Opinion and Issues

Sri Lanka awaits winter tourists to revive terror-hit sector

Views - 102 Saturday, 14 December 2019 00:10

asia.nikkei.com: Seven months after a wave of suicide bombs sucked the life out of Sri Lanka’s tourism sector, winter holidaymakers have returned to reclaim the empty shores along the southern coast of the South Asian island. A group of Russian tou


US and ‘like-minded’ partners will keep security in Asia

Views - 45 Saturday, 14 December 2019 00:08

BANGKOK (Reuters): A partnership between the United States and “like-minded nations” will keep Asian countries secure in the face of competition from a rising China, the commander of the US Pacific Fleet said on Friday. On a visit to Bangkok, Adm


Roots of the crisis

Views - 192 Saturday, 14 December 2019 00:02

The candidates who had genuinely contested the Presidential Election had elaborate and attractive election manifestos. But none of them had a pragmatic program to address the basic question of how to overcome the extensive crisis Sri Lanka is facing.


What price reforms now that progress rules?

Views - 169 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:30

It was a famous victory. A shadow of a doubt persists after an election commission member spoke up recently, after the event, about an alleged irregularity somewhere in the voting system works. But this would be churlish, buffoonish and academic to t


De-stigmatising sexuality education for gender equality – it is a right

Views - 102 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which fell on 25 November, started the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. It is an annual international campaign that runs for 16 days until 10 December (Human Rights


How to select top officials to public corporations

Views - 554 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

It is commendable that the President wants to select suitable decision-makers to public corporations without them being mere and ad hoc political appointments. However, the process thus far seems somewhat weak. Various people are complaining about th


Citizens opt for simple and productive electoral reforms

Views - 41 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

As we all know, the ‘Yahapalana’ Government failed to introduce the promised electoral reforms. Therefore, in the wake of the forthcoming General Elections, I as a concerned citizen, wish to enlist simple proposals for electoral reforms together


Assessment of fitness and propriety of directors and officers

Views - 326 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

In the early ’80s, a businessman turned financier from the hill capital started a public deposit canvassing drive by offering 20% interest per month. The depositors were offered on the spot payment of 20% as interest for the first month for their d


The new oil of the 21st century: Sri Lanka’s need for data scientists

Views - 210 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

In 2012, the Harvard Business Review named being a ‘data scientist’ the “The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century”. If that is not appealing enough, it is estimated that by 2020, there will be 40 trillion gigabytes (40 zettabytes) of data created.


Revival of State-owned enterprises the need of the hour

Views - 171 Thursday, 12 December 2019 01:26

It is praiseworthy to note the strict selection criteria for heads of State agencies implemented by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s new administration. This is the first time in the history of our country that individuals to key positions are being


Presidency and Sangha: virtuous or villainous duo?

Views - 312 Thursday, 12 December 2019 01:24

President GR should be ever indebted to the Sangha, because without its tireless canvassing he would not have achieved what he did on 16 November. Given the volatile ethno-religious cleavages and unpredictably shifting alliances in the country, it wa


The task of convincing the President and the majority

Views - 382 Thursday, 12 December 2019 01:19

The President said that he was the President of all Sri Lankans, including the people who did not vote for him. The election results were highly polarised along ethnic lines. It is important to note that minorities did not vote for the extremist can


The important role of the new Power and Energy Secretary: A response

Views - 107 Thursday, 12 December 2019 01:16

Tudor Wijenayake appears to have written the above column, without any deep knowledge, understanding or research on the power sector. Every person on the street has an opinion on how to produce electricity. If anybody can design and manage an electr


For an educated society: Can KIT replace current Sri Lankan teachers?

Views - 131 Thursday, 12 December 2019 01:11

Students learn from teachers in a school. Very few would argue with that statement. We have in our current school system a prominent place for the teacher; the front of the class with all students, one row after the row facing the teacher. This is th


AED on why the MCC agreement should be opposed

Views - 238 Thursday, 12 December 2019 01:09

The Alliance for Economic Democracy (AED) is a concerned group of trade unionists, farmers, fishers, students, academics and activists who uphold the value of economic rights and justice in public policymaking. We wish to draw your attention to seve


Open letter to the President on Enterprise Sri Lanka

Views - 21 Thursday, 12 December 2019 01:08

Your Excellency, I write to you as a loyal Sri Lankan and like to use this opportunity for your victory which was needed to our country. I like to draw your kind attention on Enterprise Sri Lanka which is currently on hold for a review. The said sch


Smart digital farming in agriculture: Status and prospects for Sri Lanka

Views - 66 Thursday, 12 December 2019 01:06

It is evident that emerging technological innovations driven by the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) have the potential to overcome the structural weaknesses of current agricultural systems and as such, to deliver a more productive, competitive and


The future of the UNP

Views - 1029 Wednesday, 11 December 2019 01:52

Each time Ranil Wickremesinghe is faced with a threat to his leadership, he comes up with a band aid solution which either postpones his day of reckoning, and/or worsens the situation for the Party, creating internal chaos and bringing it down in the


Sri Lanka’s tourism still reeling since Easter attacks

Views - 157 Wednesday, 11 December 2019 01:46

Seven months after the Easter Sunday terror attacks, Sri Lanka, recognised as Lonely Planet’s No. 1 travel destination in 2019, continues to suffer due to declining tourists. Since the 21 April bomb......


