Ajith de Alwis

Let us green our economy: No greenwashing please!

Views - 1622 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 - 7777 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 - 1051 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 - 2151 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 - 4752 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 - 1097 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 - 2924 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 - 2677 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 - 1571 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 - 1324 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 - 1639 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 - 2156 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 - 1175 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 - 1322 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 - 1524 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 - 1761 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


Give me my space, please: Seven billion and counting!

Views - 1346 Thursday, 3 November 2011 00:00

When a little baby girl arrived into this world on the dawning of Monday 31 October, she received a little more attention than usual. She was one of the early members of the seven billion club, to which the human society has now grown. Demographers


Come to the market please! ‘Show and Tell to Industry’

Views - 1975 Thursday, 20 October 2011 00:22

On 24 and 25 October, the BMICH will see a market place with a difference and an important difference at that, considering current national needs. Hopefully this would spin a differ ence to the way we hope to develop our economy in the mindsets of


As we think so we become

Views - 1496 Thursday, 6 October 2011 00:00

This may sound too religious! Yet the objective is to show the attitude and the direction needed in our words and deeds today in terms aligning ourselves to national economic development. The essence of the statement is that thoughts manifest as wo


Justify your existence

Views - 1305 Thursday, 22 September 2011 00:00

Swami Vivekananda, the Vedanta thinker, once stated: “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just le


Remember your humanity

Views - 1410 Thursday, 8 September 2011 00:00

‘Remember your humanity’ is a phrase that was made famous by the Russel Einstein manifesto issued on 9 July 1955. This document is considered as the final major document that Albert Einstein signed before his death in 1955 and is quite a


Nature – The final frontier!

Views - 1846 Thursday, 25 August 2011 00:00

We may have evolved with nature but as time passed and our human attitude turned into a more arrogant way towards conquering what we like, the desire for domination arose.To us Sri Lankans, respecting nature should not be an alien concept though toda


Destination overseas and paradigm shifts

Views - 1131 Thursday, 11 August 2011 00:00

Paradigm shifts are not easy to achieve. Within one’s mindset, to shift a set of beliefs or an understanding to another direction, one needs to understand and understand well. The paradigm shift concept came from the writings of Thomas Kuhn,


Energy crisis: A crisis of our own making!

Views - 1740 Thursday, 28 July 2011 00:00

It is no secret that if ever we had a continuing crisis, that is the energy crisis. Since the first oil price shock of 1973, we have been facing this in many ways. It is quite sad that we have been trying to deal with the issue in a prescriptive ma


Summits of indifference

Views - 1618 Friday, 15 July 2011 00:01

Jack Welch has stated among his many bytes of business wisdom that speed is an essential ingredient for an organisation to be competitive. By speed he was all about simplifying the organisation and instilling confidence, for creating the foundation f


It’s free and we are proud of it!

Views - 1569 Thursday, 30 June 2011 01:02

I have stated before that within the general establishment in Sri Lanka, a prevalent view is that if everyone speaks in English and if private universities are started, our education system can take off, the country will prosper and paradise is withi


Benefiting the nano way!

Views - 1795 Thursday, 16 June 2011 00:47

  ‘Big things come in small packages’ is an old adage and perhaps the word big may be interchanged with good or great and here I certainly am not referring to nano taxi cabs hitting the streets of Colombo! How true this statement is


The clock is ticking! Time is passing! We are at meetings!

Views - 1858 Thursday, 2 June 2011 00:00

It is really important to stress the need for rapid yet informed decision making and maximising the use of time in our organisations and perhaps even as individuals. It is well known that even for those who had gone to the moon, the time available is


Path to enlightenment

Views - 1292 Thursday, 19 May 2011 00:00

Sri Lanka celebrated 2,600 years of birth of Lord Buddha with colour and purpose – an event of immense importance to all Sri Lankans. However, in this type of event and listening to the philosophy that is Buddhism, what is more important is u


Time to be innovative: Even the quo has lost its status!

Views - 1369 Thursday, 5 May 2011 00:00

Another May Day has passed and it is quite predictable what we may be doing on these days! We see the media carrying the most popular picture for the day across their front pages – lifting of heavy vegetable sacks by a man in the Pettah marke


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The fish that swallowed the whale

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