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Fertiliser subsidy

Views - 103 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 - 44 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 - 62 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 - 91 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 - 99 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 - 55 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 - 94 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 - 59 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 - 32 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 - 56 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 - 49 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 - 43 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 - 61 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 - 34 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 - 52 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 - 64 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 - 70 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 - 52 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 - 64 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 - 38 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 - 49 Friday, 16 March 2018 00:00

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

Policy and response

Views - 33 Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:00

The Government is expected to finally lift its social media ban on Friday but there are several lessons to be learnt from how the State reacted to the communal clashes and how the online space can be better managed without infringing on the rights of

Youth and platforms

Views - 44 Wednesday, 14 March 2018 00:00

The Government’s ongoing ban on social media has been roundly slammed by stakeholders as an ineffective and damaging move.

Getting anti-dumping to work

Views - 40 Tuesday, 13 March 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s new anti-dumping legislation, which was passed in Parliament earlier this month, aims to protect local industries against unfair competition. It has raised much expectation as local businesses seek to ramp up their legal protection ahea

Balancing act

Views - 69 Monday, 12 March 2018 00:04

Chinese President Xi Jingping succeeded in abolishing presidential term limits on Sunday, succeeding in a momentous political coup that paves the way for him to stay in power for years to come.

Policing social media

Views - 61 Saturday, 10 March 2018 00:48

The Government blocking social media access in the midst of communal clashes in the Kandy District this week received mixed reviews from the public. While some have acknowledged that the Government had to act swiftly to contain the spread of incendia

Economic freedom

Views - 57 Friday, 9 March 2018 00:00

The tragic events of this week have overshadowed Women’s Day but they have in no way diminished its importance.

Social media and the state of the nation

Views - 105 Thursday, 8 March 2018 00:00

Hate speech is usually seen as a precursor to hate crime. In Sri Lanka hate speech, especially on social media platforms had proliferated at an alarming rate over the last few years, spewing toxic divisions in their wake. Hate speech often combined w

A call for peace

Views - 53 Wednesday, 7 March 2018 00:00

Communal clashes in Digana are the latest in a disturbingly expanding number of violent incidents that have rocked Sri Lanka

Water is life

Views - 62 Tuesday, 6 March 2018 00:00

Water is increasingly becoming a flashpoint in Sri Lanka as consecutive droughts hit precious resources. The latest standoff erupted in Thambuththegama last week after hundreds of farmers protested Government plans to divert water away from a regiona

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Thushani takes Todos to new heights

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