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Current lamentable situation of the country – some important contributory factors

Views - 70 Thursday, 23 May 2019 00:59

We are witnessing a series of revelations of alarming significance following the horrendous bombing incidents of Easter Sunday. Those at the helm of affairs in the country are trying to cover up their sinful delinquencies, now being exposed, by prais


SC: FR violations and destructive marginalisation by built environments

Views - 42 Wednesday, 22 May 2019 00:00

The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, after hearing submissions and arguments on a nationally and internationally important public interest Fundamental Rights Application No. SCFR 273/2018, gave a landmark Order on 18 April 2019. It was successfully pursue


Silence and solidarity 

Views - 207 Wednesday, 22 May 2019 00:00

Whatever people may tell you, whatever clichés are spouted in novels and TV broadcasts, silence isn’t deafening. It is, in fact, painfully empty, your ears searching for even the slightest morsel of sound to register. In its vacuum comes a roar l


Sri Lanka Easter bombings: Converting ‘threat’ into ‘opportunity’

Views - 284 Wednesday, 22 May 2019 00:00

Continuously we are getting negative news, negative statistics, and forecasts as outcome of the Easter attacks. As per British psychologist Dr. Graham Davey, “the way that negative news affects your mood can also have a larger effect on how you i


Beyond the despondency, disbelief and mistrust

Views - 89 Wednesday, 22 May 2019 00:00

Whatever the Head of State, the President, or the Prime Minister says, only renewed confidence in Sri Lanka could take the country forward from its state of despondency, disbelief and mistrust. When no one trusts the President or the Prime Minister,


In search of meaning

Views - 126 Wednesday, 22 May 2019 00:00

When confronted with a mindless mass murder in the most horrific fashion what do we do? The natural response of those who witnessed the horror from a distance as well as those who survived the event at close quarters have one essential human emotion.


Afghan refugees face Jaffna’s hostility: These Sri Lankans are crazy

Views - 1228 Wednesday, 22 May 2019 00:00

Abbas Ahmadi, an IT specialist, was rather high in the Afghan provincial civil service. He is of Hazara ethnicity and persecuted by the majority Pashtuns who ironically dominate the ruling faction as well as the rebelling Taliban.The Hazaras are inpa


Truth has now arrived, and falsehood has perished

Views - 936 Wednesday, 22 May 2019 00:00

“And say: Truth has now arrived, and Falsehood has perished: for Falsehood by its very own nature is bound to perish.” Holy Quran: Chapter 17 Verse 81. Every discussion, debate and discourse that we see and hear over the audio – visual and prin


Revitalising the tourist inflows

Views - 238 Wednesday, 22 May 2019 00:00

Easter Sunday 21 April terror acts have dealt a very heavy blow on tourism. The inflow has dried up for the moment while it can be presumed that forward selling too may have become sluggish. It is noted that Government has introduced a series of meas


One month gone: No charge on over 200 Catholics murdered

Views - 849 Wednesday, 22 May 2019 00:00

It’s been one month since the murder of around 300 innocent Catholic children and parents but no has yet been charged for the biggest negligence of duty that Sri Lanka has seen in recent history. The President and Prime Minister have both denied a


Enemies of democracy Part 3: Democracy has no meaning if mobocracy can rob the people’s property

Views - 6270 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

Property rights are the corner stone of any economy Property rights of people are at the foundation of any economic system, whether it is free-market, statist, or socialist. People do what they do in an economy if they can enjoy the fruits of their l


Serenity, synergy and solidarity for Sri Lankans: A post-Vesak pondering

Views - 286 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

We have just witnessed a different Vesak with less dansals and more devotion. It was an illuminating sign of unity among diversity where Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike joined hands in showing the world what Sri Lanka really is. Despite the sporadi


Logistics is not… transportation

Views - 440 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

Google it. Go for a lecture or attend a seminar, mostly one will notice the first picture that appears or explains logistics would be a ship, an airplane, truck or railway connecting two places via transport networks. Ask a managing director what log


Developing a Politi-Compass – A challenge to political scientists and media moguls

Views - 124 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

Democracy Democracy is a double-edged sword. If one wields it too aggressively, it will inflict self-injuries. Democratic freedom is not akin to the freedom enjoyed by a wild donkey. One can exercise own human rights to the extent that the behaviour


Smaller electoral units needed to serve the people better

Views - 162 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

This article is the third in a series of articles on delimitation. Following on the second article, ‘Implementing key principles in the delimitation of electoral boundaries in Sri Lanka’ (Sunday Island and Sunday Times of 9 December 2018 and


Let sanity prevail

Views - 331 Saturday, 18 May 2019 00:10

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

Views - 658 Friday, 17 May 2019 00:20

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?

