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Salaries commission

Views - 58 Friday, 17 August 2018 00:10

Following strikes by powerful trade unions the Government has decided to appoint a salaries commission that would be tasked with evaluating the salary structures of the entire public sector and recommend reforms t

Outsiders and politics

Views - 33 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

For weeks, political circles were abuzz with speculation that cricketer Kumar Sangakkara may enter politics. Even though he has categorically dismissed such an event, the discussions surrounding his potential invitation to run for office gives an int

Prison reform

Views - 32 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

Welikada prison has become the scene of repeated protests by women, with the latest edition being played out on Monday when a group clambered onto the roof to protest living conditions, and delays in court hearings. Subsequent clashes resulted in fou

Public interest

Views - 35 Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:00

People vote for politicians, but rarely like them. Recently politicians at both Government and Provincial level have become the target of public censure for mishandling public funds. They have been heavily criticised for discussing a possible salary

PC polls 

Views - 20 Monday, 13 August 2018 01:01

Fresh discussions have emerged between political parties attempting to hold Provincial Council elections. The UNP, TNA and Joint Opposition have expressed their desire to hold polls, and continued discussion would hopefully foster a constructive disc

Equal opportunity

Views - 29 Saturday, 11 August 2018 01:53

The ‘Top 50’ Professional and Career Women Awards 2018 celebrated this week showcased remarkable women leaders from Sri Lanka recognised for their significant contributions within their corporations, communities, or livelihoods.

Meeting targets

Views - 20 Friday, 10 August 2018 00:10

Development is the responsibility of all governments, but achieving it often becomes a challenge for many of them. Almost half of the Government’s development projects and programs managed under 47 line ministries have not reached even 50% of quart

Trade unions and public interest

Views - 63 Thursday, 9 August 2018 00:00

Trade unions are an important facet of democracy, but in Sri Lanka they evoke mixed feelings, as the public views them as both protectors of labour rights and self-serving organisations that have stopped considering the public’s welfare. A lightnin

Protecting migrant workers

Views - 53 Wednesday, 8 August 2018 00:00

Exploitation comes in many forms. During the first seven months of 2018 the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment

Medical justice

Views - 82 Tuesday, 7 August 2018 00:10

Last Friday, public medical services around the country came to a standstill after the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) went on a token strike. The list of demands included reducing taxes for doctors and increasing allowances. Strikes h

MPs of value

Views - 48 Monday, 6 August 2018 00:00

When the topic of raising salaries for parliamentarians rolls around every couple of years the livid public response is a stark reflection of how derided the public’s representatives are by the very people who vote them into power.

Managing State assets

Views - 83 Saturday, 4 August 2018 00:10

Selling State assets, even when they are loss-making, is an extremely contentious issue in many countries. Sri Lanka, with its high debts and limited revenue earning measures, has had to take a hard look at increasing th

Vehicle matters

Views - 132 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

Buying a car is a difficult task for the average Sri Lankan. Given Sri Lanka’s high debt and low exports, any spike in vehicle

Parting politics and public service

Views - 34 Thursday, 2 August 2018 00:00

The Government has released a new circular holding heads of State institutions, including ministry secretaries, department heads, and even accountants responsible for paying for employees that have been recruited beyond the approved public sector cad

Dealing with ragging

Views - 70 Wednesday, 1 August 2018 00:00

All police stations have been placed on alert to take action on complaints made by students who have been ragged.

Getting stakeholders involved

Views - 46 Tuesday, 31 July 2018 00:00

Over the last few years, the world has been moving to zero-waste shops, supermarkets have been rejecting plastic and a mini-international war has been declared on plastic straws. But, in Sri Lanka, the changes feel more cosmetic than genuinely effect

Combating cheating

Views - 60 Monday, 30 July 2018 00:00

The Examinations Department has decided to seek the assistance of the Army to jam mobile signals at Advanced Level exam centres this year to minimise cheating. As technology adapts faster, how can Sri Lanka’s education authorities tackle these chal

