Author Archive for Dr Sarath Obeysekera

Basil R should change course if we are to come out of this foreign reserve crunch

Monday, September 6th, 2021

Dr Sarath Obeysekera London  Since 2015 Export Development Board has been trying to implement National Export Strategy ( NES) with few salient features which can enhance our foreign currency reserves A few of them are Development of Boat Building for Export coupled with Nautical Tourism in addition to Development of Spice Trade,Digital Technology  Transformation, development of  Wellness […]

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A life well spent Dr Ibrahim Yusuf London

Saturday, September 4th, 2021

Dr SARATH obeysekera  I have lost a closet friend this week Dr Ibrahim Yusuf Born in Rideegama and studied had primary education I Rideegama Temple and a contemporary of Asgiriya Chief Buddhist prelate . He was very much conversant with Buddhism though he payed everyday and recited Quaran several times a day.Amazingly he could recite […]

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Former captain wants cricket in Sri Lanka overhauled -News Item

Thursday, January 28th, 2021

Dr Sarath Obeysekera  Cricket players who may have been above board should not get  involved in politics  Celebrated captain who lifted the World Cup should have stayed as a senior cricketer like Sanga or Mahela and serve the nation .Trying to emulate Imran Khan  has not shown much results .Previous government have him a lucrative […]

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ECT, port strikes and corruption

Saturday, August 1st, 2020

Dr Sarath Obeysekera I was watching the tv on today and on another day and saw hundreds of port workers planning to stage a strike against a decision of corrupt politicians to sell part of the port.  They were mercilessly threatening the nation which had been battered by Corona.  SAGT sale was also marred with […]

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Role of Viyathmaga

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

Dr. Sarath Obeysekera  There was a news item about the role of Viyathmaga started under the patronage of the President Few members expected to get appointed to posts of heads of corporations after presidential Election.  No one was appointed and the military top brass with the responsibility to uphold law and order were appointed to many […]

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Sri Lankan Collective of intellectuals supporting the Minister of Industires

Monday, July 27th, 2020

Dr Sarath Obeysekera  There are certain opinions among the people today that intellectuals should go to parliament and run the country. The Collective recently formed and held the first inaugural meeting with the participation of the minister of industries has a different opinion. Interlevuals  should allow the politicians to go to parliament and support constitution […]

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Nautical tourists are badly treated in Galle

Thursday, June 11th, 2020

Dr. Sarath Obeysekera  Photos illustrated here show Galle Harbour with several yachts owned by foreign sailing tourists who are in Sri Lanka during this lull tourist period  Next to the yacht park in the Harbour Is the building which is a  yacht repair facility established in 2014 This project was abandoned in 2015 by the […]

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Secretary-General’s letter to staff on the plague of racism

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

Dr. Sarath OBEYSEKERA  Secretary-General’s letter Dear Colleagues, Following the virtual town hall meeting held on Thursday, 4 June 2020, in New York, I wish to share with you a rough transcript of what I said to the colleagues in New York.  We gathered amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to focus on another urgent challenge – the […]

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Doctor involved in Robbing his own training hospital

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

Dr. Sarath Obeysekera  We read politicians including paradesheeya sabha members and monks involved in robberies ,  but this is the first time we hear about  a Doctor who is almost a consultant involved in a robbery. There is nothing here to be surprised because most of the doctors who become consultants eventually start robbing poor […]

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Black and White.

