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Waking up to reality

Views - 1187 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 - 2255 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 - 6886 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 - 2179 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 - 1121 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 - 1253 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 - 1461 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 - 2456 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 - 3742 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 - 1924 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 - 2516 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 - 1322 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 - 1797 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 - 13123 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


Let us green our economy: No greenwashing please!

Views - 1652 Thursday, 14 June 2012 00:03

We are in the month of June where stirrings of environmental conscience or rumblings of environmental activities are heard and reported. Corporate big guns line up many photo events. Some may be eagerly waiting to get down to business in Rio where


Made in Sri Lanka and being proud about it!

Views - 7791 Thursday, 31 May 2012 00:26

Every day we wake up to news from the economic front – and that is the war we declared after the conclusion of the 30-year conflict and with some zeal – and sometimes the figures and news are not quite enthralling, maybe to some extent we


A tale of two countries

Views - 1069 Thursday, 17 May 2012 01:53

It is important to understand that when your processes are efficient and effective, your system is on a growth curve. Equally, it should be understood that when you spend hours and hours discussing much but achieving very little, you are only pushing


Danger: Science illiteracy ahead!

Views - 2162 Thursday, 3 May 2012 01:45

Education had always being in the news in Sri Lanka – for good or bad! The city walls, billboards and others always inform us on the best of classes to be had from internationally-renowned lecturers. Newspapers are full of advertorials ex


Balangoda Man and a bridge not too far!

Views - 4779 Thursday, 19 April 2012 00:42

April in Sri Lanka means a national holiday with immense significance as this is the month when the nation’s New Year dawns and Sri Lankans for the second time within four calendar months wish each other Happy New Year and take time off! While


Small is beautiful!

Views - 1115 Thursday, 5 April 2012 00:00

‘Small is Beautiful’ is the title of the famous book authored by E.F. “Fritz” Schumacher, which was at one time rated among the 100 most influential books to come out after World War II (by the Times Literary Supplement). It


Granary of the East – Hopes rekindled with nano!

Views - 2954 Thursday, 22 March 2012 00:29

Dr. Banibaratha Pandey who is the Vice President and Head of Emerging Technologies Division of NFCL a $ 3 billion asset enterprise from Hydrabad in India, was equivocal – we read about what you have done in the Journal Current Science.  Th


Dark sands of Pulmoddai

Views - 2702 Thursday, 8 March 2012 00:00

The announcement of last week of an intention by way of an MOU to start up a titanium dioxide enterprise between Laugfs Holdings Ltd and SLINTEC (Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology) should be seen as a major event in the calendar though many may n


Death of substance

Views - 1580 Thursday, 23 February 2012 00:11

‘Let style be your substance’ screams at me from a billboard in Colombo as I find my way through traffic generated by one of our No. 1 imports – motor vehicles. Latest models pass me, blaring their horns in a hurry to get to their d


Viva la Simoundou!

Views - 1339 Thursday, 9 February 2012 00:00

Indeed with some Spanish and Ptolemy’s nomenclature, it is our sincere wish ‘long live Sri Lanka’ on passing its 64th year of independence from the British. Our period of independence is not greater than the period we were under, bu


Unique you!

Views - 1650 Thursday, 26 January 2012 00:00

A common boat owner’s son, India’s most distinguished living technocrat, ex-President of India, People’s President – whatever the description that you have for A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, India’s love for this man is unquestiona


Treasure island in nano times: Welcoming 2012 in Sri Lanka

Views - 2172 Thursday, 12 January 2012 00:00

There are many quotes and comments that we Sri Lankans repeatedly reiterate in tourist literature and with pride. As another year dawns, some statements may again be recalled with fond memories as it is important to have that positive outlook.It is a


Listen with your eyes

Views - 1183 Thursday, 29 December 2011 00:38

With so much emanating from overused vocal cords and much of it senseless utterances with little or no meaning, it is perhaps better to retire into a world of silence avoiding the cacophony and practice and enjoy listening with eyes. Anyway we know t


See what you can do for science in Sri Lanka!

Views - 1334 Thursday, 15 December 2011 00:38

As you read this column, an important three-day event in Colombo is coming to an end and as the day ends, it would have resulted in many deliberations, exchanges of different ideas and some concrete suggestions taken down to communicate to planners a


Bringing the world to Sri Lanka

Views - 1536 Thursday, 1 December 2011 00:00

Countries get known for various reasons and some labels stick for long time. Citizens almost always mould the character of the nation. It is usual to hear the efficiency and punctuality of Germans. We Sri Lankans boast of being known for our hospit


Good evening, Sri Lanka!

Views - 1801 Thursday, 17 November 2011 00:00

Once I did carry the title ‘Good Morning Sri Lanka!’ for this same column. Times have passed and I do not see any improvements along the lines that I advocated or expected to happen in mornings. Indeed sad, but in advocacy and especiall


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