Neville De Silva

Italian justice and a dose of the Mafiosa

/ Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:00

None of you – unless you had been in London beginning of June and picked up the paper – would have read this gem of a story which shoul...


Sri Lanka’s expo effort lies exposed

/ Friday, 19 June 2015 00:00

It was a curious press release that the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau issued on Monday 8 June. For immediate release, it said. The contents ha...


Minister Amunugama’s words that slipped by unnoticed

/ Wednesday, 10 June 2015 00:00

The University of Peradeniya, where Sarath Amunugama was an alumnus at a time when universities were free of the kind of political influen...


Blabbers don’t matter to Blatter

/ Wednesday, 3 June 2015 00:00

The effort to oust Sepp Blatter failed and he bounced back like a football        So o...


Enter the dragon, or will it turn more benign?

/ Wednesday, 27 May 2015 00:22

A few days ago, the General Secretary of the controversial Bodu Bala Sena, Galagoda-atte Gnanasara Thera was arrested on contempt of court charges ...


Mother of all elections!

/ Wednesday, 13 May 2015 01:03

Labour’s Ed Miliband and the Liberal Democrats’ Nick Clegg resigned from their posts as party leaders following their abysmal ...


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FDIs into capital markets?

25 March 2017

Yesterday’s FT article on the CSE road show in Melbourne, appealing to expat Sri Lankans, triggered this. Emotional pleas and guilt appeals may be good enough to generate some charity or philanthropy (and do not confuse it with im...


Jobs and no takers, or what?

24 March 2017

IT and Commerce Minister of Telangana State Minister Rama Rao speaking at the Sri Lanka Human Capital Summit in Colombo said that the Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge created a platform between Government, academia and industry t...


Cavaliers, roundheads and the big match season

24 March 2017

Big match season lays bare the tribalism and sexism in our society     Big match season brings out the best in us and also the worst, I think. The camaraderie and the loyalty of the old boys and the enthu...


Of new social contracts and ‘goon squads’ on social media

24 March 2017

I don’t often quote the United Nations (UN). Not because they don’t say sensible stuff. But because their sound bites are not as memorable as that which their opposition – rogue states, global terrorists – says. Because the...


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