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Protecting freedom of expression

Views - 40 Thursday, 3 May 2018 00:00

Today is World Press Freedom Day when governments around the globe reconfirm their commitment to this all important fundamental right to information. Yet there is a palpable change in the air as the celebrations fell just days after Malaysia jailed a

Saving governance

Views - 71 Wednesday, 2 May 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s public, desperate for better governance, is fast losing faith in seeing any tangible change on this front with

Tax talk

Views - 115 Tuesday, 1 May 2018 00:00

Policies on Government revenue and how it should be allocated has taken on new momentum since the implementation of the new Inland Revenue Act. The Government has taken considerable pains to paint the new laws as essential to funding healthcare, educ

Employing graduates

Views - 80 Saturday, 28 April 2018 00:14

As elections creep nearer and the Government steps up recruitment a prominent Sinhala daily newspaper on Friday carried a photograph of a bride participating in an interview decked out in her homecoming garb, showing the keen interest the public stil

Budget delivery

Views - 56 Friday, 27 April 2018 00:00

The annual Budget is considered to be the policy blueprint of a government, but over decades in Sri Lanka, Budgets

Provincial Council polls

Views - 44 Thursday, 26 April 2018 00:00

In a move that is likely to toss more oil on the current political fire, National Elections Commission (NEC) Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya this week called on Parliament to approve the necessary legislation to hold Provincial Council elections before S

Cabinet reshuffles

Views - 85 Wednesday, 25 April 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka is readying itself for what could be its fourth Cabinet reshuffle in less than two years with the coalition Government

Women for SMEs

Views - 107 Tuesday, 24 April 2018 09:38

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has provided a $12 million grant to the Government to expand its Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) as yet another effort to improve female entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka. Yet, there are several additional

Planning SDGs

Views - 50 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 - 49 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 - 38 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 - 50 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 - 65 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 - 56 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 - 77 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 - 102 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 - 86 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 - 270 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 - 47 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 - 66 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 - 96 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 - 104 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 - 59 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 - 127 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 - 75 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 - 35 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 - 66 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 - 56 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 - 46 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 - 70 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

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Laurels of ‘Living Together’: Refreshing reflections

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

It was a memorable evening with a mega gathering for a meaningfully different reason. It was not just another book launch with ego-boosting speeches about the author. It was also not an event where a popular politician coming late and preaching about

The fate of the rupee: Central Bank is caught with ‘Devil’s Alternative’

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Not all are losing when the rupee depreciates The recent depreciation of the rupee against the US dollar in the market has apparently driven the entire nation to a panic mode. While it had been a field day for the media and opposition law makers, the

Southbound rupee and northbound CoL

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

The Sri Lankan Rupee hit a record low of 170 per $ last week, and the Minister of Finance warns of further depreciation. This is inevitable given the chaotic state of the nation’s economy. While the rupee turns south, CoL (cost of living) has no o

In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Saturday, 22 September 2018

‘Indian Film,’ first published in 1963 and co-authored by former Columbia University Professor Erik Barnouw and his student Dr. Subrahmanyam Krishnaswamy, is considered a seminal study of the evolution and growth of Indian cinema. The book is cit

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