Opinion and Issues

India’s growth beneficial for small island states like Sri Lanka

Views - 322 Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:00

By Srimal Fernando and Megha Gupta India, the largest economy in the South Asian region, is predicted to grow at 7.3% GDP as per the World Bank Group and the current economic policies adopted by Prime Minister Modi is having a positive impact not onl


IFC’ insights to Lanka’s challenge on climate change, sustainable biz

Views - 253 Tuesday, 26 June 2018 00:00

IFC’sGlobal Head of Climate Strategy and Business Development Marcene D. Mitchell was in Colombo recently and spoke to Daily FTon how Sri Lanka should respond to climate change and connected issues.


UK accounting watchdog says KPMG audits show “unacceptable deterioration”

Views - 293 Tuesday, 26 June 2018 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): KPMG, one of the world’s “Big Four” accounting firms, has shown an “unacceptable deterioration” in how it audits top British firms and will be first to undergo special supervision, Britain’s accounting watchdog said last


It’s time to end malnutrition in South Asia

Views - 148 Monday, 25 June 2018 00:00

In Sri Lanka, as in the rest of South Asia, improving agricultural production has long been a priority to achieve food security.


When Trump dumped the UN Human Rights Council

Views - 136 Saturday, 23 June 2018 00:34

At last it has happened. US President Donald J. Trump has dumped the United Nations Human Rights Council, a premier body which over the past 70 years has been working towards protecting and promoting human rights.


Implications of inward FDI on China: Lessons to be learnt

Views - 428 Saturday, 23 June 2018 00:15

China overtook the United States to become the largest trading nation in the world in 2014. China is the second largest economy in the world behind the United States and the largest exporter in the world. It is referred to as the factory of the world


Dudley Senanayake, the principled leader who was never power hungry

Views - 200 Thursday, 21 June 2018 00:00

Though I have seen Dudley Senanayake speaking in meetings, my first face-to-face meeting with him took place in 1970. Given that it was immediately after United National Party’s crushing defeat at the general election, he was in a very sombre mood.


New ways of working in the public sector

Views - 193 Thursday, 21 June 2018 00:00

Following is the summary of recommendations to be implemented as an urgent need as the first step towards the reforms of public sector: a) Cabinet of ministers The Constitution should clearly prescribe the number of ministries to be not more than 30


Chandra J writes to PM on inconveniences caused to public by overzealous security arrangements

Views - 253 Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:00

17 June 2018 An Open Letter to the Prime Minister Mr. Prime Minister, Are security planners of high political office holders unconcerned of the inconveniences caused to the public by their overzealous security arrangements? Is it being totally unconc


“Trust, honesty and dedication can reconcile people”: Lt. Col. Bandu

Views - 645 Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:00

If someone needs to change someone, be a child or an adult, it is the love, kindness, respect and trust that make the magic to bring the change. “Despite their race and ethnicity, I gave them love, kindness and respect as a soldier of the Sri Lanka


Wijeyadasa’s comments a sacrilegious outburst: ACMC

Views - 274 Friday, 15 June 2018 00:38

The All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) in a statement has vehemently and bitterly protested and opposed the malicious comments made by Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe against freshly appointed National List MP Prof. Dr.Ismail, about which we are dismayed and as


Relocating Sinharaja elephants: May sense prevail!

Views - 301 Friday, 15 June 2018 00:20

The organisations listed below are appalled that a political decision has been made to capture and relocate the last two elephants remaining in the Sinharaja Rainforest, a World Heritage Site.


China emerges as wild card in elections across Asia

Views - 126 Friday, 15 June 2018 00:00

Kuala Lumpur/Colombo (asia.nikkei.com): As he campaigned ahead of last month’s Malaysian general election, Mahathir Mohamad, the veteran politician, deftly tapped into resentment of Chinese investments in his country to build support. It is an incr


Synergies in the South Asian service sector

Views - 56 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

Following is the address by Nawaz Rajabdeen, the Moderator of the Panel Discussion on ‘Synergies in Service Sector in South Asia’ at the Global Exhibition on Service in South Asia held in Mumbai from 15-18 May. He is also the Ambassador in Sri L


Pathfinder Foundation considers proposals for maintenance of security in Indian Ocean

Views - 107 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

The inaugural task of the Centre for the Law of the Sea of the Pathfinder Foundation (PF), established January 2018, was to unveil a draft of a ‘Code of Conduct’ (CoC) to be observed in the Indian Ocean. The CoC was limited in scope to the extent


Sri Lanka’s debt to GDP ratio for 2017 is 81% says AG not 77.6% as reported by Govt.

Views - 452 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:11

The Debt to GDP ratio is one of the most important macroeconomic indicators in assessing a country’s economy. While it sets out the level of indebtedness of a country in proportion to its Gross Domestic Product, it also provides a measure of its re


Karu on importance of prevention rather than countering armed conflicts

Views - 98 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:03

It is a pleasure to be here with you this morning, and I thank the Executive Director of the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies for inviting me to share my thoughts on the importance of prevention rather than countering armed conflicts.


