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Inadequate explanations

Views - 8 Tuesday, 12 November 2019 00:00

Following a massive public backlash, particularly on social media, President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday released what the Presidential Secretariat termed as an explanation for his pardon of Shramantha Jude Anthony Jayamaha, who in 2005 was convic

The last stretch

Views - 52 Monday, 11 November 2019 00:07

This week marks the final stretch of the presidential campaign that has gripped the country for months. As the respective candidates make the final push ahead of Saturday’s vote, there is much speculation doing the rounds on how voters will decide

Women’s rights are human rights 

Views - 45 Saturday, 9 November 2019 00:05

It is a positive development that women’s issues have received more than usual attention during this presidential campaign. The issue of menstrual hygiene, for example, is something that has deserved attention for a very long time, and maintaining

In Sri Lanka, torture and impunity remain big problems

Views - 159 Saturday, 9 November 2019 00:03

Frances Harrison co-founded and runs the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) in London. She’s a former BBC foreign correspondent and author of the book ‘Still Counting the Dead: Survivors of Sri Lanka’s Hidden War’.

Can the four-day week work?

Views - 111 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

Microsoft made headlines around the world this week when they tested out a four-day work week in its Japan offices and found that as a result employees were not only happier – but significantly more productive. This sparked off a conversation about

Tracking the money

Views - 95 Thursday, 7 November 2019 00:00

Tracking the vast amounts of money spent by presidential candidates and their parties has long been a challenge in Sri Lanka. A new report launched this week estimates that the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and the New Democratic Front (NDF) hav

Linked issues

Views - 44 Wednesday, 6 November 2019 00:35

The International Finance Corporation has launched a project to increase female participation and leadership in retail supply chains. At the end of two years, the project hopes to double female leadership in retail supply chains in Sri Lanka, and mor

Job solutions

Views - 90 Tuesday, 5 November 2019 00:00

All the main presidential candidates have focused on jobs and job creation in Sri Lanka and it is worth looking at the opportunities that exist in the job market, and what can be done to direct more people toward finding gainful employment. A recent

Security discourse 

Views - 65 Monday, 4 November 2019 00:00

As Sri Lanka moves past the six-month anniversary of the Easter Sunday attacks, the upcoming Presidential Elections as well as the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) report has understandably focused extensively on national security. The PSC report

Do coalitions matter?

Views - 59 Saturday, 2 November 2019 00:01

Forming coalitions and signing multiple memoranda of understanding (MoUs) is a usual practice ahead of major elections in Sri Lanka. Perhaps the larger-than-usual numbers of MoUs inked in the past few weeks is a sign of the closeness of the President

A call to the public sector

Views - 67 Friday, 1 November 2019 00:00

Public officials are integral to the running of a State. Not only do they essentially drive the machinery of State, they are also in many ways part of the governance mechanism and democratic structures of the State as well. Therefore, public official

Denial at any cost?

Views - 77 Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:30

President Maithripala Sirisena has predictably refused to accept the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) report, which has named him and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as among the key people whose failure to carry out their responsibilities le

(Un)ease of doing biz?

Views - 94 Tuesday, 29 October 2019 00:00

Despite repeated and prolonged efforts, Sri Lanka has only advanced one notch in the latest Ease of Doing Business rankings compiled by the World Bank, inching forward from 100th in 2018 to the 99th position in the latest edition. Advancing up this i

Talk about SOEs

Views - 66 Monday, 28 October 2019 00:00

Presenting the latest Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) to Parliament, its chair Sunil Hadunetti has called for officials of the Attorney General’s Department to sit in on proceedings to enable legal action to be taken against the responsible

A year on

Views - 65 Saturday, 26 October 2019 01:52

Today marks a year since the constitutional crisis that tested and proved Sri Lanka’s democratic credentials. The 52-day crisis showed the true depth of commitment by Sri Lankans from all classes and backgrounds to protecting their democracy....

