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Syria: A case of using ‘false flags’ or fake news to start a war

Views - 56 Saturday, 21 April 2018 00:00

The airstrikes carried out by the US, UK and France on alleged chemical weapons fa


Has the ‘colonial diarchy’ come to Sri Lanka again?

Views - 142 Friday, 20 April 2018 00:00

For the last three four months, Sri Lanka has not been moving forward as it should have been. The most affected are the economy


The glyphosate story – CKDu, food security and national economy

Views - 446 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:27

We in Sri Lanka have a history to be proud of. According to our historical record, the golden age of Sri Lankan agriculture production centres around Polonnaruwa during reign of King Parakramabahu the Great (1153-1186 AD).


President is powerless to remove the Prime Minister

Views - 245 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:18

Some commentators have persistently advanced the proposition that, notwithstanding the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the President’s power to remove the Prime Minister is intact. It is a view that relies on a literal reading of the Sinhala te


The ‘Trafficbathgoda’ town of Kiribathgoda

Views - 197 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

Getting through Kiribathgoda town particularly in the evening after work is a real nightmare. Even the morning is equally bad, creating a huge pileup of vehicles along the main road. In particular, in the evening, to move from Tyre Corporation Junct


Beware of evidence-independent recommendations from academics in positions of power

Views - 275 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:10

It was just over a year ago that I wrote in this newspaper about the need to fact check politicians and pundits (http://www.ft.lk/article/592541/Fact-checking-politicians-and-pundits). That column was triggered by an evidence-independent claim made a


National disregard on ‘quality construction’ – A few lessons

Views - 104 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:07

“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intentions, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skilful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives” – William A Foster


One more Avurudu to go!

Views - 249 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:06

Just one more Avurudu to go. Only one more Avurudu to hold on for. Next year is national election year. The Supreme Court has clearly and irreversibly decreed that elections at the apex of the political system mandatorily have to be held in the last


Reforms needed and populist actions

Views - 159 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:05

Ranil Wickremesinghe was criticised heavily directly and indirectly of his actions in the political and economic fronts by the supporters of the No-Confidence Motion as well as by those who opposed the same. Wickremesinghe is having his own weakness


Too many ministers positively harmful to the running of Government

Views - 182 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:03

The President, by extraordinary gazette, has prorogued Parliament with effect from 13 April and the next sessions will be on 8 May. It was earlier reported in the media that President Sirisena has accepted the resignation letters tendered by 15 SLFP


Cabinet size, the scientific approach

Views - 37 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:02

It has been reported that the new Cabinet of Ministers will be determined according to “scientific principles”. Erstwhile colleagues and friends, who found my March 2014 article on the same theme quite useful, have urged me to offer some fresh ad


Success at issue of dollar notes should not be a substitute for taking early measures to fix economy

Views - 491 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:57

The Central Bank has brought $ 2.5 billion to the country by issuing Sri Lanka Government Sovereign but ‘Senior Unsecured Notes’ in the international markets (available at: https://www.cbsl.gov.lk/en/news/the-democratic-socialist-republic-of-sri-


Happy New Year, er, or identity

Views - 91 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:54

A lamentable trend in national affairs of late has been to interpret reality on the surface of the status quo. If it is managed spectacles like no-confidence motions that divert attention from unpopular fiscal policy, for instance, we pick our horse


NCM victory and the Yahapalanaya

Views - 291 Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:00

Although the No-Confidence Motion brought against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been decisively defeated,


Exporting rubber and importing erasers!

Views - 455 Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:00

Another year’s growth data has been released and some of us may be red-faced!


Is the PM irremovable?

