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FDI: Are we underestimating its value?

Views - 474 Thursday, 2 August 2018 00:00

Foreign Direct Investment or FDI is the new topic in Sri Lanka but it is something that changed the trade dynamics decades ago and is the sole reason for countries like China, Singapore and Malaysia to be leading economic players in the world today.


The missing ingredient in Sri Lankan classrooms: Uncertainty

Views - 409 Wednesday, 1 August 2018 00:00

When perusing the prevailing dynamics of the Sri Lankan education system, I have observed that uncertainty is commonly


Respect the three-wheeled vehicle drivers

Views - 535 Wednesday, 1 August 2018 00:00

I was in school when the three-wheeled vehicles first started to drive on the roads of Sri Lanka. The blue, green, red


Mahakapi Jathaka: Essences of Bodhisattva leadership, golden circle of safety and Simon Sinek

Views - 361 Wednesday, 1 August 2018 00:00

It is fascinating to observe that Peter Drucker, father of modern management, thought that it is the efficient management


War on drugs: Science or fiction?

Views - 124 Wednesday, 1 August 2018 00:00

“Some may think that the death penalty is too harsh a penalty. I do not think so. Many countries have come to the stage where they accept the death penalty” – Ranil Wickremesinghe, 1984.


Culture and good governance

Views - 160 Tuesday, 31 July 2018 00:00

Sunil Wijesinha, a well-known business leader and well-recognised administrator, one who pioneered the quality and productivity movement in the country, whom I am privileged to consider to be a distinguished friend, has given a very important message


People Perspectives: Diverse Discussions for Discovery

Views - 210 Monday, 30 July 2018 00:00

I am so happy to present my seventh book titled, “People Perspectives”. It is a display of diverse discussion for discovery, in fact, my third collection of articles based on the “Humane Results” column published in the Daily FT. Today’s co


Yes, we Khan!

Views - 433 Monday, 30 July 2018 00:00

Imran Khan’s victory in the Pakistani elections is of enormous and positive significance for all of us in South Asia.


Enhanced bilateral trade is Imran Khan’s path to peace with India

Views - 221 Monday, 30 July 2018 00:00

Imran Khan, leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party, which swept the 25 July Pakistan National Assembly elections, brings to the office of Prime Minister the unusual dynamism and sense of purpose which marked his leadership of the Pakistan


Part I: National Export Strategy 2018-22: Disrupt the economy fast if the goals are to be attained

Views - 738 Monday, 30 July 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s Export Development Board, better known as EDB, released the country’s National Export Strategy, dubbed as NES, last week after conducting a series of national consultations for over a year with main stakeholders (available at: http://


The story of Singapore: Lessons for Sri Lanka

Views - 659 Friday, 27 July 2018 00:00

A financial hub capable of competing with the likes of New York and London. A country that decades ago was a poor


Badi revolution and its disappointing aftermath

Views - 140 Friday, 27 July 2018 00:00

Badiuddin Mahmud (1904-1997), or Badi as he was popularly known, was a product of Aligarh University, an educationist,


A shadow falls over a drugged republic?

Views - 203 Thursday, 26 July 2018 00:00

The political-signal-sending-savvy President’s outspoken call to execute drug dealers has been debated to the death – very nearly literally – most of the past fortnight or so. While prelates and clerics may have had their two cents’ worth to


Hitler in Sri Lanka!

Views - 608 Thursday, 26 July 2018 00:00

“The life of nations merely repeats, on a large scale, the lives of their component cells” – Marcel Proust


Robots are coming! Time to enjoy leisure

Views - 233 Thursday, 26 July 2018 00:00

It was Isaac Asimov who coined the three laws of robotics in his 1950 classic ‘I, Robot’ – A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm; A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except


It’s not her midriff (or her arms or legs), it’s you!

Views - 622 Wednesday, 25 July 2018 00:00

Nearly 20 years ago, Cat’s Eyei wrote about the peculiar stereotypes expected of ‘good Sri Lankan women’ who are also


Dark clouds over the (investment) horizon; do we care enough to blow them away?

