New Year resolution for business has to be sustainability

Published : 12:17 am  January 1, 2015  |  Category: Columnists, Hilmy Cader  |  1 Comment  |  779 views  |  
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While the dawn of a new year is good time for warm fuzzy feelings, given the global challenges we face today, it is also a time to ask some hard questions. After all ‘resolutions’ have always been the tradition to uphold as a new year comes along and so we need to take a good hard look at ourselves and our activities and decide if there is a need for us to change for the better (hint: the answer is almost always yes!). Firstly, ask yourself, how can my lifestyle be more responsible and responsive to the ‘alarming’ depletion of nature’s resources (even if I can economically afford it)? It has been projected that gas, copper and zinc are expected to enter production decline within the... 

The perfect crossover

Published : 12:00 am  January 1, 2015  |  Category: Ajith de Alwis, Columnists  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,241 views  |  
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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 our land, perhaps to compensate for the high pressures generated in most of our arteries. The newest ingredient in this year’s election episode is crossovers sans policy but with lots of altruistic reasons and citizens may find the continuing saga bit dizzying.   The prevailing weather should offer many discussion points. Why this inclement weather and the havoc that it is causing? – File Photo   Absence of substance in dialogue Manifestoes... 

2015 will be a decisive year for Sri Lanka

Published : 12:00 am  January 1, 2015  |  Category: Columnists, Dinesh Weerakkody  |  1 Comment  |  776 views  |  
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2015 could be a very decisive year for Sri Lanka. For the two main presidential candidates it’s either a saga of gloom or doom, but from a more realistic view for Sri Lanka, it could be a balance of the two. What happens inside Sri Lanka between now and 9 January will really determine the future direction of Sri Lanka. Despite all the political chaos, Sri Lanka is expected to post the strongest economic growth in South Asia in 2014, hitting 7.2%, according to a World Bank report   Despite all the political chaos, Sri Lanka is expected to post the strongest economic growth in South Asia in 2014, hitting 7.2%, according to a World Bank report. According to the same report, Sri Lanka’s... 

Mahinda vs. Maithri: Frenzied contest races to final week

Published : 12:00 am  January 1, 2015  |  Category: Columnists, Dharisha Bastians  |  11 Comments  |  5,406 views  |  
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A few months ago, President Mahinda Rajapaksa quipped that faced with a lack of opposition, his Government had to step into play the role. Supremely confident of victory, he sought re-election two years ahead of schedule. How does he come to be fighting tooth and nail for survival against an Opposition that was in all kinds of disarray only four weeks ago? At the Bambalapitiya junction, a larger-than-life silhouette of President Mahinda Rajapaksa is illuminated with hundreds of tiny blue, red and white fairy lights. It’s a strange depiction because his hair and facial features are covered in tiny blue lights. Behind the giant light spectacle is an entire façade of presidential portraits... 

Synchronising PPP critical for economic inclusion, enrichment of all Sri Lankans

Published : 12:00 am  January 1, 2015  |  Category: Columnists  |  Leave a Comment  |  260 views  |  
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Responsibility of the next president Sri Lanka has witnessed three youth uprisings; one of the root causes was the prevailing education system  – Fill Photo PPP towards an inclusive progress To drive Sri Lanka towards a more inclusive economic growth depends on not only on articulating statements via electronic and print media, but by making sure that economic growth shown by economic indicators are flowed down to the masses thus helping to improve their living standards and lifestyle. Even though the island’s economic infrastructure development has progressed considerably during the last 10-year period, along with the end of the conflict, still the majority of the public question... 

Year-end is a time to spring clean   our ‘Thought Baggage’

Published : 12:59 am  December 31, 2014  |  Category: Columnists, Hilmy Cader  |  Leave a Comment  |  524 views  |  
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Today is the end of another year, and while budgets are being formulated, accounts are being finalised and decisions are being made regarding next year’s product or service line, it’s also a good time to take stock of our ‘thought baggage’ and do some spring cleaning. Why you ask? Because as knowledge workers think for a moment of how we earn a living. Whatever your job, be it a CEO or a Management Trainee, there are only four types of core activities that we can perform (and that we get paid for), that is to Think, Listen, Talk and Write. In fact a 2011 study of CEO time management, jointly conducted by the London School of Economics, Harvard University and the European University Institute... 

The voter must decide

Published : 12:00 am  December 31, 2014  |  Category: Columnists  |  1 Comment  |  484 views  |  
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“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men” – Lord Acton (1834-1902) Only a few short weeks ago it could have been said of Mahinda Rajapaksa: “Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world like a colossus; and we petty men walk under his huge legs and peep about…” He even despaired the weakness of his Opposition and as it struggled to find a common candidate, Rajapaksa even offered himself in jest Maithripala Sirisena, the low-key, mild mannered Secretary of his own party, the SLFP, crossed the floor to challenge his Leader. Overnight, this lean smallish man from the ancient land of Polonnaruwa has completely changed... 

Regaining the Republic

Published : 12:00 am  December 31, 2014  |  Category: Columnists  |  Leave a Comment  |  515 views  |  
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One of the surprising privileges of intellectuals is that they are free to be scandalously asinine without harming their reputations – Eric Hoffer With the presidential election less than a fortnight away, there’s no time for lyrical niceties. It is best to grapple with the issues raised by Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka in ‘Choosing a Captain’ and ‘Betrayal of Ravana’. A vote for Sirisena is a step forward. Why? It is a progressive advance because it will bring peace to our land. The absence of violence is not peace. Peace is the absence of fear. Peace is the restoration of justice. Peace is when laws that fell silent amidst the clash of arms regain their voice. In supporting the... 

Herath says people longing for change

Published : 1:44 am  December 30, 2014  |  Category: Chamitha Kuruppu, Columnists  |  1 Comment  |  869 views  |  
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The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna says the downfall of the Rajapaksa regime is evident and the “good days” of family rule are limited. JVP parliamentarian Vijitha Herath expressed that the President and his Government are now using cheap psychological gimmicks to trap the people. “It is clear that the people are no longer with President Rajapaksa. People need a change and they are rallying around Maithripala Sirisena.” Following are excerpts:   Q: How successful are the JVP’s election campaigning activities? A: Our campaign is different. We are carrying out a very successful door-to-door program at the village level. We distribute leaflets and educate people. Although people don’t... 

UPFA stooping to new depths amidst declining voter confidence: Karu

Published : 1:41 am  December 30, 2014  |  Category: Chamitha Kuruppu, Columnists  |  3 Comments  |  1,009 views  |  
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The United National Party is concerned about the high incidence of election violence. The main Opposition notes that the current situation clearly proves there is a breakdown in the country’s law and order. Chairman of the UNP Leadership Council Karu Jayasuriya says the ruling party is losing the confidence of voters and has stooped to a low level of political campaigning. “President Mahinda Rajapaksa heads the Commonwealth which is known as the guardian of democracy. President Rajapaksa should set an example to others. This is disgraceful behaviour from the part of the Sri Lankan authorities,” asserts Jayasuriya. Following are excerpts: Q: Is it true that representatives of presidential... 

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