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Muslims should turn left

Views - 667 Saturday, 2 November 2019 00:10

To start with, let us briefly review some of the important landmarks in the history of Muslim community in this country since it set foot in the eighth century. For more than a millennium and until the beginning of the 20th century, Muslims enjoyed a

The probe for a prudent political order: A reflection

Views - 138 Saturday, 2 November 2019 00:02

The more visible euphoria that precedes the coming presidential election, is accompanied with a deeper, solemn realism that the country is unlikely to be better placed after a new president is in place. The most rec

Access to justice for all is not yet a reality – but there are ways forward

Views - 87 Saturday, 2 November 2019 00:01

Access to justice for everyone in all communities is an important right and requirement for building fair and peaceful societies – yet this objective has been achieved in few if any nations, and the consequences are damaging for social, economic an

Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources: A nation rich in biomes

Views - 326 Friday, 1 November 2019 00:20

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

Betrayal of a liberal and entrenching family politics via the Constitution

Views - 71 Friday, 1 November 2019 00:00

By Samantha Ratwatte In the post-1948 history of our country, President Chandrika Kumaratunga perhaps is the only leader while having inherited a political legacy who opted not to involve her family in politics though endowed with a progeny of her o

Can the Yahapalanists make it?

Views - 302 Friday, 1 November 2019 00:00

Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR) was defeated by Maithripala Sirisena (MS) in the 2014 Presidential Election. It was a bit of an unexpected defeat considering the fact that the difference between MR and UNF in the 2010 election was quite substantial with a maj

Central Bank stepping towards ease of access to data with Data Library

Views - 117 Friday, 1 November 2019 00:00

Reliable and timely economic and financial information is necessary for making the right decisions, particularly related to growth, development and stability. Accordingly, various institutions worldwide engage in economic and financial data collectio

Ceylon Chamber of Commerce’s key recommendations for agriculture and fishery

Views - 220 Friday, 1 November 2019 00:00

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce recently launched a working draft of ‘Sri Lanka Economic Acceleration Framework 2020-25’ towards building a $ 135 billion economy by 2025. Today we feature the Agriculture Working Group proposals from the document

Doom loop of Gota’s mouthpiece

Views - 947 Thursday, 31 October 2019 02:19

These lines are from an emotive piece of poetry written by the Protestant Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his prison cell in Nazi Germany, shortly before he was executed. Vocal opposition to the genocidal persecution of Jews was his crime.

I vote for Gota

Views - 900 Thursday, 31 October 2019 02:15

Victor Ivan, the founder Editor of the popular Ravaya – a Sinhala tabloid launched particularly to target President Ranasinghe Premadasa with the backing of the Western and Indian embassies and, of course, Lalith Athulathmudali and Gamini Dissanaya

Facts are stubborn

Views - 233 Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:52

The Presidential Elections are around the corner. The contestants are lining up for spiritual blessings. Places of worship and other holy sites are being generously patronised. However, recent events and developments do speak loudly of the possibilit

Ceylon Chamber advocates 12 focus areas to accelerate economic growth

Views - 94 Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:40

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce launched the working draft of the Sri Lanka Economic Acceleration Framework (SEAF) 2020-25 on 17 September. The document has identified over 140 interventions that require to be implemented in driving Sri Lanka’s GDP

My vote goes to… Voting without much confidence

Views - 224 Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:31

Democracy at crunch time is all about counting the votes and those who have one each are the most important actors in this period. Capturing the hearts and minds in one’s direction is all that the candidates have to do and a multitude of ways and m

On a quest to take UK-SL ties from “good” to “great”

Views - 176 Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:20

Sarah Hulton O.B.E. assumed duties as the United Kingdom’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka in August. Prior to that she served in London in several different roles; as the Head of Pacific Department, the Head of DPRK Department and the Head of Diver

Blocking vehicle access to railway station inconveniences commuters

Views - 10 Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:18

This is outside Anuradhapura Railway Station; where passengers are forced to walk some distance to their transport in torrential rain or scorching sun: the old and infants; the pregnant and the disabled.

Marine Drive and our public service

Views - 74 Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:15

Driving along Marine Drive, especially on a wet rainy day, is a depressing experience.It was early last Sunday evening; the rain swayed wildly to the strong gusts from a restless sea, visibility was dangerously low, motorcyclists and tuk-tuks zigzagg

LPG pricing formula: A robust economic solution for an essential energy source

Views - 414 Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:05

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) refers to two prominent natural gas liquids, namely propane and butane. LPG is a derivative of the two industries involved in processing natural gas liquids and in refining crude oil.

