Letters to the Editor

What has Tax Department done about Swiss accounts?

Views - 23 Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:55

More than two years have now gone since our major newspapers exposed Sri Lankan citizens secretly having Swiss and Cayman Island bank accounts. Some of them had both husband and wife as separate account holders to dodge taxes even in those countries.


Does the SEC grant licenses for the wealthy to avoid paying taxes?

Views - 132 Saturday, 27 October 2018 00:00

Does the SEC grant licenses for the wealthy to avoid paying taxes? As you and I are aware, the SEC or the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka is charged with the task of regulating the capital markets of the country. You may then wonder h


What right has GMOA to dictate terms to the Health Minister ?

Views - 8 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:00

What right has the GMOA to dictate terms to the Minister of Health who stands up against bullying by the GMOA? The Minister represents the people while the GMOA represents a trade union masquerading as a professional group. Professional associations


Public transport and man hour losses

Views - 14 Tuesday, 2 October 2018 00:00

I refer to the news item in your esteemed newspaper where Gayani De Alwis, Chairperson of the Chartered Institute of Logistics has stated the country faces enormous financial and man hour losses in workplaces estimated at billions per year. Won’t s


Sri Lanka doesn’t deserve more time at the UN Human Rights Council

Views - 160 Tuesday, 2 October 2018 00:00

A recent Daily FT op-ed (‘Transitional justice efforts in Sri Lanka fall short’) correctly explains that the implementation of the Coalition Government’s transitional justice agenda has gone terribly. The author then suggests that further (and


Ban vehicle imports as part of austerity

Views - 15 Monday, 1 October 2018 00:00

I was really happy to read the Letter to the Editor on the above subject by Sariputhra of Colombo 5. I believe many sensible Sri Lankan readers of the FT who read it would certainly agree on what he had said.


The meaning of money supply

Views - 64 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:00

There are different meanings to money supply. It could refer to the legal tender which is the official money printed and issued by the monetary authority which everybody in the particular state is required to accept when proffered in settlement of a


Are university students above the law?

Views - 9 Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:00

A fundamental principle of a liberal democracy is that no one is above the law and that all are equal before the law. How then have the authorities who are in charge of law enforcement in the universities excluding the Police from entering the univer


Fireside Chat: Facts are too stubborn, sir!

Views - 279 Tuesday, 4 September 2018 00:21

Last week’s packed Fireside Chat that I attended was truly a reminder of the change the current Government has ushered into the private sector. The fact that the hotel was packed to the brim and people actually paid to listen to Access Group Founde


NRFC accounts under attack

Views - 192 Monday, 3 September 2018 00:00

The purpose in starting NRFC accounts was to encourage Sri Lankans having foreign currency to invest in their own country. The country needs the dollars badly. These accounts were flexible with the account holder being able to remit his money to any


Powerless against the IGP

Views - 54 Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:00

The National Police Commission has said it is powerless against the IGP. What are the functions of the National Police Commission? The IGP is the head of the Police Force and is responsible for its efficient functioning. Effective operations requires


Speed up installation of low-cost ‘humps’ as alternative for electric railway gates

Views - 111 Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:00

I was surprised to learn from the media that 200 railway gates with electric bell and light systems are to be installed at a cost of $ 6.4 m. At the current exchange rate, it works out to an astounding Rs. 5.2 m per gate with the total direct invest


Caught in a lobbying maze, Sri Lankan leaders need to stand tall

Views - 123 Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:00

By Patrick De Silva Balanced legislation in terms of policy for both trade and political concerns are essential to ensure rational and sustainable advancement. These require extended dialogue that is all-encompassing and transparent, which in turn w


The Singapore-Sri Lanka FTA

Views - 11 Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:00

I refer to the comments made by Wasantha Samarasinghe in another newspaper of 19 August. He opposes it because it could destroy the free industrial enterprises we have in our country. I am afraid he is right. It is true that our future lies with int


Politicians are hired representatives of the people

Views - 78 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

I am spurred by D .Weeratunga’s letter focusing on the mandate given to politicians by the people. He has quite forthrightly highlighted several home truths about our existing political administration system. It implies that politicians are no more


Ad hoc ratios and bonus seats for PC elections: Why?

