Letters to the Editor

‘Sri Lanka, A Land Like No Other’ – Wakeup call: A response

Views - 19 Wednesday, 26 June 2019 00:40

With reference to the above column on Saturday 22 June. It is dismaying and unnerving to read the remarks (within quotes) made by the Chief Prelate of the Asgiriya Chapter. To say the Reverend Monk is a “most highly respected” Buddhist Prelate i


J. J Ratnasiri a class by himself in the PSC proceedings

Views - 52 Friday, 21 June 2019 00:00

This note is in reference to the evidence given by JJ Ratnasiri Secretary Public Administration (S/PA) before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC), a few days ago. JJ Ratnasiri stood out there in a class by himself in the PSC proceedings. Ratna


Milinda’s National Service proposal

Views - 89 Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka was a complex crisis even before the Easter Sunday suicide attacks. Now, in the wake of the Easter Sunday attacks, the country has plunged into a deeper and bigger crisis, which is more complex than it was before. Milinda Moragoda has prop


The Sri Lanka saga

Views - 97 Thursday, 23 May 2019 01:29

In the 1940s Ceylon/Sri Lanka was awash with a huge sterling reserve for war reparations. Politicians were shouting from rooftops that ‘we are going to make Ceylon a paradise’. The first act was to give every citizen – the entire population


Let us be vigilant, but let’s not give these cowards the ability to scare us

Views - 62 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

Easter Sunday 2019 was the saddest day our nation has faced since the end of the war. As we mourn for those we have lost, and rebuild the damage caused by these attacks, it is now time to start thinking about how we as a nation react and respond to t


Enough is more than enough

Views - 55 Tuesday, 14 May 2019 00:00

By Rienzie Wijetilleke The Archbishop of Colombo has quite rightly called upon all those responsible for the Easter Sunday terror attack including the politicians to step down from their positions. We, however, find that the political leadership that


Ban Pirai TV and Pirai FM

Views - 184 Tuesday, 14 May 2019 00:00

We were shocked to read that Ask Media Network has launched the first 24-hour Islamic Tamil TV channel – Pirai TV. We also understand that there is a radio channel, Pirai FM. As soon as Peace TV was banned, this suddenly springs up out of nowhere.


Serious questions to Central Bank on FDIs

Views - 152 Tuesday, 14 May 2019 00:00

Recently we were told that the largest ever FDI to Sri Lanka worth $ 3.8 billion would be received for an oil refinery project. FDIs are frequently highlighted by experts as a key ingredient for growth. However there are many deficiencies in the way


The 1953 hartal: From an octogenarian

Views - 525 Monday, 13 May 2019 00:00

I was Private Secretary to R.G. Senanayake, Minister of Trade and Commerce, a very powerful Minister in the Senanayake ruling clan. In 1953 there was a hartal organised by the LLSP heading towards Temple Trees where Dudley Senanayake was residing. At


Improve arrivals procedure at BIA

Views - 121 Thursday, 9 May 2019 00:27

All those involved in the Government and the tourism sector would like to see tourists coming back to this country. Firstly they should do something about the disastrous arrangements made at the airport for arrivals. Departures are handled well. Ther


Journey into the past

Views - 28 Wednesday, 10 April 2019 00:00

Last week I travelled to Jaffna by train instead of taking a bus. I made the decision as the reported road accidents have been frequent and tragic with many victims of deaths and injury. My last train journey to Jaffna was nearly 50 years ago when I


Repeal PTA, but reject CTA

Views - 50 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

The strongest argument to my mind against a counter-terrorism law is that the state of being anti-terror is a terrible choice of status quo—for any society, by any state. It’s true that terrorism can be ‘narrowly’ or ‘objectively’ define


Cancer medicine becoming unaffordable

Views - 37 Wednesday, 3 April 2019 00:00

A lady, 70 years old was stricken with cancer few years ago. She is a spinster and was a maths teacher at a government school before retirement. I know the family well. They are respectable and socially responsible, determined as far as possible not


Is the President xenophobic?

Views - 72 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 - 87 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 - 58 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 - 13 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 - 259 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 - 118 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 - 97 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 - 90 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 - 675 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 - 126 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 - 333 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 - 182 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 - 38 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 - 181 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 - 171 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 - 44 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 - 169 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


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Why are Sri Lankan passports so bad?

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

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Wednesday, 24 July 2019

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Howard at the PIM

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

A number of very important people called to thank me for inviting them to the very popular presentation by Dr. Howard Nicholas. It was held on 18 July at the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) auditorium. The title of the presentation was ‘


“Sri Lanka’s future lies in producing exportable manufactured goods”: Dr. Howard Nicholas

Monday, 22 July 2019

Drawing lessons from Vietnam’s experiences The Sri Lanka-born economist attached to The Hague based Institute of Social Studies – Dr. Howard Nicholas – addressing a packed audience consisting of the alumni of the Postgraduate Institute of Manag


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