Author Archive for By Garvin Karunaratne

Three meals of Rice a Day- A Magic Wand of the Common Candidate: Never in a Million Years!

Friday, December 26th, 2014

 By Garvin Karunaratne Hiru News carries a statement from the Common Candidate that he “will  create an economy where all could have three means a day”. The Common Candidate seems to have forgotten that it was the UNP under President Jayawardena that scrapped the Rice Ration Scheme, which provided rice to all or with the […]

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Who made  Sri Lanka indebted? Was it President Rajapaksa ?

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne It is a fact that Sri Lanka is an indebted country today and party leaders who are with the Common Candidate make a meal of it putting the entire blame of the economy on President Mahinda Rajapaksa. As Chanda Maliyadde,  former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Plan Implementation says, “At the end of […]

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The United National Party of Ranil Wickremasinghe  can only increase the Cost of Living: The Common Candidate should know this fact.

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne The Common Candidate declaring that he could bring the Cost of Living down requires a last laugh because he does not know that it was the United National Party his main supporter that abolished and closed down the infrastructure that our country had to control the cost of living.  President Jayawardena abolished […]

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Sanctions on Sri lanka by the EU and Britain.

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Garvin Karunaratne Former Government Agent, Matara District The British Parliament deciding to recommend that the EU should impose sanctions on Sri Lanka tells me  that our leaders have to be prepared. If we are to face the onslaught we have to become self sufficient as far as possible fast and get our economy on a […]

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The Executive Presidency Debate:  Are we not barking up the wrong tree?

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne Former Government Agent, Matara District The Presidential Election  is today the concern of everyone. Many ideas are mooted by patriotic persons and  most are of the opinion that many changes have to be done. It looks to me that some of the changes suggested like changing the Constitution is something that cannot be […]

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Ideas for the Indian Economic Summit

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne, Many high powered authorities including celebrated economists are deliberating at this very moment how the economy of India can prosper. It is a crucial task that requires the total attention of  everyone concerned. It is hoped that this exercise can usher in development for India. I humbly submit that to my thinking […]

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Are we a Warfare State?

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

 By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D.( Michigan State Univerity)  Economist  Dr Uswatte Aratchi,  has dubbed the current situation in Sri Lanka as a Warfare State.(The Island 19/8/2014)  Already the views held by Dr UswatteAratchi have been contested by Professor G.H.Peiris in The Island of 19/8.  Though I have been abroad since 1973, I lived in Sri Lanka […]

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The Financial Missiles of the IMF that made sovereign countries indebted..

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D.(Michigan State University)  Argentina is in the dog house once again. This time it is hounded by the “Vultures”- the Hedge Funds  who have obtained a ruling from the US  Supreme  Court that the debts amounting to $ 1.5 billion on bonds has to be paid at full value immediately.  That decision […]

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South Africa Helping us is a non runner

Monday, July 7th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne” On the occasion of South African Deputy President Ramphosa’s visit to help us reconcile with our enemies our leaders have to know how the South African Leaders like Mandela  sacrificed their own people for personal gain. Nelson Mandela was a black leader who was incarcerated by the Apartheid White Government of South Africa […]

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A Message to the SLFP Parley at Bentota Today

Monday, June 30th, 2014

by Garvin Karunaratne I beg to request the members of parliament of the ruling party to kindly consider bringing some importance to the burning question that ailes the masses today. Our President has already established the infrastructure for development. It is necessary to take this to the next stage of developmentm by establishing small scale […]

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The Demise of the Valachchenai Paper Factory marks the Ruin of our Great Industries: What has to be done?

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne I was sad to read about the demise of the Valachchenai Paper Factory in the Ceylon  Today of 18 th May. It detailed how the machinery is being sold for scrap. In fact I was rather surprised to read of this demise because  in August 2012 the Sunday Observer  reported that “Valachchenai will soon be […]

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An Epidemic yet to be conquered,

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. Michigan State University I was stunned  to read  a news item stating that  youths from schools in. Anuradhapura are very likely to be the cannon fodder for renal disease. “Students in grades 10 to 12 in the North Central Province are prone to contact renal diseases…earlier it was people in the 30s and 40s.”(Daily […]

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A message for the World Youth Conference May 2014

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne Introduction. Bringing about World Peace is the motto of this year’s World  Youth Conference. While Peace is an ideal to be achieved, it is necessary to assess the most burning  problem faced by youths all over the World. Unemployment and low incomes is undoubtedly the burning problem of the day and deserves some thought- […]

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What the UNHRC Resolution Tells Me:We have to be a self reliant economy to withstand our enemies

Monday, April 7th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne, Former Government Agent, Matara District, When the dust of the storm created by the Superpowers at Geneva settles down it is necessary to take stock of our strengths and weaknesses and to decide what we should do. Let us not forget that we are a sovereign country. We have to go it […]

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The UNCHR has been hijacked by the Superpowers !

Monday, March 24th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne-Formerly of the Administrative Service of Sri lanka  It is sad that the UNHCR, an international institute which should look after Human Rights has today been hijacked by certain Imperialist Countries  and is being used to punish sovereign countries that do not follow their dictates. The UNHCR of today was adopted by the  […]

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Comment on the UNHCR Resolution against Sri lanka: A Plea to the members of the UNHCR to open their eyes and to be fair, to look at All Human Rights Violations happening today, instead of looking at the one country that liberated its population from terrorism.

