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Sri Lanka – Here we go again

Views - 324 Friday, 11 October 2019 00:10

It’s that kind of time once again in Sri Lanka. Its elections, elections, hoorah! The much-awaited Presidential Election is here. The list of candidates confirmed, deposits paid and nominations accepted; 35 contestants vying for the hot seat from t


Challenge of disruptive change: Together towards tomorrow

Views - 98 Friday, 11 October 2019 00:10

Distinguished Members of the Association of Professional Bankers in Sri Lanka. Thank you for inviting me to this 31st Anniversary Convention. It is a great honour for me to be here and to have the opportunity to share a few remarks around “disrupti


Ceylon Chamber of Commerce’s key recommendations on taxation

Views - 97 Friday, 11 October 2019 00:05

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce recently launched a working draft of ‘Sri Lanka Economic Acceleration Framework 2020-25’ towards building a $ 135 billion economy by 2025. Today we feature the Tax Working Group proposals from the document


Fighting for a different order

Views - 110 Thursday, 10 October 2019 01:36

By Devaka Gunawardena What can the left offer people in the upcoming election? In addition to contributing to analysis, we must describe concretely the vision of society that we are fighting for, regardless of who wins. Having this perspective will s


Madam Dilrukshi – the lawmaker cum breaker!

Views - 103 Thursday, 10 October 2019 01:33

The Solicitor General and ex-Director of the Bribery Commission has been interdicted with immediate effect based on the highly-controversial comments during the telephone conversation she has had with Avant-Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi, whic


‘Dual citizenship’ misadventure and unnecessary confusion

Views - 374 Thursday, 10 October 2019 01:20

Instead of politically campaigning against, and explaining to the people, the possible dangers of the return of the ‘Rajapaksa family rule,’ two civil society activists opted to challenge the citizenship of the SLPP candidate, Gotabaya Rajapaksa,


Cabraal unveils 12-Point Revival Plan for economy

Views - 1582 Thursday, 10 October 2019 01:16

Former Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Ajith Nivard Cabraal presented a 12-Point Revival Plan for the Sri Lankan economy at the Viyathmaga Seminar held in Matara on Sunday 6 October. Around 1,500 professionals attended the seminar which wa


Setting sights on the next million credit card users

Views - 205 Thursday, 10 October 2019 01:09

Sri Lanka is at a transition point – progression is reflected in the rising per capita income, number of high-rise buildings, bevy of cars on the road, etc. The desire to spend and celebrate life – by treating your family to dinner, vacation or b


Ceylon Chamber of Commerce’s key recommendations on taxation

Views - 64 Thursday, 10 October 2019 00:59

Lead: Duminda Hulangamuwa, Partner, Ernst & Young Members of the working group: Nilanthi Sivapragasam, Chief Financial Officer, Aitken Spence PLC Shamila Jayasekara, Partner, Head of Tax, KPMG Sri Lanka N.R. Gajendran, Senior Partner, Gajma & Co C


Culture(s), aesthetics, university education and sacking of UVPA Vice Chancellor

Views - 270 Thursday, 10 October 2019 00:52

By Andi Schubert On 18 September Prof. Sarath Chandrajeewa, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Visual and Performing Arts (UVPA) was sacked from his position by President Maithripala Sirisena with no explanation. The sacking of Prof. Chandr


All presidential candidates must commit to declaring 2020 a Year of Tolerance

Views - 41 Wednesday, 9 October 2019 00:00

By Dr. Ruvaiz Haniffa The UN, through the UNESCO, awards a prize for the promotion of tolerance and non-violence, named the Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence. The prize is awarded every two years on the Internation


Green employee: An eco-friendly thought

Views - 143 Wednesday, 9 October 2019 00:00

Today’s society is concerned with concepts like ‘environmentally conscious,’ ‘eco-friendly’, ‘eco-conscious’ and ‘going green’ because of their importance for conserving resources and sustaining the environment. Errors and mistakes


China and Asian economic security: Partnering policy, progress and prosperity

Views - 81 Wednesday, 9 October 2019 00:00

By George I. H. Cooke Security, in its many forms and manifestations, grip persons, confound societies, baffle nations and complicate international relations. The realisation of the risks involved in security, loom in the absence of the latter. A pr


Sanga as MCC President: Future of SL cricket?

