Opinion and Issues

Dudley Senanayake, the principled leader who was never power hungry

Views - 80 Thursday, 21 June 2018 00:00

Though I have seen Dudley Senanayake speaking in meetings, my first face-to-face meeting with him took place in 1970. Given that it was immediately after United National Party’s crushing defeat at the general election, he was in a very sombre mood.


New ways of working in the public sector

Views - 82 Thursday, 21 June 2018 00:00

Following is the summary of recommendations to be implemented as an urgent need as the first step towards the reforms of public sector: a) Cabinet of ministers The Constitution should clearly prescribe the number of ministries to be not more than 30


Chandra J writes to PM on inconveniences caused to public by overzealous security arrangements

Views - 218 Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:00

17 June 2018 An Open Letter to the Prime Minister Mr. Prime Minister, Are security planners of high political office holders unconcerned of the inconveniences caused to the public by their overzealous security arrangements? Is it being totally unconc


“Trust, honesty and dedication can reconcile people”: Lt. Col. Bandu

Views - 563 Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:00

If someone needs to change someone, be a child or an adult, it is the love, kindness, respect and trust that make the magic to bring the change. “Despite their race and ethnicity, I gave them love, kindness and respect as a soldier of the Sri Lanka


Wijeyadasa’s comments a sacrilegious outburst: ACMC

Views - 262 Friday, 15 June 2018 00:38

The All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) in a statement has vehemently and bitterly protested and opposed the malicious comments made by Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe against freshly appointed National List MP Prof. Dr.Ismail, about which we are dismayed and as


Relocating Sinharaja elephants: May sense prevail!

Views - 275 Friday, 15 June 2018 00:20

The organisations listed below are appalled that a political decision has been made to capture and relocate the last two elephants remaining in the Sinharaja Rainforest, a World Heritage Site.


China emerges as wild card in elections across Asia

Views - 101 Friday, 15 June 2018 00:00

Kuala Lumpur/Colombo (asia.nikkei.com): As he campaigned ahead of last month’s Malaysian general election, Mahathir Mohamad, the veteran politician, deftly tapped into resentment of Chinese investments in his country to build support. It is an incr


Synergies in the South Asian service sector

Views - 48 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

Following is the address by Nawaz Rajabdeen, the Moderator of the Panel Discussion on ‘Synergies in Service Sector in South Asia’ at the Global Exhibition on Service in South Asia held in Mumbai from 15-18 May. He is also the Ambassador in Sri L


Pathfinder Foundation considers proposals for maintenance of security in Indian Ocean

Views - 93 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

The inaugural task of the Centre for the Law of the Sea of the Pathfinder Foundation (PF), established January 2018, was to unveil a draft of a ‘Code of Conduct’ (CoC) to be observed in the Indian Ocean. The CoC was limited in scope to the extent


Sri Lanka’s debt to GDP ratio for 2017 is 81% says AG not 77.6% as reported by Govt.

Views - 430 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:11

The Debt to GDP ratio is one of the most important macroeconomic indicators in assessing a country’s economy. While it sets out the level of indebtedness of a country in proportion to its Gross Domestic Product, it also provides a measure of its re


Karu on importance of prevention rather than countering armed conflicts

Views - 93 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:03

It is a pleasure to be here with you this morning, and I thank the Executive Director of the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies for inviting me to share my thoughts on the importance of prevention rather than countering armed conflicts.


Counting trees in Colombo

Views - 60 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:01

I read an article in the newspapers of an attempt being made by the Colombo Municipal authorities to count and record the large trees growing in Colombo perhaps in order to preserve them. This I believe is an excellent idea.


Gendering surveillance: A cautionary tale

Views - 540 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:01

The Government of Sri Lanka had planned, that effective from January 2018, all Sri Lankan citizens be required to carry a ‘smart’ e-NIC with biometric details (frontal facial photograph, fingerprints, iris scan), details of profession, address, p


Modi’s Shangri-La speech offers hope for India-SL partnership in Indian Ocean governance

Views - 139 Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:00

By Prof. Sandeep Gopalan The Indian Prime Minister delivered the much-anticipated keynote speech at the Shangri La dialogue on 1 June. Interestingly, Modi used the occasion to call for a rules-based order – recalling previous views espoused by Sri


CPC Chairman Dhammika Ranatunga speaks out

Views - 491 Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:00

Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) Chairman Dhammika Ranatunga in an exclusive interview with Daily FT speaks about the performance of the State enterprise, recent decisions made, its challenges and the future. He also responds to allegations against


Allianz Group upbeat on creating a world-class insurance company in SL

Views - 360 Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:00

Global financial services leader Allianz’s Asia Pacific Regional CEO George Sartorel recently paid a brief visit to engage with its employees to map out the way forward in creating a world-class insurance company here in Sri Lanka. Allianz acquire


