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KPI for ministries

/ Wednesday, 16 August 2017 22:13

In a positive turn of events, Sri Lanka is taking strides to make its budget process more transparent and effective. As the days tick down for Budg...


Meditation gone wrong?

/ Wednesday, 16 August 2017 00:00

Heads of powerful institutions that serve the public need to possess discipline and humility as otherwise they run the risk of abusing their powers...


The election conundrum

/ Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:59

Elections, this time Provincial Council polls, have returned into the public focus after the 20th Amendment was approved by the Cabinet, ostensibly...


Budget Office potential

/ Monday, 14 August 2017 00:01

Policymaking is a difficult and often tricky thing to do because it affects many people and can have unexpected ramifications. This is why many cou...


Focused Samurdhi

/ Saturday, 12 August 2017 00:17

The Samurdhi program has returned to the limelight after opposition parties on Thursday complained the Government has plans to trim the handout. Th...


Just a beginning

/ Friday, 11 August 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka’s first waste-to-energy initiative, amounting to a total investment of $ 193 million, kicked off on Thursday with two public-privat...


Is the Code of Conduct enough?

/ Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:01

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on Wednesday was given the final draft of the proposed Code of Conduct for parliamentarians, which aims to bring stronger e...


Setting policies

/ Wednesday, 9 August 2017 00:00

The Government is busy preparing Budget 2018 to set policies that will ease debt and deliver growth but there are deep global trends and changes th...


Next step?

/ Tuesday, 8 August 2017 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe recently told reporters the Government plans to bring legislation to reform state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and ...


Women deserve representation

/ Saturday, 5 August 2017 00:21

Proposed amendments to the local government electoral system could result in a drop in women’s representation at local authorities, breaking ...


Drought dilemmas

/ Friday, 4 August 2017 00:00

 Sri Lanka’s weather disasters have been worse than expected with devastating floods being quickly followed by drought. According to gov...


Travel needs

/ Thursday, 3 August 2017 00:02

May was a disappointing month for tourism with earnings dropping 2.5% for the first time in years. With remittances also struggling it is imperativ...


Playing the numbers game

/ Wednesday, 2 August 2017 00:00

Politics can often boil down to a numbers game. The Sri Lankan Parliament has 225 seats and any party needs to get a simple majority or 113 seats t...


Who speaks for the people?

/ Tuesday, 1 August 2017 00:05

The Parliament is an old and revered institution. Countries that adopted the parliamentary system of governance did so understanding the centuries-...


BOI: reform or reject?

/ Monday, 31 July 2017 00:03

Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe became the latest official to call for the scrapping of the Board of Investment (BOI) last week after it was...


Lessons of anti-corruption?

/ Saturday, 29 July 2017 00:00

Corruption is a global malaise that has serious consequences on a country’s ability to achieve sustainable development. Efforts to fight corr...


Corruption talk

/ Friday, 28 July 2017 00:00

Corruption and the fight against it has become the defining issue of present day Sri Lanka. The public elected a government in 2015 because it pled...


Dithering over dengue

/ Thursday, 27 July 2017 00:42

Dengue deaths have now gone past 300 in the island, with the number of cases being reported islandwide presently over the 100,000 mark for the firs...


A faster rate of adaption

/ Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka’s post-2015 economic policies have been centred on encouraging investment and exports though trade liberalisation and greater integ...


Employment parity

/ Tuesday, 25 July 2017 00:01

In Sri Lanka’s latest employment data, unemployment had shrunk marginally to 4.1% but women remain inadequately represented in the formal wor...


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Sri Lanka must move from politics to business

17 August 2017

Last week, the Yahapalana Government, which came on the promise of good governance and weeding out corruption, had its first blow, when a senior minister and deputy leader of the party had to resign over allegations of corruption. Whilst the sha...


Failures in education drag the country down

17 August 2017

When the country received independence in 1948, the administration and education was of extremely high standard. In 1956, the S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike Government made Sinhala the Official Language and converted education to Swabasha, includi...


Three things to ponder on the 150th Anniversary of the World’s Finest Tea

16 August 2017

The Colombo International Tea Convention 2017 concluded on Friday, elegantly supported by our most accomplished cricketer and commended by several of the international delegates as the most significant gathering of the global tea industry. For ma...


Ravi K’s altruistic suicide!

15 August 2017

Ravi Karunanayake sacrificed his pride and position by tendering his resignation to save the Maithri-Ranil Government cabal. He could have faced and defeated the no confidence motion against him if Maithri (who owes his presidency to Ravi) and Ran...


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