Letters to the Editor

Gota’s tax proposals: Govt. will lose Rs. 560 b

Views - 12 Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:45

here was so much happiness when Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the SLPP candidate, said he would slash taxes. The Government would immediately lose Rs. 560 billion. He does not however say how he will collect the shortfall of Rs. 560 billion. We need to see his

Blocking vehicle access to railway station inconveniences commuters

Views - 10 Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:18

This is outside Anuradhapura Railway Station; where passengers are forced to walk some distance to their transport in torrential rain or scorching sun: the old and infants; the pregnant and the disabled.

Shameful incident at Chinese cultural show

Views - 362 Friday, 18 October 2019 00:00

The Cultural section of the Chinese Embassy Colombo on 24 September presented a cultural show by Hubei Province to celebrate their 70th anniversary. The public was invited to view it free of charge and seating was offered on first come first served b

BOC refuses to accept water bill payment over the counter?

Views - 337 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00

When I visited the Bank of Ceylon, 94, Main Street, Pettah last Thursday to settle the  water bill, the young lady teller refused point-blank to accept  the payment (please note that all three tellers were free as there wasn’t a queue at all)

UK garbage

Views - 24 Tuesday, 8 October 2019 00:00

UK garbage What happened to the container loads of garbage that were lying at the Colombo Port? Did the Medical Research Institute and the Atomic Energy Regulatory Council submit their respective reports to the Government Analyst pertaining to the ab

Let’s stand by our friends in Pakistan

Views - 30 Thursday, 19 September 2019 01:11

As a continuation of the cornea diplomacy started by us during the stewardship of a much respected High Commissioner for Pakistan in Sri Lanka Gen. (R) Shakeel Hussein and his able Deputy Dr. Sarfaraz Sipra almost five years ago, the Delegation of th

Flooding due to blockage of drain

Views - 41 Tuesday, 10 September 2019 00:05

Under the Gamperaliya program, interlocking paving stones have been fixed in our garden and even the drain was made larger than what it was. In spite of the renovation which would have cost the Municipality a colossal sum, the entrance to this garden

Private banks and interest rates

Views - 194 Monday, 2 September 2019 01:22

In this time of very slow economic growth, in order to stimulate the economy our Central Bank has substantially reduced the interest rates, including the lending rates. This was an essential move after the 21 April incident as it destroyed our econom

US really misjudged Sirisena and Coalition Government

Views - 205 Monday, 26 August 2019 00:00

I enjoyed reading Uditha Jayasinghe’s thoughtful interview with the US State Department’s Alice Wells (‘Snapshot of US-SL ties’). I was, however, disappointed that the exchange didn’t address the ways in which US-Sri Lanka relations have ev

High-tech fibre optic home phone system could go dead in an emergency

Views - 95 Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:00

SLT is boasting and aggressively promoting sophisticated landline fibre optic and VoIP telephone systems. But there’s one possible drawback they don’t highlight: losing your phone service during a power outage. Fibre services will only work as lo

A low-cost solution for unprotected rail crossings

Views - 74 Tuesday, 30 July 2019 00:00

Two more tragic accidents took place recently at Veyangoda and at Thudella, Jaela with a death toll of three. Again, low cost ‘humps’ on either side of the crossing would have prevented these tragedies. It is reported that the Government proje

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

Views - 26 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 - 68 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 - 114 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 - 106 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 - 66 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 - 62 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 - 242 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 - 176 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 - 543 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 - 132 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 - 30 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 - 61 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 - 44 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 - 79 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 - 88 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 - 64 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 - 16 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 - 336 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 - 120 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

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