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Ministry of Information and Communication Technology: A nation rich in technology

Views - 761 Wednesday, 9 October 2019 00:30

Sri Lanka is currently at the stage of shifting from an emerging market to a developed market and Smart Solutions are seen as the key towards growth.


How prudent is your bank in technology investments?

Views - 326 Wednesday, 9 October 2019 00:00

Technology encompasses all business processes of an organisation. Its impact is profound. Banks heavily rely on technology and aggressively use same for growth and profitability. Similarly, fintech has become a buzzword for many including banks and v


Green employee: An eco-friendly thought

Views - 150 Wednesday, 9 October 2019 00:00

Today’s society is concerned with concepts like ‘environmentally conscious,’ ‘eco-friendly’, ‘eco-conscious’ and ‘going green’ because of their importance for conserving resources and sustaining the environment. Errors and mistakes


Sanga as MCC President: Future of SL cricket?

Views - 1185 Wednesday, 9 October 2019 00:00

The first non-British President of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), a true son of Sri Lanka, Kumar Sangakkara, took over the club’s reins on 1 October 2019 for the next 12 months. His mandate, as was clearly outlined by outgoing president Anthony


Dangerous currents

Views - 217 Tuesday, 8 October 2019 00:00

Whoever wins at the forthcoming Presidential Election, the final results will have huge implication for the parliamentary election that would follow at the end of this year. Although it is pointless to predict even before the nominations are closed,


Would Sri Lanka miss the opportunity of the century?

Views - 533 Tuesday, 8 October 2019 00:00

The greatest changes in world history took place gradually, without even getting the attention of a wider majority of the people. The same is taking place right now. While many are preoccupied discussing various trends over the next many decades, the


Ministry of Finance and Planning: A nation rich in wealth

Views - 1091 Monday, 7 October 2019 08:35

This new series is based on business leader Dhammika Perera’s recently revealed ‘Economic Growth Strategy and Action Plan to increase GDP Per Capita from $ 4,000 to $ 12,000’. The document outlines goals and action plans for 23 Ministries and t


Democracy at a crossroads: Sri Lanka has not narrowed corridor of liberty but effectively blocked it

Views - 7711 Monday, 7 October 2019 08:30

The latest book by the duo of ‘Why Nations Fail’ fame – Daron Acemoglu of MIT and James Robinson of Chicago – titled ‘The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies and the Fate of Liberty’ was released on 24 September.


Amendment to the People’s Bank Act; was it much ado about nothing?

Views - 149 Monday, 7 October 2019 08:27

The bill to amend the People’s Bank Act has been passed in Parliament despite the cliché ‘privatisation’ allegation associated with any change to the status quo of a public enterprise. The Minister in charge of the subject dispelled these all


Ramifications of People’s Bank Act amendment

Views - 154 Monday, 7 October 2019 08:11

“All paid up shares of the bank shall be held by the Secretary to the Treasury in his official capacity, for and on behalf of the CROWN” – Now repealed! After much debate and expressions of social concerns the controversial Bill to amend certai


Gotabaya exonerated, Sajith gets the nomination: The baton passes, or will it?

Views - 1365 Monday, 7 October 2019 08:04

Unless someone throws a last minute grenade, Gotabaya Rajapaksa will head the favourite spot for the presidency along with Sajith Premadasa on 16 November. Several also-rans and a couple of others, whose preferences could become pivotal for Gotabaya


What’s your tagline? The stories of some great ones

Views - 206 Monday, 7 October 2019 01:28

All of us have favourite taglines – some of which are liked because they are funny, a few because we love the product so much, we naturally recall the tagline. Sometimes this is just due to the fact that the brand...


Legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan wins prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Views - 9226 Saturday, 5 October 2019 00:20

Legendary Hindi film actor Amitabh Bachchan will be the latest recipient of India’s celebrated Dadasaheb Phalke Award this year. The annual award honours a distinguished person in the field of cinema for his or her “outstandi


Commonwealth SG’s clarion call and our everlasting gift to CHOGM participants

Views - 281 Saturday, 5 October 2019 00:10

The Commonwealth Secretary General’s clarion call “to challenge climate doubters before it is too late” was very timely and noteworthy. Our mind goes back to September 2013 when Fortune magazine of 2 September 2013 carried 18 photographs of wa


Avoiding the middle income trap

Views - 489 Friday, 4 October 2019 00:25

Dhammika Perera speaking at the International Tourism Leaders Summit at the BMICH on Saturday said majority of the labour entering the market did so without any training and Perera argued that it was essential to give skills to people to increase pro


Disabled electoral system and Gotabaya’s candidacy

Views - 444 Friday, 4 October 2019 00:00

The methodology adopted to elect people’s representatives and the elections held for towards that end can be considered a mirror that reflects the extent of decency of the political culture of the country. There is no political party system in our


Accelerate health equity for older people and advance universal health coverage

Views - 71 Friday, 4 October 2019 00:00

Populations across the WHO South East Asia region are ageing. Whereas in 2010 older people accounted for 8% of the region’s population, by 2017 they accounted for 9.8%. That number will continue to rise, with older people expected to make up 13.7%


Develop your people or stagnate

Views - 206 Friday, 4 October 2019 00:00

How do companies grow and thrive if they don’t develop their most valuable asset – human capital? What is human capital in the first place? It is a collection of skills, experience and expertise of all the people of an organisation. Organisations


Mixing guns with roses!

