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Vehicle matters

Views - 142 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 - 40 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 - 80 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 - 50 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 - 69 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 - 44 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 - 79 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 - 82 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 - 66 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 - 87 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 - 58 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 - 50 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 - 70 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 - 118 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 - 86 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 - 48 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 - 59 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 - 110 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

Teaching matters

Views - 50 Thursday, 12 July 2018 00:00

Recently, teacher unions went on strike protesting political interference and other shortcomings in their work, but the impact of limited qualified teachers being part of the public school system received limited attention. There is a demonstrably

Providing services

Views - 56 Wednesday, 11 July 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s public service currently exceeds 1.1 million, but the efficiency of this sector remains questionable and reforms

Cities for growth

Views - 47 Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:28

Cities are the next hotspot for global development, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said while in Singapore this week, calling on leaders to use this trend to gather more investment, connect to global value chains and build liveable cities. But,

State of SOEs

Views - 99 Monday, 9 July 2018 00:00

Some of Sri Lanka’s State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) have had several eventful weeks. It began with the postal strike that was eventually resolved, and then the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) tussled with SriLankan Airlines over its fuel payments

SME credit

Views - 116 Saturday, 7 July 2018 03:12

The Government this week launched “Empower,” its latest effort to assist Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) access funds on the capital market. This is a laudable move and could be assisted with other measures that are practiced around the world

Polls and politics

Views - 56 Friday, 6 July 2018 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s assurance that the Government would work to hold Provincial Council elections

Governance the Mahathir way?

Views - 119 Thursday, 5 July 2018 00:00

The world watched in awe as just two months after Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad was elected his predecessor was arrested this week. The rapid progress has focused international attention on Malaysia’s new government to demonstrate its commitment

Jobs for growth

Views - 89 Wednesday, 4 July 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka in its quest for growth has to surmount an

Tracking campaign finance

Views - 59 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

The current controversy over allegations that a Chinese State-owned company provided campaign finance to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa ahead of the 2015 presidential election has renewed discourse on the need for Sri Lanka to have stronger campa

Microfinance relief 

Views - 110 Monday, 2 July 2018 00:00

The Government has earmarked Rs. 1 billion in taxpayer funds to repay thousands of microfinance loans taken by people around the country.

Equity goals

Views - 67 Saturday, 30 June 2018 03:35

In Sri Lanka, female participation in the formal labour force at 35% is significantly lower than for men. Unemployment rates are also significantly higher for women. There is also a large gender gap in the share of women who are unpaid family....

Assessing progress

Views - 44 Friday, 29 June 2018 00:24

Cabinet this week approved the introduction of a National Evaluation Policy to monitor over 1,300 development programs at all levels of State, to ensure that development goals are met. If done right, this could addr

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The Brahmin footprint in Sri Lankan history

Saturday, 17 November 2018

It is generally said that there are no genuine “Sri Lankan” Brahmins in the island today, and that those Brahmins who officiate as priests in Hindu kovils (temples) are of Indian origin with close ties with Tamil Nadu.

Country paying for Sirisena’s childlike behaviour

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Many were surprised on 26 October to see former President Rajapaksa being appointed Prime Minister by the very man who defeated him a couple years ago, at a considerable risk to himself and to those who helped him win the election. Then events beca

The JR-MR effect

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Sri Lanka over the last few weeks has experienced a twin crisis. One is political provoked by its Constitution, and the other economic engendered by its politics. However, this crisis is the combined effect of two previous presidencies, those of J.R.

The fish that swallowed the whale

Friday, 16 November 2018

This is an easy-peasy, elementary effort of an ordinary citizen to comprehend the mad scramble for power among the political class. It is undertaken in the belief that the crisis we face is an opportunity to reject the family kleptocracy of Mahinda R

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