Views - 87 Wednesday, 25 July 2018 00:00

It is reported in the press that the Delimitation Commission has proposed to introduce a 50:50 ratio and increase the number


Kerawalapitiya LNG plant tender exposes deterioration in the political system

Views - 74 Friday, 13 July 2018 00:00

I write to you regarding the article published on the above tender.


Beyond platitudes and misinformation

Views - 179 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

Nilantha Ilangamuwa’s recent opinion piece (‘When Trump dumped the UN Human Rights Council’) is inundated with inaccuracies, misguided notions, banalities and oversimplifications. It’s infeasible to address all of them in a single letter. Ila


A simple and low cost method for holding PC elections

Views - 63 Monday, 25 June 2018 00:00

It is reported in the press that notwithstanding a difference of opinion that has arisen at a party leaders’ meeting regarding the forthcoming Provincial Council (PC) elections, it has been decided to revert to the ‘Preference Voting’ (PV) syst


Provide solutions, not distractions

Views - 36 Friday, 22 June 2018 00:00

Every day seems filled with uproar about the state of the economy, the unpredictable hike in fuel prices, escalating taxation


SLT billing for internet connection – A swindle?

Views - 149 Friday, 22 June 2018 00:00

Today most Sri Lankan customers use SLT for their internet connection. Being connected to the world is vital to function


To the spineless Government: Wake up or perish

Views - 87 Tuesday, 5 June 2018 00:00

The UNP’s formidable team (JRJ, Gamini, Ronnie and, in addition, Lalith, Ranil and Premadasa) in the ’80s won the confidence of the world


COO, CMC and Land Registry

Views - 55 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

My father purchased a house (approx. two perches) in 2010. The assessment number is 273/6S4, Ferguson’s Road,


Transparency and bribes

Views - 35 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

With reference to the letter written by Mohamed Zaharain (19 May). The writer’s observation on municipal garbage collectors


Response to the open letter to the Mayor of Colombo by Citizen Fernando

Views - 113 Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:00

I was prompted to send this response to the open letter addressed to the Colombo Mayor by Citizen Fernando which was published in Daily FT on 19 May.


Is transparent daylight bribery part of good governance?

Views - 49 Saturday, 19 May 2018 00:00

It was around 8 a.m. a few days ago when I got stuck in the traffic on Galle Road, I saw a garbage cart (with quite lot of bags with trash surrounding it) parked in front of a lane – there wasn’t a name board for this lane – ri


High rise buildings and the overall negative impact

Views - 51 Tuesday, 8 May 2018 00:00

There is a boom in the construction industry in our country and quite a large number of multi-storied buildings are coming up overnight all over the place within the city as well as outside. Even in small ‘wattes’ (gardens) one can see single hou


FlySmiles gets kudos

Views - 42 Wednesday, 2 May 2018 00:00

I am pleased to report that FlySmiles dealt with the issue I reported in a letter published by Daily FT on 24 April and contacted


Flysmiles not so smiley

Views - 80 Tuesday, 24 April 2018 00:00

FlySmiles is celebrating its 10th anniversary with promotions. I would urge them to celebrate by improving existing systems.


Restructure political and media culture in Sri Lanka

Views - 52 Thursday, 5 April 2018 00:00

We are led to believe that the present political drama is in part, a creation of the lopsided and skewed media culture that we now witness.  In general, the present day media are accustomed to highlighting and blowing all the negative issues out of


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Courting democracy; Housing disaster?

Thursday, 15 November 2018

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Sri Lanka’s Judiciary in its finest hour

Thursday, 15 November 2018

“We must never forget that the only real source of power we as judges can tap is the respect of the people” –Justice Thurgood Marshall


When scholars turn slayers of reason

Thursday, 15 November 2018

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Thursday, 15 November 2018

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