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Market access and FTAs

/ Tuesday, 21 February 2017 00:00

Does market access necessarily result in market success? As Sri Lanka prepares to sign Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Singapore and Thailand bef...


Losing hope

/ Monday, 20 February 2017 00:20

Sri Lanka’s window of opportunity for growth is narrowing fast with yet another index warning that the Government’s inability or disint...


Rooting for R&D

/ Saturday, 18 February 2017 00:00

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


New lives?

/ Friday, 17 February 2017 00:00

Prisoners in Sri Lanka could be on the verge of getting a new lease of life. Cabinet this week approved a special taskforce report indentifying way...


Power for manpower

/ Thursday, 16 February 2017 00:00

As manpower woes drag on for Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) and other private companies is it time for regulators to step in?  Using manpower agenc...


Anti-corruption lessons from India?

/ Wednesday, 15 February 2017 10:15

Sri Lanka’s ‘Yahapalanaya’ administration, which has been struggling to put away corrupt politicians for over two years, could le...


Power to whom?

/ Tuesday, 14 February 2017 00:00

Would a Government move to hand over some provincial powers to the Urban Development Authority (UDA) trigger a breach of the 13th Amendment to the ...


Teaching honesty

/ Monday, 13 February 2017 00:21

Popular schools, usually in urban centres, are inundated with applications as parents use any means within their power, including unlawful ones, to...


SOEs burden

/ Friday, 10 February 2017 00:00

Losses by any other name are still losses. This would not escape Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) Chairman Sunil Handunnetti who recounted lo...


Coding Sri Lanka 

/ Thursday, 9 February 2017 00:00

As of 2017 coding will be introduced into the national school curriculum as part of a wider pivot towards Sri Lanka becoming a regional ICT hub.&nb...


Informed officers and RTI

/ Wednesday, 8 February 2017 00:00

The interest generated by the Right to Information Act (RTI) is unprecedented as a piece of legislation that gives the public the right to receive ...


Worthwhile change?

/ Tuesday, 7 February 2017 00:11

Coalition governments have notorious reputations when it comes to balancing self-interest and political agendas. Despite speculation of a Cabinet r...


Drought dominates

/ Monday, 6 February 2017 00:47

The World Food Programme, releasing their latest evaluation of the drought, has warned that approximately 1 million people have been affected acros...


Finding freedom

/ Saturday, 4 February 2017 00:00

The ritual of Independence Day rolls around once a year, but the challenge is to infuse meaning to the celebrations that will march past Galle Face...


Land bank

/ Friday, 3 February 2017 00:00

As part of a Government policy to build 620,000 houses by 2019, Cabinet has approved the establishment of the country’s first Land Bank by a ...


Funding retirement

/ Thursday, 2 February 2017 00:09

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...


Unity under threat

/ Wednesday, 1 February 2017 00:00

Presidents often have a few months after they are sworn into office to enjoy what is commonly termed as a ‘honeymoon’ period where the ...


Making RTI real

/ Tuesday, 31 January 2017 00:00

The Right to Information Act (RTI) is to be rolled out with much fanfare this week, just a day ahead of Independence Day. From 3 February the publi...


Selling ETCA

/ Monday, 30 January 2017 00:15

Recently appointed Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh, during his address on Republic Day, said Sri Lanka is free to enter into trade pacts...


Protecting the Auditor General

/ Saturday, 28 January 2017 00:00

The Auditor General’s office is under fire by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake over releasing reports to the Committee on Public Enterprise...


Today's Columnists

SAITM and private medical schools: One bad start should not lead to throwing away a good idea

20 February 2017

Opposition to SAITM SAITM, the abbreviation for Sri Lanka's newest private university, South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (available at: http://www.saitm.edu.lk/), has been denoting a derogatory meaning in Sri Lankans' pres...


Delightfully imperfect?

18 February 2017

  A foreign national passing through the Colombo Private Bus Terminal on the day of a private bus strike  – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara     “Forty-year-old Mrs. Doreen Kulandivelu ...


Mother Lanka pregnant for the third time!

18 February 2017

A nattami carrying goods at Manning Market; the National Flag is seen on the wall in the background                                      &nbs...


Acting now for a better Sri Lanka

17 February 2017

Soldiers looking for survivors after a massive landslide in Aranayaka last year. The consequences of climate change will create a new pool of conflicts and will force people to survive and find a suitable way to live somewhere else – Pic by ...


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