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Why NPP for minorities and the nation?

Views - 27 Tuesday, 12 November 2019 00:00

The two minority communities, Tamils and Muslims, and their ethnic political parties are once again caught up in a dilemma in choosing one or the other of the two leading presidential candidates, Sajith and Gota. The Tamil parties drew a set of 13 d


Sri Lankan Muslims pressured to curb rise of extremism

Views - 19 Tuesday, 12 November 2019 00:00

By Marwaan Macan-Markar Nikkei.com: Muslim religious leaders are ramping up warnings about the danger of Islamic extremists in Kattankudy, a densely packed Muslim town along Sri Lanka’s eastern coast, in sermons delivered during weekly Friday after


Why NPP for minorities and the nation?

Views - 14 Tuesday, 12 November 2019 00:00

The two minority communities, Tamils and Muslims, and their ethnic political parties are once again caught up in a dilemma in choosing one or the other of the two leading presidential candidates, Sajith and Gota. The Tamil parties drew a set of 13 d


Premadasa eyes youth to beat pro-China rival

Views - 14 Tuesday, 12 November 2019 00:00

By Marwaan Macan-Markar Nikkei.com: As campaigning enters the final stretch in Sri Lanka’s 16 November Presidential Polls, Sajith Premadasa, the leading political moderate in the fray, is staking his hopes for victory on the country’s first-time


In Presidential Election, local is the national in Sri Lanka’s east

Views - 86 Monday, 11 November 2019 00:08

By Meera Srinivasan The Hindu: Hardly any election-related poster is visible in Batticaloa town, much like the rest of Sri Lanka, since the Election Commission banned banners and cut-outs last month. All the same, voters appear all set for the 16 Nov


Sajith: Our last best hope

Views - 1448 Monday, 11 November 2019 00:08

Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa was addressing a massive rally in Polonnaruwa. Just as he commenced with the usual preliminaries, there occurred a diversion. Wasantha Senanayake, the infantile trapeze artist, thought it was the opportune time to appear


Rienzie factor in banking: The Renaissance Man who revolutionised the banking world

Views - 2555 Monday, 11 November 2019 00:02

Rienzie: the man of the hour During my long attachment to the Central Bank, there was one banker with whom I had a close association. That was Rienzie T. Wijetilleke, known only as Rienzie in the banking circles, who rose to the pinnacle of the Hatto


The MCC Compact: It is off a flawed Constraints Analysis

Views - 91 Monday, 11 November 2019 00:00

By K.C. Somaratna When I wrote my previous article on MCC Compact and said that we need to redo the Constraints Analysis, I had already found a few weaknesses in the same and planned to write a second article explaining why that revision is necessary


Are India and China ‘frenemies’ in geopolitics or geo-economics?

Views - 141 Monday, 11 November 2019 00:00

By Patrick Mendis and Joey Wang China and India (Chindia) both recognise the need to address their respective bilateral issues; and, it is of mutual interest to incrementally get their relationship back on track, especially when the neighbouring cou


Ministry of Investment Promotion and Job Creation: A nation rich in industries

Views - 60 Monday, 11 November 2019 00:00

Goals Generate 200,000 new jobs per annum by 2025. Ensure $ 7 billion local investments per annum by 2025. Ensure $ 7 billion foreign direct Investments per annum by 2025. Improve Sri Lanka’s rank in Ease of Doing Business Index from 100 to 50 by 2


Sri Lanka election: Northern Tamils know who they don’t want in power

Views - 208 Saturday, 9 November 2019 00:02

As many as 35 candidates are running for President in the 16 November Election, but northern Tamils view it as a two-cornered fight between Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Sajith Premadasa; and they know who they don’t want in power.


Governor Indrajit, release forthwith forensic audit on bond scams

Views - 187 Saturday, 9 November 2019 00:01

It is shameful that the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has reportedly sought the approval of the Attorney General to release to the public domain its long-delayed ‘forensic audit’ of the egregious Treasury bond scams as it “could influence th


Ministry of National Security: A nation rich in safety and freedom

Views - 322 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:30

This series is based on business leader Dhammika Perera’s recently revealed ‘Economic Growth Strategy and Action Plan to increase GDP Per Capita from $ 4,000 to $ 12,000’. The document outlines goals and action plans for 23 ministries and today


Evaluation of tax policies of New Democratic Front (UNP) Presidential Election candidate

Views - 108 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

By Nihal Hettiarachchi, FCA Proposal: Amalgamation of NBT and VAT to a single tax of 15% initially and 12.5% within two years. Existing provisions: Currently NBT and VAT are charged at 2% and 15% respectively. Our comments Bringing down the number o


Gotabaya: The saviour of special interest groups

Views - 494 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

By Ashoka Mihindu Gotabaya Rajapaksa, much like US President Donald Trump, has no previous experience in political office. The Easter Sunday attack has made him the front-runner to presidency, as citizens have become terror-weary. Recently, former Mi


Gaslighting the voting public to sow confusion

Views - 89 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

‘Ethics’ encompass a belief system defined by honesty, responsibility, and trust. Further, sincerity, truthfulness, competence and reliability should be at the root of our politics. Winning the trust and confidence of the constituents we serve, r


