Ajith de Alwis

The Future We Want: Foresight for Sri Lanka

/ Thursday, 19 May 2016 00:00

In the Oval Office, FBI Director Robert Mueller (centre right), Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (far left) and other security...


The future of our nation - A future of men of science

/ Thursday, 5 May 2016 00:00

 It is not necessary to be agitated the moment you see the heading, perhaps with the nation’s future only directed to be with men of sci...


Why on earth are we not learning?

/ Thursday, 21 April 2016 00:00

The problem of solid waste in Colombo and the suburbs has been a burning issue for many decades. The number of meetings, court proceedings, worksh...


Banking the intangible – An asset class that really matters

/ Thursday, 7 April 2016 00:00

Courtesy: WIPO/Sébastien Couture     Our economy is in interesting times but I wonder for those who are at...


Making the future happen

/ Thursday, 24 March 2016 00:00

  Our society needs to be alive for science and technology. While we re-enact cricket matches and relive old melodies via musical extr...


Seeking our own manager type: Serendipitous Manager

/ Thursday, 10 March 2016 00:00

  In Government organisations Wednesday is the Public Day, where the public come into seek redress to their multitude of issues. Gover...


Toilet 2.0: Going circular with our toilet manners!

/ Thursday, 25 February 2016 01:04

It may be that a good morning is not quite good if one cannot let go of the waste load and the morning ritual of cleansing is an essential element ...


The dependency of our independence

/ Thursday, 11 February 2016 00:05

   Sri Lanka quite proudly celebrated the 68th anniversary of her independence and did introduce quite a few important variants t...


Giving space to Innovate: from corridors of malls to innovation space

/ Thursday, 28 January 2016 00:01

Our youth appears to have a problem, though they may not exactly understand it. In the new Colombo, hanging out perhaps is a common sight of course...


A brick for science: Giving with a purpose!

/ Thursday, 14 January 2016 00:00

  SLINTEC                   Californian Science Centre        ...


Shaping for a resilient tomorrow: Revolutionary resolutions

/ Thursday, 31 December 2015 00:00

  This is the time for retrospection, reflection and resolutions, unless of course you are fixed on dry cleaning for that per...


Save my economy: On with Triple Helix!

/ Thursday, 17 December 2015 00:00

  A recent post-budget meeting reminded me again how ignorant our industry captains are about what universities can do, are d...


Time for Triple Helix is NOW

/ Friday, 4 December 2015 00:00

With our ears glued to the media, some of us listened to the budget, and some had the opportunity to listen it to from the parliament gallery. &nbs...


Need of the hour – if not the second!

/ Thursday, 19 November 2015 00:00

   The Kennedy School of Government in the US has an annual task of identifying top 25 innovations in government. For better or w...


Save my cuppa: The tea tattle

/ Thursday, 5 November 2015 00:00

Both the plantations and the factory as key parts of this ecosystem needs to be shaken up if Lipton’s endowment is to continue to pr...


A dashboard for the nation

/ Thursday, 22 October 2015 00:00

 The LSF team with members of the IT team of COSTI   What you cannot measure you cannot manage is an old adage. However, ...


Being bold: Triple hexagons for triple convergence

/ Thursday, 8 October 2015 00:00

 SLINTEC model Recently a statement was made by the Deputy Foreign Minister at a function as the way forward for Sri Lanka – exp...


Farm to Waste: An unenviable blight on our systems

/ Thursday, 24 September 2015 00:00

  The continued postharvest loss scenario needs to be addressed once and for all. A smarter economy is not one which sends fresh produ...


We do not know why? Ignorance is not bliss!

/ Thursday, 10 September 2015 00:02

     A recent news item mentions that there is an unknown disease affecting bees in Sri Lanka which has led to the d...


13 August 2015: A day we knew nothing much about!

/ Thursday, 27 August 2015 00:01

For us Sri Lankans, many a destiny would have changed for better or worse on 17 August. That day most certainly has left an indelible mar...


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Think outside the box, the way out?

23 July 2016

A classic example of our cultural predictability is explicit in the saga behind the naming of Sri Lanka’s only international airport   It will not be wrong to say that we are a country in a permanent state of crisis, but...


“Nationalist” Government – to counter nationalistic rhetoric?

22 July 2016

NOT BY MIGHT, NOR BY POWER – The spirit of a nascent Sri Lankan nationalism (inclusive, tolerant, Other-embracing) might be compromised if Government and civil society together don’t challenge competing nationalisms Ca...


Premechandran on northern problems and Govt. inaction

22 July 2016

    EPRLF Leader and TNA member Suresh Premechandran   Q: What is the latest with regard to the Jaffna University clash?  A: I do not know why this much of exposure is given to this drama. Earlier...


Trade and FDI needs a one-stop-shop, not one more stop

22 July 2016

Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple’s office in Ireland. Apple has publicly stated that it wants to significantly expand its operations in Ireland Many foreign investors I engage with want Sri Lanka to emulate Ireland, or even Vietn...


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