The Troika: How crucial relations with India were managed in the last phase of the separatist war

Views - 899 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:45

It is no secret that foreign ministries work in watertight compartments and often under immense pressure. As a result, they cannot be flexible, and quite obviously cannot think out of the box. Even the most experienced Foreign Service officers have t


Appreciation: Sajeewa Samaranayake

Views - 936 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:10

The white-clad crowd that came unendingly to the new crematorium at Kanatte in the forenoon of 16 April at the height of the New Year holidays was, by any reckoning, extraordinarily diverse and numerically exceptional. We all realised only then that


Sri Lanka power system debate – Renewable energy potential underestimated

Views - 272 Friday, 8 June 2018 00:00

Visionary goals have been expressed in recent reports on harnessing renewable energy (RE) in Sri Lanka. The ADB and UNDP


Diplomacy of South Asia’s neighbours: India and Sri Lanka rebuilding their long-term historic relati

Views - 125 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

India and Sri Lanka in their foreign relations have come a long way due to India’s Neighbourhood First policy.


Did Sri Lanka miss out the benefits of its demographic dividend?

Views - 185 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

Economists identify two major factors of production which determine the level of output of a country. They are labour


Sri Lanka defeated terrorism, but is yet to defeat extremism: Prof. Gunaratna

Views - 254 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

An international counter-terrorism expert, Prof. Rohan Gunaratna said that Sri Lanka, which was a prosperous island nation


Mano Sekaram urges professionals, entrepreneurs to lead SL as politicians have failed

Views - 3504 Tuesday, 5 June 2018 00:00

IT industry leader and former SLASSCOM Chairman Mano Sekaram, addressing the ‘Intellectually Inspired Sri Lanka 2030’ Viyathmaga forum recently, called on professionals and entrepreneurs to take the lead to rule the country since the politicians


Dr. Wijeratne shares ingredients for an innovative economy

Views - 464 Tuesday, 5 June 2018 00:00

By Shanika Sriyananda Delivering the keynote speech at the recent Viyathmaga forum recently, a top academic and an eminent scientist Vidya Jyothi Dr. Bandula Wijeratne said that if Sri Lanka aspires to become an innovative economy by 2030, it needed


Pathfinder Foundation addresses Centre for Western China Frontiers Studies at Sichuan Uni, China

Views - 67 Tuesday, 5 June 2018 00:00

Pathfinder Foundation Director Admiral Dr. Jayanath Colombage addressed an academic gathering at the Centre for Western China Frontier Studies at Sichuan University on the invitation of Sichuan University Director of South Asian Studies Professor Dai


Right to Information Commission has its say on proposed Audit Bill

Views - 65 Saturday, 2 June 2018 00:06

In accordance with its duty to secure the effective implementation of Sri Lanka’s Right to Information Act, No. 12 of 2016 (RTI Act) in Sri Lanka, the Right to Information Commission (RTIC) emphasises the importance of upholding the public right to


Corporate village – A solution to rural poverty

Views - 93 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

According to the Central Bank, a fourth of our population is still trapped in poverty. Of them 3.3% or about 700,000 people


President Sirisena’s hard-hitting speech at Ven. Sobitha Thera’s commemoration

Views - 511 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

All newspapers carried the President’s speech made on 30th May at the Foundation Institute in their front pages while


Europe and Asia – together for a more secure world

Views - 70 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

Europe and Asia have never been so close. Our economies are interconnected; our cultures are interconnected;


The problem with America’s ‘transactional’ presidency

Views - 70 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

President Donald Trump has decided to help the Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE by tweeting on 13 May


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A brief guide to the legal system of China

Thursday, 21 June 2018

The law of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is officially referred to as the “socialist legal system with Chinese characteristics”. The formation and development of the socialist legal system with Chinese characteristics are compatible with


The evolution of CSR towards Creating Integrated Value

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Creating Integrated Value (CIV), a term that I coined in 2014, is a concept and practice that has emerged from a long tradition of exploring the role of business in society. It has roots in what many today call corporate (social) responsibility or CS


Let’s educate ourselves for change!

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Ordinary Level Examinations are over. Results are in. What should I be doing at Advanced Level? Science, Commerce or Arts? And what subject combinations? This always is a burning question for some and also for parents. This question is usually answe


Waluka teledrama and Yahapalana political drama

Thursday, 21 June 2018

There are several Sinhala teledramas telecast these days with passing political or social messages both constructive and humorous. The ongoing ‘Ape Ardare’ (Our Love) and ‘Sanda Eliya’ (Moonlight) may stand out, exposing the dubious nature of


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