Opinion and Issues

In Gotabaya’s Lanka: Many fear the rise of majoritarian sentiment in Sri Lanka

Views - 248 Saturday, 30 November 2019 00:09

By Ahilan Kadirgamar indianexpress.com: Less than a fortnight after Sri Lanka’s November 16 Presidential Elections, the country is faced with two realities. One, a new regime buoyed by its triumphant support base and eager to consolidate an iron po


South Asia’s opportunity to become economically independent

Views - 191 Saturday, 30 November 2019 00:01

Even in today’s glum economic climate, the average American is seven times as prosperous as the average Mexican, about 20 times as prosperous as the average person of sub-Saharan Africa and about 40 times as prosperous as the average citizen of an


‘No room for them’ must change

Views - 252 Saturday, 30 November 2019 00:01

Marcus Aurelius writes, “There’s no room, or time, for hating or scapegoating. We are all part of the same larger project. Forget tribes, we are one big hive—we are citizens of the world as much as we are citizens of Rome or America. Do good fo


UNP hierarchy – a change long over due

Views - 108 Saturday, 30 November 2019 00:01

After the defeat of the UNF candidate at the recent election, various views are being expressed on the subject by the UNP hierarchy. I re-produce an article which appeared in the Sunday Leader in May 2010, when the UNP faced a situation identical to


Unanswered question

Views - 1114 Friday, 29 November 2019 00:00

Evidently the Tamils ​​in the north and particularly the Muslims in the east have voted en-block for Sajith Premadasa while a vast majority of Sinhala Buddhist voters in the south voted for Gotabaya Rajapaksa. This Presidential Election clearly s


China, India and Lanka: How to understand Beijing’s vision and mission in the post-American world

Views - 288 Friday, 29 November 2019 00:00

Synergia Foundation (Bangalore, India): Prof. Patrick Mendis, a Sri Lankan-born American diplomat and military professor in the NATO and Pacific Commands, who is currently a distinguished visiting professor of global affairs at the National Chengchi


Ministry of Arts and Culture: A nation rich in heritage

Views - 345 Friday, 29 November 2019 00:00

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


Multi-sectoral approach essential to effectively address GBV

Views - 83 Thursday, 28 November 2019 02:37

A coordinated, multi-sectoral approach where service providers from key sectors work together instead of acting in isolation is essential to effectively address gender-based violence (GBV) in Sri Lanka, and to ensure that victim-survivors are protect


United towards violence-free spaces for women and girls in Sri Lanka

Views - 58 Thursday, 28 November 2019 02:35

More than one-third of women have faced gender-based violence at some point of their life, which makes this one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. Yet, it remains a topic that is surrounded by secrecy, stigma and taboo, due t


Pathetic plight of Muslim politics

Views - 868 Thursday, 28 November 2019 02:01

When the 15-member caretaker cabinet was announced soon after President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa assumed office, the Muslim community must have noted that it was the first time since cabinet government was introduced in this country in 1947 that


For an educated society: Using ISIS in Sri Lankan education system

Views - 471 Thursday, 28 November 2019 01:48

Students do not like to go to school. Ask the average parent whether their child, if given a choice, would rather go to school or stay at home. The answer is straightforward. So, what seems to be the problem in the school system that children loathe?


A historic opportunity for collaboration and policy stability

Views - 333 Thursday, 28 November 2019 01:03

The aftermath of the recently-concluded polls in Sri Lanka showcased that elections are still treated as a zero sum game along partisan lines. However, with many in Sri Lanka yearning for a new beginning, we should question if this is a reductionist


Sri Lanka doesn’t need to revisit the UNHRC resolution

Views - 64 Thursday, 28 November 2019 01:01

By Taylor Dibbert I don’t understand why Sri Lanka needs to revisit the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution on Sri Lanka (‘Govt. to ‘revisit’ UNHRC resolution as priority, says FM’). How can something so irrelevant be a priority? I s


Sri Lanka’s water resource development:  Diverting water to the dry zone

Views - 198 Thursday, 28 November 2019 00:59

By Srimal Fernando and Mizly Nizar Sri Lanka boasts of a 2,500 year old hydraulic civilisation with a vast system of tanks built to store water and maximise the use of its water resources. The island is blessed with over 100 rivers and over 12,000 r


Pentagram from the military context for the corporate world

Views - 125 Thursday, 28 November 2019 00:53

By Dr. Anuradha Iddagoda and Captain Rohitha Abeysinghe A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. The above saying holds a metaphorical, yet influencing, premise that encourages individuals to take risks in life. It is thi


