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The Presidential Election: Into anarchy or out of anarchy?

Views - 120 Saturday, 24 August 2019 00:10

In politics there are no absolute truths, rights or wrongs: all is relative. Politics is about choices and alternatives. It is also the art of the possible. The best policy for the people is to work through the give


The presidency and the dilemma of the Presidential Election

Views - 485 Friday, 23 August 2019 00:00

J.R. Jayewardene created a presidential system not because the parliamentary system of governance that preceded it had failed. He wanted to take over all the powers of the State and assume the status of ancient kings who ruled the country in the past


The Provincial Council Elections – The charade goes on

Views - 154 Friday, 23 August 2019 00:00

Originally the SLPP was keen to hold the Provincial Council Elections (PCE) immediately after the Local Government Election results as they felt the PCE would go in their favour. PCE were held under the Proportional Representation system. The relevan


We need to challenge climate change doubters before it is too late

Views - 71 Friday, 23 August 2019 00:00

Imagine a London where the entire subterranean region is engulfed with dirty water. Crammed train carriages that once barrelled along 249 miles of track transporting busy office workers, builders, teachers, civil servants, cleaners and students now r


Enough power in the presidency for the right person

Views - 141 Friday, 23 August 2019 00:00

The presidency has not much power some say, but I would say there is plenty for the right person. By intention or otherwise, our Constitution leaves the presidency to be defined by the person occupying the chair. Maithripala Sirisena (MS) showed us t


Will the real JVP – Joke; Vital cog; Party poopers – please stand up?

Views - 783 Thursday, 22 August 2019 00:20

THE REDS ON THE GREEN HAVE TAKEN THE LIE OF THE LAND – and it is a highly-publicised stand, being the largest political rally of late. It’s a red flag planted claiming a space in the electoral pantheon, which is open to a plethora of interpretati


Solar power can save country from blackouts

Views - 229 Thursday, 22 August 2019 00:00

The country faced country-wide power-cuts (except Colombo) in March when electricity generated failed to meet the demand, as the current Government failed to establish even a single major power generation plant or even award for construction. Heavy r


Amendment of People’s Bank Act: Any sinister motive?

Views - 152 Thursday, 22 August 2019 00:00

Parliament of Sri Lanka is scheduled to debate a Bill presented by the Minister of Finance on 24 May and Published as Bill No. 282 in the Gazette (erroneously dated as 9 July 2018). The legal effect of this Bill is stated as follows: nClause 2: This


Viewing PR as a marketing tool is missing the point!

Views - 86 Wednesday, 21 August 2019 00:00

When times are tough, businesses often cut the PR budget first – and small businesses may not have one at all. After all, PR is just one part of the marketing mix, right? Wrong! To view PR as just another marketing tool is to limit the scope of PR


“Doing something” about social media?

Views - 228 Wednesday, 21 August 2019 00:00

Since the tragic terrorist incidents and pogroms of April and May, concerns about social media have been reverberating throughout our society. We are under pressure to “do something,” even without fully understanding the problems we seek to solve


The meaning of our slogans

Views - 141 Wednesday, 21 August 2019 00:00

Sri Lankans undoubtedly are inclined towards slogans, and the time of elections is the high season. They appear everywhere; on walls, bus stands, huge boulders, vehicles and even on the garments worn by the campaigners. Usually we are given somewhat


The 1915 pogrom: Where were all the women?

Views - 433 Wednesday, 21 August 2019 00:00

The 1915 anti-Muslim pogrom in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) is usually analysed through the lenses of ethnicity, religion, or class. Gender – and specifically women – appears to be absent in the narratives on this colonial-era conflict. Such absence i


Emerging signals of a US recession

Views - 465 Wednesday, 21 August 2019 00:00

US stocks plunge on fears of an economic downturn Last week’s turbulence in financial markets was a reaction to the fresh evidence of a possible recession in the US economy. The Dow Jones Industrials Average dropped a whopping 800 points or 3% last


Will ‘10 February’ be repeated?

Views - 636 Tuesday, 20 August 2019 00:00

Whilst Sri Lanka is in election mode, the thought crossing every Sri Lankans mind is, ‘Will the 10 February 2018 elections behaviour be repeated?’ given the head-start that ‘Brand Gota’ has got. Whilst many are speculating who will be the fig


Company Law intertwined with Income Tax – Understanding the nexus! Part II

Views - 230 Tuesday, 20 August 2019 00:00

A comparison and analysing the impact of corresponding provisions of Companies Act No. 7 of 2007 and Inland Revenue Act No. 24 of 2017 reveals invaluable insights corporate management must be aware of in day-to-day management activities as well as st


Trendvertising: The new world of communication in a hashtag world

Views - 220 Tuesday, 20 August 2019 00:00

Rahul Bose, an Indian actor, caught a lot of attention for a video post that went viral, where he complained about the price of bananas during his stay at a five-star hotel in Mumbai. As he explained in his story – he went to the gym at his hotel w


Shanta Devarajan: Economist who cannot get disconnected from his motherland

Views - 6938 Monday, 19 August 2019 00:25

For me, Shanta Devarajan, formerly the Acting Chief Economist of the World Bank Group succeeding the Nobel Laureate Paul Romer and presently Professor at Georgetown University, USA, was a legend by himself. When I met him in early part of the new mil


Sri Lanka’s next President: let’s get it right this time

Views - 985 Monday, 19 August 2019 00:00

President Sirisena is a few months away from completing his tenure as the President of this country. Despite his ability to seek re-election, he is likely not to do so as his popularity has plumped ever since he was installed to the top most position


Does legality matter at all?

