Columnists

Are you monitoring logistics cost in your supply chain?

Views - 3 Monday, 10 December 2018 01:59

On the internet a simple explanation of logistics says: “Logistics is generally the detailed organisation and implementation of a complex operation. In a general business sense, logistics is the management of the flow of things between the point of


Sri Lanka needs its own leaders

Views - 10 Monday, 10 December 2018 00:22

We are in the era of chaos. Breaking news has now become very common because of some sections of media. People talk about corruption, discipline, and all the weaknesses of politicians. But how many among the general public in Sri Lanka would like to


With hope in our hearts, we will walk on

Views - 8 Monday, 10 December 2018 00:17

When you walk through a storm Hold your head up high And don’t be afraid of the dark At the end of a storm There’s a golden sky And the sweet silver song of a lark Walk on through the wind Walk on through the rain Though your dreams be tosse


Immigration control & border security: Another distraction?

Views - 8 Monday, 10 December 2018 00:10

From the US to Australia, and all Western democracies in between, immigration control and border security have taken centre stage in political campaigns. These issues are a 21st Century avatar conveniently discovered to distract from the growing publ


Bystander effect in Sri Lankan society: perils and pitfalls

Views - 10 Monday, 10 December 2018 00:00

It was indeed shocking to hear the inactivity of the observers in preventing a murder committed by a group of school students in Matara recently. It was equally shocking to see a video circulated in social media, showing how a person strangled his fi


Sri Lanka’s economy at crossroads: The 1972-76 Five-Year Plan and its diagnosis of economic ailments

Views - 12 Monday, 10 December 2018 00:00

The economist who produced ‘From Dependent Currency to Central Banking’ Professor H A de S Gunasekara, popularly known as HAdeS, was a legend in economics in Sri Lanka. The doctoral thesis ‘From Dependent Currency to Central Banking in Ceylon


Worries over adverse impact of political crisis on Lankan economy

Views - 128 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:10

Even as the people of Sri Lanka are waiting with bated breath for the Supreme Court’s ruling on the dissolution of Parliament and the functioning of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister, European nations, which have close economic relations with the


Should we not look for a solution to the crisis?

Views - 210 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:10

Since 26 October, following the political changes effected, the country has been witnessing a series of developments emerging, culminating into a crisis situation. The removal of the Prime Minister, appointment of a new Prime Minister and a Cabinet o


Matters to mind (while you wait for Justice to toll the knell)

Views - 340 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:10

Some people can handle pressure. They positively blossom under the spotlight. From celebrities to sports stars, many if not most Sri Lankans in the spotlight have panache and pizzazz. This, it seems sadly, does not include certain leading lights amon


Modern financial regulations have made “piercing the corporate veil” easier

Views - 136 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

Along with the evolution of the market economy a clear separation of the actors involved in a business firm, i.e. owners of the capital and those who specialise in employing the capital for production of goods and services become visible. Accordingly


Anarchy and the collapse of the State

Views - 252 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

The State can be compared to a machine of special type. Anyone who carefully reviews this machine and its operation would not find it difficult to see its faults and predict the duration of its life well in advance. By the end of the LTTE rebellion,


Promoting WTO reform to keep pace with the times is the common expectation of China and Sri Lanka

Views - 71 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

At the opening ceremony of the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) that was just concluded, President Xi Jinping pointed out that holding the CIIE is “China’s major initiative to still widen market access to the rest of the world”, and


‘Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?’

Views - 225 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

Let me quickly lay down the historic context of the quote used as the headline. In England during this period, there was deep disagreement between the King of England and theArchbishop of Canterbury. Played out in the days before the presently accep


Presidency, Parliament, Judiciary and the spirit of the Constitution

Views - 367 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

“…The General [de Gaulle] devised a strong executive presidency in 1958, and introduced direct elections to it four years later, precisely in order to remove power from the hands of political parties and bring stability to French institutions...t


NCM: or, how one flew over the cuckoo’s nest!

Views - 294 Thursday, 6 December 2018 00:10

I’m not a psychologist. Despite three years spent studying the subject and a diploma on my wall. Perhaps if I had invested the time, money, energy, effort, in a degree – I wouldn’t be at a loss these days. To understand the mentality and mindse


Implementing climate change mitigation from next year

Views - 114 Thursday, 6 December 2018 00:00

UNFCCC has had 20+ conventions with Sri Lanka’s participation and we are (i) fourth most vulnerable country to Climate Change in the world as per German Watch’s Climate Risk Index Ratings, 2018 and (ii) most vulnerable country in South Asia accor


A truth truer than the truth

Views - 214 Thursday, 6 December 2018 00:00

We must not trust a man willing to die in glory but unwilling to live with truth and pride. Politicians who succeed in convincing themselves that the truth is identical with their self-interest turn out to be exceptionally good at being good liars. T


Will SAITM return to medical education?

