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Sri Lanka must move from politics to business

Comments / Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:14

Last week, the Yahapalana Government, which came on the promise of good governance and weeding out corruption, had its first blow, when a senior mi...


Failures in education drag the country down

Comments / Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:09

When the country received independence in 1948, the administration and education was of extremely high standard. In 1956, the S.W.R.D. Ban...


Three things to ponder on the 150th Anniversary of the World’s Finest Tea

Comments / Wednesday, 16 August 2017 00:00

The Colombo International Tea Convention 2017 concluded on Friday, elegantly supported by our most accomplished cricketer and commended by several...


Ravi K’s altruistic suicide!

Comments / Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:59

Ravi Karunanayake sacrificed his pride and position by tendering his resignation to save the Maithri-Ranil Government cabal. He could have faced an...


Development Modes (2) – SLT

Comments / Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:05

There was nothing wrong with my internet connection. At a click of a button I was connected to the universe, emails, news, TV – it was good.&...


Democracy vs. Autocracy

Comments / Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:03

Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake resigned. There were many arguments and debates over the issue. There were lot of opinions that the present Gove...


Standards for non-standard forms of employment in Sri Lanka

Comments / Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:00

By Priyanka Jayawardena More than half of Sri Lanka’s wage employees are engaged in non-standard forms of employment, as temporary/casual w...


Issue of Treasury bonds: CB has finally vindicated direct placements

Comments / Monday, 14 August 2017 00:02

The reintroduction of the direct placement system under a new format by the Central Bank is a welcome sign   Restorat...


Why fuss about giving teeth to the Auditor General?

Comments / Monday, 14 August 2017 00:01

Auditor General H.M. Gamini Wijesinghe   Whither Audit Bill? We are informed by the media that Cabinet has deferred the new ...


Of cricket commentaries and Mother India

Comments / Saturday, 12 August 2017 00:31

“This is All India Radio (AIR): Good morning. We now take you to the ball by ball commentary of the first Cricket Test Match between India an...


Long way to go for gender equality in Sri Lanka despite early start

Comments / Saturday, 12 August 2017 00:01

Sri Lanka has led the way to female liberation or gender equality in Asia in important ways, and has had an early start in comparison with other So...


Black money and the war on cash; the challenge for the Government

Comments / Friday, 11 August 2017 00:00

Last year India in an effort to combat corruption, tax evasion and counterfeiting, withdrew all 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes from circulation. Ma...


Waiting – still – for ‘Godot’ to come clean

Comments / Friday, 11 August 2017 00:00

Good things come to those who wait… as the actress said to the bishop. But all this making us wait for the inevitable end is the sublime des...


The looming crisis and the way forward

Comments / Friday, 11 August 2017 00:00

Criticisms on this Government from most (not all) of those who supported or spearheaded a political change in January 2015 cannot be taken as any e...


Why did Sri Lanka seek Chinese investments in ports?

Comments / Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:10

By Thilini Kahandawaarachchi During the last decade, China has heavily invested in ports across the world spanning from Africa to Austra...


Sri Lanka cannot afford another terrorism backlash

Comments / Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:01

The other day when the news emerged that forms of terrorism were emerging with sporadic attacks in the Jaffna peninsula, the first that th...


We need microcredit to develop the rural economy

Comments / Wednesday, 9 August 2017 00:00

In the rural economy and the SME sector there is a dire shortage of capital. Without capital the rural economy will not move from stagnation to gro...


Bringing greater efficiency to the financial industry through ‘Blockchains’

Comments / Wednesday, 9 August 2017 00:00

Ever since the earliest commercial transactions conducted by mankind, we have been striving to bring in more trust and transparency into the system...


ETCA and the FTA agenda: Sri Lanka is a late comer vis-à-vis fast-growing South East countries

Comments / Wednesday, 9 August 2017 00:00

FTAs are a global trend and all countries in the world are increasingly using them as an engine of trade-led growth. According to the World Bank, ...


Plotting to breach the confidentiality of the Central Bank? Not a matter to be ignored

Comments / Tuesday, 8 August 2017 00:00

Why should someone plot to obtain information pertaining to the Central Bank? That is because such information has economic value and could be used...