Opinion and Issues

Wary of China’s rise, Pompeo announces US initiatives in emerging Asia

Views - 89 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced $113 million in new technology, energy


Confusion over FDIs and FTAs

Views - 94 Thursday, 2 August 2018 00:00

‘$ 16 billion worth FDIs anticipated through the FTA with Singapore’. A headline last week that would have caught the eyes of many. Recently the CEO of Apple Inc., Tim Cook said, “The number one reason why we like to be in China is the people.


Confirmation bias: the hidden trap in decision-making

Views - 113 Thursday, 2 August 2018 00:00

By Rasika Karunatilake It is the quintessential Silicon Valley story. Elizabeth Holmes, a 19-year-old President’s Scholar at Stanford drops out of college to launch her start-up. Holmes’ big idea was to perform multiple tests on a single drop of


Understanding Sri Lanka-Singapore FTA

Views - 249 Thursday, 2 August 2018 00:00

By Ganeshan Wignaraja and Amitendu Pali Sri Lanka and Singapore have recently signed a bilateral free trade agreement (SLSFTA). Apart from being a comprehensive and modern FTA in scope and coverage, the SLSFTA paves the way for Sri Lanka’s greater


Is there a monopoly in shipping agency biz? If so, how is the exporter currently affected?

Views - 140 Wednesday, 1 August 2018 00:00

We are a set of medium-scale exporters who welcome the idea of fair trading. We are very much interested in the article published on 31


Killing aspirations by regulating tuk-tuks

Views - 574 Wednesday, 1 August 2018 00:00

I live in Moratuwa, down Diggala Road, a 2 km byroad from Keselwaata Junction on the Old Galle Road. In my little hamlet


Shadows of Black July and post-war reconciliation

Views - 777 Tuesday, 31 July 2018 00:00

By Frances Bulathsinghala The July 1983 anti-Tamil riots is a watershed in the recent history of this country, and 35 years later, with a three-decade war over and thousands killed, we are still left asking ‘Quo Vadis Lanka?’ This writer was sev


Strong monopoly regulations a must if Sri Lanka needs to be an international centre of excellence

Views - 447 Tuesday, 31 July 2018 00:00

By The Fair Trader As the country moves to an upper middle-income nation, it needs a new industrial structure to avoid the middle-income trap, and to move towards the next level of development. International investment, better competitive environment


China’s economy registers stable performance with good momentum

Views - 112 Monday, 30 July 2018 09:00

According to the statistics released by China’s National Bureau of Statistics, China’s GDP growth rate in the first half of 2018 reached 6.8%. The national economy sustained the momentum of steady and sound development with its inner stability an


Rising temperatures to carry big price tag in steamy Sri Lanka

Views - 159 Friday, 27 July 2018 12:00

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Dinesh de Alwis has lived all his life in Ratmalana, a suburb of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo.


Democracy in action for the benefit of the people

Views - 76 Friday, 27 July 2018 00:00

In a democracy, people choose their leaders and hold them accountable for their policies and its efficient implementation.


Accelerate trade!

Views - 152 Wednesday, 25 July 2018 00:00

International Trade Centre (ITC) Executive Director Arancha González believes Sri Lanka could bleep back into


Towards a High Middle Income Sri Lanka: Recipe for transition

Views - 146 Wednesday, 25 July 2018 00:00

The closing session of the Saman Kelegama Memorial Conference, organised by the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS)


Chandra J writes to President on speeding up investigations of significant economic crimes

Views - 85 Wednesday, 25 July 2018 00:00

Issue of an Executive order to advance pending investigations involving significant economic crimes You were


What the NYT won’t tell you about Hambantota

Views - 1573 Wednesday, 25 July 2018 00:00

Corruption is a luxury cruiser sailing exclusively outside Europe and non-Anglo waters, it seems, somehow finding safe harbour only in our parts of the world


Death sentence for narcotics: National Plan of Action for Bribery

Views - 69 Wednesday, 25 July 2018 00:00

Narcotics and bribery have been gaining currency these days while the burning questions of the people – cost of living, is sky rocketing and law and order situation deteriorating, by the day.


The kind of ‘liberals’ we are

Views - 355 Tuesday, 24 July 2018 00:00

In an Op-ed published in the Daily FT recently, a group called ‘Avocado Collective’ provided a critique of a lecture by Prof. Razeen Sally organised by The Advocata Institute. Whilst much of it is a critique on the lecture, it casts aspersions on


Is the Government budget slowing the economy?

