Letters to the Editor

Are university students above the law?

Views - 27 Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:00

A fundamental principle of a liberal democracy is that no one is above the law and that all are equal before the law. How then have the authorities who are in charge of law enforcement in the universities excluding the Police from entering the univer


Fireside Chat: Facts are too stubborn, sir!

Views - 349 Tuesday, 4 September 2018 00:21

Last week’s packed Fireside Chat that I attended was truly a reminder of the change the current Government has ushered into the private sector. The fact that the hotel was packed to the brim and people actually paid to listen to Access Group Founde


NRFC accounts under attack

Views - 2290 Monday, 3 September 2018 00:00

The purpose in starting NRFC accounts was to encourage Sri Lankans having foreign currency to invest in their own country. The country needs the dollars badly. These accounts were flexible with the account holder being able to remit his money to any


Powerless against the IGP

Views - 107 Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:00

The National Police Commission has said it is powerless against the IGP. What are the functions of the National Police Commission? The IGP is the head of the Police Force and is responsible for its efficient functioning. Effective operations requires


Speed up installation of low-cost ‘humps’ as alternative for electric railway gates

Views - 145 Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:00

I was surprised to learn from the media that 200 railway gates with electric bell and light systems are to be installed at a cost of $ 6.4 m. At the current exchange rate, it works out to an astounding Rs. 5.2 m per gate with the total direct invest


Caught in a lobbying maze, Sri Lankan leaders need to stand tall

Views - 222 Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:00

By Patrick De Silva Balanced legislation in terms of policy for both trade and political concerns are essential to ensure rational and sustainable advancement. These require extended dialogue that is all-encompassing and transparent, which in turn w


The Singapore-Sri Lanka FTA

Views - 21 Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:00

I refer to the comments made by Wasantha Samarasinghe in another newspaper of 19 August. He opposes it because it could destroy the free industrial enterprises we have in our country. I am afraid he is right. It is true that our future lies with int


Politicians are hired representatives of the people

Views - 90 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

I am spurred by D .Weeratunga’s letter focusing on the mandate given to politicians by the people. He has quite forthrightly highlighted several home truths about our existing political administration system. It implies that politicians are no more


Ad hoc ratios and bonus seats for PC elections: Why?

Views - 121 Wednesday, 25 July 2018 00:00

It is reported in the press that the Delimitation Commission has proposed to introduce a 50:50 ratio and increase the number


Kerawalapitiya LNG plant tender exposes deterioration in the political system

Views - 96 Friday, 13 July 2018 00:00

I write to you regarding the article published on the above tender.


Beyond platitudes and misinformation

Views - 207 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

Nilantha Ilangamuwa’s recent opinion piece (‘When Trump dumped the UN Human Rights Council’) is inundated with inaccuracies, misguided notions, banalities and oversimplifications. It’s infeasible to address all of them in a single letter. Ila


A simple and low cost method for holding PC elections

Views - 84 Monday, 25 June 2018 00:00

It is reported in the press that notwithstanding a difference of opinion that has arisen at a party leaders’ meeting regarding the forthcoming Provincial Council (PC) elections, it has been decided to revert to the ‘Preference Voting’ (PV) syst


Provide solutions, not distractions

Views - 67 Friday, 22 June 2018 00:00

Every day seems filled with uproar about the state of the economy, the unpredictable hike in fuel prices, escalating taxation


SLT billing for internet connection – A swindle?

Views - 194 Friday, 22 June 2018 00:00

Today most Sri Lankan customers use SLT for their internet connection. Being connected to the world is vital to function


To the spineless Government: Wake up or perish

Views - 130 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 - 108 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 - 69 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 - 215 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 - 72 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 - 61 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 - 59 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 - 96 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 - 82 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 - 336 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 - 79 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 - 75 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 - 91 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 - 88 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 - 260 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 - 39 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


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