Columnists,Opinion and Issues

Rubber to erasers and value addition to local produce

Views - 273 Saturday, 5 May 2018 00:03

I remember having seen Prof. Ajith de Alwis been described as Project Director of Coordinating Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation and whenever I see an article by him in the papers, I expect to read about some specific plans he or COS


Apropos to exporting rubber and importing erasers

Views - 96 Friday, 4 May 2018 00:00

This is in connection with Prof. Ajith de Alwis’s column in the Daily FT of 12 April. I am in agreement with what he had expressed


Why trade arrangements are important for Sri Lanka

Views - 183 Friday, 4 May 2018 00:00

Despite all the negative rhetoric about trade agreements, trade arrangements encourage the free flow of goods and services


Parliamentarians across South Asia discuss need for stronger investment in children, adolescents

Views - 38 Friday, 4 May 2018 00:00

UNICEF is hosting parliamentarians from the entire South Asia region in an effort to increase investment in children


Walking the red carpet with Lester

Views - 35 Thursday, 3 May 2018 00:00

By Chandran Rutnam I got to know Lester when I brought MGM’s ‘Tarzan the Ape Man’ to Sri Lanka. I had briefly met him when he did a rain scene in ‘Rekawa,’ with the help of the Special Effects and Property Master Eddie Fowlie, on the film


A rejoinder to Bopage on Sri Lanka: May Day and workers’ rights

Views - 46 Thursday, 3 May 2018 00:00

By T. Mallawatantri I am bemused by what Lionel Bopage has written under the title ‘Sri Lanka: May Day and workers’ rights’ since he has knowingly or unknowingly included some distortions of certain facts. This I did not expect from a socialis


Tea Board Chairman details diverse dimensions of Lankan cuppa

Views - 231 Thursday, 3 May 2018 00:00

Ceylon Tea, that most famous brand which has offered a well-known ‘cuppa’ for over 150 years, today produces 350 million kilograms annually and employs over 2% of the population of Sri Lanka. It has become the most important agricultural commodit


The potential of resilience-building in Sri Lanka

Views - 74 Wednesday, 2 May 2018 00:00

All countries and governments today face numerous challenges. With a global environment that is becoming more dynamic


Saluting ‘The Formidable Genius’

Views - 57 Tuesday, 1 May 2018 00:00

By D.C. Ranatunga “A few nights ago we sat through a short experimental film made by a Ceylonese lad in London 20 years ago. It was a maiden attempt by two film-crazy youngsters. The film, made during their off hours, was shot purely ‘“to pleas


Goodbye, LJP!

Views - 218 Tuesday, 1 May 2018 00:00

By Kumar de Silva From the time he passed the Biblical lifespan of “threescore years and ten” in 1989, Lester James Peries often joked that he was living on “borrowed time”. Twenty nine years later, 24 days after his 99th birthday, on the th


The green bereted superheroes

Views - 91 Saturday, 28 April 2018 00:37

Growing up as a war-child of the unfortunate generation that experienced a 30 year long conflict throughout our childhood and early youth, the STF for me was always the green bereted men, riding motorbikes with rifles slung over their shoulders. Watc


Review merits and demerits of Executive Presidency in present and future context

Views - 60 Saturday, 28 April 2018 00:00

I allude to the recent article titled ‘Abolition of Executive Presidency has become viable’ published in the press by Jehan Perera focusing on an emerging prospect of abolishing Executive Presidency.


Walk before you run

Views - 369 Friday, 27 April 2018 00:00

In an increasingly-globalised world, ease of trading across borders is essential for businesses. Many governments around


Sri Lanka in a middle income trap: An economic vision for the new generation

Views - 606 Thursday, 26 April 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka is in a near crisis situation and signs are that the situation will take a turn for the worse. Ill-conceived governance and political reforms, mismanagement of oil and commodity prices, unaffordable and front loaded


Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy to speak on Rohingya crisis in Myanmar at LKI

Views - 129 Thursday, 26 April 2018 00:00

Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy will deliver a lecture on ‘Myanmar: The Rohingya Refugee Crisis, Roots of the Conflict and Possibilities for the Future’ at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKI) on Thurs


South Asian nations sign declaration for better sanitation

Views - 41 Thursday, 26 April 2018 00:00

At the conclusion of the 7th South Asian Conference on Sanitation, held in Islamabad, Pakistan, the member nations committed to improve sanitation in the region. Following is the full text of the declaration adopted at the Conference: We, the Heads


Modi to visit China this week as rapprochement gathers pace

Views - 25 Tuesday, 24 April 2018 00:00

BEIJING (Reuters): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit China this week for an informal meeting with President Xi Jinping, as efforts at rapprochement gather pace following a testing year in ties between the two giant neighbours. The Chinese gover


What should India do?

