Letters to the Editor

Self-service with spoon in hand

/ Friday, 2 December 2016 00:01

It is disgusting to learn that the ‘Yahapalanaya’ concept is being prostituted to satisfy ‘misplaced enthusiasms’ of the Ce...


Ranil blasts FT

/ Friday, 18 November 2016 00:00

With reference to the above news item on Thursday, it is truly shocking and distasteful that the PM utters statements likening an excellen...


Role of Sri Lankan missions overseas in international trade

/ Wednesday, 2 November 2016 00:01

The Foreign Minister and his Deputy have time and again mentioned the need to streamline the Ministry and its overseas missions to enable it to pla...


Coalition Against Coal writes open letter to President and Prime Minister

/ Wednesday, 2 November 2016 00:01

On behalf of the Coalition Against Coal, we want to recognise and give thanks to you and the Government of Sri Lanka for the wise decision taken to...


Chandra Jayaratne and corrupt auditors

/ Thursday, 27 October 2016 00:02

I refer to “Good governance activist” Chandra Jayaratne’s  letter to the President, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sr...


De-politicise Local Government bodies and hold elections

/ Friday, 21 October 2016 00:01

The Local Government elections have now been postponed for more than a reasonable number of times riding on the excuse that the ‘de-limitatio...


SriLankan Airlines: No friend of the handicapped

/ Friday, 21 October 2016 00:01

This story belongs to a friend rather than to me. However, I believe I have a role to play in voicing his plight, as I may have to bear a degree of...


Sri Lanka has not fulfilled its potential in terms of geographical location

/ Saturday, 15 October 2016 00:00

I decided to write this article after much thought, after attending the Colombo International Maritime Conference 2016. Now I feel that as...


‘Mess in SriLankan Airlines’ an attempt to sling mud

/ Friday, 14 October 2016 11:02

  Your article on ‘The mess in SriLankan Airlines is getting worse!’ written by ‘Insider’ is condemning the pa...


Arrest this comedy of errors in the Parliament

/ Friday, 7 October 2016 00:00

It is ridiculous and denigrating to observe that procedural errors are repeated when presenting important Bills such as the VAT Bill, which has bec...


It is important to preserve nature

/ Friday, 7 October 2016 00:00

Are we doing enough to preserve nature? If we do not preserve nature, we have to face a lot of difficulties and problems. If we look at the world, ...


Mr.President, wake up and do something

/ Friday, 7 October 2016 00:00

The Daily FT of 4 October had exposed the sorry state of affairs in our National Carrier.  I am ex-SriLankan. The tragedy began when Mahinda...


Disgusting customer service at the bank

/ Thursday, 6 October 2016 00:00

It is with disgust that I write about the customer service of financial institutes of Sri Lanka. Customer service is an illusion that is limited to...


Imposition of dress codes for parents must be assessed objectively

/ Monday, 26 September 2016 00:01

According to news reports appearing in various print and social media on 24 September 2016, the Hon. Minister of Education has banned schools from ...


An Olympian Con

/ Wednesday, 14 September 2016 00:01

The performance of Sri Lanka’s team at the recently concluded Olympics was so pathetic that it looked almost comic. Our team, of about eight ...


Let’s not mix up illegalities with fraud or misuse of public funds

/ Friday, 2 September 2016 00:00

I refer to the news item about Gotabaya Rajapaksa who is alleged to have caused a large monetary loss of Rs. 11.4 billion to the State by setting u...


‘Higher education: To privatise or not?’ A response

/ Thursday, 1 September 2016 00:00

I read the mentioned editorial with much interest and I think you brought up some very important points with regardto the private medical ...


A very kind request to Ban Ki-moon

/ Thursday, 1 September 2016 00:00

The UN Secretary General will visit Sri Lanka from 31 August to 2September.We welcome the UN Secretary General to our country. During his visit h...


A response to Central Bank Chief’s toxic remarks

/ Saturday, 27 August 2016 00:00

I must congratulate your paper for the quality of independent reporting. I was amused with some of the remarks made by our new Governor. I...


Sans cents makes sense

/ Tuesday, 23 August 2016 11:15

  I refer to the timely issue raised by A.W. Jayawardena vide his letter to the Press on 21 August. A similar clarion call was made by...


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Researchers and elephants – we have a problem!

8 December 2016

 John Dewey said that “every great advance in science has come from a new audacity of imagination” and these acts of imagination have to come from researchers. The numbers for Sri Lanka appear to be really worrying as the critica...


CEB Engineers, back to old practices

7 December 2016

   Considering the low reliability of the Norochcholai coal-fired power plant, Sri Lanka could face energy and capacity shortages in 2018-2019 and under drought  conditions even with planned plant additions   ...


Policy contradictions hold back economic prospects

7 December 2016

   Whilst fiscal adjustments are in disarray, the Central Bank which is supposed to conduct the country’s monetary policy independently is being increasingly subject to political influence, according to recent newspaper rep...


Why agricultural value chains fail – Part (2): A principal-agent-problem

7 December 2016

  A tea cultivation in Nuwara Eliya – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara   It is time to move away from traditional subsidy based agricultural value chains and look for more efficient methods. Some organisations are a...


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