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Do not cry for us, Sri Lanka

Views - 1764 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 - 2735 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 - 2105 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 - 1508 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 - 1785 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 - 7676 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 - 3230 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 - 1709 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 - 1662 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 - 2167 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 - 2831 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 - 2504 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 - 37145 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 - 1463 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 - 2930 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 - 6576 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 - 5358 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


Put ‘wow’ into STEM

Views - 3078 Thursday, 30 January 2014 00:00

Three buses pulled up near the Colombo National Museum and school students from an outstation school got down in a hurry. Guided by their teachers, the student group walked to the museum in a long queue. The expressions on their faces indicated that


O tempora! Oh graphite!!

Views - 1749 Thursday, 16 January 2014 00:00

It was Cicero from times gone by who is credited with this sentence, from his oration against Catiline. Cicero’s frustration was about nothing being done against Catiline despite all the evidence. He was of course seeking Catiline’s execution. Th


Let us think and act please!

Views - 3131 Thursday, 2 January 2014 00:00

Happy New Year Sri Lanka! Another year has dawned and it is also brings in a milestone for me. I started with Daily FT as a guest columnist with my first article on ‘Let Us Think and Act,’ which appeared on 1 January 2010. With four years of wri


Drumming up our mindset!

Views - 2838 Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00

Common sense  on imbalance Today we have lots of discussion on imbalances as various types of imbalances exist and as the word suggests, it is not a welcome development wherever the situation is applied. An aspect that merits discussion is the


Catch them young: A place of inspiration

Views - 3313 Thursday, 5 December 2013 00:00

      In the 2014 Budget speech, one paragraph stands out from a scientific perspective. To quote the President: “Honourable Speaker, it has been recognised that the establishment of a National Science Centre is ess


Space to dream and a place to deliver

Views - 9193 Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00

It is a view that brings out a question to the mind – a tall structure reaching to the sky from quite a green surrounding, when you come down to Mahenwatta, Pitipana at Homagama. When President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open the Nanotechnology an


When Alice is not in Wonderland…

Views - 2304 Thursday, 7 November 2013 00:00

    It is always exciting to be in a wonderland and that is the principle and the unique selling point of Disneyland. There is excitement, perhaps varied, but excitement for sure, from whatever and wherever the location may be as


Data behind data: A call for more insights!

Views - 9364 Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00

We are in the era of big data – datasets so massive and complex that they defy simple analysis. However, the benefits of even small data appear to elude us still. Though we spend considerable time and energy collecting data even using taxpayers an


My ‘Future Earth’: Coming soon

Views - 2314 Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00

The visit of Prof. Yuan-Tseh Lee Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (1986) last month to Sri Lanka was quite important for some of us. It is indeed a pity that such a visit was not important to most of us! There were some who were visibly upset that they we


Exposing the young: Noble ideas from Nobel winners

Views - 1939 Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00

Mark Twain, who is a famous humorist and writer, said that a person who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them. Twain’s era has changed radically since he passed away in 1910. While the basic truth of his quote


The day after tomorrow: Synthetic existence!

Views - 1793 Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

The world is fast changing and in both directions of bad and good. We may be entering into unfamiliar terrain through our own activities. Some are in the driving seats of this change while we wait without even knowing some of these changes and thinki


From Stanford to SLINTEC: Endowments to progress!

Views - 4111 Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00

The front page picture of the Daily FT of 16 August reporting on a donation by an individual to a Sri Lankan scientific establishment was exciting in many ways. It was on Ricky Mendis becoming the first Platinum sponsor of the Sri Lanka Institute of


A postcard from a student: A lesson for our industry

Views - 2544 Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

A simple input can trigger a chain of thought. It is also said that at times only a thought matters to change yourself and perhaps the world too. Even though this is not a groundbreaking thought that I had, a postcard from Australia from a former stu


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