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Transparency and PPPs

/ Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:00

In an unexpected move the Government has decided to put up Sri Lanka’s highways for Public-Private-Partnership. Having kept the move under wr...


Worth vs. Value

/ Friday, 24 March 2017 02:05

The Government recently shelved a plan to redraft retired public servants as the cost would be prohibitive. It is worth considering just how overst...


The case for more policewomen

/ Thursday, 23 March 2017 00:00

The National Police Commission (NPC) this week promoted eight women Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASP) to the rank of Superintendent of Poli...


Protect precious water

/ Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:01

World Water Day has increased in importance to Sri Lankans because they are in the midst of the worst drought in 40 years. Drought is the most seri...


Giving voters better options

/ Tuesday, 21 March 2017 00:00

Most people love to hate politicians. But President Maithripala Sirisena believes that can be changed, converting ‘yes men’ into honour...


Worthwhile public service

/ Monday, 20 March 2017 00:01

It is a universally-acknowledged fact that Sri Lanka’s public sector is overburdened and overcrowded providing limited returns and services t...


The permit curse?

/ Saturday, 18 March 2017 00:00

Members of Parliament representing all political parties have caused losses amounting to over Rs. 7 billion by selling duty-free vehicle permits wi...


Dealing with dengue

/ Friday, 17 March 2017 00:00

Sixty-six schools have been closed in Kinniya, Trincomalee due to the threat of dengue. With over 1,000 cases recorded in just the first two weeks ...


Educated MPs

/ Thursday, 16 March 2017 00:00

A jaw-dropping 94 Members of Parliament (MPs) have not passed their Ordinary Level examination while only 25 among the 225 legislators in the prese...


Right to protest

/ Wednesday, 15 March 2017 00:00

Protests play an important part in the civil, political, economic, social and cultural life of all societies to engage and direct policy. Therefore...


Fixing the Police

/ Tuesday, 14 March 2017 00:00

Sri Lankans have a mixed bag, which is putting it mildly, when it comes to the Police. A survey carried out by Transparency International (TI) in t...


Full stop to child labour

/ Monday, 13 March 2017 00:01

 Being a child in Sri Lanka is mostly good with the country even managing to halve its child labour statistics from five years ago, according ...


Reaching out

/ Saturday, 11 March 2017 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena this week expressed support for increased women representation in politics, insisting that it would lead to better g...


Back to BRT?

/ Friday, 10 March 2017 00:00

The Government, usually a champion at confusing policy, for many months debated on whether a light rail system or a Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) syste...


Govt. indulgence?

/ Thursday, 9 March 2017 00:00

On the same day that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released a carefully worded statement calling on the Government to fast-track reforms de...


Invest in women

/ Wednesday, 8 March 2017 00:00

Many times over the years Daily FT has highlighted issues facing women and the need to implement progressive policies to solve problems and empower...


Follow words with action

/ Tuesday, 7 March 2017 00:00

The Sri Lankan Government has reiterated that it has a “zero tolerance” policy towards torture at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) b...


Pension trap

/ Monday, 6 March 2017 00:01

The Government has decided to suspend a Cabinet decision to calculate pensions of retiring public sector employees based on pending salary increase...


Drought damages

/ Saturday, 4 March 2017 00:00

Global rating agency Moody’s has warned drought-related costs would add to Sri Lanka’s fiscal challenge and put further pressure on the...


Statements for SOE independence

/ Friday, 3 March 2017 00:00

Cabinet this week approved a ‘concept of statement of corporate intent’ for what it deems strategically important public enterprises. I...


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FDIs into capital markets?

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Jobs and no takers, or what?

24 March 2017

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Cavaliers, roundheads and the big match season

24 March 2017

Big match season lays bare the tribalism and sexism in our society     Big match season brings out the best in us and also the worst, I think. The camaraderie and the loyalty of the old boys and the enthu...


Of new social contracts and ‘goon squads’ on social media

24 March 2017

I don’t often quote the United Nations (UN). Not because they don’t say sensible stuff. But because their sound bites are not as memorable as that which their opposition – rogue states, global terrorists – says. Because the...


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