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Toasting change?

/ Tuesday, 27 June 2017 00:00

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera last week waded into controversial waters by telling Parliament that Sri Lanka should reconsider and reform it...


Youth challenges

/ Saturday, 24 June 2017 00:15

A Sri Lankan has been selected as the United Nations Youth envoy and while all Sri Lankans can be proud of Jayathma Wickramanayake, policymakers sh...


Higher education policy

/ Friday, 23 June 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka’s higher education system continues to be in turmoil with the latest episode, including hundreds of students rampaging through the ...


Transparent frameworks

/ Thursday, 22 June 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka’s consumers are likely to feel further strain on their wallets next month as the Transport Board decides to implement a 6.28% price...


COPE and COPA failure

/ Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:00

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has expressed disappointment at the disinterest of both main political parties to debate and take action against the wastag...


Larger private sector role for dairy?

/ Tuesday, 20 June 2017 00:00

The dairy industry has hit headlines again with State-run Milco being accused by farmers of disposing of thousands of litres of milk daily as they ...


OMP hopes

/ Monday, 19 June 2017 00:01

After a lapse of over a year, families of people who disappeared during the war will be watching Parliament again as the Permanent Office of Missin...


A redundant service?

/ Saturday, 17 June 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka’s postal service went on strike this week demanding the Government resolve key management issues in the 209-year service. But it is...


Largest challenge?

/ Friday, 16 June 2017 00:00

State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne addressing a Daily FT forum this week noted that reforming Sri Lanka’s bureaucracy would be the ...


Women in the workforce

/ Thursday, 15 June 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka is formulating key trade agreements with India, China and Singapore to attract investment but with unemployment at 4.4% will likely face ...


Converting trash into treasure

/ Wednesday, 14 June 2017 00:01

Poorly managed waste spreads disease, contaminates water resources, increases the cost of potable water, increases flooding, pollutes the air and r...


No child left behind

/ Tuesday, 13 June 2017 00:01

Decades of high literacy rates has lulled policymakers into complacency, leading to overlooking children who have fallen between the cracks. But a ...


Dengue danger

/ Monday, 12 June 2017 00:34

A scary 59,760 dengue cases have been reported so far this year, compared to 55,150 for the whole of last year with 150 deaths, compared to 97 for ...


May-hem?

/ Saturday, 10 June 2017 00:08

It is the prerogative of the voter to change their mind or declare their mind. In the UK general election that wrapped up in the early hours of Fri...


Garbage problems

/ Friday, 9 June 2017 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to remove flood debris but there is still no place for it to be dumped after the tragedy of M...


Message of peace

/ Thursday, 8 June 2017 00:00

Poson Poya is celebrated today around the country but the message it brings needs fresh reinforcement if Sri Lanka is to hang on to its fragile pea...


Self-sufficiency in drugs?

/ Wednesday, 7 June 2017 00:00

The Government plans to scale up its drug production to meet 90% of the requirement by next year, according to Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratn...


Making sense of migration

/ Tuesday, 6 June 2017 00:05

Despite Sri Lanka securing a record $7.2 billion in foreign remittances last year there is a need to catalogue and understand the trends of migrati...


Transparent rebuilding

/ Monday, 5 June 2017 00:01

As floodwaters recede marginally, Sri Lankans are taking a moment to savour their incredible efforts over the past week and consider the harder lon...


Tasked with tourism

/ Saturday, 3 June 2017 00:00

The Government has appointed a taskforce including top private sector tourism industry leaders to spearhead policy making to push the sector to a m...


Today's Columnists

Saman Kelegama: Even the blood running through his veins is oriented to economics

27 June 2017

The bearded economist who saw shortcomings of Sri Lanka’s liberalisation move My association with Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Studies or IPS, dates back to the early 1990s when I had the opportunity to...


ICC cricketing lessons for Sri Lankan economy

27 June 2017

     It has been proven over time how sports strategies can be used by many other disciplines. An eagerly anticipated event on the cricketing calendar was the ICC Champions Trophy. An underdog in terms of its rank we...


A conspiracy theory: Tread with extreme caution, Sri Lanka

24 June 2017

  Politics as the science of attaining “power” The first lessons taught to any student of the science of politics almost invariably includes a reference to the 16th century Florentine philosopher Machiavell...


Most Venerable Mahanayake, I don’t know why…

24 June 2017

“I think that hate is a feeling that can only exist where there is no understanding” – Tennessee Williams, Sweet Bird of Youth     A few days ago we had the Ven. Warakagoda Shri Gnanarathana, Mah...


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