Ajith de Alwis

We think we cannot, therefore we cannot! Our power of self-doubt!

/ Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:00

We need to place a different fuel to drive the economic engine. The fuel that is on everyone’s lips – except ours of course &n...


Our tryst with mosquitoes!

/ Thursday, 22 June 2017 00:10

This small specie – small in size but quite big in impact – is creating havoc among us these days. The Government has a serious emergen...


Submerged with guilt and neglect!

/ Thursday, 8 June 2017 00:00

  Sahana software (www.sahanafoundation.org), which was developed after the tsunami by a few Sri Lankans, is an open source disaster m...


Tiny commitments from a thousand homes – mind separating matter!

/ Thursday, 25 May 2017 00:00

     Some may be wondering after Meethotamulla where all the Colombo waste is going. However, I do have a feeling th...


Colombo garbage: The smell of death and the despair of inaction!

/ Thursday, 4 May 2017 00:09

    Colombo woke up to a rude reality when on Aluth Avurudu day at around 2.45 p.m. the accumulated heap of garbage at Me...


Joining the greatest hunt in science – Sri Lanka with CERN

/ Thursday, 20 April 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha and the CERN Director General Rolf-Dieter He...


March with intent and research with impact – SLAYS, you are important!

/ Thursday, 16 March 2017 00:00

  Young scientist Shalini Thiruchittampalam was quite eloquent and with subtle humour articulated her research work ‘Pr...


Data that we have, situations that we do not see, decisions that we may not take…

/ Thursday, 16 February 2017 00:00

A boy going to school on a misty morning up country. More than 500 schools in Sri Lanka are without basic sanitary facilities and only aro...


Look, my streetlights are on!

/ Thursday, 2 February 2017 00:10

I remember late Arthur C. Clarke used to write to the press quite often when we had power shortages – and there were many such instances I mu...


Loosening ties and strengthening the economy

/ Thursday, 19 January 2017 00:00

The Cabinet recently approved the guidelines for maintaining buildings in public institutions as green buildings and the proposal was made by Presi...


A year in and a year out! What to do?

/ Thursday, 5 January 2017 00:00

Dubai hosts one of the most expensive New Year’s Eve displays. Fireworks are launched from the Burj Khalifa,  the world&rsquo...


Servants as Masters: Clouding judgment, stifling real growth

/ Thursday, 22 December 2016 00:00

    Today we do have to ask some questions quite seriously from ourselves and others. What exactly are our goals that we ...


Researchers and elephants – we have a problem!

/ Thursday, 8 December 2016 00:01

 John Dewey said that “every great advance in science has come from a new audacity of imagination” and these acts of imagination ...


From rhetoric to reality: Hot air to a hot climate!

/ Thursday, 24 November 2016 00:01

Chunks of sea ice, melt ponds and open water are all seen in this image captured at an altitude of 1,500 feet by the NASA’s Digital ...


A City of Prosperity: A Tale of Two Commitments

/ Thursday, 10 November 2016 00:00

It is interesting to view the Pittsburgh skyline at night from after going up the Duquesne incline, the means to which too is designed and provided...


Please don’t allow usual slips between the cup and the lip!

/ Thursday, 27 October 2016 00:00

  The spectacle of a garbage dump burning and schools being closed and the residents moving around with handkerchiefs coverin...


Lest you forget! Please recycle from a damn good budget – S&T wise at least!

/ Thursday, 6 October 2016 00:00

As a scientific citizen with a firm belief that the way out from this ‘economic near mess’ is by way of rapid use of science and innova...


Colombo Resolution: Be resolute in action!

/ Thursday, 15 September 2016 00:00

Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to South Africa and Singapore Shehan Rathnavale of COSTI/Ministry of Science, Technology and Research present...


Science and Technology for Society: The Colombo Gathering

/ Thursday, 1 September 2016 00:08

In 2015 the STS Forum in Japan witnessed the presence of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe     It is q...


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...


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Should the BOI be shut down?

28 July 2017

Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe very boldly stated at the Sri Lanka Economic Summit on Wednesday that the Board of Investment should be shut down. The BOI is the PM’s brainchild and an offshoot of the GCEC.  Wijeyadasa went...


Quotas with ‘zipping’ for women in local government

28 July 2017

The other day I met a woman who is a card-carrying member of a major political party. She is the president of the midwives association in her area. She exuded leadership. She has so much to share with her community about health, lifestyles and oth...


The delicious ironies of idiotic democracy

28 July 2017

Life, as a musically-inclined poet of a previous age once essayed, is what happens when you are planning to do something else. Well, the same may be said for the intentions of Good Governance: that the best-laid plans of mice and men gang aft agle...


‘Into Africa’ – from troubled continent to a land of opportunities

28 July 2017

It was the continent that made headlines for all the wrong reasons: the great famine in Ethiopia and HIV pandemic in 1980s, the Rwandan genocide in 1990s, and the Somalian civil war in 2000’s grabbed headlines. By mid-2000 some of the Afric...


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