Columnists,Opinion and Issues

Trump’s trade logic and Sri Lanka’s mistake

Views - 362 Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:00


Sri Lankan farmers’ traditional knowledge and climate change predictions

Views - 197 Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:00

By Dilani Hirimuthugodage “If eagles and grey hornbills are flying above their normal height in the sky, it signals that rain is expected soon; if seagulls are flying close to the ground, it suggests that there will be heavy rainfall. However, thes


Response to Dayan on his article ‘Gotabaya, Viyath Maga, 13 and me’

Views - 218 Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:00

By Dinesh Perera On reading Dayan Jayatilleka’s rather self-serving article I felt duty bound to respond publicly. This is mainly driven by his use of one Tissa Wijeyeratne as an authority figure on whom Dayan’s Smart Patriotism Protocol is based


From eliya to andura and on to a vipath maga

Views - 628 Saturday, 14 July 2018 00:10

The recent public statements by Rev. Vendaruwe Upali Thero, Anunayake of the Asgiriya Chapter at a celebration of Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s birthday, Vijayakala Maheswaran, former State Minister at a public meeting in Jaffna, and a personal attack by re


SL-S’pore FTA signals country moving to new era in international trade, investment: Malik

Views - 197 Friday, 13 July 2018 00:00

The signing of the Singapore-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement between Singapore and Sri Lanka in January this year has unlocked a new era for both our countries.


De-politicisation by 17A: Baby thrown out with bathwater

Views - 85 Friday, 13 July 2018 00:00

Having made a study of the thesis titled ‘Viewpoint on the 17th Amendment’ by Dr. Frank de Silva, former Inspector


SL’s development agenda now focusing on achieving SDGs: Karu

Views - 190 Friday, 13 July 2018 00:00

At the first South Asian Speakers’ Summit in Dhaka, we pledged to come together as a region to tap into our potential


SL’s first Voluntary People’s Review on SDGs ready for submission to UN

Views - 178 Thursday, 12 July 2018 00:00

By Shanika Sriyananda While there is no formal national mechanism to monitor, evaluate and report on the Sustainable Development Agenda by the Government, the Sri Lanka Stakeholder SDG Platform, which prepared the ‘Sri Lanka Voluntary People’s


Help: To retain women engineers

Views - 77 Thursday, 12 July 2018 00:00

By Dulini Fernando, Laurie Cohen and Joanne Duberley Harvard Business Review: Engineering faces a serious gender-based retention problem. Despite all the efforts encouraging women to study engineering, over 40% of highly skilled women who enter the f


Fundamentals strengthening, growth remains key: First Capital Research Mid-Year Economic Outlook

Views - 538 Thursday, 12 July 2018 00:00

First Capital Research expected the yield curve to be upward trending 1Q-3Q2018 with an acceleration in the uptrend towards 3Q amidst bunching of debt maturities during 3Q2018. The unexpected local polls victory by the opposition resulted in an early


Coalition better now with SLFP gaining ground and Rajapaksa return ruled out: Mahinda Samarasinghe

Views - 654 Wednesday, 11 July 2018 00:01

Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, one of four SLFPers in a core group appointed to foster the Coalition


India will adopt a three-pronged strategy to check China influence

Views - 97 Wednesday, 11 July 2018 00:00

Hindustan Times, New Delhi: India will adopt a broad, three-pronged approach to deal with China’s increasing engagement


Divorce law in Sri Lanka: Fostering animosity, not relationships

Views - 873 Wednesday, 11 July 2018 00:00

The agony and anxiousness that a divorce proceeding in Sri Lanka inflicts on spouses is widely known and there are many


Child poverty in SL: Issues related to their education and access to safe water and sanitation

Views - 120 Wednesday, 11 July 2018 00:00

The highest share of poor children in Sri Lanka (23.1%) are living in households headed by ‘Agricultural, Forestry, and Fishery Labourers,


First female Muslim mayor in England hails from political family in Sri Lanka

Views - 11003 Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:23

The first thing you notice in Kareema Marikar’s personality is her bubbly nature, infectious smile and down-to-earth simplicity. Despite creating history as the first female Muslim mayor in England, she is not yet ready to rest on her laurels, judg


Fear of the abaya

Views - 507 Saturday, 7 July 2018 04:05

The arch above the school gate sits like a crown over the pillars that support it on either side. It bears the name ‘Sri Shanmuga Hindu Ladies’ College’, painted in a turquoise blue that must have been vibrant once but looks faded now.