Views - 192 Monday, 19 August 2019 00:00

There has been a recent flurry of media attention paid to the potential candidacy of Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the candidate of the Pohottuwa group at the next Presidential Election. While his is obviously a very well-financed campaign if the demonstrati


Vibrancy of ‘Vijayaba Kollaya’: Lucid lessons for Lankans

Views - 546 Monday, 19 August 2019 00:00

I enjoyed watching the first 3D Sinhala movie last week. It is ‘Vijayaba Kollaya’ directed by Emeritus Professor Sunil Ariyarathne. It happened to be the last screenplay written by late Dr. Tissa Abeysekara. The story is based on a classical nove


Religion is a problem in Sri Lanka; can it be a solution?

Views - 215 Saturday, 17 August 2019 04:01

Generally, it is expected that religion should be a solution to a problem. Ironically in Sri Lanka religion is the problem. Therefore, what would be the solution? When religion becomes a problem of a country....


Orthodoxy and change: A perennial Muslim issue

Views - 100 Saturday, 17 August 2019 03:54

Whether Muslims live as minorities in non-Muslim countries or as majorities in a total of fifty seven countries, the clash of orthodoxy with modern challenges is a perennial issue that bedevils progress on several fronts in these communities.


Company Law intertwined with Income Tax – Understanding the nexus!

Views - 281 Friday, 16 August 2019 00:00

Corporate Actions have significant income tax ramifications. The Inland Revenue Act does not exist in a water tight compartment. The Companies Act has much influence on Income Tax laws of Sri Lanka. Corporate Actions Corporate Actions more often th


Failure of the Left Movement

Views - 146 Friday, 16 August 2019 00:00

The growing socio-political crisis in Sri Lanka has affected all political parties. Leaders of all political parties have, in one way or another, begun to lament over their failure. Lal Kantha can be considered the person to bring this lament to the


What non-Muslim Sri Lankans should know about Islam and Sri Lankan Muslims: Part II

Views - 203 Friday, 16 August 2019 00:00

3. The concept of Islam as an individual/group identity The concept of identity is one which has become embedded in our modern lives. From our gender, social, cultural, religious status to identities of political parties, identities of perpetrators o


National security strategy, a top priority for Sri Lanka

Views - 268 Friday, 16 August 2019 00:00

Realists view the state as a sovereign entity guided by national interest to protect its integrity by use of power. At its most fundamental level, national interest is generic and easy to define: all states seek to preserve their political autonomy a


Making the MCC Compact work for Sri Lanka

Views - 491 Friday, 16 August 2019 00:00

It is a sign of these political times that even an apolitical issue like a foreign aid program becomes a hot topic in Sri Lanka. In April 2019, the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) approved a compact program for Sri La


Sri Lanka needs a president hungry for success, not power

Views - 695 Friday, 16 August 2019 00:00

The late John F. Kennedy described politics as a “noble adventure, an adventure in which one joins hands with the masses for the service of man”. Not that the Kennedys didn’t play “politricks” in their heyday. But playing “politricks” w


Me, that’s who: I’m afraid of Gota!

Views - 1456 Thursday, 15 August 2019 00:30

NO OFFENCE, BUT THE QUESTION BEGS ITSELF. In a piece titled ‘Who is afraid of Gotabaya (sic) Rajapaksa?’ Daily FT contributor Sarath de Alwis made a cogent argument as to why he was not reassured by Basil’s brief about his brother’s “inhere


All presidential candidates must be transparent and must enter into a social contract

Views - 107 Thursday, 15 August 2019 00:00

All presidential candidates, before seeking nominations, must transparently declare publicly, all relevant personal details, including the following; Date of birth and National Identity Card number Highest educational attainment Citizenship A core c


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The Presidential Election: Into anarchy or out of anarchy?

Saturday, 24 August 2019

In politics there are no absolute truths, rights or wrongs: all is relative. Politics is about choices and alternatives. It is also the art of the possible. The best policy for the people is to work through the give


We need to challenge climate change doubters before it is too late

Friday, 23 August 2019

Imagine a London where the entire subterranean region is engulfed with dirty water. Crammed train carriages that once barrelled along 249 miles of track transporting busy office workers, builders, teachers, civil servants, cleaners and students now r


The Provincial Council Elections – The charade goes on

Friday, 23 August 2019

Originally the SLPP was keen to hold the Provincial Council Elections (PCE) immediately after the Local Government Election results as they felt the PCE would go in their favour. PCE were held under the Proportional Representation system. The relevan


The presidency and the dilemma of the Presidential Election

Friday, 23 August 2019

J.R. Jayewardene created a presidential system not because the parliamentary system of governance that preceded it had failed. He wanted to take over all the powers of the State and assume the status of ancient kings who ruled the country in the past


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