Ministry of Fisheries: A nation rich in fish trade

Views - 300 Wednesday, 30 October 2019 01:59

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

Policy certainty and political stability are essential for achieving socio-economic goals

Views - 250 Wednesday, 30 October 2019 01:54

The Sri Lankan economy faces numerous challenges. While global economic and financial conditions have a material impact on an export-oriented small economy such as Sri Lanka, many of the impediments to economic development have been created by the la

Tackling beedi must be significant part of public health agenda

Views - 42 Wednesday, 30 October 2019 00:09

The powers and functions of the new president

Views - 2510 Wednesday, 30 October 2019 00:08

Sri Lanka will elect a new president on 16 November 2019. While unusually that will be neither the current President nor the current Prime Minister, what is less well understood is that the office itself to which the new president is elected will be

Gotabaya Rajapaksa Manifesto: A critique

Views - 2474 Wednesday, 30 October 2019 00:00

Policy honesty is an incumbent requirement associated with democracy and accountability to prevent deceiving poor voters particularly in a developing country like Sri Lanka by the unscrupulous politicians. When politicians give promises, those should

An appreciation of Michael my friend, boss and mentor

Views - 476 Tuesday, 29 October 2019 00:00

Dr. Stephan L. Anthonisz I first set eyes on the larger-than-life character of Michael J. De Zoysa, sporting an imposing ‘afro mop’ hairstyle as a 16-year-old school boy, when he picked me up from ‘homeleigh’ my parents’ house on Castle

IBSL comes of age: Joins with AIT to offer degrees in banking and finance in Sri Lanka

Views - 4217 Monday, 28 October 2019 00:00

The humble beginning as Bankers’ Training Institute Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka or IBSL, during its 55 years of service as the single most important professional body providing qualifications to bankers in Sri Lanka, has produced more than 20

Pathfinder Foundation calls for a National Security Strategy for Sri Lanka

Views - 40 Monday, 28 October 2019 00:00

By Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage Today, we live in a complex world vulnerable to multifaceted security threats. A single event affecting security could ruin and retard progress of a country for considerable period. The ‘Easter Bombings’ that

Getting priorities right for Sri Lanka post-2020

Views - 169 Monday, 28 October 2019 00:00

Indonesian President Jokowi who was re-elected for a second term has made startup founder Nadiem Makarim the country’s education minister. The minister was quick to say that Indonesia thrives on talent and if Indonesia is to produce more high-quali

Tremendous improvement in EU-Sri Lanka relationship

Views - 410 Monday, 28 October 2019 00:00

Relations between the European Union and Sri Lanka have seen tremendous improvement, affirms the outgoing Ambassador of the EU to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Tung-Lai Margue. The EU is by far the biggest export market for Sri Lanka accounting for near

Ceylon Chamber of Commerce’s key recommendations on infrastructure development

Views - 120 Monday, 28 October 2019 00:00

Lead: Overseas Realty Ceylon PLC CEO Pravir Samarasinghe Members of the working group: International Finance Corporation Principal Investment Officer Kamal Dorabawila, Ministry of Finance National Agency for PPP Chairman Thilan Wijesinghe, Access Eng

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Gotabaya’s opportunity to shine in Sri Lanka

Friday, 22 November 2019

In January this year an iron curtain had descended to end Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s elusive dream to become the 7th president of Sri Lanka. Then, several legal battles threatened to put the final full stop to his political ambition to be the President.

Entrepreneurship and the future focus of Sri Lanka

Friday, 22 November 2019

Entrepreneurship is a key driver for any economy. Sri Lanka has a very low presence of entrepreneurs in the market numbering less than 1.5% of the population. This compared to some of the other countries in the Asian region such as Vietnam and Thaila

’56 reborn

Friday, 22 November 2019

The outcome of Presidential Election 2019 can be regarded as a miracle in the political sphere rather than an ordinary election victory of a political party. The prevailing view in Sri Lanka was that a Presidential Election could not be solely won on

Why they lost? (Why they won?)

Friday, 22 November 2019

Over-promised and under-delivered High on vision – low on execution Ivory tower leadership – no sense of ground hardships

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