Ajith de Alwis

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...


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...


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President to unveil bronze statue in Borella of Ceylon’s second Prime Minister tomorrow

10 December 2016

Those who have known or met the second Prime Minister of then Ceylon are but a few among the living now, albeit few relatives. Those who are living but yet remember to give the information are even less in number. Some of us were fortunate to ha...


Local elections: New mixed-member method or old PR method?

9 December 2016

  I was looking forward to voting in local elections under a new mixed member system. Wearing my ratepayer hat, I was attracted to the idea of electing somebody who would be accountable to my ‘ward’ or my neighbourhood in ...


Youth underemployment: Tragedy of a generation

9 December 2016

Out of the 7.8 million employed population, 1.2 million people are estimated to be three-wheeler drivers. This is a staggering 15.4% of the working population. As a result today many sectors of the economy today are starved of critical ma...


Governance: On the bus! Or has it missed the bus?

9 December 2016

‘ISSARAHA BAHINAWAA’ – civil society’s proclivity is bow out of a crowded bus when private interests and partisan agendas win the argument over reason and responsibility; but now, more than ever perhaps, is the tim...


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