SOEs responsibility

Views - 36 Friday, 27 July 2018 00:00

Strikes are part and parcel of living in Sri Lanka, but there are times when this democratic tool is misused by State employees

Knowhow before credit

Views - 50 Thursday, 26 July 2018 00:00

The Finance Ministry this week received Cabinet approval to roll out a massive absorption of microfinance debt, covering thousands of women in 12 drought-affected districts, primarily in the North and North Central Provinces. The Treasury is to alloc

Reducing indebtness

Views - 70 Tuesday, 24 July 2018 00:00

The Government over the weekend rolled out a microfinance relief campaign that aims to repay billions worth of loans and waive expensive interest payments to reduce indebtedness in the north. Successive governments from time to time have resorted to

Education access

Views - 56 Tuesday, 24 July 2018 00:00

Education reform is seen as a critical element to pushing forward Sri Lanka’s development and economic growth. However

Milk muddle

Views - 78 Monday, 23 July 2018 00:00

The dairy industry is one of the most protected sectors in Sri Lanka, but even after decades of public funds, it remains one of the least efficient and most contentious segments of the economy.

Liberalisation and jobs

Views - 52 Saturday, 21 July 2018 00:10

As Sri Lanka gears up to improve exports and investment, launching a five-year National Export Strategy this week, the private sector has raised concerns about labour shortages and policies to tackle the issue.

Sensible public recruitment

Views - 44 Friday, 20 July 2018 00:00

The Government has announced plans to employ over 57,000 unemployed graduates by the end of next year, which

Reskilling workers

Views - 63 Thursday, 19 July 2018 00:00

International Trade and Development Strategies Minister Malik Samarawickrama told Parliament this week that the Government would introduce Trade Adjustment Packages (TAP) to cover new machinery and skills retraining for workers of companies that woul

Agriculture reform

Views - 108 Wednesday, 18 July 2018 00:00

In the first quarter of 2018 the overall economy grew by 3.2% but agricultural activities expanded by 4.8%. The agriculture sector,

Expanding exports

Views - 76 Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:00

Exports and investment are critical to a developing economy, and the Government has staunchly backed them with the National Export Strategy (NES) to be rolled out this week. But it is important to look at the red tape that may be hampering exporters

Death as a deterrent? 

Views - 41 Monday, 16 July 2018 00:00

Allowing for the death penalty to be carried out for serious drug offences has reignited the debate on capital punishment once again in Sri Lanka. On the surface the argument for the death penalty is a simple one. Crimes and the level of violence in

Primary healthcare

Views - 52 Saturday, 14 July 2018 00:10

The World Bank this week approved a loan of $ 200 million to help increase the use and the quality of Sri Lanka’s primary healthcare services as Sri Lanka faces the challenges of a rapidly-ageing population.

Performance-based Budget

Views - 89 Friday, 13 July 2018 00:00

As the annual process for compiling the next Budget gets underway, Cabinet this week approved a fresh Cabinet paper from

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The rate of exchange, capital flight and the Central Bank

Friday, 21 September 2018

The Central Bank (CBSL) exists for the sole purpose of price stability. Its controls on the financial system and monetary policy exist to maintain price stability. As put forth many times by the Governor, the failing of the CBSL to control inflation

Red flag over the Sri Lankan Navy

Friday, 21 September 2018

Shocking story Rusiripala, a former banker in Sri Lanka, who has taken to writing in Daily FT, is perturbed by the red flag I have raised (Daily FT article 18 September) over the shocking charge that our Navy had operated a ransom gang that had abduc

The bald truth about fake news, etc.

Friday, 21 September 2018

In its most innocent forms, we may all enjoy a bit of ‘fake news’ and go to bed with a lighter heart and clean conscience. A meme on Facebook urging social media consumers to caution – “You can’t believe everything you read on the internet

Withholding Taxes – What, why, when?

Thursday, 20 September 2018

The tax regime in Sri Lanka historically imposes WHT on both domestic as well as cross border payments. WHT on domestic payments eases revenue collection (e.g.: PAYE) while WHT on cross border payments are adopted by most countries to ensure that the

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