Author Archive for Raj Gonsalkorale

Is there a secret agenda behind indifference to land management policy reform in Sri Lanka? -Open letter to the Minister of Justice Ali Sabry

Friday, November 27th, 2020

By Raj Gonsalkorale Dear Minister Many eminent lawyers and even more concerned citizens have written on the need for a comprehensive land policy for the country. The writer articulated this in an article published in the Daily FT (Sri Lanka desperately needs a strategic, transparent and comprehensive State land management policy-http://www.ft.lk/columns/Sri-Lanka-desperately-needs-a-strategic-transparent-and-comprehensive-State-land-management-policy/4-709028). The writer even sent […]

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Trump bowing out; Opportunity for Australia to mend fences with China?

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

By Raj Gonsalkorale Those whom the Gods wish to destroy they first make them mad Donald Trump has taken the USA down an abyss of despair and duplicity. Domestic divisions and international disorder dominated the Trump era. Many questioned the sanity of Trump’s approach to governance, nationally and internationally. Now, more than 80 million voters […]

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“Those whom the Gods wish to destroy they first make them mad”, is this a classical quotation or a phenomenon before us now?

Friday, November 20th, 2020

By Raj Gonsalkorale In respect to the considerable research done on the quotation noted above, Roger Pearse, in his blog (https://www.roger-pearse.com/weblog/2015/10/31/is-those-whom-the-gods-wish-to-destroy-they-first-make-mad-a-classical-quotation/comment-page-1/), says I learn that in fact it is a note on Sophocles Antigone, l.620, by a scholiast.  The idea itself is present in Homer, Odyssey, IX, 492-3. In the tragedy Antigone, of Sophocles, in verses 620-623, it said something similar: […]

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Sri Lanka desperately needs a strategic, transparent and comprehensive State land management policy

Friday, November 13th, 2020

By Raj Gonsalkorale Bim Saviya, the MCC Agreement and now a directive on residual” land has muddied the waters in relation to State Land policy and management Land management in Sri Lanka appears to be all over the place. Several ministries and government departments appear to be responsible for State land management including for forests […]

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Sri Lankan morality – 40- 50% of land deeds, 20% of the birth, marriage and death certificates are reportedly forgeries; Will the President address this thieving?

Saturday, November 7th, 2020

By Raj Gonsalkorale The Registrar General of Land Registration Mr N C Withanage stated in March 2019 that almost 40 – 50% of the land deeds in Sri Lanka are likely to be forged documents. He also said that it has been proven that over 1/5th of the birth certificates, marriage certificates and death certificates […]

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Bim Saviya – Does it serve Sri Lanka or a foreign interest?

Wednesday, October 28th, 2020

By Raj Gonsalkorale The test of the success of this title registration system (Bim Saviya) has to be judged by what has been achieved since the time the Act was introduced in 1998. Implementation began in 2007. Information available to date says so far only 0.72 million blocks have been registered in the Bim Saviya […]

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COVID wild fire, 20th Amendment, Mark Pompeo’s threat, resurgent MCC & SOFA; Signs that planetary alignment is not in the country’s favour?

Saturday, October 24th, 2020

By Raj Gonsalkorale With positive cases exceeding 7000, and a national daily high of 865 and cases being reported in many parts of the country, what is striking is the sound of silence from health officials. While it is understandable to have one spokesperson, many other countries have generally had a non-health person as the […]

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MCC Agreement and Mark Pompeo’s visit; A mouth that must be looked at in this gift horse

Friday, October 23rd, 2020

By Raj Gonsalkorale Nought from the Greeks towards me hath sped well. So now I find that ancient proverb true, Foes’ gifts are no gifts: profit bring they none – Sophocles (496 – 406 BC), Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth is a proverb about not questioning the value of a gift. The proverb refers […]

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Future of the Tea industry in Sri Lanka; Who will pluck tea leaves in 10-15 years?

Monday, October 19th, 2020

By Raj Gonsalkorale In the tea industry, the tea taster reigns supreme. Yet strangely enough tea tasting begins with the plucker. This is because the taster’s judgment depends on how the leaves have been plucked. There are two forms of plucking: fine and coarse. The former is essential to a good cup of tea, and […]

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Reform of State Enterprises in Sri Lanka – Revival through a Singapore model to stop the haemorrhaging?

Saturday, October 17th, 2020

By Raj Gonsalkorale 55 largest SOEs delivered net Return on Assets (ROA) of only 0.64% in 2017. The combined losses among the loss-making entities reached Rs.87bn in 2017 compared to Rs.42bn in 2016. Some are in deep trouble. The Petroleum Corporation carries a negative equity. Sheer incompetence and corruption have pushed Sri Lankan Airlines close […]

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