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What will it take to make Sri Lanka a developed nation?

Views - 490 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:00

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and business tycoon Dhammika Perera gave their perspectives at the packed Fireside, organised by the Daily FT, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Sri Lanka, and CIMA at Hilton Colombo on 19 March saying Sri Lanka ha


The ‘myth’ behind published balance sheets

Views - 465 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:00

Public companies including banks are legally obliged to publish their audited annual balance sheets. We therefore see them appearing in the public media from time to time. For many of us such statements do not convey much information other than leavi


Trade frictions, a redrawing of supply chains and implications for Sri Lanka

Views - 385 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:00

The current US-China trade frictions and the broader US stance on trade relations with its key partners could trigger a substantial redrawing of supply chains across Asia and the world. This has implications for Sri Lanka, as it aims for a more trade


USJ does it: Bold attempt at combining innovation with art

Views - 6130 Monday, 8 April 2019 00:20

Relying on manpower or divine powers? The University of Sri Jayewardenepura or USJ, celebrating its 60th Anniversary as a recognised university this year, had hosted two main events to mark it. One involved in kicking-off of USJ’s long-term vision


Exalting People Professionals: Explore, Expand and Excel

Views - 416 Monday, 8 April 2019 00:10

The most premier HR event in the world will come to Colombo in 2020. It will bring prestige to the pearl of the Indian Ocean. We have selected a simply significant theme with wide-ranging implications ‘Exalting People Professionals: Explore, Expand


A mass agenda for working class politics

Views - 227 Monday, 8 April 2019 00:00

By Devaka Gunawardena In a recent column, political scientist Jayadeva Uyangoda argues that the polarisation of Sri Lankan politics is based on a battle between democratic and authoritarian forces. The latter is represented by the spectre of Gotabaya


Startling similarity between politicians and psychopaths

Views - 208 Saturday, 6 April 2019 00:10

Robert Hare, the leading expert on psychopathy as a mental disorder, who devised a psychopathic checklist, observed that psychopaths representing just one percent of the general population possess an especially heightened need for both power and pres


Can Sri Lanka be saved?

Views - 790 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:10

The system that prevails in Sri Lanka can be considered a corrupt and predatory one that allows powerful people to exploit the rest of the people and loot their properties at their whims and fancies, no matter how unreasonable it may seem. This corru


How strategic is your strategy?

Views - 280 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

The word strategy has become colloquial in usage today; as a word loosely used today, and also commonly used in places where it should not be. Often when we need to perform a task or improve something, we use the term ‘we must have a strategy’. H


Truth and half truths

Views - 308 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

‘Ardha’ is a Sanskrit word which means ‘half’. Post-modernist Sinhala writer and poet Shakthika Sathkumara wrote a short story captioned ‘Ardha’ and posted it on his Facebook page. Now he is in remand custody charged for an offense under


Lifelong support: Autism Spectrum Disorder beyond childhood in Sri Lanka

Views - 210 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

Up to 2% of the global population have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The exact number is hard to pinpoint, but millions of people are affected world-wide, tens or hundreds of thousands in Sri Lanka alone. Awareness of ASD is slowly rising in the c


State as a catalyst and facilitator can play a decisive role in ICTs

Views - 264 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

Information and Communication Technologies remained a State monopoly for a long time since first telegraph and then telecommunication systems were introduced in late 19th century. The Department of Posts and Telecommunication was the sole authority t


What is wrong with international human rights approaches?

Views - 176 Thursday, 4 April 2019 00:41

70 years is a long time since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the UN in December 1948. Whatever the marginal biases or weaknesses that it entails, it is a fair statement on human rights that all human beings should


Colombo – The one and only!

Views - 438 Thursday, 4 April 2019 00:31

Last year in October something quite interesting happened. Now I think most of you would be jumping to a conclusion, which indicates how much we know about things political but not at all about very important developments with respect to our nation


Empowerment – A must have!

Views - 166 Thursday, 4 April 2019 00:00

Empowerment is a buzz word in the corporate world today. We here of “empowering people” and “empowered organisations” .The dictionary meaning of empower is to “authorise, allow and sanction” more elaborated as “give power to” and/or


The pathetic way Sri Lanka attracts FDI

Views - 499 Wednesday, 3 April 2019 00:00

One of the most important and most widely-used skills in marketing is brand and product promotion. This basic technique consists of corporate messages aimed to stimulate awareness of, interest in, and purchase of its products. Nowadays, however, it


Hydrogen as an option for power crisis, financial industry tool and current account stabiliser

Views - 267 Tuesday, 2 April 2019 00:00

As the future of the longstanding core-relationship between the financial industry especially the non-banking financial industry (NBFI) and the motor vehicle-based leasing industry is highly questionable, it’s the right time to look for other alter


ETI depositors and public funds – An open letter to Eran Wickremaratne

Views - 568 Tuesday, 2 April 2019 00:00

Dear Minister – with due respect, it is the public deposits of the depositors of the ETI that are at stake here. They are not, repeat not, the private funds of the directors and the shareholders, notwithstanding that they have been fraudulently use


Ven. Rahula’s Sathyodaya: Let truth be awakened in top leaders and CEB people

Views - 9156 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:29

Two events bearing on each other Two events that had no direct connection to each other but could have a bearing took place in Sri Lanka last week. One was the AFP report about an unconventional method used by the country’s power producer, Ceylon E


Do elections matter?