Views - 166 Thursday, 6 December 2018 00:00

The Supreme Court decision on 21 September, upholding the decision of the Court of Appeal ruling on 31 January 2017 which directed the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) to register a MBBS graduate of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicin


First tentative step towards thundering final judgment?

Views - 848 Wednesday, 5 December 2018 00:10

In a palpable blow felt around the body politic, three courts have delivered a trifecta of punches to the coup’s solar plexus. It is not a full, final or binding ruling. But it is a first step towards something solid, stable, and altogether salutar


Ceiling price to floor bottled water industry

Views - 293 Wednesday, 5 December 2018 00:00

The recently instilled price control on bottled water seems like a positive for all consumers. How can a lower priced good hurt society? A recent report by the Advocata Institute ‘Price Controls in Sri Lanka1’ finds that price controls are of lim


Pitfalls in 5Ss and how to avoid them

Views - 102 Wednesday, 5 December 2018 00:00

After many years of experience in the manufacturing industries and successful implementation of lean practices in 60 companies, and five national hospitals, I decided to share my experiences regarding common pitfalls in 5Ss and how to avoid them. It


Strategic planning for boosting organisational performance despite political and economic turmoil

Views - 176 Wednesday, 5 December 2018 00:00

Modern strategic planning is all about winning a highly competitive game whose rules can change almost overnight. It is all about having the courage to modify your business model and reinvent your organisation to sustain success under fast-changing c


Sri Lanka’s “Chief Servant” – He has to go!

Views - 1368 Wednesday, 5 December 2018 00:00

When President Maithripala Sirisena addressed the nation in 2015 after being sworn in as the Executive President of Sri Lanka with 6.25 million of us having voted for the man – a political nonentity – we did so with the sole purpose of getting ri


Democracy: a tale of two strategies

Views - 271 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:56

The problem with democracy these days is that it tends to be defined not by the people, but by the politicians they elected to represent them. In both parliament and presidency, the players strut and fret their hours upon the stage. And expect us cit


Right to franchise and to vote is from the Constitution: No Constitution, no franchise

Views - 592 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:54

Who is against motherhood? No one. I owe my existence to my mother who bore me. I can never be against motherhood. However, that does not mean we make every girl a mother through forced marriage, artificial insemination, or whatever other means we ha


Betrayal of a nation

Views - 326 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:00

Was there a betrayal? If is the answer is in the affirmative, then who betrayed whom? Who are the victims of the betrayal? Who is the offender? The victims have sought the intervention of Court. The offender has tried to justify the betrayal. The of


The plate tectonics of local-global coup politics

Views - 232 Monday, 3 December 2018 00:45

We live in interesting times. The tension for some time now has been between a stifling volatility and a vapid sameness. On the one hand: political volatility for over a month is stifling country prospects, international support, and any real Governm


Imperial Airways and colonial airlines

Views - 239 Monday, 3 December 2018 00:27

Europe in the 1920s was still reeling from the devastation of the Great War. With their treasuries emptied, a whole generation of youth dead or wounded and societies in turmoil, the governments of the day turned to aviation to try resurrecting their


Accelerate progress against HIV/AIDS by making quality testing accessible to all

Views - 34 Monday, 3 December 2018 00:00

Ensuring all people everywhere have access to quality HIV testing and can know their status is critical to preventing and controlling HIV/AIDS. Across the WHO South-East Asia Region, as across the world, many people living with HIV (PLHIV) lack acces


Political instability, economic growth and sustainable development

Views - 107 Monday, 3 December 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka is again facing a period of political chaos, leaving many speechless considering what is taking place in and outside parliament. Where many experts expected Mahinda Rajapaksa to return to some sort of leadership, how this took place was sti


Today's Columnists

Are you monitoring logistics cost in your supply chain?

Monday, 10 December 2018

On the internet a simple explanation of logistics says: “Logistics is generally the detailed organisation and implementation of a complex operation. In a general business sense, logistics is the management of the flow of things between the point of


Sri Lanka needs its own leaders

Monday, 10 December 2018

We are in the era of chaos. Breaking news has now become very common because of some sections of media. People talk about corruption, discipline, and all the weaknesses of politicians. But how many among the general public in Sri Lanka would like to


With hope in our hearts, we will walk on

Monday, 10 December 2018

When you walk through a storm Hold your head up high And don’t be afraid of the dark At the end of a storm There’s a golden sky And the sweet silver song of a lark Walk on through the wind Walk on through the rain Though your dreams be tosse


Immigration control & border security: Another distraction?

Monday, 10 December 2018

From the US to Australia, and all Western democracies in between, immigration control and border security have taken centre stage in political campaigns. These issues are a 21st Century avatar conveniently discovered to distract from the growing publ


Columnists More