Opinion and Issues

Self-service with spoon in hand

Views - 2299 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 - 2125 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 - 2510 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 - 2540 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 - 2444 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 - 3423 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 - 3568 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 - 3021 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 - 2311 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 - 2157 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 - 3420 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 - 1898 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 - 2174 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 - 3166 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 - 2168 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 - 2076 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 - 1901 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 - 1699 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 - 1480 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 - 1452 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 - 1915 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 - 1425 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 - 1290 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 - 2538 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

Tragic tug-o-war between President and PM

Views - 1339 Friday, 8 July 2016 00:04

  I refer to the article titled ‘Tragic tug-o-war between President and PM’ in the Daily FT of 5 July. It was most disturbing to read that the decision to appoint Coomaraswamy as Governor of the Central Bank of S

Downgrading of banks by Fitch

Views - 2072 Wednesday, 29 June 2016 00:00

The Daily FT of 24 June carried the alarming news that the ratings of both our development banks, National Development Bank and DFCC, have been downgraded by the respected Fitch Ratings. For investors and other stakeholders that include various

Ceiling on campaign expenditure by candidates at general elections

Views - 2307 Wednesday, 29 June 2016 00:00

The press has headlined the captioned proposal by the PM to be imposed by the Constitution. It is a welcome proposal and in our view it can be effectively implemented only by re-introducing the district nomination list based on merit of each can

Finance Minister and the Central Bank Treasury bond scam: A query to T. Rusiripala

Views - 2791 Tuesday, 21 June 2016 00:01

I read with interest the very argumentative article by T. Rusiripala (16 June) on the bond issue of 27 February 2015, which has now become a controversial subject argued among politicians, bankers and financial professionals.  Whilst some o

Was Ajith Nivard Cabraal an accountant, an economist or a magician?

Views - 5362 Monday, 20 June 2016 00:00

With the rupee weakening day by day we hear an idea pushed by the current government that the Rupee was artificially held by the previous government. However this is possible only if the country’s reserves are expended to defend the rupee fr

Luxury vehicles for ministers: Treat the root cause

Views - 1379 Friday, 17 June 2016 00:00

Nowadays the mass media is replete with comments, observations and recommendations on luxury vehicles for ministers. Having read some of them, I wish to draw the attention of the concerned public and the decision makers to the untouched root cau

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STEAMing STEM – Moving from horoscopes to telescopes!

Thursday, 20 September 2018

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Thursday, 20 September 2018

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Thursday, 20 September 2018

The Indian Prime Minister celebrated his birthday earlier this week in the backdrop of India growing at a blistering performance of 7.1%. The January-March quarter saw the highest GDP growth in the last seven quarters with India becoming the sixth la

Maximum Residue Level: Dilemma of agricultural product exporters in Sri Lanka

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