Opinion and Issues

New Constitution: Reinforcing the Tamil homeland theory or solving the “Tamil” issue?

Views - 91 Monday, 28 January 2019 00:06

By Raj Gonsalkorale Before discussing whether the proposed new draft constitution as submitted to the Constitutional Assembly by the Panel of Experts has as its real objective the reinforcement of the ancient Tamil homeland theory, or whether it is a


President’s unfettered discretion on appointing President’s Counsel

Views - 460 Monday, 28 January 2019 00:00

President’s Counsel is a title to recognise those who have reached eminence in the legal profession and have maintained high standards of conduct and rectitude. The title is equivalent to Queen’s Counsel (QC) or King’s Counsel (KC) in the Briti


Sri Lankan democracy undermined by Eastern Governor appointment

Views - 235 Monday, 28 January 2019 00:00

Since we proudly celebrated the 85th anniversary of Sri Lankan democracy in 2016, there has been a coup, first to replace a Prime Minister commanding a working majority in Parliament with another who could not muster a majority, followed by a move to


Let’s PhilippOpine

Views - 80 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:20

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena made a historic visit to the Philippines, a five-day State visit supposedly to undertake negotiations with his counterpart President Rodrigo Duterte. The two leaders held bilateral talks on areas of mutual i


For Xi, ‘Toilet Revolution’ is next only to Belt and Road Initiative

Views - 124 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:10

For the Chinese President Xi Jinping, bringing about a ‘Toilet Revolution’ in his country is next only in importance to his international flagship project, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) involving the building of multiple ports, airports and


Duterte’s war on drugs: is Philippine a standard Sri Lanka should aspire to?

Views - 133 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:10

Sri Lanka and Philippine diplomatic relations dates back to 1961 with bilateral visits and discussion on cooperation spanning cultural affairs, visa and taxation requirements for Philippine workers in Sri Lanka, trade and air transport. The first off


70 years of Australia and Sri Lanka diplomacy – Analysis

Views - 72 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:00

www.eurasiareview.com: In reinforcing 70 years of bonds, Sri Lanka enjoys closer foreign relations with Australia than ever before. This bilateralism is an emerging strategic choice, their ties focusing on econom


Of Dil-scoops, Blake’s 7 and drug busts

Views - 230 Friday, 25 January 2019 00:10

In mid-2018, national cricketer and erstwhile captain Tillakaratne Dilshan sang the praises of President Maithripala Sirisena for taking a certain executive decision. That was to implement the death penalty – customarily commuted to life imprisonme


Ravi K hits back; demands professional reply from Wijewardena substantiated with evidence

Views - 234 Friday, 25 January 2019 00:00

The parallel response from W.A. Wijewardena to my article (http://www.ft.lk/opinion/Ravi-K-alleges-W-A--Wijewardena-involvement-in-private-placements-of-Treasury-bonds/14-67099) which appeared in the Daily FT of 17 January is a welcome gesture. It w


Investigating corruption of the Yahapalana Government

Views - 330 Friday, 25 January 2019 00:00

Investigating into corruption alleged to have taken place during the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime was considered the most important responsibility of the Yahapalana Government during its initial years. However, following the cessation of the political a


Catwalk beyond 400 PPM – Consuming towards disaster!

Views - 142 Thursday, 24 January 2019 00:46

Catwalks sizzle! What’s on the catwalk – the skin, the silk, lycra parading endlessly broadcast to the world whatever new and popular in clothing and accessories and it also communicates desirable dimensions too in a not-too-subtle manner. Knowi


Rolling back big government – The next big challenge

Views - 95 Thursday, 24 January 2019 00:40

Preliminary estimates in the 2019 Budget to be presented on 5 March this year include an income of 2.5 trillion and a debt service requirements of a whopping 2.2 trillion, leaving only a net income of 0.3 trillion. As for expenditure, the Government


Inclusive globalisation must work for all

Views - 48 Thursday, 24 January 2019 00:39

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland: A more human-centred globalisation is critical for our shared prosperity and sustainable future, agreed a roster of young panellists in the opening plenary of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2019 in Davos-Klosters


Business and human rights – An imperative for Sri Lanka

Views - 389 Thursday, 24 January 2019 00:26

Sri Lanka is now a middle income emerging market, with one of the fastest growing economies in the Asia-Pacific Region. Its new economic strategies hold has the capability of bringing out the true potential of the country as a source for exports of d


Proclaim the truth without fear or favour

Views - 20 Wednesday, 23 January 2019 00:00

This is a brief missive to all who proclaim that they are genuine leaders of Sri Lanka. As a society, we have all been treated with such huge disrespect by you – our so-called leaders, for way too long. No matter what party you belong to, you conti


State of the animal

Views - 149 Wednesday, 23 January 2019 00:00

By Sandali Handagama In November of 2018, a story alleging the massacre of stray dogs living on the premises of the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) emerged on social media. An unidentified group had arrived and begun admin


Sri Lanka seeks regional bailout as balance of payments crisis looms

Views - 210 Wednesday, 23 January 2019 00:00

asia.nikkei.com (Colombo): Sri Lanka is turning to key Asian allies for a financial lifeline as a balance of payment crisis looms over the debt-strapped South Asian island. It is in discussions with India and China in a desperate effort to meet unpre


