Cerno wondered who should pay Sri Lanka's loans. I'm not sure but I certainly don't want it to be me!I woke up from a dream the other night. I had been dreaming of Chinese loans and lying a awake in bed a solution to the problem came to me.The Chinese loans are mostly project-based therefore the logical thing to do ...

Groundviews had published an analysis on the election. I wrote this as a comment: The problem, which the business community and anyone else who argues for continuity has ignored is the state of the public finances.We have an unsustainable level of public expenditure, which is being funded largely by foreign borrowings. Thanks to a general slowness in the economies of ...

People dissatisfied with the choice of candidates at an election a may sometimes engage in wishful thinking speculating on an ideal leader. Someone of stature to whom we would unhesitatingly cast our vote. Nelson Mandela, for example or Lee Kuan Yew, a name that crops up frequently in Asia, or perhaps even Mahathir Mohamed.Dayan Jayatilleka wishes for Deng Xiaoping the ...

The Government has issued a menacing statement on the status of the privatised estate companies warning that "underpeforming" companies would be taken over by the Government.Taken at face value the statement seems innocuous - what is wrong with cancelling the lease and taking over something that is underperforming? The question is, what is defined as "underperforming" ? Returns below par? ...

Indi has written something more on the election, specifically on what appears to be the opposition's main platform-the abolishing of the executive presidency. He highlights an issue that also worries me "Nobody is going to put themselves out of a job to see some other mutton-chop get it. "This is a real danger. Power, once tasted is rarely given up. ...

Serendipity had put up a post endorsing the call by the BBS to grant voting rights to expatriate Sri Lankans.I think this is a very bad idea.Expatriates who live overseas have no stake in affairs here. The do not pay tax, their lives are unaffected by the standard of governance. Their jobs are not impacted by economic policy, the purchasing ...

Indi had written a post on the upcoming election and I was rather surprised by his assessment of the current regime. It was a relative assessment, in comparison to its predecessors but I find it difficult to believe that we have seen anything other than steady decline since the 1950's.Are they less racist?True, JRJ is one of the biggest ...

I don't often listen to the radio but a friend of mine rang me yesterday and told me to listen to 97.8 FM - he said it was a new Chinese station.I tuned in briefly today and it does seem to be manned by Chinese (judging by the accents) and it seemed to carry some news about Chine. According to ...

There is a discussion to be held next week on the need for an alternate government. It is worth posing the question: What do people expect from a government? Why do we need one in the first place?The nation state is something that evolved over time. At its most basic, the role of the state is to provide common services ...

There are many things that drive men: anger, greed, power, lust but surely power must rank at the forefront. Nothing illustrates this better than the assault on Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to the UK.The High Commissioner was apparently shouted at, slapped and then kicked by a senior politician at a party. A great public humiliation that no one under normal ...

According to a report in today's Sunday Times:The management of tourist resorts countrywide is now required to report to the Police Station in their area whenever bookings are made by local guests. Besides their names, the address, the date of arrival and departure are among the data sought.The report goes on to elaborate that: such data were often transmitted by ...

Peter Seeger, activist and musician died on the 27th of January this year. A fine musician, he composed in the genre of folk music.His band (the Weavers) was named after a German play that depicted the uprising of Silesian weavers. One of the lines in the play is "I'll stand it no more, come what may".The political message in some ...

There have been a number of articles on the urban redevelopment that is taking place at break-neck speed in Colombo. Many of these have focused on the human aspects: the plight of evicted residents, the loss of a certain way of life or the change in the character of the city.There are many positive things that can come from urban ...

I spend quite a lot of my time analysing events, a process that sometimes ends with a prediction or forecast. Another little thing that I do is to review some of my predictions or positions with the benefit of hindsight.Hindsight is a great thing and spending some time contemplating one's previous positions or opinion can be very enlightening. Often it ...

The Sunday Times has published a report on the EPF that gave me an unpleasant shock. The fund does not appear to have the money to repay it's members.Before getting into the details, lets understand what the fund is and what it is supposed to do. The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) was established under Act No. 15 of 1958 and ...

It was just over a year ago that a senior planter, Secretary of the Ceylon Planters Association was brutally murdered by - surprise, surprise: the Chairman of the local Pradeshiya Sabha, Anil Champika alias ‘Atha Kota’.The eyewitness testimony makes for harrowing reading, yet despite public outrage and local protest, absolutely nothing seems to have happened. The local press took a ...

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