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Presidential term-limit is unconditional: Not just prospective

Views - 104 Tuesday, 4 September 2018 00:00

The 19th Amendment or more specifically now highly-debated Article 31 (2) of the Constitution on the term-limit of the President should be considered in its overall application and not specific to the future or the past. That is the way it is amended

The private sector speaks, Mr. Prime Minister!

Views - 1201 Tuesday, 4 September 2018 00:00

In the recent past there have been many views about Sri Lanka’s performance. From the Railway strike to students of higher education and recently the fishermen community are some of the indications that there are deeper issues in the system that ne

BIMSTEC leaders decide organisation revival as SL assumes chairmanship

Views - 11 Monday, 3 September 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka was handed over the chairmanship of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) at the conclusion of the fourth BIMSTEC Summit held in Kathmandu on 31 August.

Sri Lanka PM: This is how I will make my country rich by 2025

Views - 152 Monday, 3 September 2018 00:00 This is an important moment in Sri Lanka’s development, as the country continues to deliver on its plans for economic development and stands on the cusp of a transition to a knowledge-based economy.

Friday Forum on State obligation with regard to torture and failed governance

Views - 42 Monday, 3 September 2018 00:00

A meeting held by the Kandy Regional Office of the Human Rights Commission in support of victims of torture on 29 June raised again concerns with regard to impunity of the police, and failures of the legal system. The program at the meeting provided

NRFC accounts under attack

Views - 159 Monday, 3 September 2018 00:00

The purpose in starting NRFC accounts was to encourage Sri Lankans having foreign currency to invest in their own country. The country needs the dollars badly. These accounts were flexible with the account holder being able to remit his money to any

Sri Lanka and the Bay of Bengal Initiative: Opportunities to grow a vital region

Views - 296 Monday, 3 September 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka will soon have a rare opportunity to contribute to the development of the Indian Ocean region, by harnessing the Bay of Bengal’s regional organisation.

Religious extremists, politicians meddle with artistic freedom in Sri Lanka, IFJ charges

Views - 76 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:00

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has expressed concern over the controversy of literary work coming under attack from extremist Buddhist organisations and monks, and politicians. The IFJ issuing a media statement said a novel, a radi

Premier addresses threats and challenges to national security in 21st century

Views - 76 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday said that national security, as always, is paramount and defence capabilities and personnel are important in protecting the stability and the democracy of the nation from threats and challenges in the 2

Town planning and public participation

Views - 167 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:10

Two thousand five hundred years ago, there lived a man called Hippodamus of Miletus who is considered to be “the father of European urban planning”. He was an ancient Greek architect, urban planner, phy

President Xi Jinping gives new impetus to BRI

Views - 87 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:10

Xinhua: President Xi Jinping on Monday underlined thorough and solid cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to benefit people in countries involved and build a community with a shared future for humani

SMEs in Asia and global economy

Views - 130 Thursday, 30 August 2018 00:00

Asia is making an excessive impact on global economy, as seen over the recent years. Asia also experienced economic growth downturn with the global economic recession in 2008 and 2009. Various studies confirm that SMEs (Small to Medium Enterprises) a

Breed and nurture leaders to propel companies forward

Views - 158 Thursday, 30 August 2018 00:00

The future for corporates will be nothing short of demanding. Disruption will rise from unexpected sources, technology will play a greater role, and operating norms that prevailed for some 50 years will be rendered obsolete. Is corporate Sri Lanka r

For whom do the mobile phones ring? Future of climate information delivery in Sri Lanka

Views - 127 Thursday, 30 August 2018 00:00

By Nimesha Dissanayaka and Manoj Thibbotuwawa Most people use weather forecasts to plan their daily activities. However, for those whose livelihoods depend on variations in weather, this information becomes a lifeline. Farmers, as a community, are h

Mahinda Rajapaksa and the term limit

Views - 239 Wednesday, 29 August 2018 01:00

The Nineteenth Amendment has once again become the subject of controversy, and its current focus concerns the provision in the Nineteenth Amendment that disqualifies the same person from being elected as President for more than two terms. The two-te

‘Capitalism should be used for social good’: Room to Read Founder

Views - 258 Wednesday, 29 August 2018 01:00

In a capitalist market economy, decision-making and investment are determined by every owner of wealth, property or production ability in financial and capital markets but its powers should and must be used for social good, insisted Founder Room to R

Justice still elusive for thousands of disappeared in South Asia

Views - 18 Wednesday, 29 August 2018 00:00

As the world marks the International Day of the Disappeared, Amnesty International calls on governments across South Asia

