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Agri quandaries

Views - 85 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:35

December inflation has spiked to 6.2% from 4.1% in November, driven largely by high food prices. While higher inflation is expected in festive months, such as Christmas and the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, its disproportional impact on the poor means

Billionaire boom

Views - 184 Tuesday, 21 January 2020 00:00

Has the world outgrown capitalism? Or is there still hope to fix the problems of inequality and excess that have engulfed the system and thrown up fresh challenges? The latest report from Oxfam has shown that the amount of wealth held by the rich con

Investment focus 

Views - 154 Monday, 20 January 2020 01:11

With an eye on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), the Government has decided to reactivate an Act which gives concessions, including tax exemptions, for 25 years for what it describes as ‘Strategic Development projects of national interest’, the Ca

Spotlight on poverty

Views - 85 Saturday, 18 January 2020 00:01

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been busy over the last couple of weeks, from making surprise inspection visits to the RMV, National Hospital and Katunayake Airport, to signing off on high-profile appointments to improve key State institutions. Whi

Getting to the root of SME plight

Views - 134 Friday, 17 January 2020 00:00

With Cabinet this week finally approving a much-touted debt relief package for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) with the goal of boosting the economy, it brings to focus the real reason as to why so many SMEs are struggling with loan repayme

Refreshing tourism’s playlist

Views - 151 Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:00

This past week has seen yet another shake-up in the tourism sector, with popular artiste Iraj Weeraratne made a Director of the Board of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB). While many on social media have scoffed at the idea, the move arg

A reminder of Sri Lanka’s unique diversity

Views - 140 Wednesday, 15 January 2020 00:52

With the country today celebrating Thai Pongal, it marks the second public holiday of the year. The Hindu festival is traditionally an occasion for drawing rice-powder based kolam artworks, offering prayers in the home....

Employer of choice

Views - 110 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

The Government has rolled out plans to recruit 50,000 graduates by March with special training to be given to them before they are absorbed into the public service. There is a concern that this will add to an already bloated Government sector and mak

PCoIs and accountability

Views - 102 Monday, 13 January 2020 09:37

Accountability has generally been an elusive element in Sri Lanka’s governance. When injustice or an illegal activity is believed to have taken on a large scale there is a general public consensus that it needs to be addressed. In this context appo

Funding climate protection

Views - 113 Friday, 10 January 2020 00:00

As Sri Lanka looks to improve its climate protection, funding becomes one of the biggest challenges to overcome. Bridging the funding gap will be crucial to ensuring a sustainable future. Last year, Sri Lanka was categorised as one of the top 10 most

Unemployment and development

Views - 223 Thursday, 9 January 2020 00:00

Unemployment rate rose to a nine-year high of 5.1% in the 3Q of 2019, as a result of disruption caused in the economy after the Easter Sunday Attacks. Increasing unemployment levels could be the main contributor for the wage growth slowdown seen last

Justice and democracy

Views - 134 Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:00

An independent and impartial judiciary is one of the cornerstones of a democracy. It is therefore deeply disturbing that the law enforcement and Judiciary are in danger of being discredited and side-lined due to political expediency, as seen over the

Privacy as a right

Views - 203 Tuesday, 7 January 2020 00:00

The Government has outlined plans to gather public data under one centre as a way to increase efficiency of the public sector. However without data protection laws there is fear such a centralised population information system can invade people’s p

STEM development

Views - 132 Monday, 6 January 2020 00:00

Parliament was presented a report on Friday, detailing the need to increase the current number of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) student population from the current 38% to 60% by 2030. But in order for this dramatic change t

Respect Parliament

Views - 68 Saturday, 4 January 2020 00:01

Sri Lanka’s Parliament has a long and august history. It has been the bedrock of Sri Lanka’s democracy for decades, and remains integral to ensuring independent institutions, freedoms, and justice for all citizens. It is therefore fitting that th

Supply chains

Views - 94 Friday, 3 January 2020 00:00

Higher food prices are making headlines once again as the public struggles with the repercussions of the heavy rains and floods in December that dampened hopes for a good harvest and better incomes for the agriculture sector. When prices increase, t

Labour potential

Views - 80 Thursday, 2 January 2020 02:02

Economic growth is deeply tied to employment and productivity. According to a recent survey by the Census and Statistics Department, Sri Lanka had an estimated 200,000 unutilised labour potential as an economically inactive group. This group, despite

