Letters to the Editor

SAITM opponents

Views - 2164 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


Views - 2059 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 - 1766 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 - 1755 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 - 1857 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 - 1728 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 - 2306 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 - 2129 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 - 2514 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 - 2546 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 - 2447 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 - 3427 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

SriLankan Airlines: No friend of the handicapped

Views - 3575 Friday, 21 October 2016 00:01

This story belongs to a friend rather than to me. However, I believe I have a role to play in voicing his plight, as I may have to bear a degree of responsibility for the injury that put my friend (temporarily) in a wheelchair. Before I go any fur

Sri Lanka has not fulfilled its potential in terms of geographical location

Views - 3029 Saturday, 15 October 2016 00:00

I decided to write this article after much thought, after attending the Colombo International Maritime Conference 2016. Now I feel that as a country we have not fulfilled our true potential by utilising our geographical location to attrac

‘Mess in SriLankan Airlines’ an attempt to sling mud

Views - 2315 Friday, 14 October 2016 11:02

  Your article on ‘The mess in SriLankan Airlines is getting worse!’ written by ‘Insider’ is condemning the past and present Boards of SriLankan Airlines and praising the Emirates management as if they made mil

Arrest this comedy of errors in the Parliament

Views - 2160 Friday, 7 October 2016 00:00

It is ridiculous and denigrating to observe that procedural errors are repeated when presenting important Bills such as the VAT Bill, which has become an Achilles heel for the Government. The negligence on the part of those responsible for these t

It is important to preserve nature

Views - 3911 Friday, 7 October 2016 00:00

Are we doing enough to preserve nature? If we do not preserve nature, we have to face a lot of difficulties and problems. If we look at the world, you see the confusion and the chaos that we encounter or face. There is shortage of water in most

Mr.President, wake up and do something

Views - 1902 Friday, 7 October 2016 00:00

The Daily FT of 4 October had exposed the sorry state of affairs in our National Carrier.  I am ex-SriLankan. The tragedy began when Mahinda Rajapaksa took over the control from Emirates. Until then the airline was managed okay. There were

Disgusting customer service at the bank

Views - 2182 Thursday, 6 October 2016 00:00

It is with disgust that I write about the customer service of financial institutes of Sri Lanka. Customer service is an illusion that is limited to alluring words for media publicity for these institutes. When I read of achievements, records and a

Imposition of dress codes for parents must be assessed objectively

Views - 3171 Monday, 26 September 2016 00:01

According to news reports appearing in various print and social media on 24 September 2016, the Hon. Minister of Education has banned schools from imposing dress codes on parents visiting the schools of their children.  One is constrained t

An Olympian Con

Views - 2171 Wednesday, 14 September 2016 00:01

The performance of Sri Lanka’s team at the recently concluded Olympics was so pathetic that it looked almost comic. Our team, of about eight athletes, was accompanied by a team of officials numbering nearly 50. The travel, hotels and daily

Let’s not mix up illegalities with fraud or misuse of public funds

Views - 2080 Friday, 2 September 2016 00:00

I refer to the news item about Gotabaya Rajapaksa who is alleged to have caused a large monetary loss of Rs. 11.4 billion to the State by setting up the floating armoury. It is necessary to identify clearly the actual loss not the value of the ill

‘Higher education: To privatise or not?’ A response

Views - 1905 Thursday, 1 September 2016 00:00

I read the mentioned editorial with much interest and I think you brought up some very important points with regardto the private medical colleges debate, such as the disparity between students passing their A/Ls vs. the inability of the

A very kind request to Ban Ki-moon

Views - 1704 Thursday, 1 September 2016 00:00

The UN Secretary General will visit Sri Lanka from 31 August to 2September.We welcome the UN Secretary General to our country. During his visit he will meet President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and other members of

A response to Central Bank Chief’s toxic remarks

Views - 1484 Saturday, 27 August 2016 00:00

I must congratulate your paper for the quality of independent reporting. I was amused with some of the remarks made by our new Governor. It must be a cultural cliché that we Sri Lankans don’t care about the past and hold peop

Sans cents makes sense

Views - 1455 Tuesday, 23 August 2016 11:15

  I refer to the timely issue raised by A.W. Jayawardena vide his letter to the Press on 21 August. A similar clarion call was made by me through the press as far back in 2002 and 2004 under the above caption. In response, I was made

‘Conspiracy’ of the missing: A response

Views - 1918 Tuesday, 23 August 2016 00:02

The article by the much-decorated Rear Admiral was a misnomer in its heading. The entirety of it was the ‘heroic and brave’ acts of the armed forces. No mention whatsoever of the victims of ‘missing persons’ who are the liv

A viable, low-cost alternative for railway gates

Views - 1431 Friday, 12 August 2016 00:00

With the recent work stoppage of rail gate keepers, yet another tragedy has occurred, due to unhindered access across a railway line.  Readers will recall that a simple, low cost and an effective proposal sent by me appeared in both Sinhala

New National Audit Bill Sections (4) and (53)

Views - 1292 Saturday, 16 July 2016 00:00

By K.C. Vignarajah The fine details and implications of this very important topic cannot be covered well, within my available free minutes before your timeline.  I cannot also abandon a duty of the average decent citizen (ADC) on this matte

Chandra J’s open letter to UNP members of COPE

Views - 2547 Tuesday, 12 July 2016 00:01

With reference to the centre page news item of 11 July under the above caption, I wish to address an open letter to Chandra Jayaratne, which I sincerely hope you will publish.  I am referring to your many letters on the subject of the so ca

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