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Protect the tourism dollar 

/ Monday, 23 January 2017 00:32

Sri Lanka has hit a milestone, earning $ 3.5 billion from tourism in 2016, and the industry was given yet another boost in a Bloomberg article nami...


The Grade One battle

/ Saturday, 21 January 2017 04:09

The year-end is a stressful time for parents, what with children readying to enter primary school for the first time. Popular schools, usually in u...


President Trump

/ Friday, 20 January 2017 00:00

Donald Trump, the most contentious US Head of State in modern times, will be officially sworn in today. As the world waits warily for his first act...


Agri boost

/ Thursday, 19 January 2017 00:00

This week the Government signed a $ 125 million loan from the International Development Association (IDA) under the World Bank to assist Sri Lanka ...


Fighting dengue

/ Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

As drought bakes Sri Lanka, the Government has announced 22 January as a day to combat dengue. With over 1,000 cases recorded in just the first two...


Building drought resilient societies

/ Tuesday, 17 January 2017 00:00

Caught in the midst of the worst drought in decades, Sri Lanka is struggling to cope. The Government has established a task force and is funneling ...


Whither BOI?

/ Monday, 16 January 2017 00:00

There were few public institutions more politically undermined under the previous Government than the Board of Investment (BOI). It was common for ...


The GSP+ win

/ Friday, 13 January 2017 00:00

Challenged by a de-globalising world, Sri Lanka’s exports received welcome news this week when the European Commission proposed that the isla...


Whither the Executive Presidency?

/ Thursday, 12 January 2017 00:00

The Executive Presidency has been a passionate point of dispute for Sri Lankans for decades. So deep did these emotions run that it became the rall...


Serving justice

/ Wednesday, 11 January 2017 00:00

Six people including five police officers were found guilty of assaulting a suspect to death while in custody by the Badulla High Court on Monday s...


A report card?

/ Tuesday, 10 January 2017 00:00

The Government’s own evaluation of its performance of the past two years has been rosy. President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ran...


Power plays 

/ Monday, 9 January 2017 11:08

As the sun mercilessly beats down, Sri Lankans are worrying of possible power cuts later in the year. The result has been continuing inconveniences...


Conceit in tourism

/ Saturday, 7 January 2017 00:00

2017 has gotten off to a roaring start for the Sri Lankan tourism industry; following news that the country had topped two million tourist arrivals...


Activism or tokenism?

/ Friday, 6 January 2017 00:00

The new United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres took office on 1 January as he pledged to personally help broker peace in various conflic...


Mapping the path ahead

/ Thursday, 5 January 2017 00:00

Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy this week delivered the presentation of the Central Bank’s Road Map for 2017 and beyond stati...


Peace and quiet

/ Wednesday, 4 January 2017 00:00

The dawn of the New Year, while it brings resolutions and hope for many, also tends to bring about a lack of sleep. This can be down to a variety o...


Staying alive

/ Tuesday, 3 January 2017 00:00

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa started the new year with something of a bang when he told the Hindu earlier this week that he wished to topple ...


New year, old problems

/ Monday, 2 January 2017 09:58

A new year has dawned with new expectations and new goals. For Sri Lanka it is a new chapter to build on its opportunities and realise its potentia...


A rock and a hard place

/ Saturday, 31 December 2016 00:00

One of the bigger stories of THE final week of 2016, and also a teaser of what 2017 might bring, was former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s bol...


Restoring trust in the force

/ Friday, 30 December 2016 00:00

On Tuesday, newly-appointed Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara delivered a poignant speech imploring the Police force of the country to...


Today's Columnists

Steamrolling of Central Bank by Minister of Finance: An unsavoury development?

23 January 2017

An unsavoury rift between the Central Bank and Minister of Finance A growing rift between Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and the senior management of the Central Bank is surfacing now, worrying both financial markets and prospective fo...


Sustainability: How that translates to agriculture

23 January 2017

Once cultivated, traditional paddy that is grown organically will establish its own markets based on the consumer demand   For the longest time the word “sustainable agriculture” was a catch phrase only. I...


Yahapalanaya lapses – Is Mahinda the option for Muslims?

21 January 2017

Former Minister, Speaker and Premadasa/Rajapaksa loyalist and National List nominee Parliamentarian A.H.M. Azwer along with a few other Muslim Mahinda diehards claim that Yahapalanaya under President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil W...


First Sinhala talkie ‘Kadawunu Poronduwa’ was released 70 years ago

21 January 2017

History was made 70 years ago when the film ‘Kadawunu Poronduwa’ (Broken Promise) premiered at the Kingsley Theatre in Colombo on 21 January 1947. The Chief Guest was D.S. Senanayake, Minister of Agriculture and Lands under the State C...


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