Author Archive for By Garvin Karunaratne

A Humble request to our President and Prime Minister

Friday, November 6th, 2020

by Garvin Karunaratne Former GA Matara May I hope that the incoming Budget includes funding for a major new Programme of Poverty Alleviation, cum creating Production and also obviating imports. Such a development programme implemented all over our Motherland will bring about  definite results in terms of creating employment, production- both agriculture, animal husbandry and […]

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President Trump boosts the image of Prime Minister Mahinda

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne, former G.A. Matara President Trump is reported to be trying all sorts of methods not to concede defeat.  The more he tries his pranks, the more does our Prime Minister’s image gets boosted.   Let us see what Prime Minister Mahinda did: Sri Lanka: President Mahinda Rajapakse concedes defeat in election  Wasantha […]

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Basil Rajapaksa to the forefront

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

Garvin Karunaratne former G.A.Matara Some are aghast at the news trickling in that Basil Rajapaksa is to be anointed with a Ministerial position.   But when one thinks of things actually done, Basil Rajapaksa stands out.  It was no other than Basil that created a political party from scratch when both Chandrika and Maithripala were holding […]

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A Boquet to President Gotabhaya and his team

Thursday, October 29th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne, former G.A. Matara It was a great sight to see Paper roll out of Valachenai once again. Thanks to our President and his team, including Minister Weerawamsa, officials of he Paper Mill and the Armed Forces that contributed  to Mother Lanka to bring back Valachenai to life. Two years ago I had […]

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The MCC Compact Method of Creating more Poverty: The USA can definitely do better.

Monday, October 26th, 2020

By Garvin  Karunaratne, PhD. Michigan State University  The Millennium Challenge  Corporation Compact has come up with an easy, novel method of poverty alleviation. It requires the identification and separation of a mass of  land, the  creation of a cadastral map of land parcels and a complete inventory of State land…improve the valuation of State and […]

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Building Buses, Coaches and Lorries

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

Garvin Karunaratne former Government Agent, Matara Buses, coaches, lorries and vans  can easily be built in Sri Lanka  using local timber. There are good carpenters who are experts at the job . When I was a young boy in the Forties I lived near the South Western Bus Co in Ratmalana and have seen coaches been built […]

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A Tried & Tested method of Agricultural Marketing to solve the high prices of vegetables & also to reduce dependence on imports

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne The Hon President may please  consider getting the Army to establish the Marketing Department of the Fifties and thereby enable vegetable availability as well as controlling inflation. It can be later developed to be a major department. The total outlay can be recouped including the cost of establishing a Cannery within the […]

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Nelson Mandela’s Statue

Sunday, September 27th, 2020

Garvin Karunaratne  On the eve of erecting Nelson Mandela’s statue one must reflect the true Nelson Mandela. In this connection a Paper written by me long ago would provide useful evidence..

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Mahawillachchiya Illuk to alleviate poverty and also to save foreign exchange

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne,former G.A. Matara  My craze for motoring in the forsaken neglected Sinhala areas where poor unequipped buddhist monks struggle to guide  the people  following the dictat of Lord Buddha: Charita Bhikkae Charikan Mahajana Hitaya, Sukhaya” took me this time to Sandamal Eliya, five miles before one reaches Tanmtirimale.   The    Sandamal Eliya Temple is run by […]

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Activities of foreign organizations

Friday, September 18th, 2020

Garvin Karunaratne former S:LAS, GA Matara I enclose below what I read in the Divayina issue of 17/9 කැනේඩියානු  මහ කොමසාරිස් අම්පාරේදී අප‍්‍රකට සාකච්ඡා කැනේඩියානු මහ කොමසාරිස් ඬේවිඞ් මැක්යිනොන් මහතා පසුගිය දිනවල අම්පාර සංචාරයක නිරත වුණා. පොතුවිල් ප‍්‍රදේශයේ සංචාරය කළ ඔහු පසුව ඉලංකෙයි තමිල් අරුසු කච්චි පක්ෂයේ අම්පාර දිස්ත‍්‍රික්කයට ජාතික ලැයිස්තුවෙන් පත්කළ කාලෙයි අරසන් මන්ත‍්‍රීවරයා […]

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The Power Game

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne  The Power fiasco is not over yet. Listening to the utterances by State Ministers over the Television it is clear that they  have been outsmarted.  Perhaps an old Paper of mine published sometime back will provide details for the State Ministers to arm themselves for the next bout.. 

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A Story from Coffee. Ideas for our economic revival.

Monday, September 14th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne , former G.A.Matara The other day, locked down in Sri Lanka because of the Corona,  I ran out of the Starbucks Coffee I had brought with me. Being a coffee connoisseur,  the tastes of Island, Hariischandra and Wijeya Coffee did not satisfy me. I have yet to find Soul Coffee.  They are […]

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How our excellent agricultural extension system of the Sixties was sacrificed.

