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Getting procurement right

Views - 20 Friday, 15 December 2017 03:20

Cabinet has given approval for the Finance Ministry to roll out the much-discussed Electronic Government Procurement (e-GP) in the....

Tourism and tech

Views - 59 Thursday, 14 December 2017 00:00

Holidays are made on the internet. It is now standard practice for people to use online information, experience sharing and evaluations to decide where they want to travel and shape their decision making

Children in the digital world

Views - 56 Wednesday, 13 December 2017 00:00

The digital world is a complicated place for children. On one hand children have the chance to access limitless human knowledge but they

Delivering the Budget

Views - 49 Tuesday, 12 December 2017 00:00

Budget 2018 has been passed with a two-thirds majority, giving it a stamp of approval that is reflected by the private sector. Now the Finance Ministry, together with the rest of the Government, has the massive challenge of implementing the Budget, w

Reading between the digital lines

Views - 63 Monday, 11 December 2017 00:00

The Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) in its latest survey on IT literacy conducted during the first six months of 2017 has said that Sri Lanka’s rate is about 38%, which is largely in line with the developing country average.

Brexit opportunities

Views - 67 Saturday, 9 December 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka, which exports a significant amount of its apparel to the UK, should be keeping a close eye on the latest breakthrough in Brexit talks and move early to secure its trade interests both in the UK and within the European Union (EU). The UK

Save the tuskers

Views - 30 Friday, 8 December 2017 00:44

There is no denying that the long drawn human-elephant conflict is more nuanced than the general Colombo-centric discourse would have you believe. After all, the threat posed by wild elephants on crops and human lives is very real to the often-destit

Getting the numbers right

Views - 35 Thursday, 7 December 2017 00:00

Hundreds of thousands of students are busy getting ready for their Ordinary Level exams but on average only about 55% will pass mathematics.  This is especially alarming given that passing O/Ls remains a prerequisite for most further education cours

Shifts in international trade

Views - 25 Wednesday, 6 December 2017 00:00

Climate change has become such a powerful element in the world that it is changing the drift of international trade, according to reports,

Climate change costs

Views - 44 Tuesday, 5 December 2017 00:00

Ratings agencies, which often hold the fate of high-debt countries, may incorporate climate change into their credit ratings, which means that governments may have to pay more attention to how they will deal with climate change risks. Bloomberg r

Finding vocations

Views - 30 Monday, 4 December 2017 00:00

The Skills Development and Vocational Training Ministry told Parliament recently that it is setting afloat a plan to pay Rs. 2,500 per day to vocational trainees, especially in construction, as the Government attempts to bridge the skills shortage.

Trade assistance

Views - 30 Friday, 1 December 2017 00:01

Trade pacts and Free Trade Agreements can pose difficulties for local companies and in an effort to assist them to adapt to changing business environments the Government has promised a Trade Adjustment Package (TAP) but how this measure would be impl

Teach the teachers

Views - 64 Thursday, 30 November 2017 00:00

A study conducted by a leading think tank has revealed that there is a demonstrably significant link between poor GCE Ordinary Level (O/L) performance and a shortage in qualified teachers in the public school system. According to research carried out

Feminising entrepreneurship

Views - 53 Wednesday, 29 November 2017 00:00

The Government’s special focus on promoting female entrepreneurship and providing avenues for women to enter the female workforce, even giving preferential access to capital through a new Development Bank the Government

Where is lending leading?

Views - 63 Tuesday, 28 November 2017 00:00

Is privacy the new price of lending? Banks in India are using complex data mining tools to evaluate millions of potential clients and algorithms used in the mass financial markets of Sri Lanka’s neighbor could well end up changing the face of globa

Fair elections

Views - 24 Monday, 27 November 2017 00:00

Over the weekend the Elections Commission decided it would go ahead with the bulk of the Local Government polls, putting the onus on improving transparency in campaign finance

Reclaiming the streets

Views - 37 Saturday, 25 November 2017 00:39

The Megapolis and Western Development Ministry on Thursday opened a new walkway allowing pedestrians easier access to key areas in Pettah. Around the world people are trying to reclaim their cities from cars and it is time people in Sri Lanka, especi

Conflict of interest

Views - 57 Friday, 24 November 2017 00:00

An average person keeping a relatively close eye on the political developments of the last few days would be astounded at the poor understanding Sri Lanka’s politicians have in understanding the term conflict of interest.