Views - 96 Tuesday, 24 April 2018 00:00

By Sanjay Kapoor www.hardnewsmedia.com: In the past few months there have been ample indications that New Delhi is keen to restore its broken ties with China. It has realised to its mortification that post the Doklam face-off, India has not really b


Facebook must meet its own standards

Views - 57 Saturday, 21 April 2018 00:53

asia.nikkei.com: The Facebook post during the height of recent anti-Muslim violence in Kandy, one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Sri Lanka, was stark and disturbing. “Kill them all, these Muslims,” it said in Sinhalese. “Don’t even spare an


What is China doing to Pakistan? The same thing it did to Sri Lanka

Views - 171 Saturday, 21 April 2018 00:41

www.forbes.com: One day, China will turn Pakistan into its own “semi-colony,” as it did recently with Sri Lanka. China has been nice to Pakistan, on the surface tha


Sri Lanka mulls criminalising hate speech, fake news

Views - 34 Saturday, 21 April 2018 00:00

www.ucanews.com: Sri Lanka is considering criminalising hate speech and fake news on social media after communal violence erupted last month in Kandy. The Government imposed a week-long ban on social media platforms incl


Victims of violent attacks in Sri Lanka share their stories

Views - 56 Saturday, 21 April 2018 00:00

www.trtworld.com: Violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka have grown over the past year. Hardline Sinhalese Buddhist groups, most crowded community in the country, are widely believed to be responsible for the violence. Hardline groups are communicati


“Business should not be limited to making boatloads of money”

Views - 246 Friday, 20 April 2018 00:01

Prof. Dave Ulrich is the Rensis Likert Professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. Ulrich has published over 25


EU General Data Protection Regulations: The gathering storm heading to Sri Lanka

Views - 54 Friday, 20 April 2018 00:01

There’s a large clock ticking away in Brussels, Belgium and it’s due to stop on 25 May.


Will Sri Lanka have Ciceros?

Views - 109 Friday, 20 April 2018 00:00

History reminds us that even though the human circumstances change with the advances of science and technology


Letter to Zuckerberg from Sri Lanka: No to religious hatred and misogyny on Facebook

Views - 75 Friday, 20 April 2018 00:00

AsiaNews: Twelve Sri Lankan civil society organisations sent an open letter on 10 April to Facebook Chairman Mark Zuckerberg


Implications of proposed ban on sale of loose cigarettes in Sri Lanka: A response

Views - 110 Friday, 20 April 2018 00:00

I write to you following reading your article in the Daily FT on 18 April. First let me congratulate you on being published


Impact of increasingly polarising geopolitics on inward Sri Lankan investment

Views - 108 Friday, 20 April 2018 00:00

We have noticed from increasing competition between the US and China, projects in Sri Lanka, given Sri Lanka’s strategic


Govt. must implement stringent laws to prevent racial discord: Supramaniam

Views - 582 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 01:01

A top Singaporean legal expert said that the Sri Lankan Government should ensure ethnic and religious harmony by introducing stringent laws to prevent racial discord. Dato Paul Supramaniam, Founder and Chairman of Law Asia, an international law firm


Mayday mayhem in the offing?

Views - 197 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:00

It is reported that a group of trade unions, offended by the decision to declare 7 May as ‘Workers’ Day,’ have decided to protest against it on 18 April in Narahenpita. This decision to reschedule had apparently been taken by President Maithri


Today's Columnists

Is there value in surveillance? Ask the Chinese

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Global commentary would suggest that surveillance (whether offline or online) casts a shadow on personal freedoms and any conversation that involves such spy games quite quickly descends into a 1984-esque discussion about dystopian futures. However,


Mangala’s Gam Peraliya: Good move but essential requirement a village level database

Monday, 21 May 2018

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, announcing the Government’s decision to move for a flexible fuel price system based on international prices built into a pricing formula, made a side announcement as well.


New mandate to navigate ‘Nation’s management mentor’

Monday, 21 May 2018

I was delighted to be reappointed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) as the Director of the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) for the second term of three years.


Take a check on your Board Directors

Monday, 21 May 2018

The public entrusts the Government to collect taxes and invest them prudently to ensure quality of life. Similarly, the shareholders (minority ones in particular) entrust the Board of Directors to protect and grow their investments.


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