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The Future We Want: Foresight for Sri Lanka

Views - 9262 Thursday, 19 May 2016 00:00

In the Oval Office, FBI Director Robert Mueller (centre right), Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (far left) and other security advisers brief President Barack Obama (foreground, right) following the April 15, 2013, Boston Mara


The future of our nation - A future of men of science

Views - 7282 Thursday, 5 May 2016 00:00

 It is not necessary to be agitated the moment you see the heading, perhaps with the nation’s future only directed to be with men of science. We live in a world where issues are kept alive so as to give purpose to some people to live or


Why on earth are we not learning?

Views - 8549 Thursday, 21 April 2016 00:00

The problem of solid waste in Colombo and the suburbs has been a burning issue for many decades. The number of meetings, court proceedings, workshops and symposia and internal and external reports on managing this problem should total out to a si


Banking the intangible – An asset class that really matters

Views - 7232 Thursday, 7 April 2016 00:00

Courtesy: WIPO/Sébastien Couture     Our economy is in interesting times but I wonder for those who are at the centre of the process whether it is a time for enjoying. Waking up to find As having become Bs


Making the future happen

Views - 6364 Thursday, 24 March 2016 00:00

  Our society needs to be alive for science and technology. While we re-enact cricket matches and relive old melodies via musical extravaganzas, we effectively  demonstrate our preference for a few areas with limited potential


Seeking our own manager type: Serendipitous Manager

Views - 6204 Thursday, 10 March 2016 00:00

  In Government organisations Wednesday is the Public Day, where the public come into seek redress to their multitude of issues. Government officials are supposed to be present on this day ready to serve diligently the public. You wil


Toilet 2.0: Going circular with our toilet manners!

Views - 5995 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 - 4675 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 - 4979 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 - 5077 Thursday, 14 January 2016 00:00

  SLINTEC                   Californian Science Centre                 Californian Science Centre          


Shaping for a resilient tomorrow: Revolutionary resolutions

Views - 4807 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 - 5324 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 - 5007 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 - 5223 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 - 5433 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 - 5981 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 - 4509 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 - 5077 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 - 4914 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 - 5125 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 - 4038 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 - 4486 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 - 3818 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 - 5615 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 - 5301 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 - 2630 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 - 4816 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 - 1615 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 - 2076 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 - 1808 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


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Many roads open

Saturday, 20 January 2018

We have just commenced Yahapalana Year 4. The third anniversary of Yahapalanaya is also the third anniversary of the defeat of the Rajapaksa regime. Both anniversaries coincide happily with the imminence of an island-wide election, the first since 20


Kasur child rape stems from subjugation of women in general

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Since the first week of the New Year, Pakistan has been in turmoil over the abduction, rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl, Zainab, in Kasur, a small town not far from Lahore in the Punjab province.


Demagoguery, deception and decrepitude inherent in most contemporary democracies

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Democracy is well and good as long its erstwhile proponents and players remain committed to high attendant ideals, pursuing with some degree of intelligence and sanity (fast eroding with the ascent of Donald J. Trump). Surely one must be faithful and


Problem is not us women and booze: It’s paternalism and capriciousness in policymaking

Friday, 19 January 2018

The other day the President of Sri Lanka went public expressing his intention to revoke a ministerial order revoking the notion that a woman of any age has no more maturity than a youth less than eighteen years old.


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