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The immigration discourse

Views - 88 Friday, 18 May 2018 00:00

Debate on Sri Lanka’s efforts to sign trade deals has now largely devolved into a debate on immigration. Professional

Economic planning

Views - 91 Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00

Economic planning or any planning for that matter at Government level needs to have clarity, consistency and transparency. It also requires important people at the top giving clear policy direction so that all the nuts and bolts of a system can be pu

Subsidy structuring

Views - 43 Wednesday, 16 May 2018 00:00

The recent fuel price increase has re-focused the spotlight on Government subsidies and how they can be best structured by

Trade in the age of FTAs

Views - 65 Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:00

Focus has returned to the Sri Lanka-Singapore FTA signed in January with professional organisations once again raising protests over its supposed impact on trade and expectations by the Government to ramp up legal protection ahead of other FTAs with

Mirissa and illegal construction

Views - 123 Monday, 14 May 2018 00:00

The recent removal of illegal constructions along Mirissa beach received much attention as the Government and industry gathered together to protect the tourism industry and support its service standards.

Evergreen Mahathir

Views - 83 Saturday, 12 May 2018 00:49

The world, ever-ready to buy into an underdog story, is abuzz over the win of Mahathir Mohamad, who at the age of 92 has become the world’s oldest elected leader. Mahathir’s win proves once again that in politics there are no permanent winners or

Nutrition for development

Views - 37 Friday, 11 May 2018 00:00

Over half of Sri Lanka’s population is female but despite a much-lauded public health system there remain critical gaps in providing adequate nutrition for them and giving the best start to children.

Modernising agriculture

Views - 62 Thursday, 10 May 2018 00:00

The European Union has pledged Rs. 810 million in technical assistance to the Sri Lankan Government to modernise agriculture, which comes on top of a $ 125 million dollar loan from the World Bank in 2016 for the same task. Yet Sri Lanka’s agricultu

Political pulse

Views - 48 Wednesday, 9 May 2018 00:00

In recent years May Day rallies in Sri Lanka have become forums to detect the political pulse of key political figures and the possible policy

May Day

Views - 48 Tuesday, 8 May 2018 00:00

May Day, as everyone knows, is about workers’ rights and, as such, is intricately linked to politics and democracy. But complex economic growth linked to globalisation has put these rights under threat, making their protection a growing challenge.

A step for justice

Views - 41 Saturday, 5 May 2018 00:00

President’s Chief of Staff, I.H.K. Mahanama, along with State Timber Corporation Chairman Piyadasa Dissanayake being arrested by the Bribery and Corruption Commission on Thursday sparked renewed interest in the Government’s good governance drive.

Giving direction

Views - 37 Friday, 4 May 2018 00:00

The Cabinet reshuffle this week was followed by mixed news from the Central Bank, which pointed out that while Sri Lanka’s

Protecting freedom of expression

Views - 36 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 - 58 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 - 110 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 - 71 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 - 47 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 - 39 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 - 75 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 - 74 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 - 43 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 - 41 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 - 36 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 - 43 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 - 59 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 - 51 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 - 64 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 - 94 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 - 76 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 - 102 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.

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Great ‘Gamperaliya’: A great novel made into a great film by a great director

Saturday, 23 June 2018

‘Gamperaliya’ (Changes in the Village/Changement au Village) was the third feature film made by ace director Lester James Peries. It was released on 20 December 1963.The film was based on the famous novel of the same name written by the doyen of

Confusion in Maldivian opposition is to Yameen’s advantage

Saturday, 23 June 2018

The ongoing confusion in the ranks of the Maldivian opposition, barely three months before the presidential election, works to the advantage of the incumbent President and candidate of the Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM), Abdulla Yameen.

Implications of inward FDI on China: Lessons to be learnt

Saturday, 23 June 2018

China overtook the United States to become the largest trading nation in the world in 2014. China is the second largest economy in the world behind the United States and the largest exporter in the world. It is referred to as the factory of the world

22 June 1941: Operation Barbarossa

Friday, 22 June 2018

When Adolf Hitler founded his Third Reich in January of 1933 there was a decisive ‘quickening’ of history towards the cataclysmic

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