Views - 216 Friday, 4 October 2019 00:00

“Metaphorically, while guns have bullets, they also have trigger locks, which make guns, and by analogy, militaries, subdued in time of peace. In a similarly symbolic way, a rose may represent a burgeoning civil society and at the same time become


Race for presidency: Is Gotabaya still the favourite or will Sajith win?

Views - 3125 Thursday, 3 October 2019 01:09

The Prime Minister finally conceded to his ambition of contesting the Presidential Polls, amidst him realising his absolute fate of a certain defeat upon contesting. The Prime Minister’s concession has meant that the United National Party (UNP) ha


Imagining dragons

Views - 287 Thursday, 3 October 2019 00:28

Having a child is a terrifying thing. They make you believe in dragons again. Children are conjurors; they create worlds where none existed, and breathe life into the fairytales we seem to have long forgotten in favour of grown up stuff. We worry ab


For better or worse money touches all walks of life: Has SL made any progress with financial literacy?

Views - 152 Wednesday, 2 October 2019 00:00

What’s financial literacy? Financial literacy is defined as being educated about money and finance. Being financially literate enables you to make smarter money management decisions that directly lead to a financially secure future, one that protec


Ideas for economic policies of the election manifestos

Views - 236 Wednesday, 2 October 2019 00:00

With the Presidential Election scheduled to be held on 16 November 2019, the policymakers of the main political parties are busy in drafting the election manifestos of their respective presidential candidate. Needless to say, the economy takes the c


Who is afraid of Gota? The law of the land is not

Views - 1290 Wednesday, 2 October 2019 00:00

Some have portrayed Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the Big Bad Wolf in ‘Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?’ – a popular song which was originally featured in the 1933 Disney cartoon ‘Three Little Pigs’ – as they arrogantly believe their houses


The future of Sri Lanka is on trial

Views - 1407 Tuesday, 1 October 2019 01:01

As the saying goes, democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for lunch. Benjamin Franklin comes to expressing this sentiment where he writes in a letter dated 1 November 1773 to Jane Mecom, “There is truth in the old saying, that


Can the leopard help position Sri Lankan tourism?

Views - 329 Tuesday, 1 October 2019 00:36

According to wikipedia.org (2019), Sri Lanka has no official national animal; while locally, the majestic elephant, grizzled giant squirrel and lion are considered to represent the national animal. Ironically, the lion is on the list and the most cel


Democracy – on a razor’s edge

Views - 303 Tuesday, 1 October 2019 00:33

The past four-and-a-half years have been maddeningly messy. Provocatively puerile politics of Maithripala Sirisena has exasperated the nation. The systemically shabby cronyism practiced by Ranil Wickremesinghe has undermined public trust. A scep


Yahapalanaya goal-post disappears as intimidatory forces grab UNP

Views - 457 Tuesday, 1 October 2019 00:29

It is sad to announce! I hope I am wrong. But I see the end of the Grand Old Party. The Sajith faction wouldn’t stop at getting nomination to a position that is only a shade of what it had been after 19A. The presidential executive is, today, a mon


Sri Lanka needs responsible citizens with values

Views - 204 Tuesday, 1 October 2019 00:00

Now we can see many starting to talk about the need for leaders for the country and claiming that because of poor leadership and the inability of politicians the country is in trouble. While agreeing with this, we need to reflect on our responsibili


Brand Sajith wave gets traction

Views - 2350 Tuesday, 1 October 2019 00:00

After a long wait, brand Sajith was declared to be the contender against brand Gotabaya for 16 November showdown at the Presidential Elections 2019.  Whilst there is much speculation and Sri Lanka went into many theories during 49-day lag, the ultim


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A child’s guide to MCC Compact Sri Lanka

Monday, 18 November 2019

Intelligent children, unlike some of the adults, are curious, probing and questioning. They do not jump to conclusions until and unless they are convinced of facts that have been presented to them. Asani, a student in the Advanced Level class in a le


Re-thinking voting

Saturday, 16 November 2019

We use our vote (in a democracy) to elect those who should govern us. We can only be governed as long as we are alive. Therefore, our current age and life expectancy determine how long we have left to be governed! So, should the younger population, h


Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony: A nation rich in unity

Friday, 15 November 2019

This series is based on business leader Dhammika Perera’s recently revealed ‘Economic Growth Strategy and Action Plan to increase GDP Per Capita from $ 4,000 to $ 12,000’. The document outlines goals and action plans for 23 ministries and to


Securing a People’s Constitution

Friday, 15 November 2019

The need for making a People’s Constitution has become a topic of interest not only among the public but also among some candidates of the Presidential Election. Rohan Pallewatte and Mahesh Senanayake have included it in their election manifestos.


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