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne  former G.A. Matara In view of the attempts by our President to boost our agriculture, it may be worthwhile to ascertain what did happen to the excellent agricultural extension service we had in the Sixties- the effort of the combined Agriculture Department and Agrarian Services.  I enclose a chapter from my forthcoming […]

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Power Shortage

Thursday, August 20th, 2020

by Garvin Karunaratne In view of the current power shortage, I enclose the Conclusion of my book; Wind Power for Sri Lanka’s Energy Requirements(Godages).  The fact that Wind Power if harnessed in the manner that it has been harnessed in other countries like Spain, France and the USA, can provide the full requirements of power […]

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Laya Waves: A Cosy Holiday for now: A Catalyst for Future Development

Saturday, August 15th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. On my second visit to Laya Waves I was struck with some new ideas. To get down to the hospitality track, the sleuths who have forgotten their guns for now and are on an entirely different – hospitality track; they are a marvel. The accommodation was spick and span., cleanliness perfect,  […]

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A humble request to His Excellency our Prime Minister Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa

Monday, August 10th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne At the auspicious moment this morning on the ninth of August 2020, when our Prime Minister is being inaugurated it is my humble request that he considers the full development of the Hambantota District and a Youth Development Programme for special implementation. The Hambantota District has been a  district where I did […]

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A humble request to our Excellencies President Gotabhaya and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa

Friday, August 7th, 2020

by Dr Garvin Karunaratne, once G.A. Matara In view of the landslide victory that is in the offing,  it is my humble request that you may please consider a poverty alleviation cum employment creation programme. I enclose my report on the Divisional Development Councils  Programme implemented during Premier Sirimavo  for kind perusal. It is my […]

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Thoughts on the 2020 General Election

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne, former G.A. Matara  Let us try to get away from the rhetoric- the art of effective or persuasive speaking, often with an implication of insincerity or exaggeration”(Oxford Dictionary). Promises are many but it is quite evident that most promises cannot be easily fulfilled. President Gotabhaya’s promises are few but he has vowed […]

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The Central Bank holds our President Gotabhaya responsible

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne, former G.A. Matara A few weeks ago our President – true to his military form, dared to haul the Central Bank over the coals. The Mandarins in the Central Bank have now hit back: Sri Lanka’s Central Bank had complied with government directions as permitted by available monetary law”, Central Bank officials […]

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How the JVP ruined rural Sri Lanka

Saturday, July 18th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne,former G.A. Matara District Touring Northern California and Oregan now and  touring from Baltimore to Key West in Florida,  through Louisiana via Texas and Arizona to San Diego last Summer, I am passing through villages one after the other—each vibrant with life. There are Malls that have closed down due to the recession, but […]

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Mattala Airport is not for sale

Friday, July 10th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has made the difficult decision not to sell the Mattala Airport to India.  It is the right decision and he deserves to be congradulated.  I wrote about how the Mattala Airport and the Port of Hambantota have to be activated back in 2014. That Paper is annexed because […]

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Working without a budget: Can this be done?

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. Michigan State University Our President Gotabhaya has cleared finance for banks  by ordering the Central Bank to relax. This has been done. Can the availability of finance by banks in itself bring about development- create production, create employment and achieve the goal of poverty alleviation. Import controls that  have been imposed to save […]

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Why have our Universities failed?

Sunday, July 5th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne I would like our authorities to give deep thought to the salient points I have raised in an earlier paper of mine.  Our country is deeply in debt today by blindingly following the IMF It is sad that our dons in econ, the real people that matter on this subject are silent. […]

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Our Failing Agriculture

Saturday, July 4th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph..D. in NonFormal Education & Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University It is sad that though we have the ideal climate to produce what we need, an intelligent people and  verdant land resources we yet are in short supply. Let us take coffee. Once we produced coffee for export. Today we import coffee. […]

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How our Central Bank sidetracked their real duty of safeguarding our foreign exchange

Saturday, June 20th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne It is sad to note that ever since the International Monetary Fund(IMF) took over running our country at the end of 1977, the Central Bank has been playing a dubious role. Let us take the devaluation of our Rupee. I quote from my book: How the IMF Sabotaged Third World Development: In […]

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Our President is right on our Central Bank

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne I refer to the news item today:  Do not shirk responsibility of rebuilding the economy: let me know the correct strategy – President tells CB chiefs.” This reminds me of what I wrote on the Central Bank  way back in 2002: The Central Bank in its latest Annual Report states that it […]

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The Valachena Paper Factory and Paper Making as an industry

Friday, June 5th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne It is heartening to note that action is being taken to resurrect the Valachenai Paper Factory. I have had the occasion to see the paper being made when I had used their Circuit Bungalow on my circuits in the Sixties. In fact on my visit to Batticaloa in 2019 I drove up […]

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Ideas for the Presidential Task Force: Creating Employment for the Youth

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne It has so happened that in Sri Lanka, instead of creating employment for the youth we have had the unfortunate experience of being forced to gun down the youth twice. In the April 1971 uprising at least ten thousand and in the late Eighties some Seventy or Eighty thousand had to be […]

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Managing our foreign exchange

Monday, May 18th, 2020

Garvin Karunaratne It is important to note that for the first time since 1977 Sri Lanka is taking action to ensure that our foreign exchange is not taken away by foreign countries. I refer to the recent action taken by our Central Bank to ensure that profits are not repatriated. I enclose a paragraph from […]

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We have nothing to learn from South Africa: Comment on the South Africa-Sri Lanka Dialogue.

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne former Government Agent, Matara

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