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Public servants not political servants

/ Friday, 9 December 2016 00:01

The Agriculture Ministry has been at the centre of controversy for several months due to a Cabinet decision to lease out a new building in Rajagiri...


Context matters

/ Thursday, 8 December 2016 00:01

When statements are made context matters. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday delivered a symbolic but important apology for the burning...


Tough times for trade?

/ Wednesday, 7 December 2016 00:01

Sri Lanka’s ambitions to improve trade and investment are likely to struggle in global crosswinds of protectionism that is blowing stronger a...


Getting PPPs to work

/ Tuesday, 6 December 2016 00:01

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake last week sought global support for public-private partnerships (PPPS) commending organisations such as the Worl...


Stand for the public

/ Monday, 5 December 2016 00:01

Policymaking and then enforcing those decisions is the whole point of Government. Therefore it is disappointing when governments have to roll back ...


Fixing the system

/ Saturday, 3 December 2016 00:04

Is there hope public officials will be empowered to work interdependently? The Government is seeking to introduce fresh legislation to establish a ...


A pension for life

/ Friday, 2 December 2016 00:01

Pension funds are essential for a country with a rapidly-ageing population but they also have to be well-managed to give members a sustainable inco...


Quota for women in p’ment?

/ Thursday, 1 December 2016 00:00

The Government earlier this year passed legislation making it mandatory for parties to nominate 25% of women in local government and provincial ele...


Tourism frontier

/ Wednesday, 30 November 2016 00:01

Tourism development took centre stage at the Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference (AHITC) in Colombo on Monday as the industry listened to ...


Backpedalling on peace?

/ Tuesday, 29 November 2016 00:01

Could President-elect Donald Trump’s unclear foreign policy give opportunities for countries like Sri Lanka? It would seem the Government is ...


Equitable development

/ Monday, 28 November 2016 00:01

Many countries in Asia and the Pacific need to expand their social protection programs to ensure adequate coverage for most of their populations, a...


Can provincial councils be fixed?

/ Saturday, 26 November 2016 00:01

Provincial councils have long been dismissed by the public as white elephants that gulp down resources and provide little in return, a sentiment th...


Protecting migrants

/ Friday, 25 November 2016 00:00

Globally, there are 67.1 million domestic workers, of whom 11.5 million are international migrants. Around 8.5 million or 73.4% of all migrant dome...


Keepers of the light

/ Thursday, 24 November 2016 00:01

Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe on Tuesday met with the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and its notorious General Secretary Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara T...


Stop, reflect and celebrate!

/ Wednesday, 23 November 2016 00:00

Seven years can pass in the blink of an eye. But today is a moment to stop, reflect and celebrate as Daily FT celebrates its seventh anniversary.&n...


Earning their keep

/ Tuesday, 22 November 2016 00:01

How much should a parliamentarian be paid? The parliamentarians would say “much more” and the public would say “nothing.” B...


Unlocking R&D

/ Monday, 21 November 2016 00:01

For Sri Lanka to shift to export- and investment-led growth the country has to establish a robust Research and Development (R&D) mechanism that...


Warning signs

/ Saturday, 19 November 2016 00:00

While many indulged in a heavy dose of schadenfreude at America’s expense following the election of Donald Trump as Commander-in-Chief last w...


Security in secularism

/ Friday, 18 November 2016 00:00

Sectarianism and religious fanaticism are on the rise again, that is, if ever they were on the decline. Recent events in Batticaloa and Colombo, by...


A fine line

/ Thursday, 17 November 2016 00:01

If a foreigner were to ask for an authentic Sri Lankan experience, while food, beaches and local hospitality would be top of the list of essential ...


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Local elections: New mixed-member method or old PR method?

9 December 2016

  I was looking forward to voting in local elections under a new mixed member system. Wearing my ratepayer hat, I was attracted to the idea of electing somebody who would be accountable to my ‘ward’ or my neighbourhood in ...


Youth underemployment: Tragedy of a generation

9 December 2016

Out of the 7.8 million employed population, 1.2 million people are estimated to be three-wheeler drivers. This is a staggering 15.4% of the working population. As a result today many sectors of the economy today are starved of critical ma...


Governance: On the bus! Or has it missed the bus?

9 December 2016

‘ISSARAHA BAHINAWAA’ – civil society’s proclivity is bow out of a crowded bus when private interests and partisan agendas win the argument over reason and responsibility; but now, more than ever perhaps, is the tim...


Researchers and elephants – we have a problem!

8 December 2016

 John Dewey said that “every great advance in science has come from a new audacity of imagination” and these acts of imagination have to come from researchers. The numbers for Sri Lanka appear to be really worrying as the critica...


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