Letters to the Editor

Restructure political and media culture in Sri Lanka

Views - 56 Thursday, 5 April 2018 00:00

We are led to believe that the present political drama is in part, a creation of the lopsided and skewed media culture that we now witness.  In general, the present day media are accustomed to highlighting and blowing all the negative issues out of


Dr. Nihal Jayawickrama rebuts Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Views - 261 Wednesday, 4 April 2018 00:00

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka, in his column published in Daily FT of 2 April, refers to me as “the constitutional pundit, writing from Eton


Dengue-prone CMC public toilet

Views - 56 Friday, 16 March 2018 00:00

The public toilet located in Gemunu Lane, Awwal Zaviya has not been in use for a long time. This toilet was to be brought


SLPA record profits good example for other state entities

Views - 57 Monday, 12 March 2018 00:00

It was indeed very refreshing and heartening to read in the print media that the Minister of Ports and Shipping, Mahinda Samarasinghe, stated that the profit made by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) hit a fantastic figure of Rs. 13.2 billion for


Racial hatred

Views - 76 Friday, 9 March 2018 00:00

It is indeed shocking that simple citizens should gang up and commit atrocities of arson, looting and criminally manhandling


A sincere plea to the peace-loving and tolerant majority of Sri Lankans

Views - 68 Thursday, 8 March 2018 00:00

The violence that we are seeing now is a result of frustrations that have been built-up over time tipping over. All that was required was a trigger to bring the economically disenfranchised Sinhala youth onto the roads. These youths are frustrated be


No Constitutional provision for No Confidence Motion against Prime Minister

Views - 204 Wednesday, 7 March 2018 00:00

Article 48(2) provides for a No Confidence Motion against the Government and not the Prime Minister, or if Parliament


Demolish unutilised municipal toilets

Views - 21 Thursday, 1 March 2018 00:00

There are municipal public toilets located on about two perches land inside the garden ‘atay (8th) watta’ in Maligakanda Road, Colombo 10, which are no more in use with the water supply being disconnected. This place has become an eyesore with g


Property development projects causing grave danger to city dwellers

Views - 41 Tuesday, 27 February 2018 00:00

The rapid growth of multi story apartments and high-rise offices around the city in a haphazard and unplanned manner, have caused untold hardships to countless citizens in the recent past. You only have to drive down a road and witness the strange si


Whither LG elections?

Views - 40 Saturday, 24 February 2018 00:00

It is becoming overwhelmingly clear that politicisation has ruined the achievement of the key objectives of an LG election. For example, in the process of garnering votes, one party was solely exploiting the image of its charismatic political leader;


Oh what a circus! Oh what a show!

Views - 141 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00

When we, the voter, trudged our way to the polling booth on that fateful Saturday, did we ever realise that we were electing


Common sense is not so common!

Views - 73 Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:01

In our blessed island of Sri Lanka, non-adherence to road rules causing traffic congestions and accidents have always made it to the headlines of the news bulletins of print, radio and TV. During the past year, the Government has taken a few measures


Mission of Election Commission needs to be revisited

Views - 20 Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:00

In response to my captioned letter that appeared in the press, a highly-acclaimed senior citizen of the country sent me the following comment. “I agree totally. The trouble for us is that the places of voting are inaccessible to people of our ages.


Mission of Election Commission

Views - 30 Monday, 5 February 2018 00:00

With the installation of the independent Elections Commission, it is satisfying to witness those polls laws being observed to the letter where the ongoing campaigns of LG election candidates are concerned.


Delkanda traffic blues

Views - 45 Saturday, 27 January 2018 00:00

The new traffic lights at Delkanda junction were installed over six months ago but the RDA has still not been able to commission this due to a technical defect. About three months ago some adjustments were done just for the amber to blink continuous


Security detail at Department of Immigration and Emigration: Herding cattle or assisting the public?

