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Planning SDGs

Views - 6 Monday, 23 April 2018 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena, addressing the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London, reiterated Sri Lanka’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Dealing with the tourism fallout

Views - 16 Saturday, 21 April 2018 00:41

After the assault and alleged sexual assault on four young Dutch tourists by local ‘beach boys’ in Mirissa as well as the assault on four Israeli tourists in Midigama, authorities have sprung into action to ensure that more of these horrific inci

Calling out crossover culture

Views - 22 Friday, 20 April 2018 00:00

This week it came to light that 16 SLFP Parliamentarians had decided to crossover and sit in the Opposition in Parliament

Garbage woes

Views - 22 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:17

A year since the Meethotamulla tragedy that claimed the lives of 32 people and destroyed close to 60 homes, garbage still continues to be a prickly problem for the Government as well as the public. Despite numerous attempts by the authorities to impl

Housing headache

Views - 45 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:01

This month the Government announced plans to launch a housing project in Colombo and its suburbs for low income families, the aim of which was to relocate families presently living in shanties and over the next 10 years permanently solve the country

Making the most of CHOGM

Views - 39 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:53

Leaders from 53 countries around the world, including President Maithripala Sirisena, are gathering in London this week for the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which began its sessions on yest

For a happy New Year

Views - 47 Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:00

The Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawns amidst greater political upheaval than has been witnessed in Sri Lanka for quite some time

Protecting tourists

Views - 75 Wednesday, 11 April 2018 00:00

Tourism has been one of the few, possibly the only, bright spot in Sri Lanka’s post-war economy. Buoyed by high growth numbers

Growth corridors

Views - 53 Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:16

An Asian Development Bank (ADB) study has suggested economic corridors are a viable option to take jobs to the provinces, with a Colombo-Trincomalee corridor having the potential to generate 1.2 million jobs by 2030 with right mix of industries. The

Fertiliser subsidy

Views - 39 Monday, 9 April 2018 00:00

One of the largest subsidies given in Sri Lanka is for fertiliser, which has seen some interesting changes of policy over the last few years and gives a viewpoint on the dos and don’ts of rolling out subsidies in a local context.

Wood imports

Views - 31 Saturday, 7 April 2018 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena at a recent event had called for increased timber imports to protect Sri Lankan forests from being stripped for the construction industry. However, such a measure would have multiple repercussions, including but not lim

Skills development for the future

Views - 57 Friday, 6 April 2018 00:00

This week the Government obtained $ 100 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as part of its skills development program

Financial literacy

Views - 76 Thursday, 5 April 2018 00:00

Financial inclusion and financial literacy are two sides of the same coin. Financial inclusion, which is giving people access to the financial system of a country, can only be effective if individuals are aware of the risks they are taking, and have

Taxes and services

Views - 88 Wednesday, 4 April 2018 00:00

Death and taxes are often hailed as the only two constants in an otherwise rapidly-changing world. Having seen a new Inland

Land rights

Views - 45 Tuesday, 3 April 2018 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena during a recent visit to Polonnaruwa had emphasised the need to have equitable land rights that empower people and fast track development but had also lamented the lack of progressive and cohesive policy in this area. S

SOEs and debt 

Views - 57 Monday, 2 April 2018 00:00

The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) loses Rs. 266 million each week as rising international prices put pressure on local costs but, despite agreeing to introduce transparent fuel pricing in March, the Government appears reluctant to tackle this gr

Labour challenges

Views - 43 Saturday, 31 March 2018 00:37

As weather improved in the last few months, Sri Lanka’s labour survey for the fourth quarter of 2017 showed agriculture employment had picked up from 24.3% in the previous quarter to 27%, with services and industries showing a marginal decline.

Protecting rights

Views - 21 Friday, 30 March 2018 00:00

Cabinet this week gave approval for the Government to formulate stronger legislation to control hate speech on social media

Rain makers

Views - 43 Thursday, 29 March 2018 00:00

Worried by the possibility of another drought-hit year that could lead to power cuts, the Government is considering hiring experts to create artificial rain over catchment areas to improve rainfall, and thereby avert a power crisis. But there is dang

Calculating the future

Views - 39 Wednesday, 28 March 2018 00:00

As the Examination Department readies itself to release the latest round of Ordinary Level results, thousands of parents

Political entitlement

Views - 35 Tuesday, 27 March 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s State education system has long been under the heel of politicians. At different times this excessive politicisation has become evident to the public through misuse of resources, forcing teachers to kneel in punishment or making hundred

Justice delayed

Views - 49 Monday, 26 March 2018 00:00

The Government’s efforts to establish new High Courts trial at bar have returned public interest to Sri Lanka’s courts. Everyone who lives in Sri Lanka or has even been remotely associated with it knows the country’s judicial system needs a des

Surveillance capitalism

Views - 28 Saturday, 24 March 2018 00:00

Facebook’s policy of sharing data with advertisers and third parties has come under international scrutiny following the revelation that Cambridge Analytica accessed data of 50 million people and used it to campaign for US President Donald Trump. T

Social media and fake news

Views - 44 Friday, 23 March 2018 00:00

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg made headlines around the world after he conceded during an interview that the social media

Financial inclusion

Views - 46 Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

The Central Bank this week kicked off the formulation of a National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) to reach Sri Lanka’s underbanked and underinsured people to encourage them to have stronger access to the financial system and greater economy.

Data and development

Views - 54 Wednesday, 21 March 2018 08:45

Sri Lanka’s commitment to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is important, but achieving them within the time period requires that data-centric policymaking becomes the Government standard.

Old problem of garbage

Views - 45 Tuesday, 20 March 2018 00:00

The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) has sought the assistance of police to arrest anyone who dumps garbage illegally, and has decided to stop collecting non-segregated waste. The move comes as complaints of the CMC refusing to remove garbage return,

Wealth creation

Views - 53 Monday, 19 March 2018 01:22

A nationwide poll conducted by research firm Kantar TNS for business magazine LMD has revealed a majority of respondents (52%) feel the generation gap does not impact business – they believe that ‘anyone can do business.’ But several elements s

Fighting fake news

Views - 29 Saturday, 17 March 2018 00:42

Medical professionals this week came together to refute sterilisation pills and other false information spread by fake news in an effort to reduce their impact on communal tensions and call for the public to check their facts. Yet at a time when the

Dissent is not disloyalty

Views - 44 Friday, 16 March 2018 00:00

The Government this week announced that it would formulate stronger legislation to control hate speech on social media

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Designers of Sri Lanka’s Future: Episode I Nihal Ranasinghe

Monday, 23 April 2018

To sustain economic growth, Sri Lanka needs a critical pool of daring people who would see things differently and design a new future.

Lalith: An invincible legacy

Monday, 23 April 2018

The twenty third day of April, 1993 is among a handful of blots in our national hall of shame. It was the day on which a lone gunman, perhaps with conspirators yet unknown, acted to neutralise a political threat by depriving all Sri Lankans of the in

Sri Lanka lost its maritime aspirations 60 years ago

Monday, 23 April 2018

Protectionism was the key factor that prevented Sri Lanka becoming a maritime hub 60 years ago,when our leaders could not see beyond the horizons to develop the nation in the late 50s and early 60s, which opened the doors to Singapore to be what it i

‘The Ants’ as a ‘disruptive’ teledrama: Managerial insights

Monday, 23 April 2018

I hardly watch teledramas, not only because I value my time but also because of their questionable value.

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