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Growth in provinces

Views - 65 Tuesday, 7 November 2017 00:00

One of the biggest challenges to Sri Lanka’s growth is its unequal distribution. In the latest Central Bank report on provincial GDP, the Western Province continues to be the biggest contributor, with other provinces lagging behind significantly. G


Reconciliation beyond Constitution-making

Views - 40 Monday, 6 November 2017 00:00

Last week top politicians across the party divide gathered in Parliament to debate the interim report on proposals for the eventual formation of a new Constitution.


Making LGs matter

Views - 19 Friday, 3 November 2017 00:00

As the Local Government Election race gets set to begin in earnest there is renewed need for them to prove that they are worthy of public trust. According to the latest gazette notification, which was signed by Local Government


Credible claims

Views - 18 Thursday, 2 November 2017 00:00

As the countdown begins for elections, debates on the economy will become one of the key policy platforms for the different political campaigns of various parties. Therefore it becomes all the more imperative to have independent evaluation on claims,


Campaign finance

Views - 40 Wednesday, 1 November 2017 00:00

Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) has become the latest organisation to join election watchdogs calling for transparent and controlled spending on election campaigns. As elections edge closer it has become ever more


Saving the indebted

Views - 37 Tuesday, 31 October 2017 00:00

The high level of indebtedness in the north that had been flagged by stakeholders for many months is finally getting attention but it is imperative that solutions are fast-tracked to prevent a social catastrophe. Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit C


Electronic IDs and privacy

Views - 52 Monday, 30 October 2017 00:00

Last week the Government unveiled the Electronic ID cards, or eNICs, that will hold a plethora of information and potentially be used to track everything from financial information to where citizens live.


Getting R&D right

Views - 31 Saturday, 28 October 2017 00:22

Research and Development (R&D) is set to get a new lease of life in Budget 2018 but this segment deserves a closer look. One of the biggest hurdles for this process is the disconnected R&D programs of universities and other bodies that do not target


Climate resilient infrastructure

Views - 42 Friday, 27 October 2017 00:00

Battered by multiple devastating floods and drought, the Government has focused heavily on disaster management but climate change also demands more long-term policies such as building climate resilient


Stalled public transport

Views - 42 Thursday, 26 October 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka has seen a renewed discourse on how it can increase its labour component into different segments of the economy. Last week the Government outlined plans to limit three-wheelers on the assumption that it would reduce productivity and increas


Dealing with battery waste

Views - 39 Wednesday, 25 October 2017 00:45

As fleets of electric cars grow around the world, countries, especially smaller developing ones like Sri Lanka, are faced with the challenge of attempting to recycle their batteries and make the vehicles truly sustainable.


Proud to be included

Views - 268 Tuesday, 24 October 2017 00:00

It doesn’t take years of painstaking research to see that Sri Lankan society is deeply divided along lines of language, religion and culture. Apart from the obvious ethno-religious differences, the populace is also fragmented along lines of caste (


Getting the fight against poverty right

Views - 55 Monday, 23 October 2017 00:18

Household income and expenditure is perhaps the best and most transparent litmus test for an economy. Sri Lanka, caught between moderate real growth, low entrepreneurship, high inflation, complicated tariff systems and inconsistent policies, faces an


Counting jobs

Views - 85 Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00

A key pledge of the Government, particularly the United National Party (UNP), is to create one million jobs by 2020. Employment is one of the most important measurements of economic growth and perhaps the most tangible one, making it imperative to ha


Regulating three-wheelers

Views - 113 Friday, 20 October 2017 00:00

Many consider the humble three-wheeler to be a menace to society and an indication of the youth of this country choosing cushy self-employment over hard work.


