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Militant monk modernises Muslim marriages

Views - 83 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera’s private bill in Parliament to altogether remove the MMDA, apparently to save underage Muslim girls from being forcibly married, and to modernise Muslim marriage and divorce, although seemingly progressive to the unin


A century of multilateralism: Will it last another 100?

Views - 137 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

Wilsonian idealism gave birth to multilateralism a century ago as nation states emerged from the ravages of the Great War, which came to be identified as the First World War in ensuing decades. The depth of the devastation, the incomparable loss of l


Upgrading livelihood strategies and the redeployment of three-wheeler drivers in Sri Lanka

Views - 204 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

Three-wheelers have become a popular mode of transport in the urban, rural and state sectors of the country. This informal transport sector has boomed throughout both the developed and developing worlds, bridging the gap of inadequate, inefficient an


Nature of circumstances in business – yet unforeseen

Views - 118 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

The academic teachings in business expressly or impliedly advocate the notion of correlation between knowledge and outcome in which there is some belief that knowledge through futuristic models in business and strategies recommended may result in suc


Follow the leader: Management by Walking Around

Views - 544 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

Management by Walking Around (MBWA) has received prominence due to the leadership of the country President Gotabaya Rajapaksa making surprise visits to some of the important Government departments to observe the workings and efficiency of the public


Nature’s fury

Views - 109 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

Many consider nature to be rather benign, it is there and so what. But over the years, and especially in the last decade many started to think about the way the nature is changing, not for the better. Scientists have been focusing on this for a long


Lessons from Australian bushfire

Views - 238 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

According to BBC News, at least 24 people have died since the fires began in September. The same news has stated that air quality in the capital Canberra was this weekend rated the worst in the world. There are many natural reasons for this but human


Too far, too fast?

Views - 182 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

After a stellar 2019, investors are naturally asking themselves whether the strong performance can continue in 2020 or not. Trying to answer this is difficult as different perspectives provide different answers. Our approach to this challenge is to s


Central Bank’s Road Map for 2020 and Beyond: Government’s full cooperation is needed to realise targets

Views - 5208 Monday, 13 January 2020 09:40

Last week, the new Governor of the Central Bank, Prof. W.D. Lakshman, unveiled the Central Bank’s Road Map for 2020 and Beyond before a select audience. The speech delivered by Lakshman can be accessed at https://youtu.be/ehHMUU42XLM .


Chaudhary Group: Forging ahead globally, uplifting Nepal locally

Views - 965 Monday, 13 January 2020 09:39

As Chaudhary Group (CG) Managing Director Nirvana Chaudhary increasingly takes command of his family-owned, third generation business empire from his father, CG Chairman and President Binod Chaudhary, a role he has been groomed for since he was a


Way forward to success

Views - 166 Monday, 13 January 2020 09:35

People/politicians of the country are famous for talking of the past. Yes this country was strong at independence. 72 years later we have come a long way with +/-. Now let’s forget the past and march towards the future. To be a great country once a


Ukrainian 737 shoot down – just the latest in long history of such tragedies

Views - 214 Monday, 13 January 2020 09:26

The Iranian authorities have, three days later, admitted that the Ukrainian International Airlines Boeing 737 was destroyed by a missile strike. The aircraft departed Tehran’s Khomeini airport on Wednesday, 8 January 2020.


Mind, matter and managers

Views - 757 Monday, 13 January 2020 08:58

I was very pleased to deliver my first-ever convocation address at the recently concluded convocation of the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka. In today’s column I have produced the entire text of my speech.


Ranjan’s whirlpool and National Anthem

Views - 2147 Friday, 10 January 2020 00:00

The police had taken into custody, 338 CDs containing recordings of telephone conversations, found in the residence of MP Ranjan Ramanayake. The number of telephone conversations recorded in them is more than 13,000. Ranjan Ramanayake had followed a


Battle of Stalingrad, the turning point of World War II

Views - 395 Friday, 10 January 2020 00:00

“We have opponents. There can be no mercy allowed them. On the contrary, there is only one possibility: either we fall, or our opponent falls. We are aware of that, and we are men enough to look this knowledge straight in the eye, cool as ice. And


Language of the national anthem

Views - 1244 Thursday, 9 January 2020 00:11

I was studying in Grade Seven when I joined the Scout Association at my school. Scouts have a list of tasks to complete. When you complete them successively, you are given various badges and promotions. One of the very first tasks was to sing the nat


Sri Lanka needs more education entrepreneurs

Views - 619 Thursday, 9 January 2020 00:04

The Government has said that it will take steps to provide every student an opportunity to receive university education in the future. In the last decade global HR thought leaders have created a very powerful human capital view, that if you invest in


