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A postcard from a student: A lesson for our industry

Views - 2544 Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

A simple input can trigger a chain of thought. It is also said that at times only a thought matters to change yourself and perhaps the world too. Even though this is not a groundbreaking thought that I had, a postcard from Australia from a former stu


Tapping the untapped!

Views - 2181 Thursday, 1 August 2013 01:17

Connecting to untapped resources The recently-concluded Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2013 had a session titled ‘Connecting to Untapped Resources’. Inclusion of this session to the summit was an initiative of the Human Resources and Education S


A COSTI is born!

Views - 2443 Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

COSTI may be found in Western pharmacopeia but the acronym embedded in the title stands for the Coordination Secretariat for Science Technology and Innovation. As the name implies, the primary purpose of the establishment is to nurture science techno


Igniting innovation

Views - 6403 Thursday, 4 July 2013 00:27

Ideation to action by our human capital It was a warm and dry yet pleasant evening at Anuradhapura. A tour guide sounds pretty excited and full of pride when he explained about the marvels of what our forefathers have done to a group of tourist


Innovation imperative: The only way forward!

Views - 2992 Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

Prof. Epasinghe, who is the Presidential Advisor on Science, addressing Ananda College students requested them to invent and make the country rich and united. He was addressing the school’s inventor society gathering. However, we know that a stude


400 PPM: More action and less talk please!

Views - 2524 Thursday, 6 June 2013 01:14

We are in a week in which Global Environment Day will be celebrated and for sure the day would provide room for many to make quite profound statements and make promises to herald change and with eloquence too. Audiences world over will clap and


A tale of two systems

Views - 1489 Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00

With the same inputs but with different systems of management, you will derive different answers as it should be. ‘Garbage in is garbage out’ as well known to information process system designers and software architects, but this is not s


Slave Island, upcountry or another country!

Views - 3862 Thursday, 9 May 2013 00:00

Changes are at times quite slow to show immediate effects. Time will inexorably move forward taking people along with it. Babies will grow into adults and help in shaping the character and the future of the society in which they live and work with th


Economics of incompetency

Views - 3016 Thursday, 25 April 2013 00:44

An economy can suffer and growth affected in two ways when analysed from a non-economist’s point of view. One aspect is gross inefficiencies of all what one does. Inefficiencies in that context were addressed in my earlier column comparing with


Economics of inefficiency: Growth with learning

Views - 1373 Thursday, 11 April 2013 00:37

We live the day thinking about growth and additional action to stimulate more growth. We appear to be in no hurry to analyse what we are doing or what we have done with a view of learning and bringing in more efficient and effective ways of doing thi


Green Hat CEOs for geo responsibility!

Views - 1544 Thursday, 28 March 2013 00:00

Waste is a necessary evil with our existence and needs to be managed to ensure us a civilised living. The process of waste management is not straight forward and today the way we do it may in fact define our economic system as with recycling economy,


In a world full of standards, why are we sub-standard?

Views - 3143 Thursday, 14 March 2013 00:29

As we have moved on with varying degrees of societal development models, from conquering each other to democracies with different practicing models, the observable qualities of processes and systems differ widely. Economists simplify by allocat


Our sons must know: Knowing precedes care!

Views - 1162 Thursday, 28 February 2013 00:00

In 1971, the American Society for Advancement of Science asked this question: How can we live a quality life in a finite world? John Ruskin, who was admired by Mahatma Gandhi for his economic thoughts, stated there is no wealth but life. Our own phil


In land we trust: The next gold rush

Views - 1698 Thursday, 14 February 2013 00:00

We have witnessed a few recent events of going after gems on gravel placed on stretches of road down south or of immersing oneself into the Kelani River desperately in search of pure gold. After a few days, it is no longer news for the media and f


Regulating the unseen!

Views - 1955 Thursday, 31 January 2013 00:00

The issues that one faces with regulating the known are quite well-known and have been well-experienced. With multiple systems and complexities, regulating has never been an easy task and all are never satisfied. The world has seen executive or


Let boldness be our guide!

