Opinion and Issues

Brexit: The not-so-United Kingdom

/ Monday, 27 June 2016 00:00

By Kithmina Hewage, Chantal Sirisena and Suwendrani Jayaratne On 23 June, Britain became the first country to vote to leave the EU, foll...


The Brexit dividend for Sri Lanka

/ Monday, 27 June 2016 00:00

When Britain joined the EU some 40 years ago, it had to turn its back on its old Commonwealth friends, including Sri Lanka. It was a shameful act, ...


Central Bank responds to W.A. Wijewardena on bond fiasco, confronting the AG and the Monetary Board’s obligations

/ Monday, 27 June 2016 00:00

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) wishes to correct factual inaccuracies which appeared in above article. Reference the instance referred to a...


Global markets lose $ 2.1 trillion in Brexit rout

/ Monday, 27 June 2016 00:00

AFP: Britain’s shock vote to pull out of the European Union wiped $2.1 trillion from global equity markets Friday as traders panick...


Excessive protection damages SL exports and undermines FTAs

/ Monday, 27 June 2016 00:00

While many explanations could be found to describe Sri Lanka’s fate with exports, one key factor has been increased protectionism ...


The controversy over Arjuna Mahendran

/ Monday, 27 June 2016 00:00

I do not know Arjuna Mahendran personally but as he is a central banker and a fellow economist, I have no doubt that Mahendran is eminently qualifi...


HSBC on what Britain’s ‘Leave’ means for Asian equities

/ Monday, 27 June 2016 00:00

HSBC Global Research Pan Asia Equity Strategy has come out with its initial assessment on what Britain’s “Leave” vote means to As...


Citi’s take on political, economic and market implications of Brexit

/ Monday, 27 June 2016 00:00

  Major surprise as vote tallies point to Brexit  Based on 92% of constituencies declared at 05:20am, we believe that the &ld...


Coming years will see the death of the death penalty: Mangala

/ Saturday, 25 June 2016 00:00

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s addressing the Sixth World Congress Against the Death Penalty Despite its widespread ...


UN Rights Chief urged to identify areas with lack of progress in Sri Lanka’s implementation of Geneva resolution

/ Saturday, 25 June 2016 00:00

Geneva: A group of human rights organisations have urged the UN Rights Chief to clearly identify in his oral report to the ongoing Human Right Coun...


Role of youth to combat the climate giant

/ Saturday, 25 June 2016 00:00

Chulani with the core team Kegalle survey briefing with COSTI Leo clubs conducting the Colombo surv...


Tamil diaspora group urges intl. community to exert pressure on Sri Lanka to ensure full implementation of UN resolution

/ Saturday, 25 June 2016 00:00

As the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein prepares to present his oral report on Sri Lanka at the 32nd s...


Broadening CSR efforts through cooperation among corporates

/ Friday, 24 June 2016 00:00

By Janaka Boteju  Today more and more corporates are getting into CSR initiatives as it has become an integral part of many business enterpr...


Right to Information after two decades of struggle

/ Friday, 24 June 2016 00:00

After almost 20 years of unprecedented attempts, people in Sri Lanka will savour their right for information once Parliament approves the Right to ...


‘Liberal Democracy’ – too overrated?

/ Thursday, 23 June 2016 00:00

By Insaf Bakeer Markar Sri Lanka’s youth has had a troubled relationship with regard to political involvement. The 1971 insurrection which ...


China’s One Belt One Road initiative: Implications for Sri Lanka

/ Thursday, 23 June 2016 00:00

By Nipuni Perera  Trade along the Ancient Silk Road can be traced back to historical times when land and sea routes between China and Europe...


Taxes: Proposals and the way forward

/ Wednesday, 22 June 2016 00:00

When formulating fiscal proposals, attention must be paid to their socioeconomic implications rather than mere arithmetical figures and pre-determi...


Central Bank responds to W.A. Wijewardena on bond fiasco, confronting the AG and the Monetary Board’s obligations

/ Wednesday, 22 June 2016 00:00

Following is the Central Bank’s response to the article titled ‘Bond fiasco and confronting the Auditor General: Monetary Board should ...


Open Government for all

/ Tuesday, 21 June 2016 00:04

Sri Lanka became a signatory to the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in October 2015. Little is still understood about the OGP. Pushpi Weerakoon, ...


President Premadasa’s urban commitment

/ Tuesday, 21 June 2016 00:02

By Susil Sirivardana  President Premadasa’s urban commitment is highly relevant in today’s Megapolis discourse in particular, an...


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Brexit: Are the UK Universities and the research sector the biggest casualty?

27 June 2016

Ryan Randall plays the bagpipes outside a polling station in Edinburgh, Scotland, in this Reuters picture. Brexit was fought on emotional grounds rather than on hard core economics or political realities    Brit...


Hyundai strikes back with mega ship orders

27 June 2016

Hyundai strikes back with mega ship orders Hyundai Merchant Marine said it had reached an agreement with ship-owners to secure lower charter rates; a major breakthrough in its financial restructuring that enables state support for the purch...


Will we learn from Brexit?

27 June 2016

Consequent to Brexit, $ 2 trillion was wiped off stock markets. Where did it ‘evaporate’ to? Did this money ever exist in the first place?  Human greed to make quick big money (with a simple click transaction) has driven us to pla...


Transforming next-gen leaders

24 June 2016

  It is evident that conventional leadership development practices are no longer adequate. Organisations globally need to incorporate the next generation leadership competencies in order to address the development needs of th...


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