Opinion and Issues

Congestion pricing, not high car duties, the solution for high traffic in Colombo

/ Tuesday, 26 July 2016 00:03

By Ravi Ratnasabapathy and D.A. Jayamanne Recently, the Government announced a sharp increase in duties for certain vehicles. The Finance Mi...


Chandra Jayaratne’s open letter to Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy: A response

/ Tuesday, 26 July 2016 00:02

By Janitha Devapriya Chandra Jayaratne has written an open letter to Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajith Coomaraswamy (Daily FT 21 July) suggesti...


The National Audit Bill: Should they hold it up?

/ Monday, 25 July 2016 00:00

Bill risks going off the rails without enabling laws  By Lacille De Silva Why is it that a group of powerful ministers, ...


Heavy rainfall and heat swamp Sri Lanka’s anti-dengue drive

/ Saturday, 23 July 2016 00:00

Colombo (Thomson Reuters Foundation): High temperatures and unseasonal rains have combined to effectively scuttle Sri Lanka’s efforts to curb...


PM Wickremesinghe’s leadership towards economic development

/ Saturday, 23 July 2016 00:00

International Enterprise Singapore signed the memorandum of understanding with Sri Lanka on Monday (18July)    &...


Necessity for members of COPE to be made conversant with legal provisions applicable to matters pertaining to CB’s Public Debt Department

/ Friday, 22 July 2016 00:00

Parliament of Sri Lanka By Legal Eye Good governance activist Chandra Jayaratne published an open letter to the Members of the U...


Benefits of a potential Singapore-Sri Lanka FTA

/ Thursday, 21 July 2016 00:00

     By Janaka Wijayasiri and Abhinav Pandey Singapore and Sri Lanka officially launched negotiations for a F...


Is the air pollution analysis for the Sampur Coal Plant credible?

/ Wednesday, 20 July 2016 00:00

By Dr. Lareef Zubair  Where does the wind take pollutants from Sampur?  As per modern myth, school texts, and national at...


Narendra Modi takes train journey that made the Mahatma

/ Tuesday, 19 July 2016 00:12

Prime Minister pays glowing tribute to the Mahatma and Nelson Mandela PTI: Reliving Mahatma Gandhi’s historic train journey, Pri...


Duty of care a much-needed inclusion in Animal Welfare Bill of Sri Lanka

/ Tuesday, 19 July 2016 00:09

By Thimal Gajadeera The proposed Animal Welfare Bill has been welcome news for Animal Rights activists who have been clamouring for the introduct...


HIV/AIDS continues to stalk children and adolescents: UNICEF

/ Tuesday, 19 July 2016 00:06

Durban, South Africa: As the 21st International AIDS Conference gets underway in Durban this week, UNICEF warned that despite remarkable global pro...


Not so simple: Why air pollution numbers keep changing

/ Tuesday, 19 July 2016 00:02

Global data confirms that air pollution is a growing problem, with related diseases claiming an estimated 5.5 million lives in 2013 Air pol...


45.8 million people are enslaved across the world

/ Tuesday, 19 July 2016 00:01

An estimated 45.8 million men, women and children around the world are trapped in modern slavery - 28% more than previously estimated.  They...


Sri Lanka-China relations back on track

/ Saturday, 16 July 2016 00:00

By K. Godage I am happy to learn that a well-represented private sector delegation led by a Minister and assisted by former Ambassador to China B...


A rightful fight for education

/ Saturday, 16 July 2016 00:00

  By Harsha Subhashana As an administrative professional working for South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAIT...


Can Sri Lanka do more to help agricultural exporters meet Sanitary and Phytosanitary standards?

/ Saturday, 16 July 2016 00:00

By Chantal Sirisena   Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues are a major consideration for companies engaged in international trade of...


Always carry water in glass bottles

/ Friday, 15 July 2016 00:00

   The ‘Believers in Glass’ movement has tied up with Piramal Glass Ceylon PLC and is giving away free glass bottles ...


‘All You(th) Need Is Now’

/ Friday, 15 July 2016 00:00

By Nida Admani The World Youth Report on Civic Engagement, launched today (15 July), is a fascinating compilation of information on youth politic...


Broken promises: Kepapulavu displaced to restart fast unto death next week

/ Friday, 15 July 2016 00:00

By Ruki Fernando, Marisa de Silva and Swasthika Arulingam The people of Kepapulavu decided this week (11) to restart their fast unt...


“Much has been accomplished by Govt. but a lot more remains to be done”: Krishantha

/ Thursday, 14 July 2016 00:06

        Q: The biggest and perhaps the most damning scandal that has hit the new Government is the...


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Kilinochchi: The forgotten city of today!

26 July 2016

I still remember travelling in an armed car on route to Kilinochchi and then taking an Air Force chopper that hugged a railway track to avoid sniper attacks way back in 2007-2009. At that time Kilinochchi was making headline news daily, given that...


Students’ troubles in universities: A question of misconceived cultural property rights?

25 July 2016

   Being the hotbed of trouble in the correct direction is a must Sri Lanka’s state-owned universities have always been hotbeds of trouble. Troubles are good for universities if they are in the right direction. U...


Freight, new price ruling

25 July 2016

Freight, new price ruling The Freight Transport Association (FTA) says the European Commission’s adoption of new pricing rules for shipping lines will modernise the industry and bring it into the 21st century. As reported in Lloyd&rsq...


Think outside the box, the way out?

23 July 2016

A classic example of our cultural predictability is explicit in the saga behind the naming of Sri Lanka’s only international airport   It will not be wrong to say that we are a country in a permanent state of crisis, but...


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