Columnists,Opinion and Issues

Who will watch the watchdog?

Views - 582 Tuesday, 5 November 2019 00:00

Many of us were hoping for a new dawn in 2015. The hope for a ‘Yahapalanaya’ Government now leaves ashes in the mouth of many people. It is true they brought us back our freedom and strengthened independent institutions but they failed fundamenta


Sajith Premadasa’s Manifesto: Strengths and weaknesses

Views - 1199 Tuesday, 5 November 2019 00:00

By Laksiri Fernando At last the Sajith Premadasa Manifesto (SPM) is out on behalf of the United Democratic Front (UDF), in all three languages at the same time. The English version is reviewed here. The SPM appears ‘people friendly,’ addressing


Ministry of Social Development: A nation rich in happiness

Views - 198 Monday, 4 November 2019 00:30

Goals nNo poverty. nZero hunger. nGender equality. nDecent work and economic growth. nReducing inequality. Social transfers Social transfers are non-contributory, in the sense that the recipients are not required to pay for them through premiums or


Building sector reform: Another challenge for Mr. President

Views - 100 Monday, 4 November 2019 00:00

Sri Lankans are now firmly in Presidential Election mode. This is a person-centric sitcom although it should have been a policy-centric masterpiece. Various applicants make promises to the public irrespective of their capacity to assess needs holist


Go set a watchman – Part I

Views - 159 Monday, 4 November 2019 00:00

By Austin I Pullé Lady Hale and Lord Reed, in delivering the unanimous opinion of the UK Supreme Court in the latest Brexit case (after noting that it was a “one-off case”) observed that “our law is used to rising to such challenges and suppli


Presidential aspirants and voters: Read IPS’s SOE 2019 before you make your next move

Views - 9085 Monday, 4 November 2019 00:00

Election manifestos versus State of the Economy Report 2019 The four leading presidential aspirants have presented their manifestos to voters in a bid to lure their votes at the forthcoming Presidential Election. These manifestos contain, among other


Are we finally done taxing Aunty Flo?

Views - 325 Monday, 4 November 2019 00:00

One of the most talked-about election promises this week has been Sajith Premadasa’s promise to distribute free sanitary hygiene products. Labelling himself as a #padman, Premadasa tweeted that “until sustainable cost-effective alternatives are f


What Sri Lanka wants from the next president

Views - 134 Saturday, 2 November 2019 00:10

If someone had said on 1 January that the next presidential race would feature a contest between hardliners and moderates trying to appeal to hardliners, it would have been a big surprise, but it would have sounded like good news for the SLPP candida


Muslims should turn left

Views - 661 Saturday, 2 November 2019 00:10

To start with, let us briefly review some of the important landmarks in the history of Muslim community in this country since it set foot in the eighth century. For more than a millennium and until the beginning of the 20th century, Muslims enjoyed a


The probe for a prudent political order: A reflection

Views - 137 Saturday, 2 November 2019 00:02

The more visible euphoria that precedes the coming presidential election, is accompanied with a deeper, solemn realism that the country is unlikely to be better placed after a new president is in place. The most rec


Access to justice for all is not yet a reality – but there are ways forward

Views - 87 Saturday, 2 November 2019 00:01

Access to justice for everyone in all communities is an important right and requirement for building fair and peaceful societies – yet this objective has been achieved in few if any nations, and the consequences are damaging for social, economic an


Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources: A nation rich in biomes

Views - 323 Friday, 1 November 2019 00:20

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


Betrayal of a liberal and entrenching family politics via the Constitution

Views - 64 Friday, 1 November 2019 00:00

By Samantha Ratwatte In the post-1948 history of our country, President Chandrika Kumaratunga perhaps is the only leader while having inherited a political legacy who opted not to involve her family in politics though endowed with a progeny of her o


Can the Yahapalanists make it?

