Letters to the Editor

Visit to the Osu Sala

/ Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:00

Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, On 19 June I visited an Osu Sala outlet with a prescription for two drugs. At the Osu Sala there were several counters &nd...


Ranil’s private visit

/ Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:00

The destruction caused by the recent floods exposed the fundamental vulgarity and meaninglessness of our politicians. When disaster happened, we ...


Open Letter to the Chairman and Board of SriLankan Airlines

/ Saturday, 17 June 2017 00:00

I am writing in disgust, after reading that SriLankan Airlines had lost Rs. 22 billion because of poor management and indecisiveness. Thank God the...


Re-clarification of facts on Minister John Amaratunga media incident

/ Wednesday, 14 June 2017 00:02

A re-clarification of the facts on the much magnified incident at Minister John Amaratunga’s residence on the 8th June 2017 has become n...


SLT land phones

/ Wednesday, 14 June 2017 00:01

With the proliferation in the use of mobile phones, the usage of the land phones is now very much limited. The subscribers of the land phones have ...


Conferring illegal chartered status

/ Monday, 12 June 2017 00:43

Arrangements are being made to confer Chartered status to 140 candidates by the Association of Public Finance Accountants, the designation of Chart...


Rationalise vehicle purchase for politicians through effective measures

/ Monday, 12 June 2017 00:39

According to news reports, the President has suspended the recent supplementary estimate for the purchase of vehicles for politicians apparently to...


Following Cabraal’s track

/ Wednesday, 31 May 2017 00:00

In the letter sent by Priyantha to the Daily FT of Monday, 29 May, he has stated that Governor Coomaraswamy is carrying out a job for his former bo...


Survey at gunpoint

/ Monday, 29 May 2017 00:02

Last week along the Galle Face Green road a strange kind of public survey was conducted. Traffic policemen were stopping vehicles arbitrari...


CB Chief and property market

/ Monday, 29 May 2017 00:01

The Governor of the Central Bank Dr. Coomaraswamy is virtually killing the property and housing market by making off-the-cuff statements about the ...


Sentries at the PM’s Office, Presidential Secretariat

/ Saturday, 13 May 2017 00:00

Day in and day out when going past the Prime Minister’s official residence at Temple Trees on my way to office, I feel very sorry for the sen...


Destruction of a ward in Colombo

/ Saturday, 13 May 2017 00:00

In a recent letter to the newspapers Mr. Tissa Devendra pointed out the destruction taking place down Kirula Road in Colombo 5. Until now there i...


Three cheers, Mr. Governor; trust your words of wisdom reverberate in ears of politicians managing State finances

/ Friday, 12 May 2017 00:00

Mr. Governor, the intellectual community and the civil society applaud your words of wisdom presented yesterday and say three hearty cheers! They h...


Capital levels of banking sector

/ Friday, 5 May 2017 00:00

An article in a newspaper highlights that banking sector capital levels have slipped down drastically. The capital adequacy of most banks have fall...


A robust set of electoral reforms to ensure good governance

/ Friday, 5 May 2017 00:00

It is learnt that Constitutional reforms prepared by the various sub-committees of the Parliament will be made public shortly.  At the outse...


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 ...


Today's Columnists

On which “beast’s” back does the burden of governance (not) rest?

23 June 2017

I was very hopeful when circumstances necessitated a national government of sorts in a hazy summer concatenation now long forgotten. At the time, we all thought the union of two major mainstream mindsets would result in a smorgasbord of good thing...


Yes or no to Paris Accord; let us reassess climate change

23 June 2017

By K.C. Somaratna Introduction I attended an international conference titled ‘Climate Change: Facing the challenge beyond COP 21’ in Colombo in February 2017. The conference attracted climate scientists from many countr...


Education allocations must target youth unemployment

23 June 2017

There is now a commitment to increase the number of students entering universities by 2020 and also to allocate more funds for vocational training.  The current intake into government universities is around 25,000 per year. Nearly 60% (150,...


Our tryst with mosquitoes!

22 June 2017

This small specie – small in size but quite big in impact – is creating havoc among us these days. The Government has a serious emergency at hand consequent to mosquito bites and specifically the bites of one species – Aedes aegy...


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