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Monday May 20th, 2024

Fifteen years after the end of the war, victims still await justice at Mullivaikkal: Amnesty

“Today’s anniversary is a grim reminder of the collective failure of the Sri Lankan authorities"

May 18, 2024 3 min read

Sri Lanka's Easter Bombings: A Preventable Tragedy

If it was, preventable, then why was it not?

April 21, 2024 7 min read

Sri Lanka could get hit from a disorderly US tumble: Bellwether

Every time the US engaged in bad policy Sri Lanka was hit

April 16, 2024 10 min read

Regional integration to empower Sri Lankan women

Providing equal employment opportunities for men and women can enable South Asia to enhance incomes by 25%.

April 4, 2024 6 min read
In the political arena, South Asian women face similar hurdles

In South Asia, women face similar hurdles when breaking into the male-dominated political arena

Sri Lanka should not give standing facilities as lender of first resort: Bellwether

Sri Lanka should impose counterparty limits to liquidity tools and charge a premium

Regional cooperation and PPPs key to developing educational technology in Sri Lanka: IPS

Expanding Ed-tech through partnerships, collaborations, and AI can improve quality education

Himani Vithanage
March 7, 2024 6 min read

Sri Lanka central bank salary hikes show lack of accountability for its actions

central bank essentially earns money to pay salaries essentially from seigniorage

February 26, 2024 9 min read

Sri Lanka should protest the 7-pct annual inflation target, not a 3-pct VAT hike

A positive inflation target denies private sector productivity gains to the poor

February 19, 2024 10 min read

Sri Lanka is recovering, but threats from central bank, US policy

At the moment the central bank is providing monetary stability seen in the exchange rate and inflation

January 22, 2024 14 min read

Sri Lanka top doctor seeks equality in healthcare

He urged fellow doctors to ensure a change of attitude to end discrimination by educating other health care staff

January 20, 2024 3 min read

Creative industries remain an untapped sector in Sri Lanka

They create employment, income, increase export earnings, promote innovation and contribute to societal wellbeing

January 18, 2024 3 min read

Sri Lanka, the Wedding Isle

Every wedding is special for participants and ordinary for the rest of the world.

Krishantha Prasad Cooray
January 13, 2024 4 min read

Why the IMF is hated now and is backing bad money in Sri Lanka and Latin America

Before the Second Amendment IMF could

December 19, 2023 13 min read

Lanka’s Blue Whale: Eight Evolutionary Stages (Part I)

Science is learning more and more about how these astonishing animals came to exist in the first place

Mark Hager
November 15, 2023 10 min read

Sri Lanka VAT increase is better than killing economic freedoms with income tax

Tax slabs should keep pace with inflation, dependent allowances should be considered

November 9, 2023 7 min read
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Sri Lanka's rupee depreciation and economic crises; the deficit lie

Deficits do not rise much in the year that a currency crisis is triggered, but in the stabilization year

October 23, 2023 12 min read

Sri Lanka's new central bank act with John Law clause reverts to classical Mercantilism

Targeting GDP with easy money dates back to Scottish Mercantilist John Law and fully flexible policy to James Steuart.

October 17, 2023 13 min read

Sri Lanka police in dire straits as three-times lucky IGP gets extension: focus

Our police correspondent examines the crisis in the department

Police Correspondent
October 15, 2023 4 min read

Sri Lanka should be cautious in expanding socialist leaning taxes

High direct tax rates, capital consumption taxes, are not a substitute for monetary stability

October 9, 2023 13 min read

Sri Lanka's trade and cultural links across the Indian Ocean from antiquity


October 8, 2023 7 min read

J.P. Narayan: Socialist Gandhism

Marxist Critic of Gandhi Becomes an Adherent, But Finally Finds Transformational State Power Indispensable

September 11, 2023 34 min read

Sri Lanka should be careful in over-relying on GFN at the expense of stability: Bellwether

Countries where inflationists cannot engage in macro-economic policy with money printing have low debt

September 11, 2023 7 min read

Sri Lanka draws up law on online "untruths", religious hurts

Law will arbitrate on the truth or otherwise of various statements published online

September 5, 2023 1 min read

Sri Lanka interest rates are dictated by the IMF reserve target, not inflation

It is a shame that country with a 20-pct savings rate cannot maintain reserves and has to depreciate the currency

August 14, 2023 15 min read

Sri Lanka tables DDR tax hike amendment in parliament

The amendment was published on the government gazette on July 17

August 9, 2023 2 min read
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