People more important than policies – Ronnie de Mel

Interview with former Finance Minister, Ronnie de Mel, published in the Nation on September 25, 2016.

Interviewed by Arthur Wamanan and Ruwan Laknath Jayakody

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Former Minister of Finance and one of the chief architects in introducing and establishing an open economy in the country, now a nonagenarian at 91, Ronnie de Mel spoke to Nation about the challenges faced in transitioning the country from a closed economy to an open one, the alleged debt trap, whether austerity measures were a solution and how the Government could generate revenue. Continue reading →

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Cricket conquers new frontiers

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has allocated Rs. 200 million for the establishment of two new cricket grounds in the Northern and North Central Provinces and construction work is set to commence by the end of the year.

Secretary of SLC Mohan de Silva speaking to Nation said that the two grounds would be established in Jaffna and Polonnaruwa. “We hope to allocate Rs. 100 million for each ground,” he said.

Accordingly, both stadiums would be used to host first class cricket matches at the initial stages and then developed as international venues. Continue reading →