Opinion and Issues

The Land of Dragon and Islands of Lion: deriving maximising benefits of China’s Belt & Road Initiati

Views - 110 Monday, 5 February 2018 00:00

Addressing the joint symposium conducted by the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) on the Belt and Road Initiative


Freedom from to freedom to

Views - 142 Monday, 5 February 2018 00:00

The dust would have settled by now, having celebrated the 70th anniversary of the independence of Sri Lanka. In many Independence Day speeches, I guess the manner in which then-Ceylon gained independence without shedding even a drop of blood would ha


Remembering our roots

Views - 91 Monday, 5 February 2018 00:00

Moving forward from 1815 required us to fulfil some mandatory developmental tasks – as a people, a society and a nation. Instead, the British helped us to bypass this stage and presented ‘us’ with the gift of ‘freedom’ and ‘self-governmen


Independence: Lost and regained

Views - 120 Saturday, 3 February 2018 00:38

Temple and church bells started ringing. Ships berthed in Colombo harbour blew their sirens. It happened 70 years ago at sharp 12 midnight on 4 February 1948 to mark the dawn of Independence to Ceylon, as the country was then known, after being a Cro


Sri Lanka at crossroads – Thalatha Atukorale

Views - 171 Saturday, 3 February 2018 00:30

Minister of Foreign Employment and Justice Thalatha Atukorale yesterday issued a special statement to the media. The full text of the statement is as follows: Ever since the introduction of the executive presidency in 1978, Sri Lanka has been governe


Shutdown or takeover the debt of SriLankan Airlines

Views - 1764 Friday, 2 February 2018 00:00

If there are no buyers for the airline, then why can’t it be shut down to prevent further losses? If the debt is the problem for potential buyers


At 70 years of Independence: Miles to go before we sleep!

Views - 76 Friday, 2 February 2018 00:00

It is now 70 decades since the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ broke free from the bondage of colonial rule. Sri Lanka (then Ceylon),


Establishing the Office of Missing Persons: Delays, dilution and deal-making

Views - 102 Friday, 2 February 2018 00:00

The Office on Missing Persons is one of the four mechanisms that the Government promised in its ‘comprehensive approach


New SEC Bill long overdue, but over-regulation must be avoided: Former SEC Chairman

Views - 220 Friday, 2 February 2018 00:00

Stressing that a complete overhaul of the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) Act was long overdue, and lauding the proposed


Lawyers for Democracy wants stakeholder in justice system in Sri Lanka

Views - 91 Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:00

Lawyers for Democracy (LfD) in a statement has said it wishes to express their admiration and appreciation for the action taken by the four Supreme Court judges in India last week, when they took the extraordinary step of holding a press conference t


Australia, India and Sri Lanka hold trilateral dialogue

Views - 186 Wednesday, 31 January 2018 00:00

The Pathfinder Foundation, together with an Australian delegation led by the National Security College at the Australian National University


Brazil is back

Views - 33 Wednesday, 31 January 2018 00:00

Brazil has turned the page of the economic crisis because we were able to say no to populism and acted responsibly


Chandra J on President’s call for assurance of good governance

Views - 16 Tuesday, 30 January 2018 00:00

25 January 2017 For Personal Priority Attention Please Austin Fernando Esq. Secretary to the President, Presidential Secretariat, Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo 1. Dear Sir, Supporting the President’s call for assurance of good governance I was gla


Next Colombo mayor is from ‘Pohottuwa’: Milinda Rajapaksa

Views - 1722 Tuesday, 30 January 2018 00:00

“Cast your vote for the ‘Pohottuwa’ on 10 February to develop Colombo and protect Sri Lanka from being betrayed, robbed and divided,” a Colombo candidate from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP – known as ‘Pohottuwa’ party) Milinda R


NCCSL President says economy needs to adjust growth model with continued reforms

Views - 87 Tuesday, 30 January 2018 00:00

As Sri Lanka aspires to become a higher middle-income country, the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) President Sujeeve Samaraweera said the economy would need to adjust its growth model, which would require continued structural change


Going beyond record FDI inflows in 2017

Views - 163 Tuesday, 30 January 2018 00:00

Ravi Abeysuriya, CFA Inflows of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to companies registered in Sri Lanka under the Board of Investment (BOI), including loans, is estimated to be $ 1.63 billion in 2017 as compared to $ 801 million in 2016, reflecting a y


Where have all the workers gone? ‘Sectoral mismatch’ between labour demand and supply in Sri Lanka

Views - 459 Tuesday, 30 January 2018 00:00

By Harini Weerasekera The first Labour Demand Survey (LDS) in Sri Lanka, conducted by the Department of Census and Statistics (DCS), recorded nearly half a million vacancies in the private sector. A large portion of these vacancies are found to be i


Women candidates marginalised despite mandatory 25% quota

Views - 71 Saturday, 27 January 2018 00:51

Civil Rights groups yesterday said that although 25% female representation had been made mandatory constitutionally for the new local government electoral system, women still faced an array of challenges when entering politics and governing.


