Opinion and Issues

Ranil’s private visits – Rejoinder to Ruwan Fernando

Views - 2282 Wednesday, 28 June 2017 00:00

Ruwan Fernando in his article on 21 June (Daily FT) took Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to task on his recent visits abroad. He went on a scathing attack on the PM for undertaking foreign visits particularly during the last three months, when


Visit to the Osu Sala

Views - 2255 Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:00

Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, On 19 June I visited an Osu Sala outlet with a prescription for two drugs. At the Osu Sala there were several counters – for accepting prescriptions, for dispensing and for payments. At the counter there was no one s


Ranil’s private visit

Views - 2416 Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:00

The destruction caused by the recent floods exposed the fundamental vulgarity and meaninglessness of our politicians. When disaster happened, we were completely unprepared. The Minister in charge of Disaster Management was in Mexico discussing s


Open Letter to the Chairman and Board of SriLankan Airlines

Views - 2298 Saturday, 17 June 2017 00:00

I am writing in disgust, after reading that SriLankan Airlines had lost Rs. 22 billion because of poor management and indecisiveness. Thank God the Cabinet has summoned you. Now face the music. The Prime Minister cannot save you there. For your kn


Re-clarification of facts on Minister John Amaratunga media incident

Views - 1502 Wednesday, 14 June 2017 00:02

A re-clarification of the facts on the much magnified incident at Minister John Amaratunga’s residence on the 8th June 2017 has become necessary in view of comments and reaction enticed by the reporting of the incident. Re-confirming th


SLT land phones

Views - 1263 Wednesday, 14 June 2017 00:01

With the proliferation in the use of mobile phones, the usage of the land phones is now very much limited. The subscribers of the land phones have to pay the monthly rentals including the taxes (which incidentally is a whopping 49.67 % being levie


Conferring illegal chartered status

Views - 1310 Monday, 12 June 2017 00:43

Arrangements are being made to confer Chartered status to 140 candidates by the Association of Public Finance Accountants, the designation of Chartered Public Finance Accountants and a grand function is going to be held at the Institute of Charter


Rationalise vehicle purchase for politicians through effective measures

Views - 1194 Monday, 12 June 2017 00:39

According to news reports, the President has suspended the recent supplementary estimate for the purchase of vehicles for politicians apparently to rectify the bad timing of the proposal in the face of the flood catastrophe. If it is only a postpo


Following Cabraal’s track

Views - 2440 Wednesday, 31 May 2017 00:00

In the letter sent by Priyantha to the Daily FT of Monday, 29 May, he has stated that Governor Coomaraswamy is carrying out a job for his former boss Cabraal, and that he has also allowed the interest rates to go up by about 5%, and the exchange r


Survey at gunpoint

Views - 1526 Monday, 29 May 2017 00:02

Last week along the Galle Face Green road a strange kind of public survey was conducted. Traffic policemen were stopping vehicles arbitrarily and directing them to a civilian who was conducting an opinion poll. I was driving along this r


CB Chief and property market

Views - 1475 Monday, 29 May 2017 00:01

The Governor of the Central Bank Dr. Coomaraswamy is virtually killing the property and housing market by making off-the-cuff statements about the property sector.  He forgets that people like us live off this sector by selling condos


Sentries at the PM’s Office, Presidential Secretariat

Views - 1629 Saturday, 13 May 2017 00:00

Day in and day out when going past the Prime Minister’s official residence at Temple Trees on my way to office, I feel very sorry for the sentries because they are stationed inside makeshift, mini- guardrooms, hoisted on L-iron (or is it H-i


Destruction of a ward in Colombo

Views - 1545 Saturday, 13 May 2017 00:00

In a recent letter to the newspapers Mr. Tissa Devendra pointed out the destruction taking place down Kirula Road in Colombo 5. Until now there is no public response from the authorities to that very relevant letter. Maybe today there are no pub


Three cheers, Mr. Governor; trust your words of wisdom reverberate in ears of politicians managing S

Views - 3718 Friday, 12 May 2017 00:00

Mr. Governor, the intellectual community and the civil society applaud your words of wisdom presented yesterday and say three hearty cheers! They hope and trust that these words reverberate in the ears of the politicians in governance over State f


Capital levels of banking sector

Views - 1977 Friday, 5 May 2017 00:00

An article in a newspaper highlights that banking sector capital levels have slipped down drastically. The capital adequacy of most banks have fallen and as well as core capital. The record private sector credit growth to show big profits is short


A robust set of electoral reforms to ensure good governance

Views - 2436 Friday, 5 May 2017 00:00

It is learnt that Constitutional reforms prepared by the various sub-committees of the Parliament will be made public shortly.  At the outset, we have strong reservations about parliamentarians as representatives of people being given the s


Tariff increase requested by public boards and enterprises

Views - 2236 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 - 2668 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 - 2410 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 - 2512 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 - 2535 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 - 2536 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 - 2633 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 - 2821 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 - 2357 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 - 2360 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 - 2532 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 - 2485 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 - 2235 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 - 2241 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


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Is Iran a threat to global peace?

Saturday, 18 November 2017

The aim of this article is to explore Iran’s nuclear program and its consequences throughout the world. Iran one of the nuclear power countries in the Middle East, which has brought very grave concern to the US.


Maldives forcefully voices plight of small island states at climate change conference

Saturday, 18 November 2017

The plight of small island states was forcefully voiced by Maldivian Minister for Environment and Energy Thoriq Ibrahim at the 23rd Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP23) being held in Bonn, Germany.


The Blue Green Budget of the Unity Government

Friday, 17 November 2017

The Budget proposals of the Unity Government under the theme ‘Blue Green Budget’ for the fiscal year 2018 are expected to support the achievement of medium-term targets such as Per Capita Income of $ 5,000


Starship budgets and the “Bicycle Brigade”

Friday, 17 November 2017

One has only to read the wide and varied responses to Budget 2018 (B18) to realise how fissured our society is.


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