The twin tower trends of today’s politics

Views - 186 Wednesday, 11 December 2019 01:20

I live in two worlds. In one, everything is clear, sharp, light. The new President has lots of potential to boost Sri Lanka into the developmental stratosphere. He has spoken out strongly on national sovereignty and set a personal....


Taxes, budgets and greasy fingers

Views - 375 Tuesday, 10 December 2019 00:00

There is no doubt that to the average citizen, the recent reductions in various taxes were indeed good tidings. For those earning a fixed income, the tax burden had become intolerable. The new Government’s tax reductions are aimed at relieving the


De-stigmatising sexuality education for gender equality – it is a right

Views - 391 Tuesday, 10 December 2019 00:00

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which fell on 25 November, started the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. It is an annual international campaign that runs for 16 days until 10 December (Human Rights


Power grab

Views - 92 Tuesday, 10 December 2019 00:00

This is based given the timing and implicit manifesto of the Presidential bid orchestrated by Mangala Samaraweera. As perceived by many in internal party member dialogues this has been characterised as a bid for the prime minister’s post by Mangala


The important role of the new Power and Energy Secretary

Views - 537 Tuesday, 10 December 2019 00:00

New President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed new secretaries for the ministries. The most important ministry under the current situation is the Ministry of Power and Energy, now including CEB and the petroleum sector. The important position of the Sec


Sri Lankan politics: Erosion of dignity

Views - 141 Tuesday, 10 December 2019 00:00

Many People lie to deceive, others lie because they are deceived themselves – Seneca (Roman Philosopher)


Rigid no parking – Police must be reasonable

Views - 96 Tuesday, 10 December 2019 00:00

While we applaud the efforts of the Police to keep the roads in Colombo clear by not allowing unauthorised parking, there is the human factor which must not be ignored. Colombo is not a planned city, and definitely there is inadequate provision for p


Ban on spice imports

Views - 84 Tuesday, 10 December 2019 00:00

The ban on spice imports is an action of great importance by the President. It was a flourishing anti-national operation carried out by influential people. It was perfectly legal. It was alleged that a few Yahapalanaya politicos were involved. Thi


Newest instrument of bond scam cover-up saga: The forensic audit – A response to Cabraal

Views - 304 Monday, 9 December 2019 00:30

Ajith Nivard Cabraal, former Governor of the Central Bank making his comments on the forensic audit conducted recently on the issue and transactions of debt instruments by the Central Bank, made very unpropitious remarks on the manner in which the fo


Tax cuts: Control the damage before the unconventional stimulus backfires

Views - 8045 Monday, 9 December 2019 00:27

In a background of some contrasting signals from various parties regarding the generous tax cuts introduced by the Government, the Finance Ministry has attempted to do a damage control exercise by issuing a press notice last week. The confusion was o


Achieving social justice through the rule of law

Views - 127 Monday, 9 December 2019 00:18

I am indeed proud and honoured to be here today on this stage exactly 50 years after I left Ananda College to enter the Law Faculty of the then University of Ceylon. It was the year 1969. Col. Rajapakse was the Principal. He had been my English teach


Today's Columnists

Roots of the crisis

Saturday, 14 December 2019

The candidates who had genuinely contested the Presidential Election had elaborate and attractive election manifestos. But none of them had a pragmatic program to address the basic question of how to overcome the extensive crisis Sri Lanka is facing.


What price reforms now that progress rules?

Friday, 13 December 2019

It was a famous victory. A shadow of a doubt persists after an election commission member spoke up recently, after the event, about an alleged irregularity somewhere in the voting system works. But this would be churlish, buffoonish and academic to t


Assessment of fitness and propriety of directors and officers

Friday, 13 December 2019

In the early ’80s, a businessman turned financier from the hill capital started a public deposit canvassing drive by offering 20% interest per month. The depositors were offered on the spot payment of 20% as interest for the first month for their d


How to select top officials to public corporations

Friday, 13 December 2019

It is commendable that the President wants to select suitable decision-makers to public corporations without them being mere and ad hoc political appointments. However, the process thus far seems somewhat weak. Various people are complaining about th


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