Yahapalana Govt., SLFP and the Rajapaksas

Views - 182 Saturday, 27 January 2018 00:38

Maithripala Sirisena, the common presidential candidate, was elected as the sixth President of our country on 8 January 2015 mainly due to the efforts made by the late Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera, former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga


Sri Lankan women take on ‘body shaming’ barrel ad

Views - 105 Saturday, 27 January 2018 00:00

BBC: The hoarding for Osmo gym went up in a Colombo suburb last week and the row almost instantly made it on to social media.


President’s 2020 dilemma ?

Views - 124 Saturday, 27 January 2018 00:00

http://www.eurasiareview.com: President Maithripala Sirisena surprised many people by asking the Supreme Court (SC) whether he has “any impediment to continue in the office of President for a period of six years.”


National Government must continue sans party politics

Views - 54 Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00

When the 19th Amendment was introduced, there was a special provision included to ensure that party which gets the highest number


Response to concerned university teachers’ statement on SAITM

Views - 100 Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00

The recent statements made by dons from universities such as Kelaniya, Sri Jayawardenapura, Peradeniya, Jaffna,


Sagala determined to transform Police

Views - 314 Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00

Law and Order and Southern Development Minister has been dominating headlines ever since taking over office as the man responsible for leading


The debt trap

Views - 136 Thursday, 25 January 2018 00:00

By Prof. Sunil Shantha Sri Lanka was a rich country with foreign exchange when it gained independence 70 years ago. The reserves were then enough for more than three years of survival. Sri Lanka was only second to Japan when considering this economi


Straight talk on Sri Lanka-Singapore FTA: What it means for trade and investment flows

Views - 219 Thursday, 25 January 2018 00:00

By Janaka Wijayasiri and Kithmina Hewage The freshly-signed Sri Lankan-Singapore FTA (SLSFTA) marks a new milestone in the relations between the two island economies. The agreement, signed on 23 January, after almost 18 months of negotiations, is a


Concerned Uni teachers say no to Presidential Committee’s ‘sunrise institution’ to replace SAITM

Views - 241 Wednesday, 24 January 2018 00:00

We, the undersigned, are deeply disappointed by the latest proposals made by the Government to resolve the SAITM issue. In a statement released by the Department of Information on 4 January, the Government outlined plans to ‘abolish’ SAITM by set


Forget past and look to the future: Wildlife expert Subaraj

Views - 123 Tuesday, 23 January 2018 00:00

If people of Sri Lanka want to turn the country into a prosperous nation like Singapore, they should get together and accept all people as Sri Lankans rather than Sinhalese and Tamils, the Director and Founder of the Strix Wildlife Consultancy in Sin


Sri Lanka Singapore FTA: Gateway to integrate with advanced economies

Views - 524 Tuesday, 23 January 2018 00:00

The following statement was issued by the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade yesterday on the Sri Lanka-Singapore FTA


Rush, lack of transparency by Govt. over FTA with Singapore under fire

Views - 300 Monday, 22 January 2018 00:01

United Professionals Movement (UPM) member Architect Nalaka C. Jayaweera has written to the Secretary of the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade (MODSIT) alleging a lack of transparency over the


Today's Columnists

Shouldn’t Govt. prevent parliamentary system from decay and destruction?

Friday, 23 February 2018

The wrong people teach us the best lessons. As a clever nation, we had always used our ballot and chased the wrong people


Sri Lanka needs sensible and sound leadership

Friday, 23 February 2018

The Asia section of the print edition of the Economist, under the headline ‘Beasts and Monsters’, said: “To critics of Mahinda Rajapaksa


Something happened out there, but what’s going on in here right now?

Friday, 23 February 2018

I have a confession to make. Yours truly has really lost track of what’s happening in the arena we call national politics.


Putting ‘Yaha’ into ‘Palanaya’ – could standards be the trick?

Thursday, 22 February 2018

I will from the outset indicate that this is not about politics, even though popular terminology cannot be resisted if one is to get the message across. We are driven by emotions and the media is only adding fuel to the fire. If one takes a step back


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