Ajith de Alwis

An Ode to a Father: Reading makes a full man!

/ Thursday, 18 August 2016 00:00

  In the landscape of Sri Lanka today reading is a rarity. Public libraries or public resource spaces are much less visual in...


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...


Today's Columnists

SLFP: A war within

25 August 2016

    As the Government of ‘national unity’ celebrated the completion of its first year in office last week, President Maithripala Sirisena was grappling with a problem that preceded his presidency.  For ...


“Current SLFP leadership doesn’t know Bandaranaike philosophy”

25 August 2016

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party is today controlled by people who do not understand the ‘Bandaranaike philosophy,’ otherwise they would never ally with the United National Party, said Joint Opposition bigwig MP Dullas Alahapperuma, in an i...


A new trade policy for Sri Lanka

24 August 2016

  If the outlined measures are implemented, two prominent sectors will be opened up to international competition: shipping and tea    Sri Lanka desperately needs a new global economic strategy as part of a br...


Gem and jewellery industry: Criticality of a paradigm shift

24 August 2016

  The sapphire pendant in the movie Titanic had an impact on subsequent sapphire sales   Sri Lanka is renowned worldwide for fine gemstones ever since the very early days of international shipping routes and trade...


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