Counting trees in Colombo

Views - 67 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:01

I read an article in the newspapers of an attempt being made by the Colombo Municipal authorities to count and record the large trees growing in Colombo perhaps in order to preserve them. This I believe is an excellent idea.


Gendering surveillance: A cautionary tale

Views - 609 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:01

The Government of Sri Lanka had planned, that effective from January 2018, all Sri Lankan citizens be required to carry a ‘smart’ e-NIC with biometric details (frontal facial photograph, fingerprints, iris scan), details of profession, address, p


Modi’s Shangri-La speech offers hope for India-SL partnership in Indian Ocean governance

Views - 177 Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:00

By Prof. Sandeep Gopalan The Indian Prime Minister delivered the much-anticipated keynote speech at the Shangri La dialogue on 1 June. Interestingly, Modi used the occasion to call for a rules-based order – recalling previous views espoused by Sri


CPC Chairman Dhammika Ranatunga speaks out

Views - 509 Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:00

Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) Chairman Dhammika Ranatunga in an exclusive interview with Daily FT speaks about the performance of the State enterprise, recent decisions made, its challenges and the future. He also responds to allegations against


Allianz Group upbeat on creating a world-class insurance company in SL

Views - 377 Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:00

Global financial services leader Allianz’s Asia Pacific Regional CEO George Sartorel recently paid a brief visit to engage with its employees to map out the way forward in creating a world-class insurance company here in Sri Lanka. Allianz acquire


The Troika: How crucial relations with India were managed in the last phase of the separatist war

Views - 922 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:45

It is no secret that foreign ministries work in watertight compartments and often under immense pressure. As a result, they cannot be flexible, and quite obviously cannot think out of the box. Even the most experienced Foreign Service officers have t


Appreciation: Sajeewa Samaranayake

Views - 956 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:10

The white-clad crowd that came unendingly to the new crematorium at Kanatte in the forenoon of 16 April at the height of the New Year holidays was, by any reckoning, extraordinarily diverse and numerically exceptional. We all realised only then that


Sri Lanka power system debate – Renewable energy potential underestimated

Views - 285 Friday, 8 June 2018 00:00

Visionary goals have been expressed in recent reports on harnessing renewable energy (RE) in Sri Lanka. The ADB and UNDP


Diplomacy of South Asia’s neighbours: India and Sri Lanka rebuilding their long-term historic relati

Views - 144 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

India and Sri Lanka in their foreign relations have come a long way due to India’s Neighbourhood First policy.


Did Sri Lanka miss out the benefits of its demographic dividend?

Views - 198 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

Economists identify two major factors of production which determine the level of output of a country. They are labour


Sri Lanka defeated terrorism, but is yet to defeat extremism: Prof. Gunaratna

Views - 263 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

An international counter-terrorism expert, Prof. Rohan Gunaratna said that Sri Lanka, which was a prosperous island nation


Mano Sekaram urges professionals, entrepreneurs to lead SL as politicians have failed

Views - 3636 Tuesday, 5 June 2018 00:00

IT industry leader and former SLASSCOM Chairman Mano Sekaram, addressing the ‘Intellectually Inspired Sri Lanka 2030’ Viyathmaga forum recently, called on professionals and entrepreneurs to take the lead to rule the country since the politicians


Dr. Wijeratne shares ingredients for an innovative economy

Views - 479 Tuesday, 5 June 2018 00:00

By Shanika Sriyananda Delivering the keynote speech at the recent Viyathmaga forum recently, a top academic and an eminent scientist Vidya Jyothi Dr. Bandula Wijeratne said that if Sri Lanka aspires to become an innovative economy by 2030, it needed


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National prosperity through quality and productivity

Monday, 16 July 2018

I was so delighted to get involved with the national convention of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Quality and Productivity (SLAAQP) with the fitting theme, “National Prosperity through World Class Quality and Productivity”.


Sanjeewa Pushpakumara’s ‘Davena Vihagun’ (Burning Birds): A realistic and authentic film

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Filmmaker Sanjeewa Pushpakumara is a bright star in the cinematic firmament of Sri Lanka. His second feature film ‘Davena Vihagun’ (Burning Birds) is currently being screened in Sri Lanka. The film completed in 2016 has been shown at several inte


Yameen regime in Maldives turns to Islamic countries for support

Saturday, 14 July 2018

The Abdulla Yameen Government in the Maldives is turning to Islamic countries in a bid to resist pressure from the West and India to restore democracy as per their prescription, and to do their bidding in economic, foreign policy and strategic matter


Of Erdogan, Mahinda and Gota or the dance of the Vidayaka Janadhipathi

Saturday, 14 July 2018

We have been talking about Turkey’s Erdogan who recently won electoral support to be the country’s first Executive President. At the elections, Turkey began digging its grave. To be sure, one cannot blame th


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