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Garvin Karunaratne PhD(Michigan State University, International Consultant, 10/3/2014 It is time that the members of the UNHCR do consider the fact that the LTTE Rebellion aganist the democratically elected Government of Sri Lanka violated all the human rights of the entire 20 million population of Sri lanka for three decades. The LTTE killed all Tamil […]

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Sri Lanka at the March 2014 UNHRC Session:

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. International Consultant It is reported that a group who call themselves intellectuals are advising the Government of President Rajapaksa how to handle our affairs at Geneva. They are bent on our submitting further to lick the boots of India and the Superpowers. They advise the Government to implement the 13 th […]

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Thursday, January 30th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D.(Michigan State University) Dr. Koshi  Mathai, the outgoing IMF  Country Representative for Sri Lanka has voiced himself that “Import Substitution is not in Sri Lanka’s best interest.” He is of the opinion that we should develop our exports further and continue to import all our requirements. He states that import substitution cannot […]

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The Buddhist Monk at the 96 th Mile Post on the Habarana Trincomalee Road: LTTE massacres & Economic Emancipation- the need of the hour

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Garvin Karunaratne, Former Government Agent, Matara District On my visit to Trincomalee in December 2013 I was privy to a monk settling a family dispute. My mission was to hand over a parcel of dry rations to deserving temples and in that process I marched into a temple at Mollipotana near Mavil Aru, at the […]

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A Rural Renaiussance in the Offing

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne My travel to Kataragama in December 2013 took me to the Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksa Airport and via the new road that is being built through Lunugamvehera Tank to Kataragama.  . I have worked stationed within Hambantota for over a year working in the Agrarian Services and Marketing Department and have covered Hambantota […]

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A Sustainable Economy by pursuing employment creation and income increases through import substitution

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D., former G.A. Matara The warning given to Sri Lanka at the CHOGM by the British Premier tells me that the International Community wants to have a Regime Change. This can be said to be due to the fact that President Rajapaksa was firm and could not be moved to stop battling […]

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The Spread of the CDU Kidney Disease: Is ten thousand deaths not sufficient to spur us to action

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

By Garvin Karunaratne. Ph.D. I am perturbed to hear that CDU is found to have spread to the North Western Province, This disease has already caused the deaths of at least ten thousand  people in the North Central Province and though this has been investigated by local as well as international institutions like the WHO, […]

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Tourism: Ideas for consideration if Tourism is to be developed

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

By Garvin Karunaratne  former Government Agent, Matara A Spectacular Phenomenon Last week I went to Iceland, in search of the Northern Lights, a mysterious phenomenon – coloured shades of light in the sky taking various forms, at times even sequencing a dance.  Every tourist that enters Iceland is determined to see the Northern lights. This […]

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The Commonwealth should take over the mantle of bringing about economic development, the need of the hour,

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. It has been aptly said that the sun did not set in the days of the British Empire.  The Empire included Australia, Canada, India and  many African countries and the sun did shine every minute  on some part of that vast Empire.  With the countries gaining independence one by one, the […]

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The Day of Reckoning is not too far for the Superpowers

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

By  Garvin Karunaratne Prime Minister of Britain Mr Cameron has threatened to teach President Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka a lesson in human rights. Premier Cameron tends to forget  Britain’s ignominious Empire record and also its current violations of human rights.  Premier Cameron  has said that he intends to have some “tough conversations with the Sri […]

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

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

By Garvin Karunaratne former Government Agent, Matara  Follow South Africa for reconciliation says Minister Peiris, at the South Africa-Sri Lanka Dialogue(Sunday Island26/10/13). unaware of what happened in South Africa. Nelson Mandela to gain his release from prison sacrificed the future of his own people the blacks and was rewarded with the Noble Peace Prize. . […]

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Why the Report by UN Panel of Experts should not be accepted by the UNHCR

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

By Garvin Karunaratne Navaneetahn  Pillai, the Head of UN Human Rights is reported to be utilizing  the United Nations’ Report by a Panel appointed by the UN Secretary General comprising Marzuki Darrusman, Steven Rattner and Yasmin  Sooka in her submission against Sri Lanka’s human rights record at the UNHCR in September 2013 Any Report submitted […]

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Activizing the Sri Lankan Economy: Ideas and Methods

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

By Garvin Karunaratne, former Government Agent, Matara  If Sri Lanka is to keep its head above water it is necessary to analyze the policies that it is following now and find out what has led to its mounting foreign debt, the ever increasing prices of goods, the lack of productivity, the dearth of avenues for […]

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An Army during Peace Time

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

By Garvin Karunaratne The fact that the Sri Lankan Army has been deployed for development tasks after the war with the LTTE was over is worrying some Non Government Organizations and this is a matter taken up with Navi Pillai. by Nimalka Fernando and others. Any one who studies current happenings in Tamil Nadu will […]

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Are we not Lost in the Wood for the Trees

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

By Garvin Karunaratne Ph.D. Economic strategies to bring Sri Lanka out of the economic stalemate of today has come to the fore with the Economic pundits of the world coming together at our Economic Summit 2013. They all talk of traditional economics and forget  that in his latest book, Professor Jeffery Sachs  admits that “Economics […]

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