Views - 341 Tuesday, 24 July 2018 00:00


CMC’s priorities are topsy-turvy

Views - 68 Tuesday, 24 July 2018 00:00

When I recently visited my daughter who is residing at Armour Street Flats, I noticed that the CMC has fixed a completely new assessment number. The new number 40/228 printed in black on a goldish colour metal plate cut to an elliptical shape has bee


Govt. must invest in young people as they are the economy’s most important asset

Views - 269 Tuesday, 24 July 2018 00:00

The Government must invest in its young people as they are the economy’s most important asset, insisted BDO Partner and former Global President of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), recently in an interview with Daily FT. Mc


A.S. Jayawardena: Selective in talents he nurtured

Views - 205 Monday, 23 July 2018 00:00

A.S. Jayawardena stood tall –giant tall – as a public servant and defined public service for his generation, as no one else in his age cohort did.


Civil society concerned with implementing death penalty, providing Police powers to Military

Views - 124 Saturday, 21 July 2018 00:10

The undersigned civil society activists and groups in Sri Lanka express our deep concern about the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers to take steps towards implementing the death penalty. The death penalty has not been implement


Role of deconstruction in rethinking nationalist narratives

Views - 32 Saturday, 21 July 2018 00:00

In his scholarly review of Harshana Rambukwella’s ‘The Politics and Poetics of Authenticity: A Cultural Genealogy of Sinhala Nationalism’ (the review titled ‘Sinhala Nationalism and the Yearning for Authentici


Feminist activists, human rights defenders condemn President’s attempts to reinstate death penalty

Views - 93 Saturday, 21 July 2018 00:00

As feminist activists, human rights defenders, university teachers, academics, women’s rights organisations and as citizens involved in working towards the realisation of the equal rights of all people, we strongly condemn any atte


Really CICT, is it CSR ?

Views - 142 Saturday, 21 July 2018 00:00

Recently a controversial donation made by Chinese company-run terminal in Colombo (CICT) was exposed by the media where Rs. 19.4 million was given to a foundation run by Pushpa Rajapaksa, the wife of the former all-powerful Minister Basil Rajapaksa.


Chandra J writes to President on appointing independent advisors

Views - 74 Friday, 20 July 2018 00:00

Appoint independent advisors to law enforcement and revenue agencies and key regulators


Thoughts on the death penalty for hardened criminals

Views - 118 Friday, 20 July 2018 00:00

Those who argue that implementing the death penalty for serious crimes would act as a deterrent against others who might


Malik counters allegations on Sri Lanka-Singapore FTA

Views - 386 Thursday, 19 July 2018 00:00

Firstly, let me thank the Hon. Members who have made constructive suggestions on this subject during the past few weeks. But at the same time, I am disappointed with the allegations made by some Members of the Opposition as well as some organisations


Sri Lanka sets an example of curbing corruption and waste

Views - 146 Thursday, 19 July 2018 00:00

By Harindra B. Dassanayake Around the world, people are impatient that their elected representatives fail them. They occupy high office but get to low levels to embezzle tax money. When discontent starts to flutter, however small, they end up becomi


Reflections on a Masterclass on poverty alleviation in Sri Lanka

Views - 189 Wednesday, 18 July 2018 00:00

It isn’t often that you are transported to the lecture halls of one of the world’s premier universities, hearing an eminent


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STEAMing STEM – Moving from horoscopes to telescopes!

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Walking into an inventors’ exhibition should give one an experience similar to an immersion into the future. The world change with inventions and inventors lead the change. The creativity displayed is an indicator of the creativity of the society f


STEAMing STEM – Moving from horoscopes to telescopes!

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Walking into an inventors’ exhibition should give one an experience similar to an immersion into the future. The world change with inventions and inventors lead the change. The creativity displayed is an indicator of the creativity of the society f


There is smoke in the eyes of those who do not want to see!

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Shyamon Jayasinghe, a former citizen of Sri Lanka, now living in Victoria, Australia, writing to Daily FT in a Guest Column article has given an old college try at the President of Sri Lanka by announcing about a cloaked portentous writing on the wal


Modi celebrates birthday whilst making India strong – Lesson for SL

Thursday, 20 September 2018

The Indian Prime Minister celebrated his birthday earlier this week in the backdrop of India growing at a blistering performance of 7.1%. The January-March quarter saw the highest GDP growth in the last seven quarters with India becoming the sixth la


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