Letters to the Editor

Tariff increase requested by public boards and enterprises

Views - 2257 Tuesday, 11 April 2017 00:00

  The inefficiency and corruption in State organisations has become such a burden to the Treasury and the people that it seems this state of affairs will continue by way of taxing the masses forever. At a prime time news of 16 Febru


Hambantota Port begins, citizens remain in the dark

Views - 2690 Monday, 3 April 2017 00:03

Hambantota Port has been talked about for many months under the present Government, about sale or lease and loan swap and so on, followed by a one page advertisement in ST 26 March as a message from the Government but the public remains in darknes


Water Board, water leaks and want of equipment

Views - 2438 Saturday, 1 April 2017 00:00

Water leaks everywhere and not a drop to drink! (with sincere apologies to S.T. Coleridge) It was around 10.00 pm when I walking down Jetawana Road on my way home to Layard’s Broadway, I noticed water oozing out from the payment which had


Water Board and water bills

Views - 2541 Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:00

The water meter reader who visited my residence last month on 7 February has not visited to date (23 March). When I checked with my niece, Zainab Zaqraf, who is residing in another lane in Layard’s Broadway, informs me that the meter reader


Where are the regulatory bodies for Ayurvedic doctors and other healers?

Views - 2562 Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:00

The GMOA, student movements, politicians, trade unions, interested individuals and groups are currently hitting the headlines with their hysterics and the mass media are also obsessed with reporting SAITM’s inability to meet the requirements


Media Minister has got his wires crossed

Views - 2557 Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:12

The mass Media Minister has got his wires crossed. He should study some economic principles. Economists say that a commodity or a service where the demand exceeds supply will command a price in a market if it is exchangeable. Medical education is


Listing State-Owned Enterprises

Views - 2668 Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:11

With reference to Ravi K’s ‘commendable’ decision to list SOEs, raising $ 1 billion to plump up Government coffers needing extreme resuscitation, then reading an excellent exposé of the CEB who are to be the saviours of th


Razeen Sally’s intensely politically-biased article

Views - 2871 Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:10

I am amazed that Professor Razeen Sally, Chairman, Institute of Policy Studies, has thought it fit to write an intensely politically-biased article titled ‘Sri Lanka: Three scenarios’ in your esteemed newspaper. The article contains so


Escalate citizen pressure to change attitude of politicians and the public

Views - 2381 Saturday, 18 March 2017 00:00

In response to my recent letter to the Editor titled ‘Cure this vehicle mania of politicians’ that appeared in the press, an engineer friend of mine stated as follows: “They do what they want. Citizens are helpless and suffering.


Sports Ministry driver drugged?

Views - 2385 Saturday, 18 March 2017 00:00

On 16 March at about 11 a.m. while driving down Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha towards the Public Library roundabout, I paused for a few minutes to allow the traffic coming from the Art Gallery direction to pass (they are obviously on my right hand s


Installation of lifts for multi-storeyed buildings

Views - 2569 Thursday, 9 March 2017 00:00

Most of the multi-storeyed buildings (apartments/flats in Maligawatte, Armour Street, Maradana, Bambalapitiya, Princess Gate and several other flats) constructed in the past do not have the lift facility.  Most of these have been constructe


Cure this vehicle mania of politicians

Views - 2503 Thursday, 9 March 2017 00:00

It is sickening to learn again that huge supplementary budget allocations are being made to purchase luxury duty-free vehicles for Central Government MPs using taxpayer money. As reiterated by the writer in his previous submissions, with the adv


GPO and its Snail Mail

Views - 2261 Tuesday, 7 March 2017 00:00

Last Wednesday, 1 March 2017, at about 11.00 a.m. I took about 185 flyers (A5 paper folded into two and stapled) to the General Post Office located along Bristol Street in Fort to be posted. This flyer was to inform the members about the forthcomi


Achieve the objective of Local Govt. elections

Views - 2263 Saturday, 4 March 2017 00:00

With the handing over of the much-awaited ‘De-limitation Report’, small political parties have now renewed their clarion call to hold the forthcoming Local Government (LG) elections on the existing PR system, which is their last straw


Good governance requires continuous attention

Views - 2480 Saturday, 18 February 2017 00:00

I refer to the news headline ‘Good Governance has been breached: Devapriya’. Good governance seems to have become a manthram or a political slogan. Good governance is however a continuous obligation and not a one-off affair.  Su


Reply to ‘Favourite whipping boy Arjuna Mahendran’

Views - 3347 Friday, 17 February 2017 00:00

It was surprising to observe the unsuccessful attempt by writer Jinitha Devapriya in his article titled “Arjuna Mahendran, the favourite ‘whipping boy’ of our times!” published in Daily FT of 14 February to defend the actio


Is this what we are to expect from a Grama Sevaka?

