Opinion and Issues,Letters to the Editor

Is the President xenophobic?

Views - 55 Wednesday, 20 March 2019 00:00

Is the President xenophobic when it comes to insurance? According to a leading English weekend paper, the President has ordered that the ‘Suraksha’ insurance scheme to provide benefits to both Government and private school students be given to


Resolving the foreign debt trap

Views - 72 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

My attention was drawn to an unanswered issue in the press on the captioned subject which inter-alia revealed the following data to explain what a foreign debt trap is.


“Be a woman!”

Views - 32 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

Sunday family breakfasts are a tradition when it comes to my family. In our Muslim Memon community, breakfast is a blend of palette-tingling curries, savoury eggs, rotis and sides of pickled vegetables. One morning, my mother’s legendary savoury e


10 points that will make this Budget and make the Government

Views - 7 Tuesday, 5 March 2019 00:00

1) A strategy to reduce the interest rates in the country. No business can be done by borrowing at 14-20%. 2) Pay the money due by the State to the private sector to ensure the companies can pay for their upkeep. 3) Have in place a strategy to attrac


Lord Nasebyresponds to ‘On Lord Naseby’s Sri Lanka whitewash’

Views - 191 Tuesday, 26 February 2019 00:05

Sri Lanka’s civil war ended tragically; so says Taylor Dibbert, a freelance Yankee journalist. There was nothing tragic about the annihilation of the LTTE Tamil Tigers; terrorists proscribed in 32 countries who had plagued the life of Sri Lanka for


Remedy for Cabinet minister mania and dubious national governments

Views - 112 Friday, 8 February 2019 00:00

The mass media are now agog with news involving unsavoury tactics adopted to increase the number of Ministerial Portfolios merely to appease the greedy politicians in search of power and filthy lucre. The President has gone to the extent of using the


Public views on National Policy for Conservation and Management of Wild Elephants

Views - 66 Thursday, 31 January 2019 01:14

At the outset I thank the Department of Wildlife Conservation for compiling and publishing a policy statement on the captioned subject requesting public views. Apparently, policy statements 1 to 4 reveal a short- and medium-term strategy to deal with


Expedite low-cost ‘humps’ at all unprotected rail crossings

Views - 76 Wednesday, 23 January 2019 00:00

Rail crossing tragedies are reported quite regularly with the latest at Thudella, Jaela with a death toll of four. Low cost ‘humps’ on either side of the crossing again would have prevented this tragedy too. Recently, I was surprised to learn f


Karunanayake’s vain attack on W.A. Wijewardena

Views - 655 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:00

If I were to say that I was swept off my feet after reading Karunanayake›s vain attack (See http://www.ft.lk/opinion/Ravi-K-alleges-W-A--Wijewardena-involvement-in-private-placements-of-Treasury-bonds/14-670991) on a much respected personality it


National Olympic Committee

Views - 109 Wednesday, 16 January 2019 00:00

Further to the exposure in your newspaper by Jayantha Gunawardena on the control of the so-called National Olympic Committee (NOC) by shadowy businessmen, very few readers are aware that the current office bearers of this Committee are claiming that


Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake deserves post of Secretary to Ministry of Ports and Shipping

Views - 244 Thursday, 27 December 2018 01:37

I was very happy to learn from your esteemed paper of 24 December that Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake has been appointed the Secretary of the Ministry of Ports and Shipping and Southern Development. Dr. Dissanayake’s performance as Chairman has been exc


Bashing Sirisena

Views - 171 Monday, 24 December 2018 00:09

The attempt of Dilkie (http://www.ft.lk/opinion/Bashing-Sirisena/14-669334) to bend the truth cannot be left unchallenged because her (assuming she is a lady by the sound of her name) entire ‘piece of writing’ contains presumptions, twisted facts


Adverse effects of continual depreciation of the rupee

Views - 32 Friday, 21 December 2018 00:00

The government seems to be quite satisfied to let the external value of the Rupee to slide downwards continuously. But there are the adverse effects of exchange rate depreciation on our Terms of Trade which cannot continue to be ignored. When the Rup


Bashing Sirisena

Views - 172 Friday, 21 December 2018 00:00

Since 27 October there has been a constant assault on the President. It is most disturbing and troubling to witness the obvious partisan assault by the news media and social media. The President on more than one occasion explained his motives for the


Parliament no longer supreme?

Views - 154 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:10

It is the UNP and its cabal which has destroys the supremacy of the Parliament by appealing to the Supreme Court. Worse off, it had sought for an injunction at Supreme Court clearly making it subservient to Supreme Court. In the days of Phillip Guna


What has Tax Department done about Swiss accounts?

Views - 36 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 - 150 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 - 26 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 - 25 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 - 179 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 - 32 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 - 79 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 - 17 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 - 305 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 - 750 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 - 71 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 - 123 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 - 155 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 - 16 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 - 83 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


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M.N. Nambiar: Birth centenary of Tamil cinema’s greatest screen villain

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Thursday 7 March this year was the birth centenary of Indian film actor Manjeri Narayanan Nambiar known to the world at large as M.N. Nambiar. The great Thespian who made a name for himself by acting in negative roles was hailed by many as the greate


An innocent utopian dream

Saturday, 23 March 2019

In an article published in the Daily FT on 19 February 2015, I predicted the trajectory of the ‘Yahapalana’ Government. In that piece of conjecture captioned ‘Maithri’s Mandate and Ranil’s Royalist Regency’ I said that Sri Lanka was witne


Historic betrayal of SLMC and ACMC

Saturday, 23 March 2019

It appears, according to a news report that the leaders of SLMC, ACMC and DPF during a meeting with President Sirisena to discuss constitutional reforms have “reneged on their promise to back the ongoing efforts to abolish the executive presidency


Playing with history

Friday, 22 March 2019

First of all, I was delighted to note a counter criticism ‘A reply to Victor Ivan’s ‘What went wrong with Sri Lanka?’ published in the Financial Times on 11 March in response to my article which appeared in the same newspaper on 22 February.


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