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Christchurch massacre and the Australian Labor Party

Views - 85 Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:00

“He sought many things from his act of terror, but one was notoriety, and that is why you will never hear me mention his name… He is a terrorist, he is a criminal, he is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless… And to others I impl


4-day work week: A solution to many problems?

Views - 549 Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:00

A three-day weekend every week and only four days of work a week. The idea would seem too good to be true for many. But this is an idea that is being experimented in the West and some companies have already started out on a four-day work week. How ab


Handagama’s Asandimitta: Not mere psychoanalysis; sociocultural, political and economic analysis too

Views - 6929 Monday, 25 March 2019 00:30

Sri Lanka’s award winning film director, Asoka Handagama, screened his latest creative work, Asandimitta, before an invited audience in Colombo last week. This was a prelude to its public release, which was to be commenced immediately. Handagama i


From Vacation to Workation: Lessons for Lankans

Views - 412 Monday, 25 March 2019 00:00

Vacation is something we know and look forward to in our lives. What about workation? The relatively newer term comes with a mixed bag of promises and pitfalls. Some even call it a sad trend of our times. How do we Sri Lankans behave? Are we drifting


M.N. Nambiar: Birth centenary of Tamil cinema’s greatest screen villain

Views - 5400 Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:55

Thursday 7 March this year was the birth centenary of Indian film actor Manjeri Narayanan Nambiar known to the world at large as M.N. Nambiar. The great Thespian who made a name for himself by acting in negative roles was hailed by many as the greate


Historic betrayal of SLMC and ACMC

Views - 114 Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:00

It appears, according to a news report that the leaders of SLMC, ACMC and DPF during a meeting with President Sirisena to discuss constitutional reforms have “reneged on their promise to back the ongoing efforts to abolish the executive presidency


An innocent utopian dream

Views - 140 Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:00

In an article published in the Daily FT on 19 February 2015, I predicted the trajectory of the ‘Yahapalana’ Government. In that piece of conjecture captioned ‘Maithri’s Mandate and Ranil’s Royalist Regency’ I said that Sri Lanka was witne


Sathyodaya for salvation

Views - 200 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Professor Ven. Walpola Rahula (1907-1997), a Buddhist rationalist and free-thinker of international repute, was a unique intellectual, teacher and writer who never minced his words when speaking truth to power, a rare quality fast disappearing in a w


Playing with history

Views - 388 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

First of all, I was delighted to note a counter criticism ‘A reply to Victor Ivan’s ‘What went wrong with Sri Lanka?’ published in the Financial Times on 11 March in response to my article which appeared in the same newspaper on 22 February.


Sanitation to the fore: Ensure fait accompli!

Views - 159 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:00

The Budget speech of 5 March positioned sanitary facilities or rather the absence across the country to a new height, bringing attention to a subject much less talked about. To repeat what the Minister of Finance stated: “Mr. Speaker, in spite of


Lip service to AML requirements: Are Sri Lankan designated institutions skating on thin ice?

Views - 239 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:00

The recent announcement by the European Union (EU) blacklisting 20 odd jurisdictions for their failure to adhere to anti money laundering requirements (AML) comes as no surprise as all these jurisdictions have been forewarned by the EU, Financial Act


Ceylon Tea or Sri Lanka Tourism the stronger category brand?

Views - 417 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:00

The Central Bank officially reported last week that Sri Lanka exports have grown to $ 11.9 billion, recording a growth of 4.7%, which means that the country has not performed up to expectation in 2018. The export volume index has grown by 0.5% in 201


Christchurch carnage and the white supremacist rampage

Views - 126 Wednesday, 20 March 2019 00:00

Multiple shootings and multiple fatalities – this is how many of the initial breaking news captions emerged. An unprecedented shooting spree at two mosques in the city of Christchurch in New Zealand. “One of New Zealand’s darkest days” said N


Global awakening to hazards of madman’s vehicle design

Views - 368 Wednesday, 20 March 2019 00:00

When my eldest son, Arjuna, brought me a copy of Brian Dumain’s ‘Plot to Save the Planet,’ it sparked off a keen interest in me to see what we, in Sri Lanka, could do to support the plot. His chapter 5 titled ‘The car you are driving was desi


Stimulating the Sri Lankan economy, the need of the hour

Views - 334 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:38

The sluggish economic growth in the country needs to be stimulated through a clinical strategy before Sri Lanka once again falls behind her regional neighbours. The continuous decrease in GDP from 5% in 2014 to 3.1% in 2017 and a marginal increase to


Why are some resource-rich countries economically poor?