90 years of the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon

Views - 161 Friday, 6 July 2018 00:00

By Sriyan de Silva, Franklyn Amerasinghe, Gotabaya Dasanayaka and Ravi Peiris This tribute


All at sea over mysterious shipping Gazette No. 2069/38

Views - 641 Thursday, 5 July 2018 00:00

Shipping industry sources are baffled by a secret publication of a gazette by the Shipping Ministry on 4 May, in complete contrast and contradiction to the Government policy on liberalisation announced in the 2018 Budget proposals. Allegedly this gaz


IPS highlights urgent policy reforms needed to transform Sri Lanka’s post-conflict growth

Views - 274 Thursday, 5 July 2018 00:00

Speaking at the Saman Kelegama Memorial Conference, Professor of Economics at Monash University, Australia, Sisira Jayasuriya, pointed out that Sri Lanka is in a vulnerable position in terms of its debt. He noted that there has been a shift in the s


On civil society’s Dayan-angst

Views - 159 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

By Malinda Seneviratne When news broke out that Dr. Dayan Jayatilleke was nominated by President Maithripala Sirisena to be Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Russia, the immediate reaction for those (still) loyal to the President and/or the Prime Minister


Mani Shankar Aiyar on Trump putting India in its place

Views - 201 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

NDTV: As a quite out-of-date Nehruvian, I have always been sceptical of drifting away from the fundamental precepts and perceptions of Non-alignment, even in this unaligned world order. Hence, my continuing scepticism of the true worth of our being h


Macro-economic stabilisation has been delivered: Mangala

Views - 63 Monday, 2 July 2018 00:00

Finance Minister Mangala Samarweera last week declared that the Government has delivered on the much desired macro-economic stabilisation enabling the private sector to grow better.


Political uncertainty dampening business confidence: CCC Chief

Views - 116 Monday, 2 July 2018 00:00

Political uncertainty is keeping business confidence tepid, Sri Lanka’s largest business chamber said this week, but supported the Government’s reform process including inking free trade deals whilst calling for better policy implementation to fo


SL is running out of input-led ‘perspiration’ growth in changing Asia: Razeen Sally

Views - 307 Monday, 2 July 2018 00:00

Shortages of labour, land and an ageing population mean that Sri Lanka’s opportunities for rapid catch-up growth are diminishing and institutional transformation is needed for innovation and output-led growth, a top economist has said.


Treasury sets record straight on Central Government’s outstanding debt

Views - 408 Monday, 2 July 2018 00:00

The attention of the General Treasury has been drawn to an article published recently under the title The Government’s “Growth Scam” written by Mr. Ajith Nivard Cabraal, the former Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, where he has tried t


Compilation of GDP complies with international standards: DCS

Views - 213 Monday, 2 July 2018 00:00

The following is a clarification issued by the Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) on certain matters related to the compilation and revision of National Account Estimates.


More and better jobs are critical for Sri Lanka to reach upper middle-income status

Views - 211 Saturday, 30 June 2018 03:48

In 2017, for the first time in decades, Sri Lanka’s fiscal revenue exceeded expenditures excluding interest payments, leading to a primary fiscal surplus. However, despite this and other improvements in macroeconomic performance, the island nation


All is not lost for distraught Sri Lankans

Views - 68 Saturday, 30 June 2018 03:41

People of Sri Lanka in toto are so distraught with the present Government that, comparing with relative demerits, they show preference to the once boogey Rajapaksas for rescue from the present predicament.


Moving towards mental torture

Views - 44 Saturday, 30 June 2018 03:39


Detachable hangers, electrocuted elephants, and those poor dolphins

Views - 139 Friday, 29 June 2018 00:10

It took four hours for the ride to the Wilpattu camp with a generous stop in Negombo. This was a new experience for me – staying in a tent in the middle of trees. Meals were in a tent too, in a clearing. The manager Bimson from Dharmaraja College w


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Maximum Residue Level: Dilemma of agricultural product exporters in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Due to increased emphasis on consumer health, majority of developed countries such as EU, Japan and the US insist on MRL testing of food items which has to be done by the exporter. The Codex Alimentarius Commission which is an inter-governmental bod


East Container Terminal blunder: Learn from Chinese

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Minister for Ports and Shipping Mahinda Samarasinghe informed the press in August that Cabinet has approved the development of East Container Terminal (ECT) of Colombo Port by the Ports Authority. According to approval: nPorts Authority would develop


President Sirisena, playing with fire, must take note that smoke will get into his eyes

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Penchant for playing with fire President Gamaralalage Sirisena has always had a penchant for playing with fire. He did fire-play at the local government elections when he made a disastrous U-turn and went round country blasting the party and its lea


Response to claims that Sri Lanka was in a ‘debt trap’ in 2014 due to ‘Chinese loans’

Monday, 17 September 2018

Several Western analysts have carried out a relentless media campaign in keeping with their own geopolitical agenda, to suggest that China was luring Sri Lanka into a carefully engineered debt trap.


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