Views - 2004 Friday, 17 May 2019 00:10

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,


Norway – A consistent partner for our common future

Views - 80 Friday, 17 May 2019 00:00

In Norway, today, 17 May, marks the signing of the Norwegian Constitution that took place in 1814. This is Norway’s national day and everyone, especially children, celebrate this event with street parades all over the country.  This year, as we m


Developing the public tool Politi-Compass – A challenge to professionals: Part 1

Views - 65 Friday, 17 May 2019 00:00

Professionals are quick to criticise the performance of politicians. It is fair to judge the current lot as awful performers. Some even say that this is the worst group in our parliamentary history. However, we must be careful not to compare performa


Current lessons show why exports and export diversification is so critical

Views - 124 Friday, 17 May 2019 00:00

Remember it was during the height of terrorism and civil disturbances that late President Premadasa put the foundation to accelerate the apparel-led growth of exports, which resulted in the country stabilising as a middle-income nation? And to date,


Anti-Muslim riots and the second security failure

Views - 202 Friday, 17 May 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka has encountered a second security failure by allowing the unruly violent mobs to attack Muslim mosques and ordinary Muslim citizens, particularly in the North Western Province. This should have been an ‘anticipated backlash’ to the East


Where will it all end?

Views - 413 Friday, 17 May 2019 00:00

As if Easter Sunday 2019 wasn’t bad enough, we had a response that was stereotypical of the J.R. Jayewardene era where the racist hounds of hell were unleashed on a segment of the population whose only crime was that they belonged to the same commu


Mangala’s mistake

Views - 1220 Friday, 17 May 2019 00:00

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


Lethal politics – Mother Lanka wails

Views - 520 Thursday, 16 May 2019 00:20

Democide is a term proposed by R.J. Rummel, in 1944, who defined it as “the intentional killing of an unarmed or disarmed person by government agents acting in their authoritative capacity and pursuant to government policy or high command”. What


History repeats in Sri Lanka

Views - 691 Thursday, 16 May 2019 00:15

Anti-Muslim violence that started in Negombo in the aftermath of the Easter carnage is now spreading into the north-west, aided,as usual,by some anti-Muslim elements in the police and armed forces. In the meantime, President Maithripala Sirisena is


Time to depoliticise politics! We are very much equal!

Views - 362 Thursday, 16 May 2019 00:10

Depoliticise politics – am I saying something of an oxymoron?! Today we are a society sadly in painful transition to a new normal after 4/21. How we react or rather act in these days may define the new normal – act wisely it has the power to posi


Key governance trends that are ever changing

Views - 222 Thursday, 16 May 2019 00:08

According to Forbes, this year will see several key development factors impacting corporate governance. Aligning your organisation and being ahead of these trends will leverage you above the rest. Let’s take a look at five of these trends that are


Our debt to China

Views - 310 Thursday, 16 May 2019 00:00

“The available statistics appear to show that, whether the phenomena are connected or not, the rise of prices has nearly been proportional to the increase of currency” “Apart from the fluctuations of the seasons the Indian level of prices is m


Hate cannot drive out hate

Views - 326 Wednesday, 15 May 2019 01:57

George Santayana’s philosophical adage “those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it” still holds true to its proclamation. As history keeps repeating itself, the lessons are many, but in Sri Lanka’s context, I would like to chr


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“Sri Lanka’s future lies in producing exportable manufactured goods”: Dr. Howard Nicholas

Monday, 22 July 2019

Drawing lessons from Vietnam’s experiences The Sri Lanka-born economist attached to The Hague based Institute of Social Studies – Dr. Howard Nicholas – addressing a packed audience consisting of the alumni of the Postgraduate Institute of Manag


We should sell our water

Monday, 22 July 2019

When you read the title of this article, you will probably feel disgusted with me as selling our water has been a controversial topic since a long time ago. By the way, I am talking about virtual water trade and you would be surprised to know that we


A voice of compassion amid howls of zealotry

Monday, 22 July 2019

The unrestrained freedom extended by the current regime to a bunch of saffron-clad street vendors of Sinhala Buddhist zealotry is pushing Sri Lanka once again into a cauldron of ethnic and religious convulsion. The nationwide spread and virulence of


Roger Beteille: The man who reinvented the commercial airliner

Monday, 22 July 2019

The visionary engineer, pilot and manager who led Airbus to some its most significant decisions, passed away last month. Beteille, who was the head of French aircraft manufacturer Sud Aviation’s flight testing section, was made technical director


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