The future of Sri Lanka’s education in the 4IR

Views - 51 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

The profound impacts that an emerging fourth industrial revolution (4IR) will have on the future employment landscape underscore the crucial role of education and skills in preparing a workforce that can meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s l


Managing domestic and international challenges and opportunities in post-conflict development

Views - 48 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

By Dr. H. M. Gunatilake Mismanagement of the Sri Lankan economy is clearly evident by the current economic indicators. Very low economic growth, huge external debt burden, declining share of exports to GDP, declining tax revenue as percentage of GDP,


Election, the transformative opportunity

Views - 296 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

Almost all the candidates who are genuinely contesting the Presidential Election have presented their election manifesto. But none of them have offered a practical vision to overcome the crisis that Sri Lanka is facing. The failure to build the natio


Leadership for a post-truth era

Views - 407 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

A recent encounter with one of the ‘inspirational’ videos by a popular tuition master, Tissa Jananayake, brought home the extent to which post-truth has pervaded cultural life in Sri Lanka. This teacher grossly misleads his students about the Mil


Will the new leader be able to use the last opportunity made available for SL to move forward?

Views - 61 Thursday, 7 November 2019 00:00

The people of this country are due to elect a president this year and a government headed by a prime minister next year. So far the experience of the people of Sri Lanka, however, is that their leaders of the past have not only failed to deliver on


Security revisited

Views - 203 Thursday, 7 November 2019 00:00

Recently I attended a function at the Shangri-La Hotel where a Very Important Person (VIP) was the chief guest. Prior to getting there, I was unaware of the VIP’s expected participation, the function was promoted as a musical event. However, from


Addressing the multiple crises in Sri Lankan education

Views - 24 Thursday, 7 November 2019 00:00

By Ratnasiri Arangala, A. M. Navaratna Bandara, Michael Fernando, Wipula Karunathilake, Mohammed Mahees, Sasanka Perera, and Jayadeva Uyangoda Sri Lanka’s entire system of education, at pre-school, primary, secondary, and tertiary levels, has been


My wish list

Views - 188 Thursday, 7 November 2019 00:00

People mainly expect a Government to drive the economy and ensure economic prosperity for the country and its people. Indeed, we are reminded of the famous saying “it’s the economy stupid” which James Carville coined as a campaign strategist


The potential for the final disappearance of democracy in Sri Lanka

Views - 131 Thursday, 7 November 2019 00:00

By Emil van der Poorten While surveying the current political landscape of Sri Lanka one cannot but have a sense of déjà vu relative to what occurred with the advent of Rajapaksa control of everything in this country. At the outset of its ascent to


Is South Asia ready for take-off?

Views - 102 Thursday, 7 November 2019 00:00

By Dr. Tubagus Feridhanusetyawan Leveraging on success Since the mid-1980s, durable reforms coupled with prudent macroeconomic management have brought steady progress to the South Asia region (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lank


The realities of the presidential race

Views - 246 Thursday, 7 November 2019 00:00

Since independence we have had seven Presidential Elections in Sri Lanka, and again we are getting ready to elect the next president in November. After changing presidents and their governments seven times we have not been able to achieve a satisfact


The coming duumvirate and economic challenge

Views - 152 Thursday, 7 November 2019 00:00

Four personalities – GR, SP, MR and RW, two offices – Presidency and Prime Ministership and two elections – Presidential and General, can produce five different configurations of a President-Prime Minister duumvirate, based on the assumption th


Ministry of Justice and Prison Reforms: A nation rich in discipline

Views - 248 Wednesday, 6 November 2019 00:50

This series is based on business leader Dhammika Perera’s recently revealed ‘Economic Growth Strategy and Action Plan to increase GDP Per Capita from $ 4,000 to $ 12,000’. The document outlines goals and action plans for 23 ministries and today


Premadasa manifesto – Is it better than Gotabaya’s?

Views - 1216 Wednesday, 6 November 2019 00:34

The election manifesto of Sajith Premadasa was released last week and it is interesting to analyse it with the same criteria that was used by me to evaluate the manifesto of Gotabaya Rajapaksa last week.


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Why NPP for minorities and the nation?

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

The two minority communities, Tamils and Muslims, and their ethnic political parties are once again caught up in a dilemma in choosing one or the other of the two leading presidential candidates, Sajith and Gota. The Tamil parties drew a set of 13 d


Why NPP for minorities and the nation?

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

The two minority communities, Tamils and Muslims, and their ethnic political parties are once again caught up in a dilemma in choosing one or the other of the two leading presidential candidates, Sajith and Gota. The Tamil parties drew a set of 13 d


Corporate treasurers should make more use of derivatives to hedge risks

Monday, 11 November 2019

Humans have never liked the idea of uncertainty. More so, they did not like the idea of economic uncertainty. Hence, the need to hedge this uncertainty gave rise to the evolution of derivatives. Derivatives have been used by mankind for a very long


China’s rising giants

Monday, 11 November 2019

China’s evolution into a global powerhouse with the world’s second largest economy is a familiar story. Less well-known though is the tremendous growth of the nation’s state-sponsored aviation sector, which now has a global reach. Serving the w


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