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Sri Lanka needs a president hungry for success, not power

Views - 776 Friday, 16 August 2019 00:00

The late John F. Kennedy described politics as a “noble adventure, an adventure in which one joins hands with the masses for the service of man”. Not that the Kennedys didn’t play “politricks” in their heyday. But playing “politricks” w


Me, that’s who: I’m afraid of Gota!

Views - 1500 Thursday, 15 August 2019 00:30

NO OFFENCE, BUT THE QUESTION BEGS ITSELF. In a piece titled ‘Who is afraid of Gotabaya (sic) Rajapaksa?’ Daily FT contributor Sarath de Alwis made a cogent argument as to why he was not reassured by Basil’s brief about his brother’s “inhere


All presidential candidates must be transparent and must enter into a social contract

Views - 112 Thursday, 15 August 2019 00:00

All presidential candidates, before seeking nominations, must transparently declare publicly, all relevant personal details, including the following; Date of birth and National Identity Card number Highest educational attainment Citizenship A core c


Culture of research: so important yet so difficult to foster

Views - 409 Thursday, 15 August 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka is in need of an active generation that is curious and ready to plunge into exploration. It is an activity that we have missed inculcating in our youngsters starting from a very young age. We are very much not ready to venture out, but ever


Monetary policy changes around the world and implications for Sri Lanka

Views - 473 Thursday, 15 August 2019 00:00

On 31 July 2019, the US Federal Reserve Bank (Fed) lowered interest rates by a quarter-percentage point for the first time since the Great Recession in 2008. What this means is that the Fed reduced its target range for the federal funds rate from 2.2


What non-Muslim Sri Lankans should know about Islam and Sri Lankan Muslims: Part I

Views - 607 Thursday, 15 August 2019 00:00

People will always believe what they want to believe, how they want to believe it, when they want to believe it. The events of Easter Sunday 2019 (Sunday 21 April 2019) triggered a process in Sri Lanka which has exposed the entire Sri Lankan Muslim p


Sajith’s intimidation at Badulla

Views - 819 Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:00

What happened on Wills Road in Badulla on 12 August was, if anything, plain attempted intimidation of the United National Party leadership by a prominent member of the party leadership itself – its Deputy Leader, Sajith Premadasa; its Minister Hari


What a brand architect means to me – Rev. Fr. Trevor G. Martin

Views - 1048 Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:00

I still remember the day that my mentor Rev. Fr. Joe Wickramasinghe bid adieu to St. Peter’s College; the thought that flashed through my mind was that we would never see this calibre of administrator at college again, given that Fr. Joe ran the en


NBFI consolidation and its untold consequences on the industry’s human capital

Views - 249 Tuesday, 13 August 2019 00:00

Hoping to find a better life, dockworker Kingsley Ofasa and eight other Ghanaian refugees stowed away on a Ukrainian cargo ship headed for the United States via France. The ship’s sailors discovered the refugees when they searched for water. Becaus


Lions in the military context: Leadership lesson for the corporate world

Views - 386 Tuesday, 13 August 2019 00:00

Napoleon Bonaparte said, “If you build an army of 100 lions led by a sheep, in any fight, the lions will die like sheep. But if you build an army of 100 sheep led by a lion, all sheep will fight like lions.” A similar statement made by General C


E-mail productivity: Your email is a reflection of you

Views - 951 Tuesday, 13 August 2019 00:00

Very often I am subjected to poorly composed, or ambiguous emails, with careless spelling and poor grammar. In the companies I worked, I always provided email guidelines to the staff and this made a significant difference and even enhanced the image


Sri Lanka should adopt an alternative financing strategy to achieve universal healthcare

Views - 215 Monday, 12 August 2019 22:41

Healthcare is something that touches all of us, given the most basic human goal which is that we all want to live healthy lives. The World Health Organisation defines that “health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and no


The issue of an independent Central Bank: Should it be or should it not be?

Views - 6582 Monday, 12 August 2019 00:30

Public debates on public policy should create informed citizens With the news release that the Government is going to introduce a new Monetary Law Act, commonly known as MLA – the law under which the present Central Bank (CBSL) has been established


Elections coming, are you ready?

Views - 297 Monday, 12 August 2019 00:21

“All happy families are alike, but an unhappy family is unhappy after its own fashion” opens Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy’s monumental novel, acclaimed by many literary critics to be the greatest novel ever written. With a masterful grasp of the


A political party isn’t a bastion of open democracy – Reply to Minister Eran Wickramaratne

Views - 241 Monday, 12 August 2019 00:16

The other day, Minister Eran Wickramaratne bemoaned that his own party, the United National Party, lacks democracy in its internal operations. This theme is doubtless going to be repeated by the Sajith Premadasa faction while pursuing its various gyr


Why aren’t our millennials at work?

