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Toilet 2.0: Going circular with our toilet manners!

Views - 5974 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 of daily life. Depending on the way in which you carry out the task, you may identify yourself eithe


The dependency of our independence

Views - 4665 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 too to the way it was carried out. There is no question, like individuals, a nation too can cry out f


Giving space to Innovate: from corridors of malls to innovation space

Views - 4976 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 with the smart phone in hand and with wires dangling down from ears. I am quite sure that they are


A brick for science: Giving with a purpose!

Views - 5070 Thursday, 14 January 2016 00:00

  SLINTEC                   Californian Science Centre                 Californian Science Centre          


Shaping for a resilient tomorrow: Revolutionary resolutions

Views - 4802 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 perfect midnight bash. The year 2016 is just around the corner and we are going to get a fresh 31,622,4


Save my economy: On with Triple Helix!

Views - 5313 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 doing, and the importance of connectivity to them. The ignorance stretches to what courses we are tea


Time for Triple Helix is NOW

Views - 5001 Friday, 4 December 2015 00:00

With our ears glued to the media, some of us listened to the budget, and some had the opportunity to listen it to from the parliament gallery.  It was to be an out-of-the-box budget anyway, and, hence, many an expectation.  Of course our


Need of the hour – if not the second!

Views - 5219 Thursday, 19 November 2015 00:00

   The Kennedy School of Government in the US has an annual task of identifying top 25 innovations in government. For better or worse someone should start doing this exercise for our system too. An honest result can do a world of


Save my cuppa: The tea tattle

Views - 5429 Thursday, 5 November 2015 00:00

Both the plantations and the factory as key parts of this ecosystem needs to be shaken up if Lipton’s endowment is to continue to prosper in Sri Lanka   My morning cup is having trouble. The tea industry is maki


A dashboard for the nation

Views - 5974 Thursday, 22 October 2015 00:00

 The LSF team with members of the IT team of COSTI   What you cannot measure you cannot manage is an old adage. However, this can be questioned many a time in Sri Lanka as managing minus data appears to be the norm. When


Being bold: Triple hexagons for triple convergence

Views - 4493 Thursday, 8 October 2015 00:00

 SLINTEC model Recently a statement was made by the Deputy Foreign Minister at a function as the way forward for Sri Lanka – export, export, and export! It is indeed a strong prompt, yet easier said than done. To achieve this si


Farm to Waste: An unenviable blight on our systems

Views - 5075 Thursday, 24 September 2015 00:00

  The continued postharvest loss scenario needs to be addressed once and for all. A smarter economy is not one which sends fresh produce directly to waste dumps   Dambulla is home to a world heritage site –


We do not know why? Ignorance is not bliss!

Views - 4901 Thursday, 10 September 2015 00:02

     A recent news item mentions that there is an unknown disease affecting bees in Sri Lanka which has led to the disappearance of several of their colonies. Peradeniya University’s Faculty of Veterinary Scien


13 August 2015: A day we knew nothing much about!

Views - 5113 Thursday, 27 August 2015 00:01

For us Sri Lankans, many a destiny would have changed for better or worse on 17 August. That day most certainly has left an indelible mark on this year’s calendar and we may have not yet stopped discussing what happened or what did


Gandhian way of Ahimsa to energy provision – A Colombo Statement

Views - 4026 Thursday, 13 August 2015 00:00

Teens choosing a mix of energy sources to power the City of Chicago in the Exhibition Future Energy Chicago   School children designing energy efficient cars in Future Car   It is time th


Nation on wheels: Aspirational liability!

Views - 4472 Thursday, 30 July 2015 00:00

     Mobility brought the world closer. Henry Ford innovated technically and Thomas Cook innovated on the business side and the world started seeing more of each other and distance places.  Roads were done, pe


The difference of indifference

Views - 3813 Thursday, 16 July 2015 00:00

  It is interesting to contemplate, as you are walking down the corridors of power without you yourself having any power, the ‘look and feel’ effect you encounter. You do not dare take the centre line and you use the path


Biogas for Colombo A climate neutral city

Views - 5602 Thursday, 2 July 2015 00:10

   Colombo can generate fertiliser/soil conditioner and support hydrophonics   Imagine a city which derives its own energy from its own waste – both electricity and transport fuel. Think about the impor


