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Policies for ageing

/ Thursday, 30 June 2016 00:00

Sri Lankan men and women are living longer. But how can they do so while still making an economic contribution? How can Sri Lanka make an ageing po...


Brexit and tourism

/ Wednesday, 29 June 2016 00:00

Brexit has pushed a new hurdle before the tourism industry. Tourists from Britain make up the largest share of travellers from Europe and they are ...


Malaria vs. dengue

/ Tuesday, 28 June 2016 00:01

Responding to over 20,000 cases of dengue in the first six months of the year, the Health Ministry this week will be visiting people’s homes ...


Sugar control

/ Monday, 27 June 2016 00:00

The Government on Sunday took the first step to making Sri Lankans healthier by introducing a colour scheme for sugary drinks that is targeted at r...


A world in shock

/ Saturday, 25 June 2016 00:00

The Brexit vote is in and the world is in shock. The unprecedented decision by the United Kingdom has sent markets into freefall and left many nati...


Stopping child labour

/ Friday, 24 June 2016 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena taking a symbolic oath to end child labour received much publicity recently, but a huge mobilisation of resources is...


Movement for change

/ Thursday, 23 June 2016 00:00

Sri Lanka’s Right to Information (RTI) Act, once only a flight of fancy, will be presented to Parliament today. The Bill proposes to give the...


A fare or fair deal?

/ Wednesday, 22 June 2016 00:00

The delay in implementing a transparent pricing formula for fuel has resulted in a standoff between private bus owners and the Government as the la...


Catching a break

/ Tuesday, 21 June 2016 00:01

Regaining the GSP+ facility was hailed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last week but now the hard work of getting back Sri Lanka’s mar...


Small but significant steps

/ Monday, 20 June 2016 00:00

In a massive step for human rights Police and Armed Forces have been given new directions by President Maithripala Sirisena on the arrest and deten...


Communicating policies

/ Saturday, 18 June 2016 00:00

Incoming Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has caused a worldwide stir with his plans to replace luxury sedans with cheaper cars for Cabinet me...


Knotty problems of loss-making SOEs

/ Friday, 17 June 2016 00:00

Faced with massive losses amounting to Rs. 605 billion from key State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs), the Government is looking for fresh solutions in te...


Conflicting policies

/ Thursday, 16 June 2016 00:00

THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) had bleak news for the Government this week, reiterating Sri Lanka’s economic outlook is facing risks f...


Halting traffic deaths

/ Wednesday, 15 June 2016 00:00

Sri Lanka’s roads were deadlier than ever last year, with the highest number of traffic deaths on record and the Government has announced its...


Creating reconciliation

/ Tuesday, 14 June 2016 00:01

Sri Lanka has returned to the spotlight at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), but with a different outlook. Gone are the days when it...


Safe food

/ Monday, 13 June 2016 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena has introduced a nutrition month but more needs to be done in making food safe for consumption in Sri Lanka. A stu...


A deferral is not a solution

/ Saturday, 11 June 2016 00:00

IN a welcome move, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe suspended the Parliamentary request for Rs.1.17 billion to purchase vehicles for a parade of...


Defend public officials

/ Friday, 10 June 2016 00:00

Clear and consistent polices are at the heart of development. But Sri Lanka’s policymakers are often derided for their lack of consistency an...


Self-serving politicians

/ Thursday, 9 June 2016 00:00

Insensitive politicians always earn the hatred of the people. This hatred is deserving because those in power make self-serving policies and push t...


May math

/ Wednesday, 8 June 2016 00:00

Merry May has brought reasonable results for the tourism industry with arrivals growing at 10.1% from the previous year to 125,044. In the first fi...


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“Prime Minister is after me”: Mahindananda

30 June 2016

“The Prime Minister is after me,” claims Parliamentarian Mahindananda Aluthgamage. The former Sports Minister says Premier Wickremesinghe is intimidating him on a personal level following his involvement in matters with regard to the C...


BBS’ threat of an Aluthgama repeat

30 June 2016

The threat of repeating Aluthgama is tantamount to admission of responsibility for the pogrom of Aluthgama on 15 June in 2014     I have been accused by many in comments to my articles that I continue to ...


A closer look at the paddy value chain

30 June 2016

Except for a very few farmers in the country, the majority of paddy farmers are small-scale  operators     Introduction The popular notion about rice millers is that they exploit the paddy farmer...


Brexit success and the response of universities

29 June 2016

 W.A. Wijewardena in his Daily FT column on 27 June questions whether the UK Universities and the research sector is the biggest casualty in the aftermath of Brexit. Apart from the financial implications, if Brexit is a sign of a trend toward...


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