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

Views - 3481 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 - 1889 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 - 2830 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 - 4847 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 - 2377 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 - 1769 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 - 2739 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 - 2110 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 - 1511 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 - 1787 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 - 7679 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 - 3235 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 - 1717 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 - 1669 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 - 2172 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 - 2834 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 - 2511 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 - 37147 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 - 1469 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 - 2935 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 - 6579 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 - 5362 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 - 3085 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 - 1751 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 - 3139 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 - 2839 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 - 3317 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 - 9199 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 - 2309 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 - 9368 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


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Lasantha, journalists and diplomats

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

We find scarce little to celebrate in a sullied land, marking our days remembering the tragedies that tell our blood-soaked history. In the troubled decades preceding, many, from the highest in the land to average citizens, have met with violent ends


Automation and machine learning: Helping organisations extract deeper value from data

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The world is in the midst of a data explosion. Humans are generating an estimated 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every single day1, according to Forbes, and more data was created in the past two years than in all of human history. No wonder data now r


SL tourism: From TOM to experience the brand in 2019

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Last week I had just crossed the border that separates Laos from Thailand and was on route via land to Thailand. My mind was on Laos – a country branded globally as ‘Simply Beautiful’ (backed by the ADB in 2018) to attract visitors into the cou


Questionable (or absurd) official report on poverty indicators

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The latest Report issued by the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs on ‘Poverty Indicators’ is both questionable and outrageous.1This Ministry is under the responsibility of the Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe. Most of the sta


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