Opinion and Issues

The urgent need for neutral, independent anti-corruption agencies

Views - 55 Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:00

By Jayasri Priyalal Institutionalisation of independent commissions and councils through an Act of Parliament was perceived by the public as a step in the right direction to eradicate corruption, the number one enemy that hinders social progress in S


Presidential coup that will send the country into darkness

Views - 4393 Monday, 29 October 2018 01:30

By an activist of the 2015 social media group ‘So Sri Lanka,’ you are back to square one! In most countries when politicians fail, we see military coups; however in Sri Lanka, for the very first time, we are witnessing a presidential coup against


With this man-made Constitutional crisis, economy will be the casualty; resolve it quickly or perish

Views - 6023 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:20

Two prime ministers without a Government The political change that took place in Sri Lanka last week has driven the country to a constitutional crisis. The President, while removing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe from office, has appointed form


Our national purpose… once again

Views - 410 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:15

Once again, dramatic political events in Colombo remind us that branding is primarily an internal project. Nine years after the end of the civil war, a monumental failure of leadership has left us looking inward rather than finding our own place in t


The dead ropes

Views - 582 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:14

In politics, as in life, there are no permanent friends – or enemies. All is in flux. When circumstances or situations change, people go with the flow. Rare is the man (or woman) in public life who stays rooted in one dear spot. Although we ‘grav


Sirisena’s triple betrayal: Nation in danger

Views - 964 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:13

Three betrayals Gamaralalage Maithripala Sirisena, it seems, is a specialist in betrayal. He first betrayed his former leader and former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa. He had a hopper feed with Mahinda the very morning of that act of deception and was


The political dog fight

Views - 110 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:09

Sri Lanka has experienced a constitutional or rather unconstitutional takeover of the Government. A similar incident happened in 2003 when Wickremesinghe was the Prime Minister where President Kumaratunga took over three ministries of the Government.


The Buddhist civilisation supersedes the human rights of the West

Views - 205 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:07

Given the gravity of the crises facing the Vatican, it has wasted no-time in redefining the moral mission of the Catholic Church in the world. Yet, the American federal investigation into the sexual improprieties of clergies in Pennsylvania—as wel


India in Sri Lanka: Price of misperceptions and misreads

Views - 322 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:05

One of the notable features of the current dynamics of Sri Lankan politics is the growing recognition by all parties in the country of India’s growing sensitivity to Sri Lanka’s major domestic political issues and changes. Historically viewed, th


Thilanga on Sri Lanka’s progress in achieving SDGs

Views - 96 Saturday, 27 October 2018 00:00

A workshop on the critical role of Parliament and Parliamentarians in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Sri Lanka organised by the Parliamentary Select Committee on United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in collabo


Decline of secularism in South Asia

Views - 254 Saturday, 27 October 2018 00:00

South Asia’s multi-religious countries, namely India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, started off with a noble wish to be ‘secular’ and keep religion out of the business of the State. Hindu-majority India, under the leadership of the avowed


Does the SEC grant licenses for the wealthy to avoid paying taxes?

Views - 132 Saturday, 27 October 2018 00:00

Does the SEC grant licenses for the wealthy to avoid paying taxes? As you and I are aware, the SEC or the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka is charged with the task of regulating the capital markets of the country. You may then wonder h


Why our investment drive needs a Dammika or a Harry to steer the ship

Views - 835 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:02

The current Higher Education Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe when he was Justice Minister very boldly stated at the Sri Lanka Economic Summit in 2017 that the Board of Investment should be shut down. The BOI is the current PM’s brainchild and an


A gentleman planter par excellence

Views - 73 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:01

The curtain came down on the life of Wickrema De Alwis on 20 October at four score and seven, leaving friends and family to reflect on the qualities of a man that made him not just one of the finest tea planters the industry had known but also a true


Carnage of elephants by trains: Simple solutions are need of the hour

Views - 223 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:01

There are much deliberations at ‘high places’ by many ‘experts’ in order to find a solution to the carnage that is taking place on the rail tracks, while wild elephants succumb to gruesome deaths at an alarmingly rapid rate.


Trade liberalisation or rationalisation? What is more desirable?

Views - 167 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:01

Trade liberalisation or free trade has come to a sharp controversy in the context of recent and ongoing rupee depreciation. However, it has been thoroughly a discussed topic internationally, both theoretically and empirically, although not conclusive


What right has GMOA to dictate terms to the Health Minister ?

