Opinion and Issues

The future of Sri Lanka’s education in the 4IR

Views - 83 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

The profound impacts that an emerging fourth industrial revolution (4IR) will have on the future employment landscape underscore the crucial role of education and skills in preparing a workforce that can meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s l

Managing domestic and international challenges and opportunities in post-conflict development

Views - 69 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

By Dr. H. M. Gunatilake Mismanagement of the Sri Lankan economy is clearly evident by the current economic indicators. Very low economic growth, huge external debt burden, declining share of exports to GDP, declining tax revenue as percentage of GDP,

Election, the transformative opportunity

Views - 336 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

Almost all the candidates who are genuinely contesting the Presidential Election have presented their election manifesto. But none of them have offered a practical vision to overcome the crisis that Sri Lanka is facing. The failure to build the natio

Leadership for a post-truth era

Views - 520 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

A recent encounter with one of the ‘inspirational’ videos by a popular tuition master, Tissa Jananayake, brought home the extent to which post-truth has pervaded cultural life in Sri Lanka. This teacher grossly misleads his students about the Mil

Will the new leader be able to use the last opportunity made available for SL to move forward?

Views - 71 Thursday, 7 November 2019 00:00

The people of this country are due to elect a president this year and a government headed by a prime minister next year. So far the experience of the people of Sri Lanka, however, is that their leaders of the past have not only failed to deliver on

Security revisited

Views - 224 Thursday, 7 November 2019 00:00

Recently I attended a function at the Shangri-La Hotel where a Very Important Person (VIP) was the chief guest. Prior to getting there, I was unaware of the VIP’s expected participation, the function was promoted as a musical event. However, from

Addressing the multiple crises in Sri Lankan education

Views - 45 Thursday, 7 November 2019 00:00

By Ratnasiri Arangala, A. M. Navaratna Bandara, Michael Fernando, Wipula Karunathilake, Mohammed Mahees, Sasanka Perera, and Jayadeva Uyangoda Sri Lanka’s entire system of education, at pre-school, primary, secondary, and tertiary levels, has been

My wish list

Views - 227 Thursday, 7 November 2019 00:00

People mainly expect a Government to drive the economy and ensure economic prosperity for the country and its people. Indeed, we are reminded of the famous saying “it’s the economy stupid” which James Carville coined as a campaign strategist

The potential for the final disappearance of democracy in Sri Lanka

Views - 155 Thursday, 7 November 2019 00:00

By Emil van der Poorten While surveying the current political landscape of Sri Lanka one cannot but have a sense of déjà vu relative to what occurred with the advent of Rajapaksa control of everything in this country. At the outset of its ascent to

Is South Asia ready for take-off?

Views - 113 Thursday, 7 November 2019 00:00

By Dr. Tubagus Feridhanusetyawan Leveraging on success Since the mid-1980s, durable reforms coupled with prudent macroeconomic management have brought steady progress to the South Asia region (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lank

The realities of the presidential race

Views - 274 Thursday, 7 November 2019 00:00

Since independence we have had seven Presidential Elections in Sri Lanka, and again we are getting ready to elect the next president in November. After changing presidents and their governments seven times we have not been able to achieve a satisfact

The coming duumvirate and economic challenge

Views - 163 Thursday, 7 November 2019 00:00

Four personalities – GR, SP, MR and RW, two offices – Presidency and Prime Ministership and two elections – Presidential and General, can produce five different configurations of a President-Prime Minister duumvirate, based on the assumption th

Ministry of Justice and Prison Reforms: A nation rich in discipline

Views - 266 Wednesday, 6 November 2019 00:50

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

Premadasa manifesto – Is it better than Gotabaya’s?

Views - 1239 Wednesday, 6 November 2019 00:34

The election manifesto of Sajith Premadasa was released last week and it is interesting to analyse it with the same criteria that was used by me to evaluate the manifesto of Gotabaya Rajapaksa last week.

Mattala and paddy storage: Anatomy of an act of ‘fraud corruption’

Views - 262 Wednesday, 6 November 2019 00:30

A Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Fraud Corruption (yes that is the name as printed on a document sent by the Commission, dated 15 October 2019) which occurred from 15 January 2015 to 31 December 2018 has looked into this matter. An analysis

The Sri Lankan tax system

Views - 387 Wednesday, 6 November 2019 00:00

1. What are the taxes, duties and levies applicable in Sri Lanka? The list includes Income Tax, Economic Service Charge (ESC), Value Added Tax (VAT), Nation Building Tax (NBT), Stamp Duty levied by Commissioner General of Inland Revenue (CGIR) and pr

CBK joins Sajith’s presidential campaign: Shuffling the deck with same old cards?

Views - 52 Wednesday, 6 November 2019 00:00

“It’s the economy, stupid” is a slight variation of the phrase “The economy, stupid”, which James Carville coined as a campaign strategist of Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 presidential campaign against president George H. W. Bush. Carvil

Go set a watchman – Part II

Views - 42 Wednesday, 6 November 2019 00:00

The contents of the proposed SOFA have not been officially released. However, the political Editor of the Sunday Times has given a detailed description of its contents, which the Government has not contradicted. Indeed, there is no reason to doubt th

Who can fix this country?