Managing Sri Lanka-China economic relations: BRI, debt, and diplomacy

Views - 225 Wednesday, 23 January 2019 00:00

China holds approximately 9% of Sri Lanka’s total outstanding debt as of 2017, and 14% amongst bilateral lenders – equivalent to the same share held by neighbouring India. Despite this, Sri Lanka’s engagement with China has become synonymous gl


Expedite low-cost ‘humps’ at all unprotected rail crossings

Views - 71 Wednesday, 23 January 2019 00:00

Rail crossing tragedies are reported quite regularly with the latest at Thudella, Jaela with a death toll of four. Low cost ‘humps’ on either side of the crossing again would have prevented this tragedy too. Recently, I was surprised to learn f


Lasantha, journalists and diplomats

Views - 214 Wednesday, 23 January 2019 00:00

We find scarce little to celebrate in a sullied land, marking our days remembering the tragedies that tell our blood-soaked history. In the troubled decades preceding, many, from the highest in the land to average citizens, have met with violent ends


Rejecting populism, global public opinion comes out strongly in favour of openness and collaboration

Views - 17 Tuesday, 22 January 2019 00:00

Geneva, Switzerland: A global opinion poll published on Sunday by the World Economic Forum finds that a clear majority of people in all regions of the world say they believe cooperation between nations is either extremely or very important. It also f


Teaching the younger generation to observe professional ethics is the need of the hour

Views - 215 Tuesday, 22 January 2019 00:00

When Sri Lanka got independence in 1948, it was one of the most promising nations both in Asia and in the Commonwealth countries. It had luckily emerged unscathed after the Second World War unlike our neighbours. Sri Lanka furthermore did not have to


Striving to become a “democracy”

Views - 62 Tuesday, 22 January 2019 00:00

The Economist’s ‘Intelligence Unit Democracy Index’ (https://www.eiu.com/topic/democracy-index) which provides a snapshot of the state of democracy globally has ranked Norway in the top of the list as a “full democracy” while Sri Lanka is r


Set up an IT university or rail track in the jungle?

Views - 138 Tuesday, 22 January 2019 00:00

Two interesting articles appeared last week. One was about a publication by SLASSCOM, the industry body that represents the software and services companies, which pointed out that their objective is to raise foreign earnings from the segment to $ 5 b


Questionable (or absurd) official report on poverty indicators

Views - 189 Tuesday, 22 January 2019 00:00

The latest Report issued by the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs on ‘Poverty Indicators’ is both questionable and outrageous.1This Ministry is under the responsibility of the Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe. Most of the sta


Grave secrets from Sri Lanka’s troubled past

Views - 615 Tuesday, 22 January 2019 00:00

The Hindu: From 10 feet away, it looked like a grin, the row of teeth stretching from ear to ear. Freshly dug out from many layers of soil, the mud-covered skeleton lay on its spine, awaiting a number. “That would be 283,” says W.R.A.S. Rajapaksa


All the presidents’ mien

Views - 332 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:10

I’m conflicted about the presidency we have. Do we need it like a fish needs a bicycle, or a baboon needs a parliament? Has the opportune time come for stakeholders as diverse as civil society led by a free media movement, conscientious objectors t


Banks should subsume technology before technology subsumes them

Views - 6694 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:08

Returning to IBSL is like ‘coming home’ It is a privilege for me to return to the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka, popularly known as IBSL, after the lapse of some 10 years. I had a long association with IBSL from its very beginning – from ar


Making democracy a national heritage

Views - 124 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:00

We are in the year of elections. It is the season of political name calling. Everybody is busy conferring some name on some body. Neo liberal, liberal, dictator, fascist, neo fascist, NGO agent, imperialist lackey are some of these devices that come


Global economy is headed for recession

Views - 21 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:00

LONDON, (REUTERS): Global growth is slowing and the world economy is headed for a recession in 2019 unless something happens to give it renewed momentum. The OECDs composite leading indicator fell to just 99.3 points in November, its lowest since Oc


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Discipline and freedom under the reign of Gota

Saturday, 23 February 2019

There’s nothing like a well-crafted marketing slogan for a prospective Presidential candidate. Gotabaya Rajapaksa is emerging more clearly into the daylight as the Opposition’s candidate for executive president. Against a redone image in the back


The chainsaw massacre and other ‘lawful’ horror stories

Friday, 22 February 2019

Admit it. The headline hooked you. Hope you won’t be disappointed. There are no gory scenes featuring dismembered limbs here. However you might read about the long arm of the law being truncated. Perhaps a chilling scene where the mask of the murde


What went wrong with Sri Lanka?

Friday, 22 February 2019

If Sri Lanka wants to get out of the present miserable situation, it needs to make a profound change, a paradigm shift in the way it views at everything including the religious, political and economic issues. Such a change could be made only by loo


Regulating foreign workers now a top priority

Friday, 22 February 2019

Sri Lanka is today facing a domestic labour shortage in some key sectors and industries. While demographic, social attitudes, expansion of the economy and outward labour emigration are contributing to the shortfall. Generally a lack of interest in ce


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