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Collecting garbage

/ Saturday, 27 August 2016 00:00

After decades of stagnation, the Megapolis Ministry has taken upon itself to partially resolve the garbage problem.  Three projects will soo...


Higher education – to privatise or not?

/ Friday, 26 August 2016 00:01

To say that private participation in higher education in Sri Lanka is a thorny issue would be an understatement. Various doomsday scenarios ranging...


A practical solution to a mammoth issue

/ Thursday, 25 August 2016 00:00

PANATIPATA veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami. Directly translated this means, “I undertake the training rule to abstain from killing.” Bu...


Plus, plus, plus

/ Wednesday, 24 August 2016 00:01

Earlier this month, yet another twist took place in the Value-Added Tax (VAT) saga in the country, with the Supreme Court ruling that Parliament st...


Earning credit

/ Tuesday, 23 August 2016 00:01

TOURIST arrivals to Sri Lanka hit an all-time high in July this year. The number of arrivals, which clocked 209,351, represented a growth of 19.1% ...


Code for professionalism

/ Monday, 22 August 2016 00:01

The Code of Conduct (CoC) for Sri Lanka’s lawmakers is expected to be implemented over the next few weeks but to be truly effective it must b...


COPE kaput?

/ Saturday, 20 August 2016 00:00

THE Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) presented its latest report covering 19 loss-making public enterprises to Parliament several weeks ago, ...


Cleaning house?

/ Friday, 19 August 2016 00:01

President Maithripala Sirisena is once again cleaning house. This time removing a slew of pro-Rajapaksa Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members and ...


Education and employment

/ Thursday, 18 August 2016 00:00

Empowering women to have stronger access to the workforce is a shortcut to development. UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, delivering a lecture ...


Does SL need investment law?

/ Wednesday, 17 August 2016 00:00

PRIME Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s five-year plan is eagerly awaited by the private sector to understand the direction of the Government a...


Public-friendly RTI

/ Tuesday, 16 August 2016 00:01

SPEAKER Karu Jayasuriya has officially signed Sri Lanka’s Right to Information (RTI) Bill into law, but it will only be the latest step in a ...


Go big or go home?

/ Monday, 15 August 2016 00:01

THE Port City, reincarnated as the Colombo International Financial City (CIFC), will underpin the Government’s most ambitious development pro...


Finding justice

/ Saturday, 13 August 2016 00:00

The passing of the Office of Missing Persons bill in Parliament has all the makings of a historic moment in Sri Lanka’s torrid history. It&rs...


Fright of fighter planes

/ Friday, 12 August 2016 00:00

Just two weeks after the Central Bank raised interest rates fearing the Government would be unable to meet its revenue targets for 2016, Cabinet th...


Building smart cities

/ Thursday, 11 August 2016 00:00

The Sri Lankan Government is preparing to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Siemens to obtain technical support to develop ‘smart...


Sweet makes sick

/ Wednesday, 10 August 2016 00:00

Last month the Government took a crucial step to making Sri Lankans healthier by introducing a colour labelling system for sugary drinks that is ta...


Bridging regional disparities

/ Tuesday, 9 August 2016 00:01

The Western Province made the highest contribution to GDP in 2015, according to Central Bank data released over the weekend, showing the building b...


Tax reform

/ Monday, 8 August 2016 00:00

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has much to celebrate after pushing through India’s biggest tax reform since the 1990s. His politically s...


Hambantota and new SL-China deal

/ Saturday, 6 August 2016 00:00

According to news reports, the China-Sri Lanka Joint Committee appointed to oversee investment is to set up a new ‘city’ in Hambantota ...


Pitfalls of PPPs

/ Friday, 5 August 2016 00:00

Crisis brings the unlikeliest of people together. Privatisation and Private-Public Partnerships (PPPs) received much attention during the Sri Lanka...


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Banality of evil

27 August 2016

Namal Rajapaksa, Member of Parliament, the eldest son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, was interviewed recently on television. By and large the tone of the lengthy interview, nearly two hours in duration, was defensive, an attempt at validat...


Fast-track reforms to address skill gaps

26 August 2016

 The Sri Lanka Human Capital Summit (HCS) served as a platform for a dialogue between policymakers, business leaders, industry experts and global thought leaders. The conference also served as a platform to identify solutions to bridge the sk...


An old presidential ethic, or a new political culture?

26 August 2016

  THE X FILES – the more some things change, the more they remain the same… You could think we would know better by now not to make future heroes out of former zeroes. We have had our idolatrous fingers burned by ...


Post-Paada Yathra – Punditry and Polemics

26 August 2016

 Confusing friend and foe with right and wrong is an occupational hazard of partisan commentators. Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka is no exception to the rule. Despite the voluntary stepping on a discursive banana skin, his latest essay ‘Politic...


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