Views - 216 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:29

For a country to be economically prosperous, you either need to be blessed with natural resources (including strategic geographical location) or human resources (that can add significant economic value). In some cases, both. Even if you have either o


The Christchurch tragedy and the clash within Islam

Views - 168 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:05

There are no words to describe the Christchurch tragedy. The loss of life in such a brutally executed massacre is unimaginable and unpardonable. It begs belief that a human being was capable of such brutality on a fellow human being. It will be impo


Budget of Hopes amidst achievement deficits

Views - 63 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:03

Every budget introduced in the Parliament ushers in plenty of hopes and promises but the record of achievements have always fallen short of initial promises. This has been the sad history of Sri Lankan Government budgets, at least until the demise of


Triple E class budget now needs to sail

Views - 90 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

In shipping terms Triple E (EEE) stands for economies of scale, energy-efficient and environmentally improved vessels that was developed to cater to the market/industry demands. In my analysis of the 2019 budget proposals, I feel the overall budget o


Dissecting the 52-day saga: A forensic analysis by a forensic expert

Views - 6262 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

It was 7:30 in the evening on 26 October 2018. The day being a typical Friday, Sri Lankans had been settled for yet another uneventful weekend. Many had sat in front of TV sets watching their favourite teledramas. Suddenly, viewers got alerted by a n


Trusted smart products – theme of World Consumer Day 2019

Views - 105 Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:00

Era of digitalisation It is a pity that one of the most powerful groups worldwide which is the consumer group in Sri Lanka is a powerless insignificant group in the lowest ebb on consumerism in Sri Lanka due to inaction and lack of organised efforts


The last straw in local politics today

Views - 436 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:10

I don’t despair easily. But a sense of desolation has overtaken me. Since it is abundantly clear that the last of the statesmen is dead and gone in Sri Lanka today. However much you may hold out hope that some knight in shining armour or street-wis


Alcoholic beverages and ganja

Views - 821 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:05

I hope to begin this article with arrack and end up with ganja. Since I have chosen to write about arrack, I think it is fair that I should clarify my relationship with it for the knowledge of the reader. Frankly speaking, I consume a moderate amoun


#trashtag – a trend for change

Views - 177 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

Recently a new social media challenge has emerged where in various countries individuals or groups are implementing small waste-related activities and take pictures of the area before and after they have cleaned it. The #trashtag challenge has gone v


Recognition of and support for international schools is essential for equity in education

Views - 118 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

If we are to realistically address the increasing demand for quality education in a debt-strapped developing country such as ours, it is essential to allow a parallel system of private education opportunities within a policy environment that makes en


High time for internal air travel

Views - 201 Thursday, 14 March 2019 00:56

Sri Lanka’s current need is to better grasp the intricacies of the investment climate. Its stakeholders, whether domestic or foreign, have standards which define their confidence to invest, with all other factors being equal. The basic comprises t


Feeling the heat... That’s the gift from climate change! Combating it is in your hands!

Views - 109 Thursday, 14 March 2019 00:00

It’s the prosperous season of the island with new year festivities beckoning around the corner. However, obviously all of us have been feeling the heat lately, in such an intense manner. Many have questioned what the reasons could be for this unbea


Venezuelan crisis, Western interference, democracy and socialism

Views - 168 Wednesday, 13 March 2019 00:00

The situation in Venezuela is more complex than what it appears. There are two major crosscurrents in operation. First is between President Nicolas Maduro’s national government and the US, the latter attempting to exploit the existing crisis to bri


Budget 2019 off target?

Views - 488 Wednesday, 13 March 2019 00:00

The share of voice (SOV) of the Budget 2019 was very strong with almost every newspaper every media station, paper or radio highlighting the opinions and challenges. But I did not see anyone report the research presentation that was made on 6 March (


Street vendors in urban cities

Views - 298 Wednesday, 13 March 2019 00:00

Shaved king coconut with straws. The ‘maalu’ shouts to the residents among the neighbourhood for salty fish. The knotted sacks of the laundry clothes in the tuk. Early morning whisk away of the newspaper at the doorstep. These hustles and bustles


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A case for reviewing plantation management

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Last week, I elaborated on ‘Going Beyond Agronomic Research for Plantation Reform’ with the aim of beginning a conversation on the importance of non-agronomic research to understand the many problematic areas that plague the plantation sector, in


How are we doing in e-government?

Thursday, 23 May 2019

It is customary to assess some aspect of the performance of a country using a composite index such as the Ease of Doing Business Index or the Network Readiness Index. For government services, there is the e-Government Development Index (EGDI), issued


National introspection in the aftermath

Thursday, 23 May 2019

“The immediate task for the Government is to guaranty the safety and security of all innocent Muslims and prevent a recurrence of 1983 … One cannot eradicate one evil with another” – Anatomy of an Islamist Infamy (III), CT, 9 May. In this, th


AI + BI + CI x DI = Empowering, enriching and impacting society and environmental wellbeing

Thursday, 23 May 2019

There has never been a time like today where many are raising concerns for society’s wellbeing, survival and thriving, despite many progressive advancements in the digitally transformed world. We are already in the so-called Fourth Industrial Revo


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