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Gandhian way of Ahimsa to energy provision – A Colombo Statement

Views - 4049 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 - 4497 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 - 3829 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 - 5658 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 - 5319 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 - 2659 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 - 4824 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 - 1650 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 - 2083 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 - 1813 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 - 2194 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 - 4718 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 - 1754 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 - 1578 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 - 1490 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 - 2451 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


The perfect crossover

Views - 2412 Thursday, 1 January 2015 00:00

As another year dawns, in addition to the hype of global warming effects, thanks to the activities of political machineries, Citizen Sri Lankan is really feeling the heat of politics. Even the weather appears to have created a low pressure zone over


Killing innovation and being rewarded!

Views - 1698 Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:00

It is indeed important and perhaps timely to reflect that some of the methods and systems that we take for granted, and solidly declare our corporate allegiance to, are not really held in that high esteem at all times. This is where Schumpeter’s cr


0-60 MPH in under 4 seconds: All energy to you!

Views - 3463 Thursday, 4 December 2014 00:00

I had a chance to listen to a fascinating session of discussions involving a group of pioneers when attending the 59th LBR LBO CEO Forum at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel recently. The team of Sri Lankans who were going to put the country on the map with s


A tale of two speeds

Views - 1875 Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00

On September this year, Sri Lanka reopened its northern rail line that connected Jaffna to its commercial capital Colombo. This historic event took place nearly after 25 years of losing the connection and we all know why it happened. The shape


Sahasak Nimavum: Spirit of the creative souls

Views - 2803 Thursday, 6 November 2014 00:00

It was indeed exciting to witness the products of active minds at the Sahasak Nimavum exhibition held at the Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre, championed and organised by the Sri Lanka Inventors Commission (SLIC). This year’s event was f


Science into rupees

Views - 4837 Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00

We are eagerly awaiting the presentation of the National Budget by the President on Friday, 24 October. Balancing the books nationally is an important exercise. There was a time when the budget day was preceded by people hoarding goods in anticipati


Signing up for extinction

Views - 2364 Thursday, 9 October 2014 00:00

Nothing is permanent and as per economists in the long run we are all dead. That we should well know, yet we keep on planning and working with a different future in mind. However, this impermanency is also a philosophy and a process with a different


Do not cry for us, Sri Lanka

Views - 1757 Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:07

Apologies to Evita, Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, etc., but you did really make Argentina famous through the line which I have paraphrased. Even though the initial view of placing Argentina to be a damper in the lyrics, this really did not happen and the s


Bug power to our economy!

Views - 2726 Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:57

Why not get bugs to power our economy!? We can and we should and the sad aspect is that we have discussed very little about this. Of course liquor is generated courtesy of bugs and production taxes are perhaps an important source of revenue. Knowing


From greed to green: A change imperative to the economy

Views - 2094 Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

   Green growth was the idea that was pushed out at Rio+20. Sri Lankans were there and we must have said yes to the conference communiqué. A lot is expected from the teams once they are back in their home territory It is inte


Not a drop should flow to the ocean

Views - 1497 Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00

King Parakramabahu is reputed to have stated that not a drop of rain water should flow into the ocean without being used. He managed to mobilise his fellow men, and true to his words, built giant tanks to store and use water.  Many others before and


My glass of used water please!

Views - 1779 Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00

Water, water, everywhere, not a drop to drink – a sailor may lament when drifting across the sea minus his craft. Today technology is advanced and commonly available, thus freeing ships of the need to dock at a harbour to take in water. Countri


Making the impossible possible!

Views - 7667 Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00

We are easily persuaded to look the other way or do nothing when confronted with an idea that appears to be quite daunting, however important that idea may be for our collective progress. In the same way when we allow ourselves to come out with ideas


Let my footprint be smart!

Views - 3220 Thursday, 3 July 2014 00:00

When reading company annual reports and sustainability reports, various footprint calculations can be observed today. While with high-profile multinationals that is now almost the norm, Sri Lankan companies too are catching up to the style – and ho


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National prosperity through quality and productivity

Monday, 16 July 2018

I was so delighted to get involved with the national convention of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Quality and Productivity (SLAAQP) with the fitting theme, “National Prosperity through World Class Quality and Productivity”.


Sanjeewa Pushpakumara’s ‘Davena Vihagun’ (Burning Birds): A realistic and authentic film

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Filmmaker Sanjeewa Pushpakumara is a bright star in the cinematic firmament of Sri Lanka. His second feature film ‘Davena Vihagun’ (Burning Birds) is currently being screened in Sri Lanka. The film completed in 2016 has been shown at several inte


Yameen regime in Maldives turns to Islamic countries for support

Saturday, 14 July 2018

The Abdulla Yameen Government in the Maldives is turning to Islamic countries in a bid to resist pressure from the West and India to restore democracy as per their prescription, and to do their bidding in economic, foreign policy and strategic matter


Of Erdogan, Mahinda and Gota or the dance of the Vidayaka Janadhipathi

Saturday, 14 July 2018

We have been talking about Turkey’s Erdogan who recently won electoral support to be the country’s first Executive President. At the elections, Turkey began digging its grave. To be sure, one cannot blame th


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