Opinion and Issues

Speaking “truth to power”

/ Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:58

Friday Forum in its latest statement outlines the challenges for the Government and its key stakeholders  The Friday Forum has ...


Root cause of overt attention to parliamentarians

/ Wednesday, 16 August 2017 00:00

By Bernard Fernando It is regrettable to recall that despite the decentralisation of our political administration system as far back as in 1987 t...


A response to Dr. Ravi Ratnayake on ‘ETCA and the FTA agenda’

/ Wednesday, 16 August 2017 00:00

By Archt. Nalaka  C. Jayaweera  I believe you being the Editor of a responsible newspaper should give a fair opportunity to express t...


National Chamber of Exporters has its say on proposed changes to cess

/ Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:03

The National Chamber of Exporters in a statement in its capacity as the premier chamber serving Sri Lankan exporters expressed its concerns on the ...


Invisibility of women in politics, the bane of Sri Lanka

/ Saturday, 12 August 2017 00:21

   A male Pradeshiya Sabha member in a recent conversation was bemoaning the possible decrease in votes he would have to suffer if a...


Central Bank needs a complete overhaul

/ Saturday, 12 August 2017 00:17

Retired Deputy Governor in his FT column says according to media reports, an SMS, alleged to have been retrieved from the iPhone of Arjun Aloysius ...


Julie Bishop on Australia’s vision and strategies for regional engagement

/ Friday, 11 August 2017 00:00

The Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKI) is a think tank that analyses Sri Lanka’s internatio...


Harsher penalties to support a just growth economy

/ Friday, 11 August 2017 00:00

  Illicit tobacco smuggling underlines shortfalls in penalties to curb crime  By Ajith Perera The business of im...


Why did Sri Lanka seek Chinese investments in ports?

/ Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:10

By Thilini Kahandawaarachchi During the last decade, China has heavily invested in ports across the world spanning from Africa to Austra...


False claims about the herbicide glyphosate

/ Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:05

By Prof. Chandre Dharmawardana I was amazed to find myself reading shockingly irresponsible headlines over the recent past which claim that the w...


An open letter to President Sirisena

/ Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:01

Dear Mr. President,  Your Government has been reduced to a joke by no less than your Foreign Minister, who has confessed under oath...


Should Ravi resign; also Malik and Kabir? A Response

/ Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:01

I read with great interest the well-argued article written by Banker in the Financial Times, my favourite daily paper, titled, ‘Should Ravi r...


In the name of God, go!

/ Wednesday, 9 August 2017 00:00

By Hourglass  The Yahapalanaya Government, which was elected to power amidst high expectations, is fast proving itself to be one of, if not ...


FCCISL on proposed FTA with China: Has the country interest been sufficiently guarded?

/ Wednesday, 9 August 2017 00:00

The proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Sri Lanka and China has once again become a contentious trade policy issue today among the business...


India-Sri Lanka FTA: Sri Lanka reaping the benefits from preferential trade

/ Wednesday, 9 August 2017 00:00

By Dr. Saman Kelegama  The objective of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is not to bring about a balance in trade, but to work out a ‘win-...


People’s struggles, State repression and the TNA’s response

/ Wednesday, 9 August 2017 00:00

By Niyanthini Kadirgamar Over two years since the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe combine came to power, it is clear that the Government has failed to ad...


Public policy should be based on fact, not fiction

/ Wednesday, 9 August 2017 00:00

By Ayesha Zuhair The General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) held its 10th International Research Conference at the university premi...


Communication of a vision to overcome resistance to economic reform

/ Wednesday, 9 August 2017 00:00

By Lloyd F Yapa This paper is about ways of dealing with the various objections to the reforms proposed during the last couple of years, to en...


Chandra writes to BASL over client-professional privilege

/ Tuesday, 8 August 2017 00:00

nGood governance activist Chandra Jayaratne has written to the Bar Association of Sri Lanka highlighting the urgent need to publicly clarify &lsquo...


Why should only Ravi resign? Ministers Kabir and Malik?

/ Tuesday, 8 August 2017 00:00

By Banker  The State prosecutors who questioned Ravi Karunanayake went beyond their mandate, dragging in personal issues to make the Foreign...


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Sri Lanka must move from politics to business

17 August 2017

Last week, the Yahapalana Government, which came on the promise of good governance and weeding out corruption, had its first blow, when a senior minister and deputy leader of the party had to resign over allegations of corruption. Whilst the sha...


Failures in education drag the country down

17 August 2017

When the country received independence in 1948, the administration and education was of extremely high standard. In 1956, the S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike Government made Sinhala the Official Language and converted education to Swabasha, includi...


Three things to ponder on the 150th Anniversary of the World’s Finest Tea

16 August 2017

The Colombo International Tea Convention 2017 concluded on Friday, elegantly supported by our most accomplished cricketer and commended by several of the international delegates as the most significant gathering of the global tea industry. For ma...


Ravi K’s altruistic suicide!

15 August 2017

Ravi Karunanayake sacrificed his pride and position by tendering his resignation to save the Maithri-Ranil Government cabal. He could have faced and defeated the no confidence motion against him if Maithri (who owes his presidency to Ravi) and Ran...


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