Opinion and Issues

Holistic approach to mitigating Human-Elephant Conflict in Sri Lanka

Views - 7 Saturday, 25 January 2020 00:02

By Chathuranga Dharmarathne, Chandima Fernando, Chinthaka Weerasinghe


Understanding PET bottles and how it is better than glass, metal or aluminium containers

Views - 6 Saturday, 25 January 2020 00:02

No matter how hard you try, you simply cannot underplay the role of plastic in our lives. From food containers to the interiors of our cars to products like laptops and smartphones – plastic can be found everywhere in our lives. But, while plastic


Forensic Audits part of bond scam cover-up

Views - 12 Saturday, 25 January 2020 00:01

From the time the bond scam was carried out by the Ranil Wickremesinghe administration, that administration under the guidance of the former Prime Minister had been avoiding the law by regularly bringing up various distractions so that the true natur


The economic benefits of the digital economy

Views - 58 Friday, 24 January 2020 00:00

The digital economy that results from billions of everyday online connections among people, businesses and devices has greatly changed our economic environment in relation to how the government and businesses operate and provide goods and services.


Fear to fail, fail to succeed

Views - 208 Friday, 24 January 2020 00:00

The greatest fear of all is one’s inability to think what has gone right and wrong for them. Well, in this competitive and revolutionary world, who will not make mistakes? But many of us believe doing something for the first time or failing to del


Time to promulgate non-aligned economic policy

Views - 96 Friday, 24 January 2020 00:00

Chitral Jayawarna is an economist. He is a former director of the Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka and Finance PLC. In this interview Jayawarna talks about the most burning issue in the country, the economy. Following are excerpts:


Quid pro quo: A study of sexual bribery in Sri Lanka

Views - 205 Friday, 24 January 2020 00:00

The following is an interview conducted with Center for Equality and Justice Founder and Executive Director Shyamala Gomez and its Senior Project Coordinator Ando Anthappan on incidences of sexual bribery among war-affected women in Sri Lanka:


Be still and nourish freedom: A reflection

Views - 103 Friday, 24 January 2020 00:00

With Freedom (Independence) Day in sight we should be reflecting on how best our freedom gained, is to be consolidated and what new freedoms are to be secured. As change occurs, our perception of life grows and our understanding of ethics evolve, the


Foundations of incivility

Views - 187 Friday, 24 January 2020 00:00

The lack of advanced political consciousness and democratic discipline can be considered as one of the main reasons for the crisis and the failure that Sri Lanka is facing. This can be considered a situation that has prevailed since independence. Sri


Is any further expenditure on the Port City a waste of money?

Views - 284 Friday, 24 January 2020 00:00

Erase from the mind all that you have read and heard about it. Then take a blank piece of paper, draw an irregular circle, and draw a line to divide it into two. On the bottom half write 300 acres. That is our Port City! To get the size into a proper


Halting mega projects is untimely; Govt. can explore other options

Views - 206 Friday, 24 January 2020 00:00

In a Sunday newspaper on 5 January a news item titled ‘Mega projects on hold until August budget,’ ‘Drop in revenue after tax reductions prevents spending on major constructions,’ was not a development-friendly headline. It may be accurate o


Research and Development: Is it essential for Sri Lanka?

Views - 400 Thursday, 23 January 2020 01:48

Not long ago, on the day of our 71st Independence Day celebrations, the Army for the first time in our history paraded a locally built Multi-Barrel rocket launcher. It was never revealed that the Sri Lanka Army had an R&D wing named Center for Resear


The importance of business incubators for emergence of new businesses

Views - 136 Thursday, 23 January 2020 00:00

The new Government is poised to enter an arena in the development of entrepreneurship in the country which most of the developed countries have succeeded at the initial stages as well as in continuous efforts. The appointment of the new chairman and


Our heritage is Kandyan law; not Roman Dutch law as Rathana Thero thinks

Views - 667 Thursday, 23 January 2020 00:00

There were four bills presented by private members to the Parliament on 8 January (one bill is to be presented) which were already advertised in the gazette. They were to repeal the Kandyan Marriage and Divorce Act No. 44 of 1952; to repeal the Musli


Time is ripe to send political professionals to Parliament

Views - 130 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:37

Almost through the entire history of our Parliament, we have tolerated the recurring, unprofessional conduct and unproductive contributions from many of our politicians, who make a mockery out of august assemblies such as the Provincial Councils and


Project scope options if the Government wishes to accept the MCC Grant

Views - 217 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:35

Cabinet, having approved a proposal by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to suspend the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grant agreement, has appointed a four-member committee headed by Dr. Lalithasiri Gunaruwan to study the deal and propose further


Gotabaya proposals, environmentally -friendly power

Views - 1353 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:29

A few weeks after being elected as President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa publicised the 76 page document under ‘National Policy Framework, Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour,’ a working document based on his election manifesto. At the inauguration speec


Data is the new oil

Views - 172 Tuesday, 21 January 2020 00:20

The nexus between an individual and data protection is evident. However, where does it begin and where does it end? Jurisdictional barriers and laws of other countries need to be analysed. Do they have confidence in our laws and us in theirs? Entiti


