Letters to the Editor

To the spineless Government: Wake up or perish

Views - 123 Tuesday, 5 June 2018 00:00

The UNP’s formidable team (JRJ, Gamini, Ronnie and, in addition, Lalith, Ranil and Premadasa) in the ’80s won the confidence of the world


COO, CMC and Land Registry

Views - 94 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

My father purchased a house (approx. two perches) in 2010. The assessment number is 273/6S4, Ferguson’s Road,


Transparency and bribes

Views - 63 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

With reference to the letter written by Mohamed Zaharain (19 May). The writer’s observation on municipal garbage collectors


Response to the open letter to the Mayor of Colombo by Citizen Fernando

Views - 197 Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:00

I was prompted to send this response to the open letter addressed to the Colombo Mayor by Citizen Fernando which was published in Daily FT on 19 May.


Is transparent daylight bribery part of good governance?

Views - 70 Saturday, 19 May 2018 00:00

It was around 8 a.m. a few days ago when I got stuck in the traffic on Galle Road, I saw a garbage cart (with quite lot of bags with trash surrounding it) parked in front of a lane – there wasn’t a name board for this lane – ri


High rise buildings and the overall negative impact

Views - 60 Tuesday, 8 May 2018 00:00

There is a boom in the construction industry in our country and quite a large number of multi-storied buildings are coming up overnight all over the place within the city as well as outside. Even in small ‘wattes’ (gardens) one can see single hou


FlySmiles gets kudos

Views - 56 Wednesday, 2 May 2018 00:00

I am pleased to report that FlySmiles dealt with the issue I reported in a letter published by Daily FT on 24 April and contacted


Flysmiles not so smiley

Views - 92 Tuesday, 24 April 2018 00:00

FlySmiles is celebrating its 10th anniversary with promotions. I would urge them to celebrate by improving existing systems.


Restructure political and media culture in Sri Lanka

Views - 76 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 - 323 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 - 75 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 - 72 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 - 88 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 - 84 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 - 249 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 - 38 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 - 54 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 - 54 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 - 151 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 - 88 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 - 25 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 - 35 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 - 68 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 - 42 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 - 263 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 - 79 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 - 85 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 - 452 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 - 65 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 - 79 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


Today's Columnists

A child’s guide to MCC Compact Sri Lanka

Monday, 18 November 2019

Intelligent children, unlike some of the adults, are curious, probing and questioning. They do not jump to conclusions until and unless they are convinced of facts that have been presented to them. Asani, a student in the Advanced Level class in a le


Re-thinking voting

Saturday, 16 November 2019

We use our vote (in a democracy) to elect those who should govern us. We can only be governed as long as we are alive. Therefore, our current age and life expectancy determine how long we have left to be governed! So, should the younger population, h


Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony: A nation rich in unity

Friday, 15 November 2019

This series is based on business leader Dhammika Perera’s recently revealed ‘Economic Growth Strategy and Action Plan to increase GDP Per Capita from $ 4,000 to $ 12,000’. The document outlines goals and action plans for 23 ministries and to


Securing a People’s Constitution

Friday, 15 November 2019

The need for making a People’s Constitution has become a topic of interest not only among the public but also among some candidates of the Presidential Election. Rohan Pallewatte and Mahesh Senanayake have included it in their election manifestos.


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