Views - 105 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:00

In all democracies, whether they are matured or not, periodic elections to change governments have lost their credibility and substance in the prevailing neoliberal economic world order. In this order it is global capital represented by its corporate


Boeing 737 Max – The essentials

Views - 591 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:00

The second fatal crash of Boeing’s latest aircraft, the B737 Max 8, in Ethiopia on 10 March has reverberated all over the world. The Max is the latest iteration of Boeing’s classic 737 design that first flew in 1967 and is the world’s bestselli


Living ‘So Sri Lanka’

Views - 388 Saturday, 30 March 2019 00:55

So much banter about this tagline. Here is a different perspective. Finally what matters to the country is:


Reconciliation: Sinhalese attitude, Buddhist perspective and Indian solution

Views - 576 Saturday, 30 March 2019 00:10

Through the entire period of independence Sri Lanka experienced ethnic conflicts. The majority Sinhalese had conflicts with Tamils of Indian origin, Sri Lankan Tamils and Muslims. After the independence, especially after 1956, the Burgher community o


When primordial identity turns predatory

Views - 80 Saturday, 30 March 2019 00:08

The carnage in Christchurch, New Zealand, that killed almost 50 worshipping Muslims inside two mosques was not the first crime of Muslim hatred in history and will not be the last. The unassailable stand that Prime Minister Jacinda A


Barring Nagananda Kodituwakku from practicing law

Views - 2541 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:10

The Supreme Court has issued an order barring Nagananda Kodithuwakku, Attorney-at-Law and public interest litigation activist, who has entered the political arena of Sri Lanka as a prospective presidential candidate, from practicing as a lawyer for


Reading economy through business surveys

Views - 227 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

Today’s competitive business environment envisages timely information as a key resource for proactive decision making. If organisations do not have efficient and effective mechanisms to obtain right information at right time, the chances of succeed


Grade 5 Scholarship Examination: Make it smarter, abolish not!

Views - 387 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

The President has made headlines declaring an intention by the Government to abolish the Grade Five Scholarship examination. The President is free to express his opinions but policy making has to be led by the Minister of Education and ratified by th


HDFC Bank – supporting house-building to build the nation

Views - 127 Thursday, 28 March 2019 01:00

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home. These are the words of the great Chinese philosopher Confucius. A home, after all, keeps families together and is the base from which we venture to the world outside and succeed in life


India’s new economic vision can transform South Asia in just a decade

Views - 265 Thursday, 28 March 2019 00:00

In South Asia, the India’s Economic Vision of 2022 is an upcoming economic model launched in June 2018, which is to change the social and economic status of the eight South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations. South Asia cons


Belt and Road friend in need: China and Sri Lanka

Views - 486 Thursday, 28 March 2019 00:00

In recent years, with the continuous improvement of the economic and trade cooperation between China and Sri Lanka, Chinese enterprises have made leaps and bounds in their investment in Sri Lanka and signed contracts to invest in large-scale projects


Today's Columnists

Let sanity prevail

Saturday, 18 May 2019

To those of our generation it will appear that Sri Lanka is in a near permanent state of conflict; now hidden, now open, citizen against citizen, brother against brother. There are interruptions to the theme of violence, these breaks are mistaken for


The crisis and constitutional violations

Friday, 17 May 2019

Sri Lanka was in a deep and complex crisis even before the outbreak of the Easter Sunday attacks. Now, in the wake of the Easter Sunday attacks, the country has plunged into a deeper and bigger crisis, which is more complex than it was before. The ec


Who are we?

Friday, 17 May 2019

Faced with a tragedy of the scale we have just witnessed, I don’t believe it’s enough to ask how it happened, or what happens next. We must ask a much more fundamental question, which is, who are we? The easy answer is to say we are Sri Lankans,


Mangala’s mistake

Friday, 17 May 2019

The script of ‘Mangala’s mistake’ is simple and straightforward. It begins with a pervasive silence of our collective complicity with an untruth. Mangala decides to pierce the conspiracy of silence with the obvious truth. It is a grave mistake


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