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I really am unique! Look after me with care!

Views - 2190 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 - 4706 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 - 1745 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 - 1572 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 - 1483 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 - 2446 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 - 2396 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 - 1690 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 - 3451 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 - 1858 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 - 2790 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 - 4817 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 - 2354 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 - 1745 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 - 2719 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 - 2085 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 - 1491 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 - 1773 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 - 7656 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 - 3210 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


Catch me if you can!

Views - 1686 Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

In my view, when movies are based on true stories, there is a lot of interest as there is no second guessing the director or the scriptwriter – you can get absorbed in the content provided. The story of Frank W. Abagnale, which is a true story of


The last coffin to the cemetery!

Views - 1645 Thursday, 5 June 2014 00:34

It is important to face reality and take appropriate measures if the situation so demands. However, in the absence of some sense prevailing it is equally important to put forward ‘the issue’ strongly so as to receive attention and to indicate gro


Balloons rise because of what’s inside

Views - 2154 Thursday, 22 May 2014 00:14

Recently I counted the presence of two water bottles when in fact it was one bottle and a mirror image of it. As all images go, with an impeccable shiny mirror there was the similarity and the togetherness and it was easy for me to double count. The


Rescuing the minds of Sri Lankans!

Views - 2816 Thursday, 8 May 2014 00:00

    In my last column I wrote about the importance of knocking the ‘t’ off ‘can’t’. The theme needs to be continued. The message needs to be reiterated again and again – of course it is the practice that will demonstra


Knock ‘t’ off can’t

Views - 2472 Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00

We may have embraced several New Year resolutions in January and some may find it hard to recall these resolutions. Come April we may have engaged with more traditional practices and again ventured to set our minds on a few more resolutions. It is ea


Procuring our way out of existence!

Views - 37113 Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:53

This column is a humble attempt to open up our minds to the fact though we are in the 21st century with so many technological opportunities, some of our internal processes are still archaic. When making economic progress, what really matters is our


Time: That non-recyclable asset!

Views - 1442 Thursday, 27 March 2014 00:00

Time is quite a precious asset and most of the time we behave as well as force others to engage in without an iota of consideration towards this important asset. Given to us naturally and shared among the humanity equally, we take time for granted.


Being true sons of our soil!

Views - 2905 Thursday, 13 March 2014 00:00

Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, once declared that the nation that destroys its soil destroys itself. He had many reasons to make such a profound statement having seen the impact of bad practices firsthand in a nation


Let prevention be my cure!

Views - 6554 Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:56

Our expenditure on medical services is becoming quite significant and when considering the fact that much of it is sourced from overseas, from tablets to syrups to instruments, being healthy surely means a wealthy nation. This is of course by allowin


The power of darkness

Views - 5337 Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:00

Comprehending darkness without power is not difficult and any news of an impending energy crisis always sends jitters across the community. Edison’s invention of the light-bulb literally transformed our lives, making nights like day and human activ


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