The rise of the affluent Chinese empty-nester

Views - 56 Wednesday, 29 August 2018 00:00

In the not-too-distant future, China’s population will start to shrink. This will be an unprecedented demographic change

Cost Per Rating Point is only one currency

Views - 131 Wednesday, 29 August 2018 00:00

Will you pump 92 octane petrol at Rs. 145 or 95 octane at Rs. 157 per litre? Will you compromise on quality for quantity

Sagala calls for ‘Oceanic Good Governance’: Explains SL engagement with regional economic giants

Views - 48 Wednesday, 29 August 2018 00:00

Project Management, Youth Affairs and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka, addressing the 3rd Indian Ocean

Sri Lanka has to await lab tests to improve efficiency of SOEs!

Views - 106 Wednesday, 29 August 2018 00:00

Speaking at an event a few days before in Colombo, Minister of Science, Technology, Research, Skills Development

Can rising Colombo temperatures be controlled by tree planting ?

Views - 274 Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:00

Temperatures in Colombo have been rising over the decades and air-conditioned offices and bedrooms are taken for granted. Colombo was cooler decades ago. When I took up residence in Colombo in 1963 as a university student and later being employed,

Three-wheeler economy: Problem and solution

Views - 79 Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:00

The recent proposal to impose a minimum age limit of 35 for three-wheeler drivers caused some level of controversy until the proposal was shelved, bowing down to the opposing forces. The opponents were of the view that “these youngsters are self-e

Economic woes the motivator for FTAs

Views - 321 Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:00

We have seen in the recent past the heat on the FTA with Singapore that was signed around nine months back. Whilst there can be merits to this argument, we have to keep in mind that when a country is struggling at 3% GDP growth and a debt stock that

Powerless against the IGP

Views - 44 Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:00

The National Police Commission has said it is powerless against the IGP. What are the functions of the National Police Commission? The IGP is the head of the Police Force and is responsible for its efficient functioning. Effective operations requires

Speed up installation of low-cost ‘humps’ as alternative for electric railway gates

Views - 96 Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:00

I was surprised to learn from the media that 200 railway gates with electric bell and light systems are to be installed at a cost of $ 6.4 m. At the current exchange rate, it works out to an astounding Rs. 5.2 m per gate with the total direct invest

Caught in a lobbying maze, Sri Lankan leaders need to stand tall

Views - 104 Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:00

By Patrick De Silva Balanced legislation in terms of policy for both trade and political concerns are essential to ensure rational and sustainable advancement. These require extended dialogue that is all-encompassing and transparent, which in turn w

Imran Khan’s words: Are they relevant?

Views - 143 Saturday, 25 August 2018 00:10

The newly-elected Pakistani Prime Minister, the flamboyant, albeit bit controversial Oxford-educated cricketing icon and former Playboy who was married three times (like President Trump) before finding conservatism

V.S. Naipaul – A tribute

Views - 250 Saturday, 25 August 2018 00:10

V.S. Naipaul, exquisite craftsman of the English language, magnificent story teller, and master of the unsparing nonfiction narrative passed away on 11 August. Grandson of an indentured Indian labourer shipped willy-nil

Hidden costs: The impact of foreign debt on Sri Lankan citizens

Views - 310 Friday, 24 August 2018 00:00 The following is a response to a call for contributions ahead of the UN Independent Expert on foreign

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In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Saturday, 22 September 2018

‘Indian Film,’ first published in 1963 and co-authored by former Columbia University Professor Erik Barnouw and his student Dr. Subrahmanyam Krishnaswamy, is considered a seminal study of the evolution and growth of Indian cinema. The book is cit

Imran may turn blind eye to blasphemy law and persecution of Ahmadiyyas

Saturday, 22 September 2018

There are clear signs that Pakistan’s freshly minted Prime Minister, Imran Khan, will make a sincere effort to reduce corruption and maladministration in the domestic sphere. In foreign affairs he is likely to make a brave attempt to mend fences wi

The rate of exchange, capital flight and the Central Bank

Friday, 21 September 2018

The Central Bank (CBSL) exists for the sole purpose of price stability. Its controls on the financial system and monetary policy exist to maintain price stability. As put forth many times by the Governor, the failing of the CBSL to control inflation

Red flag over the Sri Lankan Navy

Friday, 21 September 2018

Shocking story Rusiripala, a former banker in Sri Lanka, who has taken to writing in Daily FT, is perturbed by the red flag I have raised (Daily FT article 18 September) over the shocking charge that our Navy had operated a ransom gang that had abduc

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