Eight years of empowering Sri Lankans!

Views - 89 Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:00

For eight years, the Daily FT has faithfully recorded and given insights into the major economic, political and social developments and issues unfolding in a rapidly-changing Sri Lanka. It has kept track of people’s manifold aspirations and assiste

Trade assistance packages

Views - 33 Wednesday, 22 November 2017 00:00

On the road to liberalisation, some companies will become winners and others losers. For the latter the Government has promised a Trade Adjustment Package (TAP) that may ease the pain of evolving into a different

Power problems

Views - 28 Tuesday, 21 November 2017 00:00

To an exasperated public it sometimes feels that plans and policies are made in Sri Lanka only to be broken.

Fixing SOEs

Views - 41 Monday, 20 November 2017 00:00

The listing of non-strategic State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) could begin in the first six months of next year, according to a top Government official. However, broadening reform will be a hard but necessary step.

Return of liberal ideals

Views - 39 Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:46

Tourism is often cited as a golden goose industry for Sri Lanka. Since the end of the war in 2009 the industry has boomed, delivering double digit growth and earned $3 billion at the end of last year.

New solutions to old age

Views - 57 Friday, 17 November 2017 00:00

One of the goals of the Government’s revamped tax policy is increasing revenue so that it can provide a strong social welfare network to its people,

The flip side of EV

Views - 73 Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:08

Budget 2018 has good news for the environment. Key proposals introduced plans to phase out all fossil fuelled vehicles by 2040 and replace them with electric vehicles. Indeed the Government will be fast tracking this process by providing tax concessi

Financial management

Views - 78 Wednesday, 15 November 2017 00:00

The Government is made up of hundreds of institutions, departments and ministries that are essentially tasked with managing public assets but clear oversight is often missing, resulting in public funds being mismanaged or going astray.

Bittersweet taxes

Views - 82 Tuesday, 14 November 2017 00:00

The Government has proposed increasing the tax on sweetened drinks, aiming to expand its current colour

Women to the fore

Views - 63 Monday, 13 November 2017 00:32

Despite women making up about 52% of the population, Sri Lanka has repeatedly had extremely limited women’s representation in politics with less than 5% of women in Parliament.

The up effect

Views - 47 Saturday, 11 November 2017 00:23

Budget 2018 unveiled on Thursday had special focus on promoting female entrepreneurship and providing avenues for women to enter the female workforce, even giving preferential access to capital through a new Development Bank the Government plans to e

Fuel chaos

Views - 66 Friday, 10 November 2017 00:00

As fresh fuel stocks reach Sri Lanka’s sun-dappled shores and snaking fuel lines shorten, the time has come to have a candid and transparent look at why the crisis happened and why it was allowed to get so out of hand.

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Tamil actor Kamal Haasan stars in new role as political leader

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Srinivasan Kamal Haasan is one of India’s foremost film actors. Known popularly as Kamal, the talented and versatile thespian has not only excelled as an actor onscreen, but has successfully engaged in other cinematic spheres too. The multi-faceted

Yameen’s economic offensive to counter political adversity ahead of presidential poll

Saturday, 24 February 2018

The embattled Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, who is facing intense political opposition both in and out of the country, hopes to win the September, 2018 presidential election using a combination of political belligerence and a strong economic pr

In the end, there was nothing

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Much more than a storm in a tea cup! To a non-discerning person, it all seemed like the final battle of the counter revolution. President Sirisena was up in smoke trying to oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for no articulated reason. He asked

Shouldn’t Govt. prevent parliamentary system from decay and destruction?

Friday, 23 February 2018

The wrong people teach us the best lessons. As a clever nation, we had always used our ballot and chased the wrong people

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