Spotlight on misogyny

Views - 46 Thursday, 19 October 2017 00:00

The past few days have seen the #MeToo movement take social media by storm, with women from all walks of life sharing their stories of abuse and sexual harassment. The hashtag, which was created by Hollywood actress Alyssa Milano in the wake of the H


Alleviating poverty

Views - 52 Wednesday, 18 October 2017 00:00

Poverty is an issue that plagues Sri Lanka and has been the topic of much debate over the years. Successive governments have always painted rosy pictures of the country’s improving situation which it reinforces through numbers that clearly fail at


Watching the watchers

Views - 33 Tuesday, 17 October 2017 00:00

The Supreme Court earlier this month was petitioned against the Government’s new regulations to create an electronic database. The petition noted that a creation of such a database would allow the Commissioner General for the Registration of Person


Strengthening food security

Views - 30 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:00

The right to food is one of humanity’s basic human rights and is a topic of great concern in several parts of the world including our own. Today, we celebrate World Food Day, and it is vital that we look to eradicate hunger in all forms and impleme


Powering Sri Lanka

Views - 72 Saturday, 14 October 2017 00:12

Earlier this week Sri Lanka and Finland agreed to strengthen ties between the two nations by promoting the development of clean and renewable energies, while also stressing the importance of innovative technologies in climate change mitigation, both


Addressing inequality

Views - 36 Friday, 13 October 2017 00:00

Global inequality may be reducing but Sri Lanka is still among half the countries in the world that have seen a significant rise in inequality


Understanding mental illness

Views - 33 Thursday, 12 October 2017 00:14

This past Tuesday marked World Mental Health Day. It came a week after a young man was ridiculed on social media and in various gossip columns over his decision to take his own life. The sensationalisation of the suicide in the press was particularly


Protecting the girl child

Views - 43 Wednesday, 11 October 2017 00:00

In comparison to some of our neighbouring countries, the majority of women in Sri Lanka may have it slightly better in terms of basic social economic indicators


Running out of time

Views - 40 Tuesday, 10 October 2017 00:00

The 17th Colombo Marathon concluded on Sunday, with over 8,000 runners from a total of 47 countries taking part. While that number pales in comparison to more mature events, some which can boast up to 80,000 runners, for Sri Lanka being able to host


Defeating the drought

Views - 22 Monday, 9 October 2017 00:00

Several parts of the island have been reeling under the effects of severe drought conditions with some parts experiencing the worst drought in over four decades.


Intention vs. implementation

Views - 45 Saturday, 7 October 2017 00:33

Cabinet this week approved signing Statements of Corporate Intent (SCI) with ten State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) next year bringing the total number to 15. But this is merely the first step in desperately needed reform.


Protecting the old

Views - 26 Friday, 6 October 2017 00:00

As Sri Lanka faces the double challenges of wanting strong growth and providing a strong social welfare network to its people, formulating policies that benefit them has increased in urgency.


Getting R&D right

Views - 76 Thursday, 5 October 2017 00:00

National Policies and Economic Affairs Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha De Silva has said Research and Development (R&D) is set to get a new lease of life in Budget 2018 but this segment deserves a closer look. One of the biggest hurdles for this process


Campaign finance

Views - 36 Wednesday, 4 October 2017 00:00

As elections move closer, there should be a stronger effort to improve transparency in campaign finance, insist election watchdogs, who want the Yahapalanaya Government to pass a campaign finance law that would increase accountability in an area that


Fixing the police

Views - 63 Tuesday, 3 October 2017 00:00

Sixty-five policemen have been transferred from the Katugastota police station after an internal investigation found they had links to drug and underworld figures in the area. The transfers were triggered when the Katugastota police lost evidence in


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Kodak moments for Sri Lanka Tourism

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

It was quite disheartening to see the tourism numbers for November 2017 dropping to 167,511 visitors at 0.2% growth against


Liberalising shipping and logistics: Cat out of the bag on THC too

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

At the 2017 Sri Lanka Shippers’ Council AGM as the outgoing chairman, I urged the Government on the need for fully liberalising the shipping sector to reap the long-term benefits for Sri Lanka.


A universal good: How increased health coverage can help beat back antimicrobial resistance

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Ensuring all people everywhere have access to health services that are affordable, of good quality and within reach is a public health imperative.


Towards sustainable green automobile beyond 2018

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

In the National Budget proposals for the year 2018, the Government has taken positive steps to promote the electric car segment


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