Views - 8 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:00

What right has the GMOA to dictate terms to the Minister of Health who stands up against bullying by the GMOA? The Minister represents the people while the GMOA represents a trade union masquerading as a professional group. Professional associations


Humour as a panacea for the bane of politics

Views - 155 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:00

Today your columnist will stray a tad bit off the well-trodden path. To make a foray into the realm of three types of the ‘funnies’. Where the sun is always shining on our blessed isle. If there is a cloud on the


Sri Lanka’s human capital progress: Still less than its full potential

Views - 18 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:00

The World Bank has launched its Human Capital Project (HCP) intended to improve the human capital of people. Through this, it aims to facilitate equity and economic growth. The project rightly recognises that,


Budget bodes opportunity to better nation’s economic and physical health

Views - 6 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:00

During a recent discussion that centred on the impact of Non-Communicable Diseases in Sri Lanka, it was revealed that 75% of deaths in the country were the result of NCDs, with one in five such deaths recorded as


Sri Lanka’s economic outlook: Testing times ahead

Views - 327 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

Despite the many improvements on the macroeconomic front over the last two years, the run of GDP growth of under 4% – continuing for a sixth consecutive quarter – is a cause of some anxiety. Economic growth matters; whether or not GDP is an appro


Manmade warming of the globe

Views - 30 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

By Oscar E.V. Fernando That ecology is a burning issue affecting the world, as atmospheric pollution and poisoned water do not have frontiers, and therefore need no visa to enter other countries, was a concluding remark at a global seminar on environ


Economic globalisation and a shared future for mankind

Views - 55 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

President EU China Friendship Group European Parliament, Vice President EU Parliament International Development Committee, Chairman Gao Peiyong, Your Excellencies Romano Prodi, David Gosset, Edmond Alpphndery, Chen Wenling. Economic globalisation is


High Commissioner Skandakumar inspires Australia Awards South and West Asia Scholars

Views - 491 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

Simon Merrifield, Honourable Excellencies, distinguished guests, I would like to thank the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for according me this singular honour to address such a distinguished array of intellectuals. Let me also add the congr


Leaving no one behind

Views - 33 Wednesday, 24 October 2018 00:00

There are nights when Udayakumar Manjula wakes to find her house flooded. Heavy rains bring water seeping under her door to where she and her family lie sleeping. While they wait for it to subside, she props her children up on plastic chairs. “Some


Cabraal questions Forex borrowings and rupee depreciation

Views - 87 Wednesday, 24 October 2018 00:00

On 17 October, the Central Bank proudly announced that it has secured a loan of $ 1,000 million at an interest rate “linked” to six-month USD LIBOR (while for some reason not specifying how so) from the China Development Bank, under a Foreign Cur


Dhaka, Colombo for win-win RMG collaboration: Samarawickrama

Views - 90 Tuesday, 23 October 2018 00:00

Dhaka and Colombo can have a win-win in the apparel sector, by utilising the advantages of each country, Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama said, concluding a two-day visit to Dhaka last week. In the capacit


Investor forums and reviving the stock market

Views - 105 Tuesday, 23 October 2018 00:00

As the stock market is heading for the fourth consecutive annual decline this year, an investor forum was held in London recently, organised by the Colombo Stock Exchange. Undoubtedly advertising or creating awareness is fine. However have we missed


Value of regulated landfills: Megapolis Ministry must communicate

Views - 233 Tuesday, 23 October 2018 00:00

Our policymakers may do the right thing but not do it too well by not communicating the larger purpose of their actions. The current fuss about the proposed Aruwakkalu landfill is one such example. As the Ministry of Megapolis correctly points out,


Sri Lanka’s evolving retail environment and the need for change

Views - 1144 Tuesday, 23 October 2018 00:00

By Aruna Mawilmada Over the past decade the retail landscape in Sri Lanka has changed with the evolving needs of shoppers. The ubiquitous traditional trade of yesteryear – family-owned grocery chains, small independent stores, and informal merchant


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Constitutional paradox: There is no such thing called Election Commission

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Our Constitution, which was certified by Parliament on 31 August 1978, has 19 amendments; the First Amendment to the Constitution was certified by the Speaker in the same year on 20 November. By the end of 1988, there had been 14 amendments made to t


‘So Sri Lanka’ – upgrade staff, processes, infrastructure at BIA arrivals to be world’s best!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

24 October, time 12:47 p.m., place – my residence in Colombo My phone buzzes with a WhatsApp message from my old colleague Prasad Fernanado now with Saudi British Bank in Saudi. I am thrilled to see the message ‘Sri Lanka top country for travel i


Qatar crisis: From the Sri Lankans’ point of view

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

The aim of this article is to examine the Saudi blockade over Qatar and its impact in the past 17 months on the country. A special focus will be given to the Sri Lankan workers who have been living in Qatar for the past two decades. The reason why th


The reality of Sri Lanka – household end!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Whilst Sri Lanka is debating what is right and wrong on the governance of the country, the Sri Lankan household is falling part due to escalating costs, as per the latest data released by respected research agency Nielsen. For the seventh quarter in


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