Views - 456 Wednesday, 6 November 2019 00:00

The Presidential Election is turning into yet another wild game, with nail-biting competition between the contestants amidst the usual crossover drama and mudslinging. We see several aspiring political leaders but sadly many of them lack some of the

Friday Forum calls for a social compact in a time of multiple emergencies

Views - 14 Wednesday, 6 November 2019 00:00

This society faces multiple situations that need to be addressed as emergencies; because treated otherwise complications would set in to make the malady too dangerous. These situations cannot be resolved by the government alone, and this has been dem

Politics in SL: A lucrative biz thriving on public gullibility

Views - 487 Wednesday, 6 November 2019 00:00

A couple of years ago, I told one of my friends that the word “gullible” had been removed from the Oxford Dictionary. He immediately checked on it and found that the word still existed and, within minutes, realised the subtle intention of my stat

NCE gives ‘food for thought’ to presidential candidates on key challenges of the country

Views - 48 Tuesday, 5 November 2019 00:00

The National Chamber of Exporters (NCE) which represents a vital sector of the economy of the country, viz. exporters of products and services and service providers to exporters, has presented to the presidential candidates 10 key proposals that are

Presidential Election filled with promises

Views - 17 Tuesday, 5 November 2019 00:00

By Chandrasena Maliyadde Staggering balance of payment deficit; widening trade deficit; unimaginable investment-savings deficit; uncontrollable fiscal deficit; indebted to the public; indebted to banks; indebted to corporate sector; indebted to inter

Hypocrite-in-chief – Medical arrogance

Views - 53 Tuesday, 5 November 2019 00:00

Following is the address delivered by Chief Guest SLMA Immediate Past President Dr. Ruvaiz Haniffa at the E.M. Wijerama Endowment Lecture 2019 on Friday 25 October at the Lionel Memorial Auditorium of the SLMA

Evaluation of tax policies of SLPP presidential election candidate

Views - 38 Tuesday, 5 November 2019 00:00

By Nihal Hettiarachchi, FCA SLPP: Income tax rate of manufacturing businesses will be reduced from 28% to 14% Existing provision: Income tax rate of manufacturing businesses is 28% unless predominantly engaged in specified businesses or SME. Comment

Both presidential candidates have missed: Nation brand value building

Views - 684 Tuesday, 5 November 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka is entering one of the most decisive time periods in recent history; just 11 days for the appointment of the new president of Sri Lanka. The manifestos of both key contenders are highly focussed on what Sri Lanka requires and must be commen

MCC – Separating myth from reality

Views - 471 Tuesday, 5 November 2019 00:00

By Dr. Sirimewan Dharmaratne As there is considerable tumult in Sri Lanka on this agreement, this is an opportune time to have an objective look unclouded by political affiliations. Although this article may be redundant by the time of publication, h

What is the problem with Chinese loans?

Views - 388 Tuesday, 5 November 2019 00:00

In the recent months various articles have been seen in the newspapers to justify the Chinese loans and its projects and their viability. In the interest of the public it is important to understand the fact of, why countries should get loans and it i

An open and inclusive China welcomes you

Views - 88 Tuesday, 5 November 2019 00:00

By Cheng Xueyuan The first China International Import Expo (CIIE) was held successfully in Shanghai from 5 to 10 November 2018. In the event, there were 172 countries, regions and international organisations, more than 3,600 foreign companies with a

Who will watch the watchdog?

Views - 591 Tuesday, 5 November 2019 00:00

Many of us were hoping for a new dawn in 2015. The hope for a ‘Yahapalanaya’ Government now leaves ashes in the mouth of many people. It is true they brought us back our freedom and strengthened independent institutions but they failed fundamenta

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Peace, business and prosperity

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Every nation, every community and each individual is facing the social and political impact along with the impact of violence. Interpersonal violence results in medical, policing and judicial costs immediately after the violent incident occurs and it

‘Data is the new oil’: An introduction to the proposed Data Protection Act

Friday, 6 December 2019

Data protection is not a concept we, in Sri Lanka, are familiar with. Globally, the laws surrounding data protection have been around for about 20 years. And we are only just about getting started. The proposed ‘Data Protection Act’ (hereinafter

Education: An integral part of entrepreneurship development

Friday, 6 December 2019

Governments across the world have recognised the importance of State intervention to encourage private sector innovation towards strengthening entrepreneurships in order to capitalise on comparative and competitive advantages. The main pillar of entr

Moving away from an insular mindset concerning the tea export business

Friday, 6 December 2019

Sri Lanka mainly produces Orthodox teas as opposed to CTC teas which are largely used in producing tea bags. We are ahead of others in the former category but unfortunately way behind on the latter due to our closed and insular policies. Assuming an

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