Views - 142 Wednesday, 25 July 2018 00:00

It is perhaps the dark clouds that appear over the horizon in Sri Lanka that made Jayakala Mahesvaran speak nostalgically


The countdown of generational first-hand stories: ‘Black July’ 35 years later

Views - 526 Wednesday, 25 July 2018 00:00

Here we are again at another anniversary of the pogrom in Sri Lanka known as ‘Black July’.


Is the Government budget slowing the economy?

Views - 341 Tuesday, 24 July 2018 00:00


Japanese Football Team demonstrates to the world

Views - 293 Tuesday, 24 July 2018 00:00

A popular video clip going around in social media shows how the Japanese Football Team cleaned and tidied the dressing room and their spectator stand, after they lost their match recently and was getting ready to leave for home. To some, this was su


Colonial Christian mentality of nationalist Sinhala Buddhists

Views - 626 Tuesday, 24 July 2018 00:00

There was an article published under the name Cat’s Eye titled ‘Divorce law in Sri Lanka: Fostering animosity, not relationships’ on 11 July (http://www.ft.lk/columns/Divorce-law-in-Sri-Lanka--Fostering-animosity--not-relationships/4-658793). W


Graduates have responsibility to impart digital knowledge to fellow citizens

Views - 431 Monday, 23 July 2018 00:10

Let me congratulate all those who receive their degrees today at this General Convocation on the achievements they have made.


Economics to prevail over politics: The awakening long overdue

Views - 265 Monday, 23 July 2018 00:00

It was interesting to read W.A. Wijewardena’s article titled ‘Crisis-ridden Sri Lanka economy: Time for economics to prevail over politics’.


Why not Dinesh Gunawardena?

Views - 497 Monday, 23 July 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka won the cricket World Cup once, but never again. We started down the slippery slope almost the morning after we had reached the zenith of achievement.


Bright star Imran Khan could well go the way of his predecessors

Views - 234 Saturday, 21 July 2018 00:10

Imran Khan, the Pakistani cricket star, anti-corruption crusader and politician, appears to be within reach of his cherished goal of winning the 25 July Pakistan National Assembly (NA) elections and becoming Prime Minister.


Sri Lanka’s Trade Information Portal – Bringing local traders one step closer to the global market

Views - 232 Friday, 20 July 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s traditional lacework famously known as Beeralu is slowly moving into the spotlight of the global fashion industry


Building great organisations: What will it take in the future?

Views - 221 Friday, 20 July 2018 00:00

I would like to begin by congratulating the Great Place to Work Institute for organising this event to recognise ‘Sri Lanka’s Best


Top Cola brand crashing globally; lesson for Sri Lanka

Views - 3323 Friday, 20 July 2018 00:00

We have heard the age old adage, if a brand is not in line to the trends of a customer, they will cease to exist over time.


Religion and politics: a tale of two hypocrisies

Views - 266 Friday, 20 July 2018 00:00

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief,


Development of national housing and Employees’ Provident Fund

Views - 176 Thursday, 19 July 2018 00:00

‘Singapore’ has become a buzzword in the media circles today. Media speak is centred round many issues. Extradition of the fugitive Central Bank Governor appointed to the post on a recommendation by our PM, now missing and reportedly taken refuge


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In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Saturday, 22 September 2018

‘Indian Film,’ first published in 1963 and co-authored by former Columbia University Professor Erik Barnouw and his student Dr. Subrahmanyam Krishnaswamy, is considered a seminal study of the evolution and growth of Indian cinema. The book is cit


Imran may turn blind eye to blasphemy law and persecution of Ahmadiyyas

Saturday, 22 September 2018

There are clear signs that Pakistan’s freshly minted Prime Minister, Imran Khan, will make a sincere effort to reduce corruption and maladministration in the domestic sphere. In foreign affairs he is likely to make a brave attempt to mend fences wi


The rate of exchange, capital flight and the Central Bank

Friday, 21 September 2018

The Central Bank (CBSL) exists for the sole purpose of price stability. Its controls on the financial system and monetary policy exist to maintain price stability. As put forth many times by the Governor, the failing of the CBSL to control inflation


Red flag over the Sri Lankan Navy

Friday, 21 September 2018

Shocking story Rusiripala, a former banker in Sri Lanka, who has taken to writing in Daily FT, is perturbed by the red flag I have raised (Daily FT article 18 September) over the shocking charge that our Navy had operated a ransom gang that had abduc


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