PSC positives

Views - 90 Friday, 25 October 2019 00:00

Genuine transparency that holds the very powerful accountable has always been difficult to achieve. The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) that was appointed after the Easter Sunday attacks released their report on Wednesday, marking a milestone in

Presidential pardons

Views - 561 Thursday, 24 October 2019 00:16

Presidential pardons are part of the powers given to the Executive President, which also comes with wide discretionary powers on how they can be used. But many are concerned that using presidential pardons can undermine the rule of law and the indepe

Jobs for youth

Views - 93 Wednesday, 23 October 2019 01:57

Cabinet has approved a proposal to make details of employment and training opportunities in the public sector accessible through an online portal, which functions under the Sri Lanka Career Guidance Centre. The aim is to present a unified platform fo

Beyond vote numbers

Views - 87 Tuesday, 22 October 2019 00:55

Minorities are an important part of Sri Lanka and their votes are expected to be a critical factor in the upcoming Presidential Elections but the messaging from the key contenders has failed to genuinely address the needs of these communities and, wo


Views - 55 Monday, 21 October 2019 00:00

Efficient and effective institutions are integral to ensuring that any democracy is a well-functioning one. However, when institutions are undermined it becomes increasingly difficult to ensure engagement, draft good policy, and ensure that the prior

Retirement benefits

Views - 170 Saturday, 19 October 2019 00:01

Cabinet this week approved a generous retirement package for President Maithripala Sirisena, which includes his residence down Pajet Road, luxury vehicles and security. A clearly-irked Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) criticised the move, pointing out

Depoliticising the war victory

Views - 88 Friday, 18 October 2019 00:00

Claiming rights to the war victory by politicians has been a thorny issue in Sri Lanka for a long time. Since 2009, or perhaps even before then, the war victory has been used for political gain on both sides of the political divide, with the fight fo

Fighting poverty

Views - 74 Thursday, 17 October 2019 01:07

Today is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Sri Lanka over the decades has made significant strides to reduce poverty but there are ongoing challenges in understanding the nature of poverty and how it can be tackled. Recently, the

Elusive quest for growth

Views - 86 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 00:56

The latest World Bank report has downgraded growth for South Asia, warning that an increasingly turbulent external environment will impact development across the region and make growth harder to achieve. This is especially true of a country like Sri

Defining job growth

Views - 76 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00

A new report by the International Labour Organisation has found that more than two-third of total employment in under-developed and developing countries is provided by small economic units, which mean policy makers must treat these units as a central

From mini to major

Views - 54 Monday, 14 October 2019 00:00

The Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha election last Friday saw the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) sweeping to an overwhelming victory, winning all 17 Wards and securing 17 of the 29 seats in the local body. This predictably led to the SLPP predicting a s

Beyond exams

Views - 67 Saturday, 12 October 2019 00:00

A letter purportedly written by a student on the harsh treatment faced because of low marks scored at the Grade 5 scholarship exam has been widely circulated on Twitter during the last few days, so much so that it has been tagged for response from pr

Competitiveness measures

Views - 92 Friday, 11 October 2019 00:01

Any economy looking to grow fast in the world today has to be obsessed with competitiveness. At the core of Sri Lanka’s slow growth is the reality that the economy is simply not competitive enough to link to global value chains, attract investment

A new path?

Views - 96 Thursday, 10 October 2019 01:33

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) backing Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa will not come as a surprise to many. For months now, negotiations between the two parties have focused on hammering out a compromi

Dissolved but relevant

Views - 63 Wednesday, 9 October 2019 00:00

With the Uva Provincial Council’s term coming to an end on Tuesday, Sri Lanka is facing a rather unprecedented situation where all the provincial councils now stand dissolved. But it underscores the importance of the provincial councils working to

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Why NPP for minorities and the nation?

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

The two minority communities, Tamils and Muslims, and their ethnic political parties are once again caught up in a dilemma in choosing one or the other of the two leading presidential candidates, Sajith and Gota. The Tamil parties drew a set of 13 d

Why NPP for minorities and the nation?

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

The two minority communities, Tamils and Muslims, and their ethnic political parties are once again caught up in a dilemma in choosing one or the other of the two leading presidential candidates, Sajith and Gota. The Tamil parties drew a set of 13 d

Corporate treasurers should make more use of derivatives to hedge risks

Monday, 11 November 2019

Humans have never liked the idea of uncertainty. More so, they did not like the idea of economic uncertainty. Hence, the need to hedge this uncertainty gave rise to the evolution of derivatives. Derivatives have been used by mankind for a very long

China’s rising giants

Monday, 11 November 2019

China’s evolution into a global powerhouse with the world’s second largest economy is a familiar story. Less well-known though is the tremendous growth of the nation’s state-sponsored aviation sector, which now has a global reach. Serving the w

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