Views - 363 Wednesday, 11 April 2018 00:00

According to Mr. Shyamon Jayasinghe, an Australian citizen, there is no provision in the Sri Lanka Constitution to remove or replace


From innovate or perish in 1998 to innovate and perish in 2018

Views - 274 Wednesday, 11 April 2018 00:00

We will be facing a tough year in a decade in 2018. Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy addressed the Chamber of Commerce


Getting closer to the masses

Views - 322 Wednesday, 11 April 2018 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe after defeating the No-Confidence Motion against him by the Joint Opposition


3 aspects of democracy in the vote of No-Confidence

Views - 215 Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:15

The vote of No-Confidence against the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka is both a success and a failure for democracy. Democracy is the rule of the people, by the people, for the people. The job of the Members of Parliament is simply to represent the peopl


Maha Vanija Jataka: Exposing myth of maximising profit and enlightening on creative capitalism

Views - 289 Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:00

It is fascinating to observe these days many Sri Lankan corporates publish annual accounts one after the other, under compelling captions, on how they maximise profits compared to previous years. Almost all the comments and interviews made by incumb


Now that CB has done its job, RW & Harsha should pick up the ball & play the game

Views - 1050 Monday, 9 April 2018 00:10

The Central Bank in its second monetary policy review in 2018, released last week, has cautiously and partially relaxed the tight policy package it had introduced earlier when inflation was rearing its ugly head causing chaos to investment initiative


PIM MBA in Kuwait: A Sri Lankan pride

Views - 389 Monday, 9 April 2018 00:00

It was indeed memorable to organise an inauguration of a brand new MBA batch at the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) in Kuwait City, Kuwait. It was encouraging to see the spirit of Sri Lankans in Kuwait who actively supported our endeavour


Why the SLFP’S last chance of survival is today!

Views - 305 Monday, 9 April 2018 00:00

‘Shree Lanka Nidahas Pakshaye gamanaka avasaanaya’ - the final journey of the SLFP - was the title of a public lecture delivered by Rohana Wijeweera in the early 1980s. He was wrong. Or maybe he was prophetic and merely premature by a few decades


A reprieve not a win: Ranil’s Dunkirk

Views - 205 Monday, 9 April 2018 00:00

A huge banner on the perimeter fence at Sirikotha, the United National Party (UNP) headquarters, gloats ‘Maha Balayak Ekama Ratak ‘ – A colossal force – One country.


Challenges faced by Modi’s ‘Clean India’ campaign

Views - 71 Saturday, 7 April 2018 00:47

Since open defecation has been an eyesore and a major cause of diseases in India, the Narendra Modi Government launched a ‘Clean India’ campaign named Swachch Bharat Mission (SBM) on 2 October 2014, four months after he came to power.


Bring back the kings !

Views - 334 Saturday, 7 April 2018 00:00

“There is in our harbour of Colombo a race of people fair of skin and comely withal. They don jackets of iron and hats of iron; they rest not a minute in one place; they walk here and there; they eat hunks of stone and drink blood; they give two or


Govt. should reboot and focus on running the administration

Views - 352 Friday, 6 April 2018 00:10

The Prime Minister won the vote of no-confidence comfortably brought against him by the Joint Opposition (JO) last night.


Liberal democracy as a sellable brand: The challenge for the UNP

Views - 185 Friday, 6 April 2018 00:10

With the No-Confidence motion behind it, the United National Party (UNP) is promising deep reforms in the party. Unless the party


Clouds dispel and hope breathes

Views - 154 Friday, 6 April 2018 00:05

It was like divine rain that ended a crippling and apocalyptic drought for Ranil Wickremesinghe and his United National Party


The Continuum of Impunity: Connecting the Dots

Views - 153 Friday, 6 April 2018 00:01

In January this year, four judges of the Indian Supreme Court gave a press conference to declare that “all is not well” with the Indian Judiciary


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Syria: A case of using ‘false flags’ or fake news to start a war

Saturday, 21 April 2018

The airstrikes carried out by the US, UK and France on alleged chemical weapons fa


Has the ‘colonial diarchy’ come to Sri Lanka again?

Friday, 20 April 2018

For the last three four months, Sri Lanka has not been moving forward as it should have been. The most affected are the economy


The glyphosate story – CKDu, food security and national economy

Thursday, 19 April 2018

We in Sri Lanka have a history to be proud of. According to our historical record, the golden age of Sri Lankan agriculture production centres around Polonnaruwa during reign of King Parakramabahu the Great (1153-1186 AD).


President is powerless to remove the Prime Minister

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Some commentators have persistently advanced the proposition that, notwithstanding the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the President’s power to remove the Prime Minister is intact. It is a view that relies on a literal reading of the Sinhala te


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