Sunday, June 7th, 2020

Dr Sarath Obeysekera White-skinned invaders came to Africa and Asia and made colonies settle down. Most of them not only scraped the national wealth and sent it to their counties some of them settled down in these countries and started living with local women leading to children becoming lighter in skin colour. In South Africa and […]

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Friday, May 29th, 2020

Dr Sarath Obeysekera When I heard that government intends to import cows to Sri Lanka I decided to republish my own article published Last year 

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Double standards

Friday, May 29th, 2020

Dr Sarath Obeysekera I listen to President’s speech where he righty vouched to drastic take  action to severe connections with any International agencies if these agencies act against our war heroes  We also have to admit that the Sri Lankan’s working and remitting foreign funds which we desperately need are also performing yeoman service to […]

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Let us not waste but preserve

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

Dr sarath obeysekera  During this difficult period, we keep watching how vegetables were wasted and rotten fish getting disposed Fruits rotting away due to difficulties in transportation  We should now think carefully about preserving food for a rainy day  In Russia, people keep preserving cabbage cucumber, carrot  and beetroot, etc and bottle them for consumption […]

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Professionals in Sri Lanka are not doing enough and politicians are bragging about democracy

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

Dr. sarath obeysekera   We have had Easter attack last year and now the Corona pandemic which has caused a heavy burden ion people But most   of the professionals in technical, financial and management fields are sitting at home and spend quite a life without infusing revolutionary ideas which are practical and workable to […]

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Elevated highway: Govt. accepts unsolicited proposal from Chinese company

Friday, May 22nd, 2020

Dr Sarath Obeysekera  Elevated highway: Govt. accepts unsolicited proposal from Chinese company By Namini Wijedasa The Government has accepted an unsolicited proposal from China Harbour Engineering Company (Ltd) for the elevated expressway from Athurugiriya to New Kelani Bridge via Rajagiriya — a project for which bid documents had already been finalised to call an open […]

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Crew change of ships in Galle and Colombo ports why not Trinco and Hambantota ?

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

Dr Sarath Obeysekera When reading The the attached communication issued by the President’s office I wonder why they cannot   use the other two ports as well We proposed to develop Trinco as a location for oil rig lay-up facilities and requested the government to restructure quarantine procedure to accommodate the crew changes of rigs […]

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Yes we should help the government to resurrect economy

Monday, May 18th, 2020

Dr. Sarath Obeysekera  රටේ ආර්ථිකය බේරා ගන්න කොරියානුවන් තම කණ කර ආභරණ එරට භාණ්ඩාගාරයට දුන්නා.. අපද එසේ විය යුතුයි.. May 18, 2020 at 3:22 am | lanka C news කොරියාවේ වැටුණු ආර්ථිකය ගොඩගැනීම සඳහා කොරියානුවන් තම කණකර එරට භාණ්ඩාගාරයට ලබාදුන් බව ඇමති සී.බී. රත්නායක මහතා සඳහන් කරයි. කිසිවකුට අත නොපා අපි නැගිටිමු යන අධිෂ්ඨානයෙන් මෙම […]

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Tourism needs fresh thinking

Sunday, May 17th, 2020

Dr sarath obeysekera  Export Development  Board is quite active in trying to promote various export-oriented Industries to enhance foreign currency earnings for the country One of the proposals they are promoting is the development of nautical tourism which involves boat and leisure craft building and various marinas around the island One of the pioneers in […]

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Day of Victory

Sunday, May 10th, 2020

Dr sarath obeysekera  One of my friend living in the USA, doing quite well who studied in Russia and migrated send me following;  The Communist regime gave us an education and some of us served in our the  country for  few years and some left the country for greener pastures  Sine left the country some […]

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වසර 72 තුල අනිවාර්යෙන්ම ඉටුකළයුතුව තිබුණු අවශ්‍යතා දැන්වත් සම්පූර්ණ කලයුතුය

Friday, May 8th, 2020

ආචාර්ය සුදත් ගුණසේකර 1948 දී බ්‍රිතාන්ය පාලනයෙන් නිදහස දිනා ගත්තායයි පම්පෝරි ගහන සහ එසේම එදා  සිට මෙ දක්වා  මේ රට පාලනය කලායයි කියන කලු සුද්දන් විසින්, මේ රට පූර්ණ නිදහස් රාජ්යක් වීම සන්දහා  වසර 72 තුල අනිවාර්යෙන්ම ඉටුකළයුතුව තිබුණු එහෙත් සාපරාදි අන්දමින් එසේ කිරීම  පැහැරහැරිය පහත සදහන් අවස්යතා දැන්වත් සම්පූර්ණ  කිරීම කිරීම වහාම කලයුතුය 1 […]