Biogas-The option for Colombo and in Colombo

Views - 5294 Thursday, 18 June 2015 00:00

  Many of us may remember that a decade back Colombo was different and in many ways. One striking feature of Colombo was the obvious visual presence of solid waste. Street corners and by the wayside dumping of garbage was qui


A building of confidence

Views - 2620 Thursday, 4 June 2015 00:00

The Nanotechnology Centre of Excellence at Pitipana, Homagama has been awarded the Platinum LEEDS rating on 30 March   We are in a week where lots of passionate di


On Her Majesty’s service – the past perfect!

Views - 4812 Thursday, 21 May 2015 00:10

    The world loves Bond, James Bond! It was James Bond, codenamed 007, who was famous for being in Her Majesty’s secret service.  Brigadier M who had the control of him was discretionary as he knew Bond&rsq


May Day! Mayday!

Views - 1605 Thursday, 7 May 2015 00:00

[caption id="attachment_415271" align="alignnone" width="360"] May Day parade in Sri Lanka[/caption]   May Day in the first instance refers to the holiday – for some it perhaps was a quite a tiring day – that we have just had on 1 May.


Our rice decoded… A giant step for the king of grain

Views - 2075 Thursday, 23 April 2015 00:17

World’s first synthetic life Rice is our staple food and the grain quenches the nutritional needs of the bulk of the humanity on earth. As an indigenous plant of Asia, growing rice in Asia perhaps has a history of 5,000 years. While in consu


Ignorance is bliss; unless you are in charge

Views - 1807 Thursday, 9 April 2015 00:00

[caption id="attachment_405311" align="alignnone" width="600"] Even though we are a middle income country, a price of a hopper coming down or the lowering of the cost of a cup of tea makes near headline news. Electronic media goes on to seek communit


I really am unique! Look after me with care!

Views - 2187 Thursday, 26 March 2015 00:57

It is indeed nice of United Nations to mark a day – 22 March – to honour me for the role that I play in supporting life and indeed I feel thrilled when many nations, international agencies and institutes spend quite a time celebrating and appreci


Our ‘body burden’: Today I am much more than I am!

Views - 4701 Thursday, 12 March 2015 00:00

The term ‘body burden’ refers to the total amount of chemicals that are present in the human body at a given point in time     21st century living is showing some interesting developments – have we been too creative and a


Enter eco-innovation, the way forward in effective innovation

Views - 1742 Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:15

For some time, one word that has done many rounds has been the term ‘innovation’. It is a concept held almost in reverence when seeking growth these days. Today economies try to align innovation policies to their development pathways. Formul


The power of experimentation

Views - 1567 Thursday, 12 February 2015 00:00

Being a researcher is not an occupation that many of us seek. Sri Lanka may have many market researchers, but the number for scientific researchers is very much short of our needs. It is indeed sad that this state of affairs has risen as having a


Being bold in processing, adding real strength to the nation!

Views - 1481 Thursday, 29 January 2015 00:00

Andy Grove - Intel’s Employee No. 3 – is not as well-known perhaps as Gordon Moore –Intel’s Employee No.1 – but TIME magazine when celebrating 50 years of the semiconductor chose Andy Grove as their choice for Man of the Year in 1997. Ador


The day after yesterday: What tomorrow brings

Views - 2439 Friday, 16 January 2015 00:02

In economic terms perhaps we witnessed a nonlinearity on 8 January. The combined action of many, through decisions taken individually created the nonlinearity. The nonlinearity only indicates that conditions related to a particular path did change an


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Bringing beedi into tax net can yield Rs. 40 b in revenue

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Last week, the Financial Times quoted an AFP article that stated Sri Lanka will start regulating the toddy industry to boost tax revenues from the informal sector. This same principle should be applied to the beedi trade, which has also grown unabate


Grade 5 Scholarship examination and the future of the country

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

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Monday, 23 October 2017

In the first economic policy statement, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe made a number of pledges related to taxes and tax reforms. One was that the Government would review whether the tax concessions given to investors have really delivered the e


Lessons from Geneva

Saturday, 21 October 2017

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