Letters to the Editor

Mission of Election Commission

Views - 33 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 - 54 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 - 34 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 - 246 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 - 70 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 - 74 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 - 398 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 - 53 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 - 64 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 - 44 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 - 43 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 - 40 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 - 61 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 - 20 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 - 104 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 - 50 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 - 69 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.


Three-wheelers: A private company’s fortune and society’s cost

Views - 98 Tuesday, 3 October 2017 00:00

The present policymakers in the country have realised the social costs associated with three-wheelers, and are attempting to curb the importation and the undesirable effects of three-wheelers. In this context, one should spare a moment to reflect on


Your tax money at work!

Views - 34 Tuesday, 3 October 2017 00:00

Right in the middle area of the commercial/residential Kirula Road (Colombo 5) is an infamous bar (liquor) catering mainly to three wheel-drivers and similar types.


What happened to the recommendations of the SLMC Committee on SAITM?

Views - 96 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

I read with interest the feature article by Prof. Carlo Fonseka on medical errors and medical education in a newspaper on 11 September.


Yahapalanaya and hara kiri

Views - 58 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00

When Mahinda Rajapaksa ruled, other than his family excesses and lack of freedom, nothing much was wrong. There was no chaos. Things were in control. But given the rape of the country that was in store, the public took on the Rajapaksas and sent them


Civil society must stand up against corrupt politicians

Views - 49 Monday, 11 September 2017 00:31

It was a sad day for the Sri Lanka administrative service when the former number one public servant Royal College-educated Lalith Weeratunga, the husband of the insurance regulator and a NDB Director, was sentenced to three years in prison.


BOI clarification on ‘Justice must be served equally to all’

Views - 29 Thursday, 7 September 2017 00:00

We refer to the article by ‘Outsider,’ titled ‘Justice must be served equally to all’ and published in the Daily FT of 30 August.


Comment on Nivard’s stand on Greek bonds

Views - 150 Wednesday, 6 September 2017 00:00

Last Thursday Daily FT commentator Janitha Devapriya, who has responded to Governor Cabraal’s statement attempting to point out wrongdoing, is a person who has been going to great lengths in the past several months to suggest that Arjuna Mahendran


Stinking Sri Lankan politics

Views - 69 Wednesday, 6 September 2017 00:00

This refers to your article in the FT, ‘Justice must be served equally to all’. Very true, that is what the country wants from their leaders.


Wijeyadasa and the privatisation of Insurance Corporation

Views - 419 Wednesday, 23 August 2017 00:00

Dear Editor, I write with reference to my letter dated 16 August on the above subject attached. I was able to download from the e-book on ‘Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Privatisation’ by Nihal Amarasekera, the attached four lette


Hail Ravi?

Views - 634 Monday, 14 August 2017 00:01

The UNP hierarchy hails the Minister who answered the Commissioners with a simple “I did not know”.   This probably will be the manner of answering at subsequent hearings. The ‘Bond Scam’ as referred to by all is not


Central Bank needs a complete overhaul

Views - 1622 Saturday, 12 August 2017 00:17

Retired Deputy Governor in his FT column says according to media reports, an SMS, alleged to have been retrieved from the iPhone of Arjun Aloysius and presented to the currently-sitting Presidential Commission to Investigate and Inquire into the I


Should Ravi resign; also Malik and Kabir? A Response

Views - 1470 Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:01

I read with great interest the well-argued article written by Banker in the Financial Times, my favourite daily paper, titled, ‘Should Ravi resign?’  Ravi K is a businessman, he would have done business with the devil to make mo


HNB’s breach of privacy going from bad to worse; CB’s pathetic response

Views - 1327 Tuesday, 1 August 2017 00:01

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka is still coming to terms with what happened and is happening at Hatton National Bank. The bank must surely know confidentiality is a cornerstone of the bank-customer relationship.  The Code of Banking Practice


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