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The next big thing is small

Views - 1428 Thursday, 24 February 2011 00:31

Having a foresight is definitely an advantage. Today events unfold at dizzying speed. In 1973, Pierre Wack, Head of Corporate Planning for Royal Dutch/Shell, showed the power of thinking of possible developments and accounting for them in planning, w


Your nation is calling you! Bring your talent home

Views - 2110 Thursday, 10 February 2011 00:01

  Another Independence Day dawned on us and gave time for all of us to reflect. I do hope that it was not considered just as a long weekend only! The 63rd Independence celebrations came and in reflection one could consider where we are to where


Good morning Sri Lanka!

Views - 2475 Thursday, 27 January 2011 00:11

“Opportunity – Every day is a fresh opportunity to continue the quest towards our mission” is a poster that I have hung on my wall – everybody needs inspiration! However, at times before I set my sight on this message on the


Seeing light in the eyes of the very young

Views - 2049 Thursday, 13 January 2011 00:01

It is always energising to listen to a lecture when it has depth and breadth and is filled with some ‘funtoids’. It was felt when recently we had one of our advisors, Prof. A.P. de Silva from Queen’s University of Belfast (School of


Wonder of Asia – Within reach

Views - 2330 Thursday, 30 December 2010 00:01

A year-end perspective! It is indeed encouraging when one goes through the speech delivered by Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Managing Director of the World Bank. She has complimented a lot of the current achievements and developments and calls for inclus


Believe in ourselves – Ingenious Sri Lanka!

Views - 2077 Thursday, 16 December 2010 00:01

These are tough times for leaders and their followers. This is applicable right across all countries and Sri Lanka is no exception. So many issues, opportunities and challenges and at times making any real progress appear quite a daunting task. Wh


SOS for T&R to win the economic war

Views - 1481 Thursday, 2 December 2010 01:48

The abbreviation S&T (Science and Technology) is widely known even if misunderstood by many to what it really stands for.  Today for this subject from a national perspective a new abbreviation has surfaced T&R – Technology and Rese


Oh rice, rise up!

Views - 1673 Thursday, 18 November 2010 00:00

Even in the 21st century, food evokes heated discussion and debate in Sri Lanka. If one goes through any election related material, food on one’s plate would have figured in heavily. The discussions are usually the cost and the availability.


Do not - Stir fry your Conscious!

Views - 1438 Thursday, 4 November 2010 02:22

I do pass the following quote to my food process engineering student group.  They are encouraged to follow the dictum – ‘You must eat to live’ than ‘live to eat’.  I also say that for the latter category studyi


Crippled helix to triple helix for national development

Views - 1340 Thursday, 21 October 2010 02:16

Helixes and helical structures became famous perhaps due to the discovery of modern science when unravelling of the DNA (deoxyribose nucleic acid) took place in UK. This led to identification of the potential importance of this helical structure i


Made in ‘Elsewhere’ – My ship please!

Views - 2613 Wednesday, 6 October 2010 21:22

I can trace the seed for this write up to my return journey to Sri Lanka in 1992. Having returned from a place of serious research and high repute and thirsty for action, I had to fulfil a role for our university research symposium. Having to organi


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In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Saturday, 22 September 2018

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Imran may turn blind eye to blasphemy law and persecution of Ahmadiyyas

Saturday, 22 September 2018

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The rate of exchange, capital flight and the Central Bank

Friday, 21 September 2018

The Central Bank (CBSL) exists for the sole purpose of price stability. Its controls on the financial system and monetary policy exist to maintain price stability. As put forth many times by the Governor, the failing of the CBSL to control inflation


Red flag over the Sri Lankan Navy

Friday, 21 September 2018

Shocking story Rusiripala, a former banker in Sri Lanka, who has taken to writing in Daily FT, is perturbed by the red flag I have raised (Daily FT article 18 September) over the shocking charge that our Navy had operated a ransom gang that had abduc


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