Views - 25 Wednesday, 24 January 2018 00:00

Date is Thursday the 18th. I am waiting outside the Department of Immigration and Emigration for the arrival of a puppeteer from Sweden, his wife and their two-year-old son Nino. Nino is a bundle of joy and cannot stay in one place. His legs work on


President Sirisena is constitutionally null and void

Views - 235 Wednesday, 17 January 2018 09:00

Maithripala Sirisena assumes the office of President. It is not legal according to the Constitution of Sri Lanka. Let me explain it. With reference to the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka,


It is the candidate who matters and not his party symbol or colour

Views - 63 Wednesday, 17 January 2018 09:00

In the run up to the Local Government election, there is many a vote-catching promise made on political platforms with each party forwarding their rationale as to why the people should cast their vote for them. As citizens of a country which has it


Traffic snarl on Old Kesbewa Road

Views - 66 Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:33

A part of Old Kesbewa Road Delkanda close to Udyana Road collapsed into the canal over six months ago. For three months there was no action by the Land Reclamation Board.


SLT e-Bill

Views - 268 Friday, 5 January 2018 00:00

I subscribed to Sri Lanka Telecom e-Bill expecting to receive an itemised telephone bill similar to the e-Bill that I receive


In assem guttae; the penny drops

Views - 41 Friday, 22 December 2017 00:00

The squad announced for the upcoming T20 series against India makes some interesting revelations. Two players were omitted from the ODI squad that was engaged in the 3 matches 50 over series.


LG polls: Election officials must think out of the box

Views - 50 Thursday, 14 December 2017 00:00

As usual the need to have one’s name registered in the current polls register and possession of a valid identity card would be made compulsory for voting purposes at the forthcoming elections. Ostensibly


How did Met. Dept. miss Cyclone Ockhi?

Views - 35 Monday, 4 December 2017 00:00

Most international weather sites warned of downpours in Sri Lanka and South India this week. Some said it may lead to flooding. Accuweather.com gave the warning titled “downpours return” on 23 November,


Speed up installation of ‘humps’ at railway-crossings

Views - 38 Friday, 1 December 2017 00:05

Another tragedy has occurred, this time at Hindeniya rail-crossing at Veyangoda. It is reported that despite the presence of a bell and light warning system, the vehicle driver has negligently driven his vehicle to disaster.


Olympic Committee gymnastics

Views - 37 Wednesday, 29 November 2017 00:00

Going by the statements coming from officials of the Olympic Committee, it is clear that they have become politicians and not sports-loving individuals selflessly serving the cause of sports. It is the benefits they get that


A letter of appreciation to Special Assignments Minister Sarath Amunugama

Views - 45 Monday, 27 November 2017 00:00

An article in the Daily FT, referring to your focus on loss-making SOEs, stressing the need for the utilisation of assets effectively, has compelled me to greatly acknowledge the concerns.


Cricket woes and a possible Samurai remedy

Views - 17 Monday, 20 November 2017 00:23

Our cricketers are going through a difficult time. However, I still believe they will bounce back. They have been at the butt end


Garbage in garbage out is a major problem!

Views - 92 Wednesday, 8 November 2017 00:00

With the LG polls in the offing, promises are being fulfilled while the stages in the political arena have become active


Olympic Committee and Right to Information

Views - 43 Monday, 30 October 2017 00:00

While we everyday criticise our politicians for their corruption, we forget that corruption and abuse of office is not confined to those wearing the white national costume.


Discrimination in Sri Lanka: Myth or truth? A response to K. Anga

Views - 58 Thursday, 12 October 2017 00:00

This makes reference to the above article written by K. Anga responding to a speech made by Nalaka Godahewa in the UN, appearing in the Daily FT on 6 October.


Today's Columnists

Will Kyaukpyu overtake Gwadar and Hambantota?

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

China last month signed a $1.3 billion contract for Myanmar’s Kyaukpyu port project. The figures doing rounds in media in the run up to this port deal were as high as $7.9 billion which had ignited enormous curiosities. The Chinese had been negoti


Fruits, flowers and futile triumphalism at Galle Face?

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Every morning, I play voyeur and watch that nice neighbourhood uncle pluck flowers to pooja-fy his guardian deities. He is quite religious about it. And industrious to boot. The problem, of course, is that he doesn’t restrict himself to his garden.


Things to do in a Democracy when you’re dead…

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

In yesterday’s column, I argued a case for not impeaching the chief executive of the coup that has left our country situation in ruins. At the end of a pitched battle between the forces of unconstitutional ambition on one hand and democratic resist


Tweaking the New Inland Revenue Act (Part II)

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

In the backdrop where the recent amendment to the country’s supreme law is called in question, it may be appropriate to recall that the passage of the new Inland Revenue (IR) Act through Parliament was far more controversial. Nevertheless, the new


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