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Cleaning up subsidies

/ Saturday, 23 July 2016 00:00

THE Government is set to roll out a new online integrated social welfare register based on the National Identity Card number of beneficiaries to en...


Political patronage

/ Friday, 22 July 2016 00:00

Highways and Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kiriella made the news again for the wrong reasons after giving employment to 45 loyalists as &ldqu...


Tough act to follow

/ Thursday, 21 July 2016 00:00

During Prime Minster Ranil Wickremesinghe’s tour to Singapore, one key Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two Governments w...


Fresh measures

/ Wednesday, 20 July 2016 00:00

The Sri Lankan Government has proposed four key measures to protect migrant workers to the Middle East including limiting recruitment to specialise...


Winning and losing at the same time

/ Tuesday, 19 July 2016 00:01

On Friday Sri Lanka will be officially declared free of elephantiasis by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is time for a pat on the back as S...


Adapting examples

/ Monday, 18 July 2016 00:00

Singapore has long been Sri Lanka’s collective dream and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is hoping that he can put together the best of b...


Making microfinance count

/ Saturday, 16 July 2016 00:00

Having a bank account and credit card seem normal to many people, but for more than 2.5 billion people in the developing world, it is almost unimag...


Learn from the world

/ Friday, 15 July 2016 00:00

THE World Bank has just released an in-depth study of eight cities around the world that regenerated their urban spaces to achieve economic growth ...


The riddle to price controls

/ Thursday, 14 July 2016 00:00

Imposing price controls on essential items is a plausible solution for any Government beset by vehement public criticism. But such an effort would ...


VAT tangles?

/ Wednesday, 13 July 2016 00:00

The Supreme Court suspension on VAT delivered on Monday has added a fresh chapter of confusion to the Government’s attempt to increase its re...


Multinationals and transparency

/ Tuesday, 12 July 2016 00:01

IN the post-panama papers world multinational companies operating in emerging markets are not faring well on transparency. Will consumers have to t...


Protecting consumers

/ Monday, 11 July 2016 00:00

Cabinet meets tomorrow to decide on fresh measures to control prices of essential goods in a bid to reduce the steep impact on staples brought on b...


Reef disaster looms

/ Saturday, 9 July 2016 00:00

The Government is considering removing the ecologically-valuable coral reef along the Dehiwala coastline and replacing it with a concrete breakwate...


Stand up for public servants

/ Friday, 8 July 2016 00:00

Governments are made by politicians but run by public servants. This is why it is crucial for public officials to be given independence and allowed...


Tackling ETCA

/ Thursday, 7 July 2016 00:00

In response to Brexit, the Sri Lankan Government has fast tracked negotiations with India on the proposed Economic and Technology Cooperation Agree...


Tourism growth

/ Wednesday, 6 July 2016 00:00

Signalling the arrival of the off-peak season, tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka rose only 2.2 % year-on-year in June, Government data showed this week...


A coalition in transition?

/ Tuesday, 5 July 2016 00:01

Coalition governments have a history of being strange, complicated affairs and the latest Sri Lankan version has not fallen short of expectations. ...


Inching towards change

/ Monday, 4 July 2016 00:00

The ‘Yahapalanaya’ Government was born from an overpowering desire for good governance. Sri Lanka had gone to the brink and seen the da...


Governing public officials

/ Saturday, 2 July 2016 00:00

POLITICIANS in Sri Lanka are well-known for taking things too far. The latest incident was by Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma, who is report...


Modernising agriculture

/ Friday, 1 July 2016 00:00

The World Bank has approved a $ 125 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA) to assist Sri Lanka in modernising its agri...


Today's Columnists

Think outside the box, the way out?

23 July 2016

A classic example of our cultural predictability is explicit in the saga behind the naming of Sri Lanka’s only international airport   It will not be wrong to say that we are a country in a permanent state of crisis, but...


“Nationalist” Government – to counter nationalistic rhetoric?

22 July 2016

NOT BY MIGHT, NOR BY POWER – The spirit of a nascent Sri Lankan nationalism (inclusive, tolerant, Other-embracing) might be compromised if Government and civil society together don’t challenge competing nationalisms Ca...


Premechandran on northern problems and Govt. inaction

22 July 2016

    EPRLF Leader and TNA member Suresh Premechandran   Q: What is the latest with regard to the Jaffna University clash?  A: I do not know why this much of exposure is given to this drama. Earlier...


Trade and FDI needs a one-stop-shop, not one more stop

22 July 2016

Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple’s office in Ireland. Apple has publicly stated that it wants to significantly expand its operations in Ireland Many foreign investors I engage with want Sri Lanka to emulate Ireland, or even Vietn...


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