Views - 286 Friday, 1 November 2019 00:00

Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR) was defeated by Maithripala Sirisena (MS) in the 2014 Presidential Election. It was a bit of an unexpected defeat considering the fact that the difference between MR and UNF in the 2010 election was quite substantial with a maj


Central Bank stepping towards ease of access to data with Data Library

Views - 116 Friday, 1 November 2019 00:00

Reliable and timely economic and financial information is necessary for making the right decisions, particularly related to growth, development and stability. Accordingly, various institutions worldwide engage in economic and financial data collectio


Ceylon Chamber of Commerce’s key recommendations for agriculture and fishery

Views - 212 Friday, 1 November 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 Agriculture Working Group proposals from the document


Doom loop of Gota’s mouthpiece

Views - 945 Thursday, 31 October 2019 02:19

These lines are from an emotive piece of poetry written by the Protestant Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his prison cell in Nazi Germany, shortly before he was executed. Vocal opposition to the genocidal persecution of Jews was his crime.


I vote for Gota

Views - 896 Thursday, 31 October 2019 02:15

Victor Ivan, the founder Editor of the popular Ravaya – a Sinhala tabloid launched particularly to target President Ranasinghe Premadasa with the backing of the Western and Indian embassies and, of course, Lalith Athulathmudali and Gamini Dissanaya


Facts are stubborn

Views - 232 Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:52

The Presidential Elections are around the corner. The contestants are lining up for spiritual blessings. Places of worship and other holy sites are being generously patronised. However, recent events and developments do speak loudly of the possibilit


Ceylon Chamber advocates 12 focus areas to accelerate economic growth

Views - 91 Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:40

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce launched the working draft of the Sri Lanka Economic Acceleration Framework (SEAF) 2020-25 on 17 September. The document has identified over 140 interventions that require to be implemented in driving Sri Lanka’s GDP


My vote goes to… Voting without much confidence

Views - 218 Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:31

Democracy at crunch time is all about counting the votes and those who have one each are the most important actors in this period. Capturing the hearts and minds in one’s direction is all that the candidates have to do and a multitude of ways and m


On a quest to take UK-SL ties from “good” to “great”

Views - 174 Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:20

Sarah Hulton O.B.E. assumed duties as the United Kingdom’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka in August. Prior to that she served in London in several different roles; as the Head of Pacific Department, the Head of DPRK Department and the Head of Diver


Blocking vehicle access to railway station inconveniences commuters

Views - 10 Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:18

This is outside Anuradhapura Railway Station; where passengers are forced to walk some distance to their transport in torrential rain or scorching sun: the old and infants; the pregnant and the disabled.


Marine Drive and our public service

Views - 74 Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:15

Driving along Marine Drive, especially on a wet rainy day, is a depressing experience.It was early last Sunday evening; the rain swayed wildly to the strong gusts from a restless sea, visibility was dangerously low, motorcyclists and tuk-tuks zigzagg


LPG pricing formula: A robust economic solution for an essential energy source

Views - 392 Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:05

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) refers to two prominent natural gas liquids, namely propane and butane. LPG is a derivative of the two industries involved in processing natural gas liquids and in refining crude oil.


Ministry of Fisheries: A nation rich in fish trade

Views - 292 Wednesday, 30 October 2019 01:59

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


Policy certainty and political stability are essential for achieving socio-economic goals

Views - 247 Wednesday, 30 October 2019 01:54

The Sri Lankan economy faces numerous challenges. While global economic and financial conditions have a material impact on an export-oriented small economy such as Sri Lanka, many of the impediments to economic development have been created by the la



Tackling beedi must be significant part of public health agenda

Views - 41 Wednesday, 30 October 2019 00:09


The powers and functions of the new president

Views - 2424 Wednesday, 30 October 2019 00:08

Sri Lanka will elect a new president on 16 November 2019. While unusually that will be neither the current President nor the current Prime Minister, what is less well understood is that the office itself to which the new president is elected will be


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A child’s guide to MCC Compact Sri Lanka

Monday, 18 November 2019

Intelligent children, unlike some of the adults, are curious, probing and questioning. They do not jump to conclusions until and unless they are convinced of facts that have been presented to them. Asani, a student in the Advanced Level class in a le


Re-thinking voting

Saturday, 16 November 2019

We use our vote (in a democracy) to elect those who should govern us. We can only be governed as long as we are alive. Therefore, our current age and life expectancy determine how long we have left to be governed! So, should the younger population, h


Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony: A nation rich in unity

Friday, 15 November 2019

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 to


Securing a People’s Constitution

Friday, 15 November 2019

The need for making a People’s Constitution has become a topic of interest not only among the public but also among some candidates of the Presidential Election. Rohan Pallewatte and Mahesh Senanayake have included it in their election manifestos.


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