Letters to the Editor

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...


The bar down Kirula Road, Colombo 5

/ Wednesday, 25 May 2016 00:00

In this hallowed month, it may be useful to reflect on the number of dansalas being sponsored by organisations such as liquor bars and mas...


Streamline unjust visa procedures

/ Friday, 20 May 2016 00:00

    This letter is written to highlight the draconian and unethical visa procedures adopted by some embassies/co...


Finance Minister’s involvement in respect of the appointment of the Central Bank Governor

/ Thursday, 19 May 2016 00:34

Recently, I watched an interview by a reporter of a television channel with Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake, where a question was addressed t...


Bank Holidays

/ Monday, 9 May 2016 00:00

At present we have Government and Private Banks.  Regrettably they close on all holidays allocated for Public and Mercantile Sector as follows...


Promising tours and taking innocents for a ride!

/ Monday, 25 April 2016 00:00

I  am addressing this letter as a matter of Public interest  to expose some  so  called  Religious  Overseas Tour &nb...


Public service under Yahapaalanaya: A rant

/ Friday, 8 April 2016 00:00

When I entered the Ministry of External Affairs to get my education certificates validated, I was pleasantly surprised to see the orderly queue the...


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An old presidential ethic, or a new political culture?

26 August 2016

  THE X FILES – the more some things change, the more they remain the same… You could think we would know better by now not to make future heroes out of former zeroes. We have had our idolatrous fingers burned by ...


Learn to learn by doing; do not outsource your education

26 August 2016

“...Tell me I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn,” said Benjamin Franklin.   Then, how do you feel about the students who do not listen to what you tell them, who do not study what you teach, and who do...


Post-Paada Yathra – Punditry and Polemics

26 August 2016

 Confusing friend and foe with right and wrong is an occupational hazard of partisan commentators. Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka is no exception to the rule. Despite the voluntary stepping on a discursive banana skin, his latest essay ‘Politic...


Fast-track reforms to address skill gaps

26 August 2016

 The Sri Lanka Human Capital Summit (HCS) served as a platform for a dialogue between policymakers, business leaders, industry experts and global thought leaders. The conference also served as a platform to identify solutions to bridge the sk...


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