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Proposed Sri Lanka National Policy for Industrial Development: A commentary

Trade and industrial policies complement each other

December 6, 2021 24 min read

Easter Sunday blasts; an issue that the government wants to wish away

Pressure from various groups primarily the Catholic Church for answers rattles the government

December 4, 2021 9 min read

Sri Lanka government heading into a perfect storm: Opinion

Protests over several issues including the Easter Sunday probe magnify economic troubles

November 11, 2021 5 min read

Why the Sri Lanka rupee is depreciating creating currency crises: Bellwether

A Bellwether FAQ on the dangerous lack of note-issue banking know-how

November 9, 2021 27 min read
Sri Lanka set to continue 73 years of monetary instability with pseudo inflation targeting law

The inclusion of extensive macro-prudential laws is an admission that money is bad

Sri Lanka ports, airports made essential services

A strike planned on March 01

Statesmanship the need of the hour as the COVID 19 crisis worsens

The Opposition has made an offer to the President to cooperate with him to resolve the growing crisis in the country. Th...

Dr. Jehan Perera - Executive Director National Peace Council
April 28, 2020 6 min read

What is contact tracing of Coronavirus

Contact tracing combined with isolation and quick testing has been use to stop the progress of Coronavirus in several co...

April 19, 2020 5 min read

As Coronavirus tears Sri Lanka's apparel sector apart, an insider calls for help

No event in modern history has caused implications as severe as that of the Covid-19 outbreak, which is in danger of tea...

April 16, 2020 3 min read

Coronavirus crisis in Sri Lanka, the time to quit smoking: IPS

This provides grants to our poorest and most vulnerable members to cover their IMF debt obligations for an initial phase...

April 14, 2020 5 min read

‘A Brewing Storm’: Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Sri Lanka

Over a quarter of the world’s population is currently under movement restrictions. For the first time in recent human ...

Kithmina Hewage- Institute of Policy Studies
March 30, 2020 7 min read

A COVID-19 Recession and Debt Shock in Asia and Sri Lanka: scenario analysis

This scenario analysis is by Ganeshan Wignaraja is the Executive Director of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of Intern...

March 30, 2020 4 min read

After Corona and Curfew: A soft landing, ‘herd immunity’ and an Easter memorial

Them belly full but we hungry A hungry mob is an angry mob A rain a-fall but the dirt, it tough A pot a-cook bu...

Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake
March 28, 2020 10 min read

COVID19: A highly restrictive curfew may be counterproductive

A lockdown may certainly be warranted,  yet a highly restrictive and prolonged curfew may prove to be counterproductive...

Aneetha Warusavitarana - Advocata
March 27, 2020 4 min read

The cost of being a Sri Lankan woman: Menstrual hygiene is very expensive

Sri Lanka's women’s economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment and political empowerment are major...

March 10, 2020 7 min read

Women in Night and Shift Work in Sri Lanka: Policies to Facilitate More Participation

Labour markets are undergoing rapid changes, while technological advances, income growth, and urbanisation are transfor...

March 5, 2020 6 min read
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Mahinda raises controversial Anti-Conversion Bill issue

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is driving the governing party’s Parliamentary Election campaign and at the outset ha...

Arjuna Ranawana
March 3, 2020 3 min read

Sri Lanka battered by unceasing 'regime uncertainty: Bellwether

When the government changes ground rules and conditions or the operating regime suddenly, like in Sri Lanka, it is very ...

February 26, 2020 11 min read

The Hope That President Rajapaksa Will Deliver

Despite the president’s statesmanlike words, the government is continuing to fall short in its efforts to realize the ...

Dr. Jehan Perera
February 25, 2020 6 min read

Business Impact on Sri Lanka from COVID-19

The outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having its toll on the global economy with many economists now expec...

Economic Intelligence Unit of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
February 21, 2020 3 min read

Deal with the families of missing with more compassion

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s recent assertion that those reported missing from the war are actually dead and the gov...

Jehan Perera - Executive Director National Peace Council
February 5, 2020 6 min read

Religio-cultural fundamentalism, liberty and social progress in Sri Lanka and the world

In this H.M.A. Herath Annual Memorial Oration delivered by W A Wijewardene, an economist, teacher and thinker takes the ...

February 2, 2020 33 min read

Can the UNP get its act together?

Badly wounded at the last Presidential Elections, a deeply divided United National Party will try this week to reach a â...

Arjuna Ranawana
January 26, 2020 6 min read

Ranjangate: The next stage begins

Why we all should be afraid of Ranjan Rmanayake has done

Arjuna Ranawana
January 18, 2020 5 min read

Ranjagate: The perils of undermining the Rule of Law

The Ranjan Ramanayake tapes, particularly his conversations with Policemen and Judges are undermining the credibility of...

Jehan Perera - Excecutive Director National Peace Council of Sri Lanka
January 14, 2020 7 min read

The language of the national anthem

Eranda Ginige
January 6, 2020 17 min read
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