Lalith de Mel

Political ideology vs. economic reality

/ Friday, 1 July 2016 00:10

Very soon it will be tennis at Wimbledon. We will be watching the scintillating long rallies. The ball whizzing back and forth from one side to the...


Economic consequences of opposing what is good and not opposing what is bad

/ Friday, 10 June 2016 00:00

 The current Government and the previous have been great addicts to borrowing to bridge the gap between revenue and expenditure. Society looks...


The Fonseca saga

/ Friday, 22 April 2016 00:00

If those who have done a Fonseca are not charged, because they have not committed an offence, then having done a Fonseca will become a prestigious ...


Some FDI is like taking Panadol

/ Friday, 18 March 2016 00:00

The Panadol pack says it provides relief from the symptoms of pain and fever. It does not claim to cure the cause of these symptoms. A tranche of F...


Nero was fiddling whilst Rome was burning

/ Tuesday, 16 February 2016 00:04

We tend to use the word fiddling to impishly imply something improper or dishonest. Whilst Rome was burning, Nero was not fiddling with someone&rsq...


Good plans need good people

/ Thursday, 14 January 2016 00:00

It is really very simple. Good people are required to develop good plans. The link between good plans and good results is good managers. If this cr...


Creating more shareholders and a dynamic private sector economy

/ Thursday, 17 December 2015 00:00

Premier says “I want to see an expansion in shareholding. According to the newspapers, that was what he said at the SEC. Wide shareholding is...


Truth, Retribution, Reconciliation

/ Friday, 20 November 2015 00:00

What is the end game? Seeking the truth, seeking retribution, and seeking reconciliation are processes, like winding roads, that will twist and t...


Zero plus zero will be zero

/ Friday, 9 October 2015 00:00

A minister with no academic education or a good knowledge of the subject gained through work experience at a senior level will not be able to creat...


Twinkle, twinkle new star, how I wonder what you are?

/ Friday, 25 September 2015 00:48

  Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe       Some very old nursery rhymes have ...


Can a leopard change its spots?

/ Wednesday, 12 August 2015 00:00

    There are two leopards growling at each other. The voting public has to choose one or the other. To the thinking disc...


Beware of those who come bearing gifts

/ Thursday, 16 July 2015 00:00

‘Beware of those who come bearing gifts’. The origin of this expression was the Trojan War. The Greeks could not break through...


Economic growth does not come through the Walter Mitty syndrome!

/ Friday, 12 June 2015 00:00

  James Thurber the American author is best known for his famous short story published in 1939 called the ‘The Secret Life of Wa...


A tale of two nursery rhymes

/ Tuesday, 12 May 2015 00:01

It is an interesting and exciting time; a new President, a new Constitution and tales of corruption that never cease. The question hanging heavy in th...


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SL can’t sit on the sidelines; we must join the race for trade and jobs

29 July 2016

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe speaking recently in Singapore     The Prime Minister’s move to fast-track the FTAs with Singapore and China and a revised ETCA is a good move. He knows we cannot...


Jaffna University – When entitlement is rejected

29 July 2016

On 16 July, a clash happened between students at Jaffna University over the inclusion of Sinhalese cultural spectacles in the welcome event. Below is a brief of the events but a more in-depth report of the goings-on can be found on DBS Jeyaraj&rsq...


The New Republic: Making it or Faking it?

29 July 2016

A week and more ago, those of us who remembered celebrated humanity’s greatest adventure yet: our first (manned spacecraft) moon landing on 20 July 1969. And yet a significant segment of web-crawlers still believes that the whole operation w...


The Development (Special Provisions) Bill and the Coalition Government

28 July 2016

“The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to publish the Sri Lanka Sustainable Development Bill in a gazette and present the same in Parliament...


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