MS and RW should take a leaf from Mahela and Sanga

Published : 12:00 am  March 6, 2015  |  Category: Columnists  |  1 Comment  |  626 views  |  
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  With cricket’s World Cup in full swing Down Under and Sri Lanka’s winning streak emerging after a tentative start, it would be a great opportunity for our present political leadership to reflect and take a leaf from our cricketers, especially from the two unmistakable veterans, Mahela and Sanga. In them is a good example for the nation, the political leadership and members of corporate Sri Lanka. Over the years our cricketers have assiduously worked to stamp and brand their winning mantra. These unique, modular, individual constituents have been laboriously developed and perfected after many failures, trials and errors. There is no substitute for hard work. Our cricketers have proven... 

Prime Minister and neo-liberalism

Published : 12:00 am  March 4, 2015  |  Category: Columnists  |  5 Comments  |  793 views  |  
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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is often accused by my leftist friends, who will be annoyed with me for writing this, of being a “neo-liberal stooge of the West”. Speaking, however, to a group of businessmen last week, with the President by his side, this is what he had said, as reported by Nisthar Cassim, in the Daily FT of 27 February 2015 ( He had said: “We were committed to winning and ensuring good governance, a competitive economy and equitable prosperity for the people.” He has further said: “We will reward entrepreneurship and applaud good initiatives. That is the future we... 

Can the dolphins drive the sharks away?

Published : 12:00 am  March 4, 2015  |  Category: Columnists  |  1 Comment  |  354 views  |  
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When the sharks dominated the pool gobbling up all the juicy fish, the dolphins were hiding behind the rocks. One day the dolphin matriarch led the charge, with thousands of dolphins, and the sharks were driven away. The dolphins are now in a tizzy wondering how to prevent the sharks coming back. Millions want to see a society free of the sharks who practice theft, corruption, bribery and nepotism. Will their prayers be answered?. To say we must eliminate corruption is easy; to do it is difficult. Great enthusiasm alone will not guarantee success. Collecting scraps of information, putting them into files, and sending them to the office of the Bribery Commission will not solve the problem. The... 

Mangala in Geneva: Backstabbing the armed forces?

Published : 12:00 am  March 4, 2015  |  Category: Columnists  |  6 Comments  |  757 views  |  
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“…The Government has invited Mr. Pablo de Greiff, the Special Rapporteur on truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence to visit Sri Lanka for consultations. He has proposed to visit us at the end of this month. We also look forward to receiving the Working Group on Involuntary and Enforced Disappearances…”– Mangala Samaraweera (text of the statement delivered at the High Level segment of the UNHRC, 2 March, Geneva)     Mr. Mangala Samaraweera, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the unelected (and therefore, less than legitimate) Government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, has just done the equivalent of Jihadi John on the Sri Lankan armed forces. Jihadi... 

The trouble with and the troubles of the Orator

Published : 12:00 am  March 4, 2015  |  Category: Columnists  |  1 Comment  |  780 views  |  
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“…and an orator said, ;Speak to us of freedom’. And he answered: ‘At the city gate and by your fireside I have seen you prostrate yourself and worship your own freedom, Even as slaves humble themselves before a tyrant and praise him though he slays them’ – ‘The Prophet,’ Kahlil Gibran      Many an opinion has been expressed about the troubles of Shashi Weerawansa, the spouse of Wimal Weerawansa, the former Minister. Although the immediate focus today is on the doings of Shashi Weerawansa, where the general public is concerned it is clear that the dramatic quality of the events surrounding the middle-aged Mrs. Weerawansa comes from the unavoidable association of the... 

Gammanpila on Maithri Govt., Tamil separatism and Rajapaksa’s return

Published : 1:56 am  March 3, 2015  |  Category: Chamitha Kuruppu, Columnists  |  14 Comments  |  1,618 views  |  
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Pivithuru Hela Urumaya Leader and former Provincial Councillor Udaya Gammanpila claims the present Government had ‘mega lies about mega deals’ and accuses the coalition of cheating people to fraudulently secure their vote. “That is the biggest fraud that took place in this country. Therefore people are now impatiently waiting for the Parliamentary election to punish those cheaters for deceitfully stealing their vote,” asserted Gammanpila, in an interview with the Daily FT. Speaking on alleged files and information on former Government members in the possession of the ruling party, he said: “They said they possess files and information. They addressed the people with a lot of confidence.... 

Questionable governance when loss-incurred CB has made a profit transfer to Government

Published : 12:01 am  March 2, 2015  |  Category: Columnists, W. A. Wijewardena  |  2 Comments  |  6,169 views  |  
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Massive losses incurred by Central Bank in 2013 A very vital piece of information relating to the Central Bank which has been missed by many has been the incurrence of a massive loss amounting to Rs. 24 billion in its ordinary operations during 2013. This loss has further been increased to Rs. 39 billion when its comprehensive operations are also taken into account. These figures, arrived at by preparing the accounts of the Bank in terms of International Financial Reporting Standards or IFRSs, are slightly at variance with the requirements for calculating profits as laid down in the Monetary Law Act enacted as far back as 1949. Yet, for assessing the solvency and the performance of the Bank,... 

10,000 TEU plus ships continue to omit South Asian ports

Published : 12:00 am  March 2, 2015  |  Category: Columnists  |  1 Comment  |  485 views  |  
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10,000 TEU plus ships continue to omit South Asian ports Ultra large container vessels of 10,000 TEU plus except for a few loops continue to omit South Asian ports which is of concern. The CHKYE Alliance of Coscon, Hanjin, “K” Line, Yang Ming and Evergreen, will revise its nine service Europe (including Mediterranean) – Far East portfolio to take effect as from next April. Alongside significant up scaling of capacity across the board, there is the usual tinkering of port rotations where ports in South Asia have been omitted by vessels with a capacity of 10,000 TEU plus. For the specific North Europe route, the package of six services in total remains intact, with ports of call given below.      NE2... 

Serious play for Sri Lankan professionals

Published : 12:00 am  March 2, 2015  |  Category: Ajantha Dharmasiri, Columnists  |  Leave a Comment  |  331 views  |  
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I usually write about newly-published books and their relevance to Sri Lanka. This time it is about an ‘old’ book yet highly relevant to us. I enjoyed reading it and thought it is very relevant to Sri Lankan managers. This is particularly true in the era of imagination, innovation and implementation. Today’s column is a glimpse of what ‘Serious Play’ is all about.   Overview Innovation is key to sustained success. It is not just planning. A high octane creativity surge should be around the organisations. ‘Serious Play’ tackles the goals and pitfalls of modelling. It focuses on the diverse roles of modelling, and on the interplay between simulation, communication, and innovation.... 

2 March 1815: The darkest day of Sri Lankan history

Published : 12:00 am  March 2, 2015  |  Category: Columnists  |  Leave a Comment  |  678 views  |  
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Exactly 200 years ago, on 2 March 1815, entire Sri Lanka became totally a colony of another country. Sri Lanka was ruled by several kings as an independent nation for nearly 2,350 years. Certain areas were under foreign power for some period but not the entire country. Since colonisation, especially the hill country introduced as Kandyan Kingdom was administered independently even during the reign of Portuguese and the Dutch. The attempts of Portuguese and Dutch to capture upcountry became a total failure. In 1796, Britain took over the power of coastal area of Sri Lanka ruled by the Dutch. With the capture of coastal area, British rulers made every effort to capture the Kingdom of Kandy. In... 

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