Switching off traffic lights

Views - 97 Wednesday, 27 November 2019 08:31

I am a resident of Colombo 3 and find that the Traffic Police have taken it upon themselves to switch off all the traffic lights along the Galle Road in Kollupitiya. This occurs in the mornings and then in the evenings along Duplication Road. This pr


Battle royal for post of Opposition Leader

Views - 270 Wednesday, 27 November 2019 08:25

The tussle between the Sajith factor and Ranil factor in the Parliament vying for the Leader of Opposition post is intensified and assuming grim dimensions – so much so that many have started contemplating a breakaway situation as imminent.


Best practices adopted – Non-Banking Financial Industry

Views - 364 Wednesday, 27 November 2019 08:01

Having read my article dated 14 November under the titled ‘Unmatchable dynamics of the Non-Banking Financial Industry,’ one of my fellow commission members of the National Science & Technology Commission (NASTEC) Dr. Janaka Ratnasiri, who is one


Digital banks require data-driven capabilities for profitable growth

Views - 186 Wednesday, 27 November 2019 07:59

New research from Oracle identifies key lessons digital banks in Asia need to heed to deliver better banking. The report ‘Beyond Digital – Data-Driven Strategies to Grow, Scale and Profit’ uncovers important areas for digital banks to consider


‘A penny saved is a penny earned’: Helping Sri Lankan workers in South Korea to save better

Views - 68 Wednesday, 27 November 2019 00:08

Sunil has been employed in South Korea for the last three-and-a-half years, working for a Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) manufacturing automobile parts, in the industrial town of Ansan, in the outskirts of Seoul.


Sri Lanka’s Land Registry will operate electronically with new law Bim Saviya

Views - 778 Wednesday, 27 November 2019 00:01

Are we ready to operate with a foreign law known as the Torrens Law (Bim Saviya)? The knowledge necessary for land owners to own land under the new law is given in the following article written by a barrister of the Honourable Society of the Middle T


Early action needed from new President

Views - 191 Wednesday, 27 November 2019 00:00

According to election manifesto of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Government foreign debt had increased by 38% from 2014 to 2018, doubling the total tax burden of the general public and businesses in 2019 compared to 2014. The Government resorted to borrowings


Gotabaya’s swing puts Sajith in a spin

Views - 326 Wednesday, 27 November 2019 00:00


Northern Governor under financial mischief allegation

Views - 104 Wednesday, 27 November 2019 00:00

Parliament and therefore COPE is one of the highest authorities on Government finance. Yet, outgoing and proposed Northern Governor Suren Raghavan has asked northern authorities to rescind COPE’s adverse report concerning misuse of vehicles by his


Moragoda proposes non-binding referendum on key Constitutional questions

Views - 45 Wednesday, 27 November 2019 00:00

Founder of the Pathfinder Foundation and former Cabinet Minister Milinda Moragoda advocates that the Government holds a non-binding referendum in conjunction with the General Election. Provision for this is available under Article 86 of the Constitut


Commonwealth to support good governance in Sri Lanka

Views - 205 Monday, 25 November 2019 01:20

By Shanika Sriyananda Q: Why was Colombo chosen to host this prestigious event? A: Sri Lanka graciously offered to host this event two years ago at the 2017 Commonwealth Law Ministers meeting held in The Bahamas. As the oldest democracy in South Asi


Gotanomics: Can it turn around the ailing Sri Lanka’s economy?

Views - 9309 Monday, 25 November 2019 00:50

Gotanomics from the new President I have argued in this column repeatedly that Sri Lanka’s economy was in a dire state, moving from bad to worse on each passing day. It was a warning to economic policy managers that they should take effective measu


There was a yearning for someone different as president: We got one!

Views - 336 Monday, 25 November 2019 00:40

Gotabaya is someone different There was certainly amongst the educated middle class a yearning for a non-political person as president. It was in response to this perceived need that a number of non-politicians threw their hats into the ring at the


Ministry of Health: A nation rich in wellbeing

Views - 266 Monday, 25 November 2019 00:30

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


The learning crisis requires a new approach

Views - 40 Monday, 25 November 2019 00:00

By David R. Malpass For most children, turning 10 is an exciting moment. They’re learning more about the world and expanding their horizons. But too many children – more than half of all 10-year-olds in low- and middle-income countries – cannot


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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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