Letters to the Editor

Water Board and water bills

Views - 2513 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 - 2536 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 - 2538 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 - 2634 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 - 2825 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 - 2361 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 - 2533 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 - 2236 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


Good governance requires continuous attention

Views - 2458 Saturday, 18 February 2017 00:00

I refer to the news headline ‘Good Governance has been breached: Devapriya’. Good governance seems to have become a manthram or a political slogan. Good governance is however a continuous obligation and not a one-off affair.  Su


Reply to ‘Favourite whipping boy Arjuna Mahendran’

Views - 3320 Friday, 17 February 2017 00:00

It was surprising to observe the unsuccessful attempt by writer Jinitha Devapriya in his article titled “Arjuna Mahendran, the favourite ‘whipping boy’ of our times!” published in Daily FT of 14 February to defend the actio


Is this what we are to expect from a Grama Sevaka?

Views - 2145 Wednesday, 15 February 2017 10:21

Last week, my daughter went to get the certification of her new residency/tenancy in an Armour Street flat, Colombo 12 from the GS, D.W. Prematileka (who is in charge of New Bazaar) whose office is also located in another block of Armour Street fl


Doctors who benefited from free education to pay back the costs!

Views - 2103 Wednesday, 15 February 2017 10:15

I refer to the headline under the caption ‘Private Medical School graduates must pass the licensing examination’. The deans of the eight medical faculties have made this suggestion. They also say the licensing examination will be sim


SAITM opponents

Views - 2142 Monday, 13 February 2017 00:43

I refer to the news item of 7 February titled ‘SAITM CEO shot at’. The Police investigations are not yet released and one hopes this attempt on the life of the CEO is not connected in any way to his holding the post of South Asian Inst


GMOA and SAITM

Views - 2043 Thursday, 9 February 2017 00:00

Here is a win-win solution: With today’s advancements in teaching and learning, there is no reason why a Math/Dancing Major should not be allowed to attend medical school if they are willing to commit to study, gain experience and sincerely


Energy usage and extra-cool Government offices

Views - 1751 Tuesday, 17 January 2017 00:00

Below is an article I sent to the papers in 2009 suggesting that Government ACs should be set to 26 degrees. I am so glad that it is now a directive by the President. At that time I made this proposal to the Productivity Task Force Chaired by the


CB Governor and his public comments

Views - 1742 Tuesday, 10 January 2017 00:00

The current Governor was appointed by the President ignoring the request of the Minister in Charge, the Prime Minister, to appoint Charitha Ratwatte. Later on it transpired his friend Samarawickrama had played a role in getting him appointed. He w


Websites of Government departments, boards and corporations

Views - 1847 Thursday, 22 December 2016 00:00

Even after 12 years since the establishment of the Information & Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) many government organisations cannot get their websites running effectively and professionally.  Some of them do not wo


Yes for low-cost alternative for railway gates

Views - 1703 Wednesday, 21 December 2016 00:00

Yet another tragic accident at a railway crossing, this time in Wadduwa, has brought in to focus the need for a quick, effective and a low-cost solution to this deadly problem. The presence of a speed-breaker no doubt would have prevented


Self-service with spoon in hand

Views - 2285 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 - 2116 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 - 2496 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 - 2524 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 - 2425 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 - 3410 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 - 3544 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 - 3005 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 - 2301 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


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