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You ( U) and we ( V) need to bond to develop the country

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Dr sarath obeysekera  When I read the article below I thought that the theories forwarded by the Chamber of commerce using jargon that talks about U development and V development is quite confusing. U theory or V theory can only be implemented only if the people representing V need to change their mindset from welfare […]

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Import controls are blessings in disguise

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

Dr Sarath Obeysekera  This is the chance for local manufacturers to grab  Let us capitulate is on this and produce items locally During my time in Russia, I was having industrial training during the first year in a Factory in Moscow called Borets where large compressors were built with local materials. Body and parts were […]

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Jayasundara and oil tanks

Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

Dr. SARATH OBEYSEKERA  I read the editorial of Divaina today during the wee hours and decided to pen my views.  Part of the editorial which drew my attention is the proposal to repair the oil tanks in Trinco and put to service.  I myself mooted a similar idea to be taken up with the Task […]

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Animal kingdom and monkey business

Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

Dr. Sarath Oveysekera  We are fighting Corona, which is a virus supposedly originated from animals. We are also supposed to be descendants of monkeys, and we are ruining the environment and forests in the name of development. Animals may be trying to eradicate their harmful descendants of their own by introducing these dreadful viruses. Elephants […]

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Let us tighten our belts but loosen to help others

Friday, May 1st, 2020

Dr sarath obeysekera  People stop eating McDonald’s, Kentucky, Pizza, Stirfry, P&S short eats, and yet people are surviving, because our bodies get adapted to such conditions .where people may not get what they really like to have. Even to bane a nice Malu Pan we cannot buy  yeast  There will be a shortage of coconuts […]

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Sri Lanka needs a strategy to resettle congested slum communities to control the future spread of viruses

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

Dr Sarath Obeysekera  Failures of government agencies including local short-sighted politicians also local authorities had led to uncontrolled human settlements in the form of Ghettos and slums and Watta” within state-owned lands, road reservations, canal reservations, railway reservations. After 1977 since the change regime from a quasi socialistic government to a more open economy, the […]

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Corona is color blind?

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

Dr Sarath Obeysekera  In the UK, people from BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) backgrounds are disproportionately affected by Coronavirus. For instance, the first 10 doctors named as having died from Covid-19 in the UK were all from BAME communities. Nobody can give a good enough reason for this yet and the UK government has already launched an investigation/inquiry to […]

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Sri Lanka’s Mattala airport offers aircraft parking services to Covid-hit airlines-Why, not parking ships?

Saturday, April 25th, 2020

Dr Sarath Obeysekera EDB of Sri Lanka should offer Trinco Harbour facility to park oil rigs and oil tankers to generate foreign income  A request to investigate thas been  sent to SLPA and to the Task Force  IMPACT OF COVID-19  Due to the adverse effect of Covid 19 virus to the economy of the countries in Asia. Africa and […]

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217 BOI enterprises in operation despite COVID-19 crisis

Friday, April 24th, 2020

Dr Sarath Obeysekera CEO Walkers Colombo Shipyard       Apr 23 (FT) Over 200 enterprises in the Free Trade Zones, employing over 30,000 workers, are currently in operation and contributing to economic development, despite partial shutdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, Govt revealed. Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said […]

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GMOA praises President for liquor ban, wants it extended to fag sales as well

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

Dr. Sarath OBEYSEKERA April 21, 2020, 11:35 pm  When I read the above article I recollected experience about an incident 1972 in Russia I was sent to an industrial site in a City called Orenburg in Russia with about 40 male and female students who were doing a major degree with me in Drilling and […]

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