citizens in general - agitating the majority commu


Behind the scenes

Saturday, 15 June 2019

We see and hear many things happening on the stage. Some we only hear about and do not see. More things are happening without being seen clearly. An observation with extensive view and survey will be the only means of bringing to light the true natur


My way or the Huawei: global battle for 5G dominance and its impact on Sri Lanka

Friday, 14 June 2019

The ongoing battle between the US and the Chinese tech giant Huawei is escalating due to both parties’ eagerness to dominate 5G technology, the next major global technological revolution. It will define the future of the World Wide Web, creating a


Plunder of public property by rulers

Friday, 14 June 2019

While the failure to build the modern nation has been the prime factor that had caused the wretchedness of Sri Lanka, plundering of public property by rulers when they are under their custody can be considered the next vital factor that had exacerbat


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