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MMDA, ACJU, politicians and women

Views - 23 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:10

It is 10 years since Justice Saleem Marsoof (JSM) and his committee was appointed to review and make recommendations to reform the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), passed originally in 1951 and amended in 1954, 1955, 1965 and 1969 before becom


President Trump looked for the failed idea of a wall

Views - 21 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

The talks over the “Wall of Trump” between the US-Mexico Border Security broke down with Congressional leaders over the weekend. After the renewed call for a wall at his second State of the Union, President Donald Trump attended a political rally


‘The Man Who Would Be King’: Remembering Anura Bandaranaike on his 70th birth anniversary

Views - 1804 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:20

‘The Man Who Would Be King’ is the title of a long tale written by Rudyard Kipling in 1888. This very popular story was made into a successful film starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer by the well-known director John Husto


Of pseudo-democrats, discipline and the coming death of liberty?

Views - 102 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:15

I despair of our politicos and would-be politicians. Not that they are not all honourable men. From the honourable prime minister to the former defence secretary discharging his duty honourably after premature retirement! But that honour often dresse


The importance of the 2019 Government Budget

Views - 74 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

The tension between the SLFP and the UNP was largely triggered after the defeat of the UNP and the President’s SLFP faction at the Local Government polls last year, resulting in a blame game on the two sides. Thereafter no side made a real effort t


Government infrastructure projects dwarfed by private investments in the hotel plant

Views - 67 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

The tourism industry has been referred to as a ‘thrust industry’ and ‘engine of growth’ by the State ad nauseam, while in reality the industry is paid only lip service. The immense benefits both direct and indirect often go unnoticed. Today


Crisis of the Constitution

Views - 162 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

Now, economically, Sri Lanka is in a state of virtual bankruptcy, which cannot be controlled. Politically too, it is on the verge of anarchy. Fluctuations of political crisis affect the economic crisis while those of economic crisis affect the politi


Aekiya rajyaya (ඒකීය රාඡ්‍යය) and orumiththa nadu (ஒுமித்த நா)

Views - 72 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

There is a report given by the expert panel appointed by the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly in the form of a draft constitution. Based on this, the Steering Committee will have to prepare a draft constitution, if they wish, to be d


After all, customers too are humans!

Views - 147 Thursday, 14 February 2019 01:44

Desire to be cared for is a universal human need. We all yearn for it from the ‘womb’ to the ‘tomb’. Caring is an absolutely essential requirement that all human beings need, and it is something that can be easily given by the sensible use of


Some reasons for the impending failure of the ‘New Constitution’

Views - 43 Thursday, 14 February 2019 01:21

It is not only the ‘aekeeya/orumiththandu’ confusion and the ‘draft provisions’ for a new constitution that are questionable, but also the procedure and the process that were followed in drafting them. Under the present circumstances, there i


Sri Lanka now needs visionary leaders

Views - 317 Thursday, 14 February 2019 01:15

In Sri Lanka, our political leaders have forgotten that we had elected them to represent our interests, care for our welfare and to drive the country to greater heights. It is sad that they had forgotten that aspect altogether. It appears they think


Bank frauds and rising NPAs: Do we have the right people in the financial industry?

Views - 1436 Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:00

There are 33 banks and 48 finance companies in Sri Lanka. The financial industry which mainly consists of the Banking Financial Industry (BFI) and the Non-Banking Financial Industry (NBFI) approximately has an asset base of 12.2 trillion. This compr


The role of religion in conflict, peacebuilding and governance

Views - 220 Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:00

Religious organisations and beliefs are potential drivers of, or barriers to, social change - the transformation of social and political structures in pursuit of, for instance, democratisation, participation, human rights, social inclusion and gende


Will tourism lose another chance?

Views - 802 Tuesday, 12 February 2019 00:16

Last week we saw the appointment of another respected business professional to drive Sri Lanka Tourism – the sixth Chairman to drive the entity Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) within a space of just four years. If I may capture since 20


Attack on ATMs: The use of the ‘eyeball test’ involving vigilance is the best

Views - 6117 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:20

It seems that the genetic code of modern Homo sapiens is not different from that of other species. The latter is guided not by thinking but by instincts. Similarly, Homo sapiens is still embedded with the ‘gene of fear’ that compels it to ‘figh


Of Mintzberg and Zuckerberg: Communities and commodities

Views - 309 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:10

Henry Mintzberg, the veteran management thinker, promotes the concept of “community,” stating that leadership should pave way for “communityship”. Mark Zuckerberg, on the other hand, created the largest social media platform, Facebook, with a


Sri Lankan tourism; all that glitters is not gold

Views - 327 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

Tourism in Sri Lanka was said to have reached an all-time high last year with a staggering 2.2 million tourists visiting the country. While news articles widely publicised this never before seen rate, little did anyone pay attention to return in inve


