Opinion and Issues

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

Views - 184 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 - 381 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 - 927 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 - 958 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 - 288 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 - 145 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 - 265 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 - 3641 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 - 480 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


Pathfinder Foundation addresses Centre for Western China Frontiers Studies at Sichuan Uni, China

Views - 71 Tuesday, 5 June 2018 00:00

Pathfinder Foundation Director Admiral Dr. Jayanath Colombage addressed an academic gathering at the Centre for Western China Frontier Studies at Sichuan University on the invitation of Sichuan University Director of South Asian Studies Professor Dai


Right to Information Commission has its say on proposed Audit Bill

Views - 67 Saturday, 2 June 2018 00:06

In accordance with its duty to secure the effective implementation of Sri Lanka’s Right to Information Act, No. 12 of 2016 (RTI Act) in Sri Lanka, the Right to Information Commission (RTIC) emphasises the importance of upholding the public right to


Corporate village – A solution to rural poverty

Views - 96 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

According to the Central Bank, a fourth of our population is still trapped in poverty. Of them 3.3% or about 700,000 people


President Sirisena’s hard-hitting speech at Ven. Sobitha Thera’s commemoration

Views - 519 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

All newspapers carried the President’s speech made on 30th May at the Foundation Institute in their front pages while


Europe and Asia – together for a more secure world

Views - 74 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

Europe and Asia have never been so close. Our economies are interconnected; our cultures are interconnected;


The problem with America’s ‘transactional’ presidency

Views - 76 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

President Donald Trump has decided to help the Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE by tweeting on 13 May


In the name of a misunderstood identity, Lankan Muslims are getting isolated: Prof. Ali

Views - 1586 Thursday, 31 May 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka is currently wedged between Buddhist fundamentalism and rigid Orthodox Islam that have made inroads into the country in the past 40 years or so. Both Buddhists and Muslims have forgotten the magnanimity and tolerance of the Sinhalese who we


A.S. Jayawardena: Governor who turned adversity into prosperity

Views - 378 Wednesday, 30 May 2018 00:00

It was 26 August, 2000. The Central Bank’s new state-of-the-art building was to be declared open by Deputy Minister of Finance Prof. G.L. Pieris. Governor A. S. Jayawardena, Deputy Governor Manik Nagahawatte and I, were standing under the foyer of


Are we building sustainably?

Views - 132 Wednesday, 30 May 2018 00:00

This is an honest question – Sri Lanka is a relatively small island in the Indian Ocean, Colombo is the economic capital of the country, with a growing urban population, with increasing demands to the physical infrastructure to sustain and support


An open letter to the Prime Minister of Singapore

Views - 311 Tuesday, 29 May 2018 00:00

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in force from March 1976 (Part II Article 15.2) of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ states as follows: “Nothing in this article shall prejudice the trial


Sri Lanka committed to preserve Universal Health Coverage: Rajitha

Views - 60 Tuesday, 29 May 2018 00:00

The Government of Sri Lanka is committed to preserve Universal Health Coverage, which has been a commitment of the successive governments, to provide free health care through a Government-pioneered health care delivery system, Health Minister Dr. Raj


Mullivaikal commemoration: Growing and 10th year in 2019

Views - 109 Saturday, 26 May 2018 00:49

www.colombotelegraph.com: The Mullivaikal Commemoration on 18 May is touted as a memorial for all those civilians massacred there. Few can quarrel with that. The Army thinks it is to honour the Tiger fighting forces that were massacred. That again is


Indian Supreme Court engages in judicial overreach

Views - 89 Saturday, 26 May 2018 00:25

Karnataka’s – home to India’s Silicon Valley – hung election result has thrown up a constitutional conundrum. The results declared last week witnessed no party gaining a simple majority – 112 seats.


A dilemma ?

Views - 664 Saturday, 26 May 2018 00:10

“Everything is abnormal in our society… nobody knows how to act-not only in the most difficult situations, but even in the simplest”


Sangakkara, you can be the Macron of Sri Lanka!

Views - 1913 Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

By R. Jayaratne Dear Kumar Sangakkara, Thank you very much for directing public attention, once again, to the subject of maladministration of Sri Lanka Cricket at the recent Colombo Club meeting despite being an unpleasant task to take upon at an oth


Responsible politicians, irresponsible politicians and irresponsible Government servants

Views - 269 Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

By S.P. Upali S. Wickramasinghe I listened to the discussion that Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka had with the press after his appointment as the Minister in charge of Wildlife. He dealt with the killings of innocent, poor villagers in remote areas by t


ASEAN in 2018: Strength in economic diversity

Views - 120 Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:00

The saying ‘there is strength in diversity’ often comes up when people talk about ASEAN’s cultural differences, but it is also


China is learning from American trade strategies for its own development

Views - 136 Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:00

Even if the ongoing trade negotiations between China and the United States don’t look like a “trade war,” they certainly can be interpreted to be the events leading up to one.


Sub agents and migrants: Dissecting their relationship to guide regulation

Views - 135 Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:00

Geetha is an unskilled and uneducated female from rural Sri Lanka. As she was saddled with financial issues and could


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