Return of overseas Sri Lankans: A look at the visa processes and lessons from our neighbours

Views - 215 Tuesday, 21 January 2020 00:15

The population of overseas Sri Lankans is nearly three million—that is, one in eight Sri Lankans live abroad.1 This community represents an outflow of human capital that could otherwise have been deployed to further economic growth and development


India’s diplomatic relations with US and China – Aligning with the far to balance the near

Views - 195 Tuesday, 21 January 2020 00:10

By Githma Chandrasekara and Shreya Chatterjee With the rising power of China in the Indo-Pacific Region, the role of the US in the region is gradually declining. These changing dynamics have placed India at a crossroad, as India tries hard to hold on


Why not sing the National Anthem in Sinhala and Tamil at the Independence Day celebration?

Views - 139 Tuesday, 21 January 2020 00:00

There is debate whether the National Anthem of Sri Lanka should be sung only in Sinhala or in Tamil as well. Hopefully, this debate and the discussions that are going on will contexualise this issue to what is relevant and best for Sri Lanka, and not


Cultural dynamics and the beauty of multi-ethnic society in Sri Lanka

Views - 104 Tuesday, 21 January 2020 00:00

Modern world is full of multidimensional and multidisciplinary conflicts involving use of physical and psychological violent tools. The panacea for conflict resolution requires revivalist research in the mind of an individual and physical outburst is


Saving Gotabaya

Views - 991 Tuesday, 21 January 2020 00:00

Nearly two months have passed since Gotabaya Rajapaksa (GR) was elected to the presidency. Although it is too soon to make any informed judgement on his administration, his achievements so far, in improving efficiency and productivity in public admin


Strategic thinking and planned processes key to economic development

Views - 305 Tuesday, 21 January 2020 00:00

Higher education cannot be experienced, nor can it function in isolation from its relevant industries. We need to be aware of the country’s demand for resources and an effective workforce that will support industries to take the economy to the next


Fresh storm in teacup

Views - 61 Tuesday, 21 January 2020 00:00

I read with interest the Daily FT article titled ‘Fresh storm in teacup’. (http://www.ft.lk/top-story/Fresh-storm-in-teacup/26-693723) Having a background in plantation for two-and-a-half decades, and moreover, having inherited the profession, I


Limping merchandise exports: Gota should not make the same mistakes as the previous governments

Views - 7042 Monday, 20 January 2020 02:20

Sri Lanka’s sluggish export performance Sri Lanka’s merchandise exports have been limping from around 2011. Exports which amounted to $ 10.6 billion in 2011 have changed at a very slow rate since then. During 2011-18, the average annual merchandi


2020 – What will the decade ahead hold for aviation?

Views - 278 Monday, 20 January 2020 02:16

Crystal balls are murky things, and predicting what is ahead for the next decade is fraught with pitfalls. This is especially true in the aerospace industry as there is so little history to go on. As readers of this column are aware, the airline indu


UNP’s leadership crisis, democratic balance and stability

Views - 498 Monday, 20 January 2020 01:12

The UNP is in decline not because it divided, but because its leadership is in a state of advanced deterioration and decay. The party has failed to replace or separate itself from the incubus of its hopelessly out of touch and durably unsuccessful Ol


US-Iran standoff could hurt South Asia

Views - 235 Saturday, 18 January 2020 00:05

The killing of the second most powerful leader in Iran by the US military a few days back immediately resulted in investors fleeing away from volatile assets and also helped to destabilise the region once again. The US could very well find itself wit


SOEs, meritocracy mixed with idiocracy and shady people: Soup is getting spoilt?

Views - 972 Saturday, 18 January 2020 00:05

No doubt most of the State-Owned Enterprises in Sri Lanka are run worse than a wayside boutique. Public officials towing political lines have ruined them systematically over a period, they have become politicised,


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Forensic Audits part of bond scam cover-up

Saturday, 25 January 2020

From the time the bond scam was carried out by the Ranil Wickremesinghe administration, that administration under the guidance of the former Prime Minister had been avoiding the law by regularly bringing up various distractions so that the true natur


Halting mega projects is untimely; Govt. can explore other options

Friday, 24 January 2020

In a Sunday newspaper on 5 January a news item titled ‘Mega projects on hold until August budget,’ ‘Drop in revenue after tax reductions prevents spending on major constructions,’ was not a development-friendly headline. It may be accurate o


Is any further expenditure on the Port City a waste of money?

Friday, 24 January 2020

Erase from the mind all that you have read and heard about it. Then take a blank piece of paper, draw an irregular circle, and draw a line to divide it into two. On the bottom half write 300 acres. That is our Port City! To get the size into a proper


Foundations of incivility

Friday, 24 January 2020

The lack of advanced political consciousness and democratic discipline can be considered as one of the main reasons for the crisis and the failure that Sri Lanka is facing. This can be considered a situation that has prevailed since independence. Sri


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