Doing change right

Views - 91 Wednesday, 1 January 2020 00:00

The beginning of a new year is special, but the beginning of a new decade is even more important. Sri Lanka is on the threshold of a time that can change it forever, making it supremely important to get priorities right and to ensure they are achieve

Facing the music

Views - 80 Tuesday, 31 December 2019 00:54

The Government will distribute a playlist comprising a thousand songs to bus drivers today and also restrict the sound level of music on buses with a hotline launched to gather public complaints. The move, which was announced recently, gathered pace

Investment focus

Views - 132 Monday, 30 December 2019 00:52

The Government has announced that it is kicking off its investment record with a $250 million mixed development project that has already received Cabinet approval. This is a positive step as Sri Lanka is in dire need of more investment and exports to

Respect and the public service

Views - 99 Saturday, 28 December 2019 00:01

The public sector is a much-derided segment in Sri Lanka. This is partly because they provide such vital services, it is essential to interact with them as citizens. Whether it is registering a birth, educating a child, getting married, reporting a c

Comprehensive education

Views - 127 Friday, 27 December 2019 00:00

Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) is part of education. CSE is a curriculum-based process of teaching and learning about the cognitive, emotional, physical and social aspects of sexuality. It aims to equip children and young people with knowled

Christmas hopes

Views - 71 Wednesday, 25 December 2019 00:09

Christmas Day is looked forward to by all Sri Lankans as a universal celebration. This year, Christmas arrives after a long year of political turmoil and change, with the country still somewhat in transition as the new President and administration se

Birth of Jesus: Where are we?

Views - 79 Wednesday, 25 December 2019 00:04

Oh Mary, Joseph and Shepherds, Birth of Jesus was good news for you all. Because you all had to pay a cost to experience a bright future for your community.

Funding care

Views - 59 Tuesday, 24 December 2019 00:00

An Oxford University student whose brother and sister died in the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka has raised £ 350,000 for the country’s health service. The aim is to equip local hospitals to better deal with emergencies. There is no doubt thi

Tracking growth 

Views - 98 Monday, 23 December 2019 00:57

The economy grew by 2.7% in the third quarter of 2019, the Census and Statistics Department said last week, indicating Sri Lanka is recovering somewhat from the Easter Sunday attacks that slashed the previous quarter growth to a five-year low of 1.6%

Redefining literacy 

Views - 86 Saturday, 21 December 2019 00:17

Literacy was not too long ago defined as being able to read and write. But in order to empower people, digital and financial literacy has now become the benchmark.

Digital literacy 

Views - 154 Friday, 20 December 2019 00:00

As the world goes digital it becomes increasingly more important for populations to be digitally literate. In Sri Lanka, about 42% of the population is digitally literate and women lag behind at 38%. In addition, only the Western Province has a digit

A gap too large to bridge?

Views - 128 Thursday, 19 December 2019 00:27

The latest data revealed in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2020 shows men and women will have pay equality in 257 years, 55 more years than the estimate in the previous edition showing the massive challenge that still lies to p

Labour challenges

Views - 167 Wednesday, 18 December 2019 02:05

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has focused on prosperity and growth this week when he met with heads of media organisations, but one of the most significant challenges Sri Lanka has had is ensuring more employment, especially in the private sector, so

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China’s virus shutdown will hurt growth abroad

Friday, 28 February 2020

Many affluent Chinese fearful of being infected by the coronavirus and being quarantined by the State are staying home. Many companies and countries around the world are linked to the Chinese economy, which is likely to have far-reaching consequences

The reality of the system

Friday, 28 February 2020

The whole system of the country which has been crumbling is now on the verge of near collapse. The political regime, bureaucracy, intellectuals and the society in general did not have a sufficiently developed political imagination to understand the n

Writing on the wall

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Quick! Pick between reading this and opting to do something that really makes you happy. I suspect 99% of you would be more fulfilled getting to work half-an-hour earlier, going to market or school sooner than later, or simply goofing off at home or

Geneva: Right cause, wrong tactics

Thursday, 27 February 2020

The Geneva 2015 resolution is a hidden tripwire linked to a maze of claymore mines, some buried, some planted in ditches, others nested in trees. When this article appears, Sri Lanka may have nudged that tripwire. There was another, smarter, safer wa

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