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Of trombones and backbones: Towards a Sri Lankan shift from ego to eco

Views - 385 Monday, 29 July 2019 00:00

The latest addition to the chaos that we experience is the hazardous garbage containers imported from the UK. We are plagued with multiple environmental challenges. Whilst garbage disposals are still non-systematic, dengue mosquitoes continue to infl


Traceability should be extended to garbage

Views - 190 Monday, 29 July 2019 00:00

We associate the concept of ‘Traceability’ with supply chains. Equally or more important is the traceability of non-biodegradable packing i.e. who is responsible, where does it end up and for how long? The manufacturers of products with non-biod


Singer-Actress Doris Day’s evergreen signature song ‘Que Sera Sera’

Views - 8042 Saturday, 27 July 2019 11:00

When I was just a little kid enrolled at the Santa Maria Montessori school in Wattala, a song we sang without knowing its meaning then was ‘Que Sera Sera’; when I was a boy studying at S. Thomas’ Preparatory School in Kollupitiya, a song we wer


Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater or should we?

Views - 67 Saturday, 27 July 2019 04:36

How does this apply to Sri Lanka? What is the relevance? Well, if we refer to the state of the country today and how dirty and muddy it is, how soiled the politicians are as the dirty water, and the political structure as the baby, many are advocatin


Nature and our world

Views - 157 Saturday, 27 July 2019 04:28

Nature is on a rampage, bringing destruction in all areas of our planet. So far in the two months of June and July 2019 alone, much has happened on our planet that is the work of nature.


More power to the people; and more people to power!

Views - 263 Friday, 26 July 2019 00:20

IN THE LEAD UP TO THE PRESIDENTIAL POLL… several trends persuade me that, this time, “something’s gotta give”. Change is in the air; and it’s conflicting with custom, ritual and tradition. First, there’s “the usual suspects”: the arr


Fox and the poultry pen

Views - 422 Friday, 26 July 2019 00:10

Despite being a small island, the quantum and the value of property belonging to the State of Sri Lanka is immense. All State lands, the ocean surrounding the island, tanks and reservoirs, streams and rivers, abundance of natural beauty, ecological a


Genuine leadership vs. paradox management strategies

Views - 150 Friday, 26 July 2019 00:00

We are dreaming of having a genuine leader to lead our respective organisations to achieve desired results. When competent leaders lead from the front it is a pleasure to work in such organisations. The subordinates feel much secured within their par


Leaders vs. leadership

Views - 237 Friday, 26 July 2019 00:00

HR Guru Professor Dave Ulrich, Rensis Likert Professor at the Ross School of Business says in this exclusive interview that an individual leader matters, but an organisation’s leadership matters very much more over time. In the interview Prof. Ulri


‘Gospel truth’ of the Cardinal

Views - 562 Friday, 26 July 2019 00:00

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith delivered a political speech at the reopening of Katuwapitiya St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo. Religious leaders can make political speeches, but the issue is, that certain sections of the society think that this is gospe


Muslims have to rise up effectively after their present fall

Views - 298 Thursday, 25 July 2019 00:00

The Muslims in Sri Lanka have fallen from their hitherto-established social standing with others, especially the Sinhalese. This fall had been happening for some time, at an incremental pace, after the end of the three-decade-old war with the Tamil T


Salience of ‘Strategy Safari’ – Taking it further

Views - 270 Thursday, 25 July 2019 00:00

When I saw the headlines of Prof. Ajantha Dharmasiri’s article on ‘Strategy Safari’ – the thought-provoking book by Prof. Henry Mintzberg, Bruce Ahlstrand and Joseph Lampel – I settled down to read the interesting article as I was promised


Howard at the PIM

Views - 303 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

A number of very important people called to thank me for inviting them to the very popular presentation by Dr. Howard Nicholas. It was held on 18 July at the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) auditorium. The title of the presentation was ‘


Concept of Free Zones and their economic importance

Views - 577 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

With the growth of cross broader international trade, economic liberalisation and relocation of manufacturing facilities to economical location in search of competitive advantages, the concept of Free Zones was born. Free Zones include varieties of F


Why are Sri Lankan passports so bad?

Views - 2363 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

My children have two different passports, making them a sort of case study in the stupidity and ultimate cruelty of passports. My daughter has a white passport, so no visas required. My son has a brown passport and he has to prove that he’s not try


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

Views - 6175 Monday, 22 July 2019 01:30

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

Views - 512 Monday, 22 July 2019 01:26

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

Views - 236 Monday, 22 July 2019 00:27

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

Views - 251 Monday, 22 July 2019 00:00

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


Biosphere will one day be replaced by technosphere

Views - 124 Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:10

I am now nearly 90 and in my lifetime I have seen and heard the world changing so fast that homo sapiens (Latin: “wise man”), the species to which all modern human beings belong, are changing into a technology-dependent sub species, . Homo sapien


Tea with NM

Views - 645 Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:10

One of my most treasured memories is that of NM, better known as Dr. N.M. Perera. It was when I was a student in the UK that I first met him. NM was already a formidable left leader in Sri Lanka, an accomplished parliamentarian, a larger-than-life fi


The messed-up lives

Views - 416 Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

It can be seen that there is a serious mess-up not only in the State and the social system in Sri Lanka, but also in the lives of the people. People of Sri Lanka are having smiling faces, yet those who live happily are very rare. You will find that u


Who should be our next president?

Views - 777 Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

After the recent terrorist attacks and the subsequent violence unleashed against innocent Muslims by racists, Sri Lankans are searching for a leader who can save the country. Many have lost faith in the leaders, due to the breakdown in the security a


Expand employer-backed childcare to close the gender gap in Sri Lanka

Views - 563 Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

In Sri Lanka, women’s formal workforce participation is at only 36%, compared with 75% for men. Sri Lanka could raise its gross domestic product by as much as 20% in the long-run by closing the gender gap in the workforce, according to one estimate


Reimagining our reality: the last best hope for us?

Views - 105 Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

Imagination can be a powerful tool for shaping everyday reality. We use it to construct everything from the mundane to the mystic. A down-to-earth example would be our subscription to the idea of the intrinsic value and worth of every human being. I


Difference between a woman and a man (yin and yang) and finding solutions to violence in society

Views - 164 Thursday, 18 July 2019 00:45

This is not at all a philosophical discourse on gender differences, or the complementary roles of yin and yang (women and men) in social or biological formation. This is also not to speak about who is superior among the two. This is just an observati


I wish Sajith Premadasa had taken up a challenging ministry to showcase his prowess

Views - 315 Thursday, 18 July 2019 00:42

Expectations, father and son Sajith Premadasa has put his hands up for leadership in the party and for nomination by the United National Party in the forthcoming presidential elections. I wish Sajith had tested himself, and had given the public a cha


Foreign Affairs and Defence to be one portfolio?

Views - 322 Thursday, 18 July 2019 00:34

Unless we are all suffering from dementia, the last experience with a foreign military on our soil should be very clear in our heads. The Indian Peace Keeping Force landed in Sri Lanka to supposedly bring peace to the war-torn country when the LTTE t


Federer lessons for Sri Lanka tourism

Views - 372 Thursday, 18 July 2019 00:10

The Wimbledon Men’s Final in 2008 was termed as the best match the world has seen between the two arch rivals Federer and Nadal. But, what we saw last Sunday between the two of them after 11 years sure shocked the world. Many just asked the questio


The saga of tourist arrivals

Views - 365 Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00

Traditionally one of the main indices by which tourism performance is assessed the world over is by analysing the total tourist arrivals into a country. Historically Sri Lanka also has been adopting this method. However Sri Lanka seems to place too m


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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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