Apple: The Emperor has no clothes

Views - 305 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

A Goldman Sachs analyst has compared Apple’s current troubles to that faced by Nokia in 2007. Nokia depended on customer upgrades for sales in a saturated market in 2007 for that era’s phones. Steve Jobs came out with the touchscreen iPhone that


President strident and adamant

Views - 106 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:10

President Maithripala Sirisena sounds adamant and seems to have taken a couple of strides towards making capital punishment law in the country. He has been talking quite extensively about reintroducing capital punishment. Is this the right way forwar


Catch the corrupt by a system of whistleblowers

Views - 192 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:10

There aren’t steel-clad “honest persons” In a recent piece I wrote titled ‘Look not for honest men; look for systems that keep persons honest,’ I made the point that Sri Lankans have hitherto relied on appeals to persons in authority to be


Give me liberty – or the right seat

Views - 181 Friday, 8 February 2019 00:20

I am celebrating Sri Lanka’s Independence Day – today. Not because I want to be perverse or contrary. But because well-meaning liberals have told me I can if I want to. And that in a democracy the individual has a choice. There are others who hav


Understanding Sri Lanka through education and agriculture

Views - 248 Friday, 8 February 2019 00:10

Sri Lanka is in a state of backwardness and confusion in terms of its knowledge on things as well as the way it thinks. This backwardness and confusion can be seen rooted even in accepted policies of far-reaching consequences – so much so that it h


Quality circle for a collaborative organisational culture

Views - 87 Friday, 8 February 2019 00:00

Almost all the companies face problems every day and those are very different from the problems that occurred in the past.  Some of them may appear on the surface, but most of them are under the water and creates a hidden factory which is responsibl


Introducing facilities management global best practices to Sri Lanka

Views - 107 Friday, 8 February 2019 00:00

Happier and healthier employees take fewer sick days. According to a 2015 study, health and productivity programs can cut costs by up to $1,600 per employee in reduced leave days. In today’s competitive recruiting climate, healthy and pleasant offi


‘Kanatte’ experiences

Views - 109 Friday, 8 February 2019 00:00

It is perhaps trite to say that we cannot escape our condition, the here and now. While each individual faces a private reality, together we confront a common reality, in a defined place, at a defined time. Living here in Sri Lanka, in these early d


Modernising madrasas for new paideia

Views - 78 Friday, 8 February 2019 00:00

“It is a fact that when disputation and disagreement … on any topic have once risen among a people, it is not possible, after they have taken root, for that disputation and disagreement to be entirely eradicated … the intelligent man will not b


Refreshing research! Hantana Vision

Views - 177 Thursday, 7 February 2019 00:29

There is always the question, what have our universities contributed by way of research towards national needs and to the cause of development? This question is asked in many ways in many a forum. I am quite sure that most of those who question have


Will President-proposed Korean LNG plant result in killing of Mannar gas?

Views - 553 Thursday, 7 February 2019 00:22

After the publication of my article ‘The 50-day Govt. in 7 days, attempts to award biggest value contract in history’ in Daily FT on 9 January, I received number of messages from individuals involved in the industry who upgraded my knowledge. I a


Thriving coastlines: Mangrove restoration in Sri Lanka

Views - 168 Thursday, 7 February 2019 00:02

On the border between land and sea, a unique ecosystem covers tropical and subtropical regions around the world: Mangrove forests. Mangroves are well adapted to saline water and the tides, and they thrive along the coastlines of over 118 countries, i


Let’s play like a girl?

Views - 217 Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:10

As we complete 71 years of independence and look back on 2018 – it is unmistakable – once again women and girls from Sri Lanka have emerged triumphant in sport! It was heartening to see a series of news headlines, social media posts and videos c


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MMDA, ACJU, politicians and women

Saturday, 16 February 2019

It is 10 years since Justice Saleem Marsoof (JSM) and his committee was appointed to review and make recommendations to reform the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), passed originally in 1951 and amended in 1954, 1955, 1965 and 1969 before becom


President Trump looked for the failed idea of a wall

Saturday, 16 February 2019

The talks over the “Wall of Trump” between the US-Mexico Border Security broke down with Congressional leaders over the weekend. After the renewed call for a wall at his second State of the Union, President Donald Trump attended a political rally


‘The Man Who Would Be King’: Remembering Anura Bandaranaike on his 70th birth anniversary

Friday, 15 February 2019

‘The Man Who Would Be King’ is the title of a long tale written by Rudyard Kipling in 1888. This very popular story was made into a successful film starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer by the well-known director John Husto


Of pseudo-democrats, discipline and the coming death of liberty?

Friday, 15 February 2019

I despair of our politicos and would-be politicians. Not that they are not all honourable men. From the honourable prime minister to the former defence secretary discharging his duty honourably after premature retirement! But that honour often dresse


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