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Access to Cabinet memoranda

/ Monday, 24 April 2017 00:01

News reports surfaced yesterday that President Maithripala Sirisena, with the backing of the Cabinet, has informed all Ministers that decisions and...


Boosting women’s labour force

/ Saturday, 22 April 2017 00:00

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) Advisory Solutions Director Mary Porter Peschka recently visited Sri Lanka to meet with clients, partne...


Tobacco and Customs

/ Friday, 21 April 2017 00:00

With news this week of a ban on cigarette sales within 500 metres of any school, it seems an appropriate time as any to take a closer look at Presi...


Solving the labour crisis

/ Thursday, 20 April 2017 00:00

With Sri Lanka well into its new phase of reconstruction and post-war development, the burgeoning skyline of Colombo and the large-scale constructi...


Going green is hard, but important

/ Wednesday, 19 April 2017 00:00

The Norochcholai coal power station is in the news again for, as usual, all the wrong reasons – this time due to a breakdown of a power gener...


Meaningful change needed after Meethotamulla

/ Tuesday, 18 April 2017 00:01

It’s been a few days now since the collapse of a garbage mountain in Meethotamulla buried over 100 houses and claimed the lives of several ar...


An avoidable disaster

/ Monday, 17 April 2017 00:00

The Sinhala Tamil New Year brings with it fresh hopes of prosperity and peace as communities reflect on a year gone by and prepare with optimism fo...


Bitter taste of litter

/ Wednesday, 12 April 2017 00:00

A recent return journey from the hill country brought with it an alarming observation, the frequent nature of which rubbish was thrown out of train...


New Year musings

/ Tuesday, 11 April 2017 00:00

The seventh Sinhala Tamil New Year since the war came to a decisive end in May 2009 is upon us and Sri Lanka is no closer to finding a lasting solu...


Export strategy for long-term growth

/ Saturday, 8 April 2017 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe kicked off the first-ever national symposium to carve out Sri Lanka’s national export strategy on Thursda...


Grassroots RTI

/ Friday, 7 April 2017 00:00

The Government is reportedly taking steps to amend over 110 Acts to comply with the Right to Information (RTI) Act introduced in February this year...


Fishing for a lasting solution

/ Thursday, 6 April 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka and India will hold a third round of ministerial-level talks on the fishermen issue in Colombo tomorrow after fresh rounds of talks were ...


Not-so-Smart IDs?

/ Wednesday, 5 April 2017 00:01

It was announced this week that Smart Identity Cards would replace ordinary ID cards by the end of June, a move seen as a precursor to a complete s...


End elephant export

/ Tuesday, 4 April 2017 00:00

Sri Lankan animal activists were able to prevent baby elephant ‘Nandi’ from being gifted to the Auckland Zoo in New Zealand after they ...


Moving on

/ Monday, 3 April 2017 00:01

In September 2015 we welcomed in these columns Sri Lanka’s decision to cosponsor the US-backed United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) re...


Gota’s Trump card

/ Saturday, 1 April 2017 00:00

Earlier this week former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa made his most overt hint at a possible 2020 presidential bid. As reported in India&rs...


Depoliticising SOEs

/ Friday, 31 March 2017 04:56

The Government stated recently that it will introduce a new bill to boost state-owned enterprises (SOEs) that are making losses and burdening the p...


The politics of crossing over

/ Thursday, 30 March 2017 00:00

UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim this week claimed that if Tissa Attanayake were to make a formal request to rejoin the UNP then there would be &...


Who runs the world? Not women!

/ Wednesday, 29 March 2017 00:04

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the global inter-legislative institution established in 1889, has ranked Sri Lanka 179 out of 190 countries fo...


The future of real estate

/ Tuesday, 28 March 2017 00:00

The fast-growing real estate industry in Sri Lanka is swiftly shaping the contours of Colombo’s landscape and skyline. Optimism persists with...


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Reform of exchange controls: There is a need, but do it correctly – Part I

24 April 2017

The first Ceylonese Governor of the newly-established Central Bank N.U. Jayawardena ​ Proposal to reform exchange controls without giving details Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in announcing the economic policy s...


PIM MBA in Oman: A Sri Lankan pride

24 April 2017

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


Potential risks and negative implications of the proposed Foreign Exchange Bill

24 April 2017

From the perspective of the Government, the following are the key components of a checklist for assessment and validation prior to the enactment of the proposed Foreign Exchange Bill. Does the Bill in its present form, post enactment: 1.Advanc...


Meethotamulla tragedy and political garbage

22 April 2017

    The Meethotamulla tragedy has brought back the politics of garbage to every screen, newspaper and radio. Street protests are happening around every garbage dump. Modern day popular communication technologies have take...


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