Views - 2423 Wednesday, 15 February 2017 10:21

Last week, my daughter went to get the certification of her new residency/tenancy in an Armour Street flat, Colombo 12 from the GS, D.W. Prematileka (who is in charge of New Bazaar) whose office is also located in another block of Armour Street fl


Doctors who benefited from free education to pay back the costs!

Views - 2121 Wednesday, 15 February 2017 10:15

I refer to the headline under the caption ‘Private Medical School graduates must pass the licensing examination’. The deans of the eight medical faculties have made this suggestion. They also say the licensing examination will be sim


SAITM opponents

Views - 2169 Monday, 13 February 2017 00:43

I refer to the news item of 7 February titled ‘SAITM CEO shot at’. The Police investigations are not yet released and one hopes this attempt on the life of the CEO is not connected in any way to his holding the post of South Asian Inst


GMOA and SAITM

Views - 2064 Thursday, 9 February 2017 00:00

Here is a win-win solution: With today’s advancements in teaching and learning, there is no reason why a Math/Dancing Major should not be allowed to attend medical school if they are willing to commit to study, gain experience and sincerely


Energy usage and extra-cool Government offices

Views - 1776 Tuesday, 17 January 2017 00:00

Below is an article I sent to the papers in 2009 suggesting that Government ACs should be set to 26 degrees. I am so glad that it is now a directive by the President. At that time I made this proposal to the Productivity Task Force Chaired by the


CB Governor and his public comments

Views - 1768 Tuesday, 10 January 2017 00:00

The current Governor was appointed by the President ignoring the request of the Minister in Charge, the Prime Minister, to appoint Charitha Ratwatte. Later on it transpired his friend Samarawickrama had played a role in getting him appointed. He w


Websites of Government departments, boards and corporations

Views - 1860 Thursday, 22 December 2016 00:00

Even after 12 years since the establishment of the Information & Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) many government organisations cannot get their websites running effectively and professionally.  Some of them do not wo


Yes for low-cost alternative for railway gates

Views - 1739 Wednesday, 21 December 2016 00:00

Yet another tragic accident at a railway crossing, this time in Wadduwa, has brought in to focus the need for a quick, effective and a low-cost solution to this deadly problem. The presence of a speed-breaker no doubt would have prevented


Self-service with spoon in hand

Views - 2315 Friday, 2 December 2016 00:01

It is disgusting to learn that the ‘Yahapalanaya’ concept is being prostituted to satisfy ‘misplaced enthusiasms’ of the Central Govt. MPs with an additional monthly allowance of Rs. 100,000, in order to woo the voters in t


Ranil blasts FT

Views - 2135 Friday, 18 November 2016 00:00

With reference to the above news item on Thursday, it is truly shocking and distasteful that the PM utters statements likening an excellent financial newspaper to toilet paper. Professionals and journalists contributing to this journal wr


Role of Sri Lankan missions overseas in international trade

Views - 2524 Wednesday, 2 November 2016 00:01

The Foreign Minister and his Deputy have time and again mentioned the need to streamline the Ministry and its overseas missions to enable it to play an effective role in promoting trade and investment. At the recently held meeting of the Young L


Coalition Against Coal writes open letter to President and Prime Minister

Views - 2556 Wednesday, 2 November 2016 00:01

On behalf of the Coalition Against Coal, we want to recognise and give thanks to you and the Government of Sri Lanka for the wise decision taken to cancel the Sampur coal power plant project. This is a landmark decision made in the interests of th


Chandra Jayaratne and corrupt auditors

Views - 2459 Thursday, 27 October 2016 00:02

I refer to “Good governance activist” Chandra Jayaratne’s  letter to the President, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and Chairman, Sri Lanka Accounting and Auditing Standards Monitoring Board published in the


De-politicise Local Government bodies and hold elections

Views - 3434 Friday, 21 October 2016 00:01

The Local Government elections have now been postponed for more than a reasonable number of times riding on the excuse that the ‘de-limitation exercise’ is not complete. It has led to suspicions among even ‘Yahapalana’ acti


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Friday, 19 April 2019

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Thursday, 18 April 2019

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