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A dashboard for the nation

Views - 6015 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 - 4536 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 - 5093 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 - 4945 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 - 5142 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 - 4054 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 - 4503 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 - 3835 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 - 5668 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 - 5325 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 - 2668 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 - 4832 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 - 1655 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 - 2090 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 - 1816 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 - 2201 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 - 4726 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 - 1759 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 - 1582 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 - 1493 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 - 2456 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 - 2418 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 - 1703 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 - 3469 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 - 1881 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 - 2812 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 - 4840 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 - 2371 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 - 1760 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 - 2731 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


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Accessibility at buildings and places – Indispensable need to enjoy civil rights

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Have you not yet realised that the chances are now very high that at any stage or any moment in life, for a short time or for a long time, for different reasons, you or your loved ones could experience physical and/or sensory impediments, and fall in


Over-tourism: The new buzz word in tourism

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Periodically the tourism industry is in the habit of coming up with some interesting name to describe a new emerging trend or situation in the industry. Sometimes the phenomena is not new, but has become relevant and topical enough to ‘package’ a


Depreciation of the rupee and Sri Lanka’s dilemma

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

The rupee depreciated by Rs. 29 from 2005 to 2014 and the average year-on-year depreciation of the Sri Lankan rupee was 2.8% per year. Official foreign reserves increased from $ 2.7 billion to $ 8.2 billion over the same period. In stark contrast, th


Laurels of ‘Living Together’: Refreshing reflections

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

It was a memorable evening with a mega gathering for a meaningfully different reason. It was not just another book launch with ego-boosting speeches about the author. It was also not an event where a popular politician coming late and preaching about


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