Views - 2176 Thursday, 17 January 2013 00:00

As we come into 2013, we will be looking at what has happened as well as what we would like to do – that is of course if we are serious about results and progress. Such people will reflect on the past and would be imaginative about the future.


Waking up to reality

Views - 1178 Friday, 28 December 2012 00:01

The year 2012 had been an eventful year, but aren’t all years more or less like that? It is just that this year and all its events are fresher in our minds. This human aspect of forgetfulness has been a factor in our existence and may be mor


Red Lady for our economy

Views - 2213 Thursday, 13 December 2012 00:14

This is not dressing up the article with the colour of Santa and fantasising as the year come to a close but about a fruit and an economic impact. Some may anticipate with bated breath numbers emanating from immigration about the tourist arrivals to


Outlook of Serendib: We are what we do!

Views - 6870 Thursday, 29 November 2012 00:00

Doing good is catching on in developed economies and for some the impending doomsday concept has meant the urgent need of some positive deeds under their belt. Maybe we have had decades of action devoid of this objective and concentrated too much o


Don’t drink but blend!

Views - 2161 Thursday, 15 November 2012 00:00

This was a short line I coined in a submission to a national committee around 2005/’06 when Sri Lanka was seriously contemplating both ‘Mathata Thitha’ and biofuels for transport. At that time price of crude oil was rising up to U


Tryst with Nature

Views - 1104 Thursday, 1 November 2012 00:07

As I write coastal lines in several countries in many parts of the world are bracing themselves to hurricanes and typhoons and cyclones and Sri Lanka too is not an exception. We know that they mean the same thing but are named by us differently to un


The General support!

Views - 1245 Thursday, 18 October 2012 00:00

While we may be gazing at scoreboards and enjoying 20 times the normal value on usual interactions on a plot of grass, there is a need to understand the importance on investing on your future and what we may be really missing out in the present.


OMG: Oh My Garage!

Views - 1444 Thursday, 4 October 2012 01:12

A Sri Lankan doctor who is domiciled in Australia writing to a Sri Lankan business magazine once stated that if Sri Lankans take care of their bodies as much as they take care of their vehicles, the country would have much less health-related issues.


Be visible and stand tall

Views - 2439 Thursday, 20 September 2012 00:18

Help in the change that we all want to be! This is not about personalities getting onto the stage to be visible. Today stages are a plenty, propelling many to stardom. The emphasis is about making national institutions productive and then making a


To be or not to give: The GDP dilemma

Views - 3729 Thursday, 6 September 2012 01:07

Sincere apologies, Hamlet! This distortion is to highlight the current impasse and to stress the need for thinking beyond short-term situational measures. The impasse is in getting the public university system going and in dealing with demand


Conference maketh a ready man!

Views - 1896 Thursday, 23 August 2012 00:00

With apologies to Francis Bacon whose quote is misquoted but not in essence of what he meant. Bacon’s comment that “reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man” is to be seriously looked at today in e


Elephants and academics: Extinction in Paradise

Views - 2500 Thursday, 9 August 2012 01:10

This may sound startling and an unwarranted call, but as extinction is forever, it is better to take heed before it is too late. Waiting for the reality to sink in and to derive some satisfaction by uttering didn’t I say so is not what one want


This Fourth of July!

Views - 1312 Thursday, 26 July 2012 01:15

This is a day quite dear to some 300 million plus people in United States of America. Irrespective of their land of origin, the day is celebrated as the day of independence commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and the Foundin


Our own special science park: Going beyond Jurassic Park!

Views - 1784 Thursday, 12 July 2012 01:54

When Michael Crichton scripted ‘Jurassic Park,’ Steven Spielberg was interested in making it into a film even before the book hit the stands. The film was an epic and till ‘Titanic’ came along, held the highest grossing film s


Our planet: The current burning platform!

Views - 13106 Thursday, 28 June 2012 01:20

Rio+20 has come and gone. For some, with June gone, the task may be looking at the flavour of the month for July to prop up different hoardings. The conference was concluded successfully and most of the final photos and comments indicated it was well


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