Monthly Archives: October 2017

India eyes airport

India eyes airport

India is in advanced talks with Sri Lanka to operate an airport on the southern tip of the island, where China has invested heavily as part of its Belt and Road initiative, a Sri Lankan minister said. Sri Lanka’s civil aviation minister, Nimal Siripala, said …

Sri Lanka’s growth to be lowest among key South Asian nations

Sri Lanka’s growth to be lowest among key South Asian nations

Sri Lanka’s economy is expected to grow 4.6 percent this year, but the growth is said to be low compared to other key South Asian countries, a latest World Bank forecast, quoted by a local media report said here Wednesday. The estimated 4.6 percent growth …

Solution is a Unitary State with Power Devolved to Autonomous Provinces

Solution is a Unitary State with Power Devolved to Autonomous Provinces

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka.                                                             Machiavelli said that the enterprise entailing the deadliest risk in politics is to try …

Sovereignty shouldn’t be sacrificed

Sovereignty shouldn’t be sacrificed

Rear Admiral Karambir Singh, Vice Chief of Staff of the Indian Navy told the annual Galle Naval Dialogue here on Monday, that international cooperation for ensuring maritime security should not be at the cost of national sovereignty. “Nations should strive for self-governance and self sufficiency …

Jaffna’s social issues are coming to the fore

Jaffna’s social issues are coming to the fore

Issues of social inequality and oppression among the Tamils of North Sri Lanka, which were brushed under the carpet either by tradition or by the exigencies of war, are now coming into the open, thanks to the end of the 30 year war in 2009 …

Chronicles of a carnage foretold

Chronicles of a carnage foretold

At the peak of the Sri Lankan war, four activist-academics tirelessly documented the atrocities of all the warring parties. After one of them was killed, the rest fled the country amid death threats. Nearly 20 years later, Meera Srinivasan listens in as they sit together …

Future Banking – Mobile Banking is dead

Future Banking – Mobile Banking is dead

I saw a post earlier this week which asked what mobile banking would look like in the future. There were a few responses discussing personal dashboards, statements with PFM insights, chat banking etc. Quite frankly nothing new. We’re moving from transactions to experiences… As customers …

There is a change for the better

There is a change for the better

The change in the political environment in Sri Lanka recently saw the head of a leading Tamil diaspora group visiting the country, his first visit since a ban on him was lifted. The President of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) Father S. J. Emmanuel told …

The rise of the Sinhala fundamentalist

The rise of the Sinhala fundamentalist

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka.                                                          Philosophy, said Kautilya (Chanakya) in the Arthashathra, deals primarily with the right and wrong use …

Indian Origin Tamils in the North cry for attention

Indian Origin Tamils in the North cry for attention

Thanks to the end of the war in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province in 2009, and the subsequent restoration of democracy there in 2013, depressed Tamil communities, including the Indian Origin Tamils,are becoming conscious of their constitutional and human rights and have begun to voice …