Views - 1071 Wednesday, 9 October 2019 00:00

The first non-British President of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), a true son of Sri Lanka, Kumar Sangakkara, took over the club’s reins on 1 October 2019 for the next 12 months. His mandate, as was clearly outlined by outgoing president Anthony


Lewis Allen speaks the language of love after tragic Easter experience

Views - 78 Wednesday, 9 October 2019 00:00

Lewis Allen, prominent international gem dealer, visited Sri Lanka as the Guest of Honour for the FACETS International Gem and Jewellery Exhibition. His speech at the opening ceremony echoed the deepest feelings of love, empathy and forgiveness that


All borrowing since 2016 used to settle Rajapaksa loans

Views - 27 Tuesday, 8 October 2019 00:00

By Mangala Samaraweera On 9 January 2015, as the Rajapaksa family took off to Medamulana, they flew past many of their white elephants. In Colombo, it was the Lotus Tower. As they landed, the empty and unused Mattala Airport, Hambantota Port, Cricket


Ceylon Chamber of Commerce’s key recommendations to boost general economy

Views - 70 Tuesday, 8 October 2019 00:00

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce recently launched a working draft of ‘Sri Lanka Economic Acceleration Framework 2020-25’ towards building a $ 135 billion economy by 2025. Today we feature the General Economy Working Group proposals from the docu


The drivel from Gotabaya’s surrogates

Views - 117 Tuesday, 8 October 2019 00:00

By Taylor Dibbert In a recent opinion piece, Raj Gonsalkorale revises history and essentially argues that concerns about a Gotabaya Rajapaksa presidency are baseless (‘Who is afraid of Gota? The law of the land is not’). He writes that “[t]he c


Emergence of Lt. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake as a common candidate for the Presidential Election

Views - 763 Tuesday, 8 October 2019 00:00

By Vimal Fernando The two major parties, namely the Sri Lanka Podujana Party and the United National Front, have announced Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Sajith Premadasa respectively as their presidential candidates. The third force, the JVP, has announced


Which presidential candidate agrees to offer the voters’ wish-list?

Views - 80 Tuesday, 8 October 2019 00:00

By Chandima Hulangamuwa A total of 41 candidates had paid deposits and were expected to sign their nominations yesterday for the Presidential Election to be held on 16 November. We expect these candidates to present their manifestos soon. Generally,


Dangerous currents

Views - 201 Tuesday, 8 October 2019 00:00

Whoever wins at the forthcoming Presidential Election, the final results will have huge implication for the parliamentary election that would follow at the end of this year. Although it is pointless to predict even before the nominations are closed,


Would Sri Lanka miss the opportunity of the century?

Views - 517 Tuesday, 8 October 2019 00:00

The greatest changes in world history took place gradually, without even getting the attention of a wider majority of the people. The same is taking place right now. While many are preoccupied discussing various trends over the next many decades, the


Ministry of Finance and Planning: A nation rich in wealth

Views - 985 Monday, 7 October 2019 08:35

This new 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 t


Democracy at a crossroads: Sri Lanka has not narrowed corridor of liberty but effectively blocked it

Views - 7666 Monday, 7 October 2019 08:30

The latest book by the duo of ‘Why Nations Fail’ fame – Daron Acemoglu of MIT and James Robinson of Chicago – titled ‘The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies and the Fate of Liberty’ was released on 24 September.


Amendment to the People’s Bank Act; was it much ado about nothing?

Views - 141 Monday, 7 October 2019 08:27

The bill to amend the People’s Bank Act has been passed in Parliament despite the cliché ‘privatisation’ allegation associated with any change to the status quo of a public enterprise. The Minister in charge of the subject dispelled these all


Ramifications of People’s Bank Act amendment

Views - 127 Monday, 7 October 2019 08:11

“All paid up shares of the bank shall be held by the Secretary to the Treasury in his official capacity, for and on behalf of the CROWN” – Now repealed! After much debate and expressions of social concerns the controversial Bill to amend certai


Gotabaya exonerated, Sajith gets the nomination: The baton passes, or will it?

Views - 1245 Monday, 7 October 2019 08:04

Unless someone throws a last minute grenade, Gotabaya Rajapaksa will head the favourite spot for the presidency along with Sajith Premadasa on 16 November. Several also-rans and a couple of others, whose preferences could become pivotal for Gotabaya


Commonwealth SG’s clarion call and our everlasting gift to CHOGM participants

Views - 246 Saturday, 5 October 2019 00:10

The Commonwealth Secretary General’s clarion call “to challenge climate doubters before it is too late” was very timely and noteworthy. Our mind goes back to September 2013 when Fortune magazine of 2 September 2013 carried 18 photographs of wa


Sri Lankan Presidential hopefuls and their stand on welfare policies

Views - 297 Saturday, 5 October 2019 00:10

Sri Lanka will hold Presidential Elections on 16 November when around 15.7 million registered voters from across the country will vote to elect the country’s seventh Executive President to rule for the next five years. Of Sri Lanka’s population s


Avoiding the middle income trap

Views - 457 Friday, 4 October 2019 00:25

Dhammika Perera speaking at the International Tourism Leaders Summit at the BMICH on Saturday said majority of the labour entering the market did so without any training and Perera argued that it was essential to give skills to people to increase pro


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Ministry of Civil Aviation: A nation rich in connectivity

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Wednesday, 23 October 2019

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How to promote innovations to transform our nation

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

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An efficient energy sector for economic growth

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

When I saw the advertisement about an Energy Forum organised by PUCSL for a Policy Dialogue on the importance of an efficient energy sector for economic and investment growth, I was very happy as I have been interested in this relationship for more t


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