Letters to the Editor

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...


‘Conspiracy’ of the missing: A response

/ Tuesday, 23 August 2016 00:02

The article by the much-decorated Rear Admiral was a misnomer in its heading. The entirety of it was the ‘heroic and brave’ acts of the...


A viable, low-cost alternative for railway gates

/ Friday, 12 August 2016 00:00

With the recent work stoppage of rail gate keepers, yet another tragedy has occurred, due to unhindered access across a railway line.  Reade...


New National Audit Bill Sections (4) and (53)

/ Saturday, 16 July 2016 00:00

By K.C. Vignarajah The fine details and implications of this very important topic cannot be covered well, within my available free minutes before...


Chandra J’s open letter to UNP members of COPE

/ Tuesday, 12 July 2016 00:01

With reference to the centre page news item of 11 July under the above caption, I wish to address an open letter to Chandra Jayaratne, which I sinc...


Tragic tug-o-war between President and PM

/ Friday, 8 July 2016 00:04

  I refer to the article titled ‘Tragic tug-o-war between President and PM’ in the Daily FT of 5 July. It was most disturb...


Downgrading of banks by Fitch

/ Wednesday, 29 June 2016 00:00

The Daily FT of 24 June carried the alarming news that the ratings of both our development banks, National Development Bank and DFCC, have been dow...


Ceiling on campaign expenditure by candidates at general elections

/ Wednesday, 29 June 2016 00:00

The press has headlined the captioned proposal by the PM to be imposed by the Constitution. It is a welcome proposal and in our view it can be ef...


Finance Minister and the Central Bank Treasury bond scam: A query to T. Rusiripala

/ Tuesday, 21 June 2016 00:01

I read with interest the very argumentative article by T. Rusiripala (16 June) on the bond issue of 27 February 2015, which has now become a contro...


Was Ajith Nivard Cabraal an accountant, an economist or a magician?

/ Monday, 20 June 2016 00:00

With the rupee weakening day by day we hear an idea pushed by the current government that the Rupee was artificially held by the previous governmen...


Luxury vehicles for ministers: Treat the root cause

/ Friday, 17 June 2016 00:00

Nowadays the mass media is replete with comments, observations and recommendations on luxury vehicles for ministers. Having read some of them, I ...


Streamline unjust visa procedures 2

/ Thursday, 26 May 2016 00:00

I read with much consternation the article by Bernard Fernando of Moratuwa titled ‘Streamline unjust visa procedures’ that appeared in ...


Options for payment of bonuses

/ Wednesday, 25 May 2016 00:00

The employer employee relationship improves when bonus is paid in addition to other payments (Salary, Overtime, EPF, ETF, Retiring Gratuity). Emplo...


Prime Minister should take a cue from the President

/ Wednesday, 25 May 2016 00:00

A lot of people give often too much of credit to the Prime Minister for all the good things that happens while the President never gets mu...


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29 September 2016

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