EPF needs a review and revision

Views - 434 Thursday, 9 January 2020 00:00

All countries need to address the social security of their subjects who need to be supported. Social security is asserted in Article 22 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, stated as follows: “Everyone, as a member of society, has the rig


Reformatting Government operating system

Views - 271 Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:00

Sri Lanka has a newly-elected President and an interim group of Ministers, Deputy Ministers and State Ministers. The Secretaries to the Ministries have already been appointed and the Chairpersons and Board of Directors are being progressively appoint


Manufacturing in 2020: Connecting machines to networks and companies to end-consumers

Views - 162 Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:00

While change is buffeting the industrial manufacturing industry from a number of directions, the most disruptive changes will be those which manufacturers can and should make for themselves. Many of these manufacturers are already taking advantage o


Gota’s vision and Muslim leadership

Views - 1231 Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:00

During the presidential campaign, Colombo Telegraph (1 November 2019) carried a column, ‘Muslims Must Turn Left’, to which one commentator responded, “Not left or right but straight”. I am not sure what that commentator meant by ‘straight


Electricity crisis and Gotabaya’s proposals

Views - 1381 Tuesday, 7 January 2020 00:00

The last Presidential Election was held under precarious electricity supply conditions to citizens, after power-cuts in March/April. Easter Sunday attacks reduced tourist arrivals and heavy rainfall from July to Christmas filled the country’s reser


Winds of change a positive sign for 2020 and beyond?

Views - 269 Tuesday, 7 January 2020 00:00

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa outlined his and his Government’s policies during the opening of the Parliament on 3 January. He emphasised on the need for transformation of all segments of the society with a singular focus on economic transformation


Bitcoin and cryptocurrency: Myths and realities – Part 3: The foundation

Views - 841 Monday, 6 January 2020 00:36

Every house needs a good foundation to stand on. Every tree requires strong roots to grow. Every train needs solid tracks to run on. Sensing a theme? Good! Roots, foundations, backbones, whichever term we use, a firm, solid base is important if you w


Gota’s economic war: Ferocity of the enemy makes the challenge frightening

Views - 7720 Monday, 6 January 2020 00:00

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa – now fondly called Gota by everyone – inherited an underperforming economy. It was just like the economy which the previous administration had inherited from his brother some five years ago. As I had presented in thi


Incumbent President of Sri Lanka must enforce domestic discipline

Views - 254 Monday, 6 January 2020 00:00

The incumbent President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in his dedicatory maiden speech on the fourth session of the eighth Parliament, said that electoral reforms were needed to ensure the stability of Parliament. He also stated this Parliament should become an


2019 aviation industry in retrospect

Views - 691 Monday, 6 January 2020 00:00

Aviation’s main story of the last year has been, of course, the 737 MAX accidents and all the controversy surrounding this aircraft. The significance and commercial impact of this ongoing saga, has masked what was otherwise another successful year


A new ‘sun of righteousness’ over a ‘thrice-blessed isle’?

Views - 611 Friday, 3 January 2020 00:30

I didn’t get a new year’s greeting from the President this year. But I’m not complaining because it’s rather reassuring that our Chief Executive won’t stoop to conquer, unlike many of his presidential predecessors. Since our new Head of Sta


Turning disaster into a blessing

Views - 579 Friday, 3 January 2020 00:10

After ending the internal civil war, there were no killings of civilians or damage to property caused by terrorist attacks until the recent attack launched on Easter Sunday, by a group of extremist Muslim youths. But, in the aftermath of the interna


Gota’s vision and Gautama’s villains

Views - 1106 Friday, 3 January 2020 00:00

Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s immediate admission after winning the presidency that he was elected overwhelmingly if not solely by the Sinhalese voters, but that he would be a president for all communities was applauded by the whole country and even by fore


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Here’s looking at you, kid

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

A cabbie in the Colombo suburbs leads a double life. He has a wife in Kadawatha, and another in Kaduwela. One day, an altercation in Kahathuduwa leaves him concussed in hospital first and then confused at the police station. This leads to two address


Two-thirds majority without consensus is like a razor in the hands of a monkey gone berserk

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Two significant events, amongst many others, define Sri Lanka’s impotency in preventing waste, corruption and a total absence of ethical and moral behaviour amongst Parliamentarians and senior officials. History also shows that political decisions


The politics of Gotabaya-economics

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

In his path-breaking book ‘Thinking Fast and Slow,’ Daniel Kahneman, psychologist and Nobel Laureate in Economics, divides our thinking process into two systems. System I is automatic and intuitive. System II is conscious and deliberative. We nee


Bringing the East and West together in shared commitment to multilateralism

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

It gives me great pleasure to attend the 56th Munich Security Conference and join friends old and new. We attend this year’s MSC at an unusual moment, as my colleagues and I came straight from a battlefront. Under the strong leadership of President


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