Letters to the Editor

Tariff increase requested by public boards and enterprises

/ Tuesday, 11 April 2017 00:00

  The inefficiency and corruption in State organisations has become such a burden to the Treasury and the people that it seems this st...


Hambantota Port begins, citizens remain in the dark

/ Monday, 3 April 2017 00:03

Hambantota Port has been talked about for many months under the present Government, about sale or lease and loan swap and so on, followed by a one ...


Water Board, water leaks and want of equipment

/ Saturday, 1 April 2017 00:00

Water leaks everywhere and not a drop to drink! (with sincere apologies to S.T. Coleridge) It was around 10.00 pm when I walking down Jetawana Ro...


Water Board and water bills

/ Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:00

The water meter reader who visited my residence last month on 7 February has not visited to date (23 March). When I checked with my niece, Zainab Z...


Where are the regulatory bodies for Ayurvedic doctors and other healers?

/ Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:00

The GMOA, student movements, politicians, trade unions, interested individuals and groups are currently hitting the headlines with their hysterics ...


Media Minister has got his wires crossed

/ Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:12

The mass Media Minister has got his wires crossed. He should study some economic principles. Economists say that a commodity or a service where the...


Listing State-Owned Enterprises

/ Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:11

With reference to Ravi K’s ‘commendable’ decision to list SOEs, raising $ 1 billion to plump up Government coffers needing extrem...


Razeen Sally’s intensely politically-biased article

/ Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:10

I am amazed that Professor Razeen Sally, Chairman, Institute of Policy Studies, has thought it fit to write an intensely politically-biased article...


Escalate citizen pressure to change attitude of politicians and the public

/ Saturday, 18 March 2017 00:00

In response to my recent letter to the Editor titled ‘Cure this vehicle mania of politicians’ that appeared in the press, an engineer f...


Sports Ministry driver drugged?

/ Saturday, 18 March 2017 00:00

On 16 March at about 11 a.m. while driving down Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha towards the Public Library roundabout, I paused for a few minutes to al...


Installation of lifts for multi-storeyed buildings

/ Thursday, 9 March 2017 00:00

Most of the multi-storeyed buildings (apartments/flats in Maligawatte, Armour Street, Maradana, Bambalapitiya, Princess Gate and several other flat...


Cure this vehicle mania of politicians

/ Thursday, 9 March 2017 00:00

It is sickening to learn again that huge supplementary budget allocations are being made to purchase luxury duty-free vehicles for Central Governme...


GPO and its Snail Mail

/ Tuesday, 7 March 2017 00:00

Last Wednesday, 1 March 2017, at about 11.00 a.m. I took about 185 flyers (A5 paper folded into two and stapled) to the General Post Office located...


Achieve the objective of Local Govt. elections

/ Saturday, 4 March 2017 00:00

With the handing over of the much-awaited ‘De-limitation Report’, small political parties have now renewed their clarion call to hold t...


Good governance requires continuous attention

/ Saturday, 18 February 2017 00:00

I refer to the news headline ‘Good Governance has been breached: Devapriya’. Good governance seems to have become a manthram or a polit...


Reply to ‘Favourite whipping boy Arjuna Mahendran’

/ Friday, 17 February 2017 00:00

It was surprising to observe the unsuccessful attempt by writer Jinitha Devapriya in his article titled “Arjuna Mahendran, the favourite &lsq...


Is this what we are to expect from a Grama Sevaka?

/ Wednesday, 15 February 2017 10:21

Last week, my daughter went to get the certification of her new residency/tenancy in an Armour Street flat, Colombo 12 from the GS, D.W. Prematilek...


Doctors who benefited from free education to pay back the costs!

/ Wednesday, 15 February 2017 10:15

I refer to the headline under the caption ‘Private Medical School graduates must pass the licensing examination’. The deans of the ei...


SAITM opponents

/ Monday, 13 February 2017 00:43

I refer to the news item of 7 February titled ‘SAITM CEO shot at’. The Police investigations are not yet released and one hopes this at...


GMOA and SAITM

/ Thursday, 9 February 2017 00:00

Here is a win-win solution: With today’s advancements in teaching and learning, there is no reason why a Math/Dancing Major should not be all...


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Can ‘Fonny’ fix faulty governance?

29 April 2017

  According to the loquacious logician of the ‘Yahapalana’ Government, Minister of Health Rajitha Senaratne, the President has requested Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to quit his ministerial portfolio to b...


Wickremesinghe’s political biography, an informative and inspirational read

29 April 2017

 President Maithripala Sirisena receiving the first copy of the biography of Ranil Wickremesinghe from author Dinesh Weerakkody at its launch recently at the BMICH as Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe looks on     ...


Govt. needs to move on post-GSP+ to excite the electorate

28 April 2017

The GSP+ going through is no doubt a big victory for Sri Lanka given the many challenges the Government has been facing in the last few months and the negativity surrounding it. The Prime Minister needs to be congratulated for his efforts to resto...


The Executive Presidency: Who wants it abolished and why?

28 April 2017

Right of reply to Shyamon Jayasinghe   In public as in private life, it is important to know when someone is attempting to scam you. The question then is “what’s his game?” or, as the famous line in British j...


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