Views - 216 Monday, 12 August 2019 00:00

Today is International Youth Day; a day described by the United Nations as the ‘annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in change’. Everyday, we see young people across the globe emanating entrepreneurial drive


Brewing tensions: Talking tea and terror from the south

Views - 203 Saturday, 10 August 2019 00:00

“Trade friction [was] started by the US, if the US wants to talk we will keep the door open. If they want to fight, we will fight until the end…Bully us? No way,” – Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe at Shangri-La Dialogue 2019


Two more warnings go unheeded and one was from the World Bank

Views - 477 Saturday, 10 August 2019 00:00

The Easter Sunday disaster which occurred at six locations close to the oceanic boundary of the country is said to have been known to the powers who could have acted on that information. Two powerful ministers represent two of the locations closer to


Real threats to our security

Views - 144 Friday, 9 August 2019 00:00

A secure tomorrow is first and foremost our ability to leave home without fear of bodily harm. Whether it is bodily harm, or other less obvious forms of insecurity, there is a limit to what we can do ourselves. There are external factors beyond our c


Referring the matter to the Supreme Court

Views - 320 Friday, 9 August 2019 00:00

Parliament is the supreme authority that enacts laws and formulates policies for the coun-try. It is also the custodian of public property of the country. If the Parliament, the Ministers and MPs misuse public property in their custody, contrary to t


Managing national security risks: Lessons to learn from safety critical industries

Views - 140 Friday, 9 August 2019 00:00

National security became a grave concern for Sri Lankan society after the Easter Sunday tragedy on 21 April. Even after passing the three-month remembrances just a few weeks ago, this concern and the associated anxieties have not yet come to a cease.


‘This is me, and here is what I need’

Views - 396 Friday, 9 August 2019 00:00

Today, 9 August, the first-ever Biannual Professor Uditha Liyanage Memorial Speech will be delivered by Deshamanya Dr. Mahesh Amalean at the PIM. The event is organised by the PIM, SLIM and CIM. On his fifth death anniversary, it is opportune to ref


Remembering a management sage, four years later

Views - 435 Friday, 9 August 2019 00:00

By Prof. Ajantha S. Dharmasiri Time has passed by. Four years have gone after the sad demise of my mentor. A lot has been said by now about this legendary marketing sage, since his untimely departure in August 2015. The Postgraduate Institute of Man


Dharmishta Samajaya and Yahapalanaya: Antithesis of the Dasa Raja Dharmaya?

Views - 242 Thursday, 8 August 2019 00:37

We like to say that that Buddhism is a way of life and that there are no barriers to anyone being a Buddhist. In fact, the Buddha would have endorsed something that Bishop Duleep Chickera, former Bishop of Colombo, said recently about him having mult


Shameless politicians and fatuous voters

Views - 346 Thursday, 8 August 2019 00:33

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, one of the most influential thinkers during the Enlightenment in 18th century Europe, had already observed that elections alone were no guarantee of liberty. He said: “The people of England deceive themselves when they fancy


8 critical blind-spots in business continuity: Why ignoring them is a risk

Views - 561 Thursday, 8 August 2019 00:20

Irrespective of size or nature of the business, every enterprise is exposed to ever changing threats that could disrupt its business. According to Forbes report 2019, the top five global risks in terms of likelihood are; nExtreme weather conditions


Sri Lanka’s growth path to a high income economy

Views - 1370 Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:30

The Sri Lankan economy grew at an annual average rate of 5.4% over the past 10 years from 2009 to 2018. The country reached a milestone in its economic progress with the graduation to an upper middle-income economy in July 2019. This is an opportune


Civil strategies contra presidentialism: has political society run out of steam?

Views - 194 Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:20

SRI LANKAN CITIZENRY AT LARGE HAVE A MIXED BAG OF CHARACTERISTICS. In adversity, we’ve garnered a reputation for being resilient: surviving wars, surmounting insurgencies, emerging from chaos to try and rebuild a broken nation. Under pressure in th


The advent of autonomous weapons

Views - 185 Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:00

Early man used sticks and tree branches. Then, animal bones, stones, rocks and metal. Later, gun powder added fuel to the fire, literally. Nuclear and chemical weapons proved that humans will not hold back the desire for power by killing mercilessly.


Burka and niqab: Lingering relics of tribal patriarchy

Views - 303 Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:00

After the Easter infamy in April this year, masterminded and executed by a murderous Muslim clique schooled in Wahhabism, and in the midst of continuing violence against innocent Muslims engineered by Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and its allied Buddhist supr


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The real cost of dengue

Monday, 23 September 2019

Rainy season not only brings much-needed water to Sri Lanka, but also an increase in mosquitoes and thus: dengue. As in many southern countries, Sri Lanka faces the challenge of controlling this mosquito-borne disease. Up to September 2019, the Epide


State of the economy of Sri Lanka

Saturday, 21 September 2019

I am not an economist nor do I profess to be an economic analyst. The views expressed in this presentation are those of a layman who has always been interested in the economic progress of Sri Lanka.


Premadasa, Père et Fils

Saturday, 21 September 2019

We are what time, circumstances and history has made of us. We are trapped in history. At age 77, I refuse to trap history in my mind. This essay is an obligation to history. Although J.R. Jayewardene introduced ‘Executive Presidentialism’, coer


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