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Sri Lanka – Egypt relations and strengthening Sri Lanka’s relations with the African continent

Views - 519 Monday, 30 December 2019 00:00

It is indeed an honour to speak to you at the prestigious Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs. I must thank the Ambassador of Egypt in Sri Lanka Hussein El Saharty for encouraging me to visit the Council and address you. As you know, I am in Cairo


Joy of singing the National Anthem in Sinhala and Tamil: An appeal to the President

Views - 1258 Saturday, 28 December 2019 00:05

On 24 December, the Daily Mirror reported that, according to the Public Administration Ministry, the 72nd Independence Day celebrations will be held on 4 February at Independence Square in Colombo on a grand scale and the national anthem would be sun


The vicious cycle of revenge

Views - 1016 Friday, 27 December 2019 00:30

Revenge from opponents can be considered a tribal legacy that we have inherited. It is a deeply ingrained characteristic in Sri Lankan political culture. This shows that the Sri Lankan society has become democratised only superficially and not from t


The Anglican Church of Ceylon: Two self-proclaimed Archbishops?

Views - 449 Friday, 27 December 2019 00:00

The Anglican Church is a lot about authority, elitism, and identifying with those in power. At the Church of England’s very founding Henry VIII of England broke off from the Church founded by Jesus Christ, and proclaimed himself ‘The Supreme Head


Condemn Saudi’s travesty of justice

Views - 82 Friday, 27 December 2019 00:00

The most barbaric of murders ever committed in the history of journalism and shocked the civilised world was, when Saudi-born Jamal Khashoggi, an insider turned critic of Saudi regime, chopped into pieces inside the premises of Saudi Consulate in Ist


Justice Prasanna Jayawardena, a good judge

Views - 1650 Friday, 27 December 2019 00:00

“God, give us men! A time like this demands strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands; Men whom the lust of office does not kill; Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy; Men who possess opinions and a will: Men who have honour: Men


Ask a different question

Views - 423 Friday, 27 December 2019 00:00

Quite unexpectedly I had the opportunity to lead the Sri Lanka Inventors Commission for three years. Perhaps I am the only commissioner to have led the SLIC who does not possess a patent. However these three years gave me the opportunity to interact


Indrajit Coomaraswamy: Classy sportsman, super banker

Views - 1226 Friday, 27 December 2019 00:00

A Google search, or even the Guinness Book, will not yield anyone who has the twin attributes of having captained both his country at Rugby and the Banking Industry as a Central Bank Governor, Fed Chairman or Chancellor of the Exchequer. Except our


Religious responsibility: Serve the unserved irrespective of who or what they are

Views - 173 Wednesday, 25 December 2019 00:20

Whatever a person may be, whatever faith or ideology he may belong to, whatever status he may have in society, whatever luxurious lifestyles he is capable of living, whatever criminal desires he....


‘Namo Mariyani’ song reaches 70th anniversary

Views - 312 Wednesday, 25 December 2019 00:07

Christian songs have become highly popular in Sri Lanka not only in Christian households but also in Buddhist and other religious communities as well. Performance of Christmas songs at family gatherings, picnics with friends...


Unconscionable avarice

Views - 206 Wednesday, 25 December 2019 00:05

Tomorrow morning, 26 December 2019, it will be 15 years after the devastating tsunami, which Sri Lanka had to endure. The bruises, the scars, and much more, yet remain. The losses of lives....


Tale of two leaders: A Christmas reflection

Views - 1127 Tuesday, 24 December 2019 00:00

Christmas is almost there, despite the subdued nature due to the Easter Sunday disaster and its aftermath. Leaders and laggards are being discussed these days in the midst of a growing optimism towards a better political culture. Apart from the trad


Book launch: ‘Sri Lankan Son and Global Diplomat’ by Jayantha Dhanapala.

Views - 654 Tuesday, 24 December 2019 00:00

It is an honour and a pleasure to be here on this occasion, marking the launch of the book ‘Sri Lankan Son and Global Diplomat’ about one of our most outstanding public servants and internationally recognised diplomats, Ambassador Jayantha Dhanap


Tough choices on debts for new Government

Views - 1171 Tuesday, 24 December 2019 00:00

The new Government is reminded the reality of the country’s economic health last week. The Fitch Ratings, one of the three rating agencies which assess the country’s sovereign rating, revised down the country’s rating outlook to negative. The


Private sector best practices can overcome bureaucratic inertia

Views - 356 Monday, 23 December 2019 01:00

The new President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa pledged during his campaign that he would create a well-disciplined, efficient, and productive public sector. He said without an efficient and productive Government we cannot take the country forward. He pointed


Democratic governance at a crossroads: The enemy to be defeated is within

Views - 5080 Monday, 23 December 2019 00:52

Democracy, as against monarchy or authoritarian rule, has been hailed as the best form of government due to a number of reasons. It permits citizens’ voice in government, allows people to have choice over right to life, career, faith, or property,


Baby, all I want for Christmas is …?

Views - 228 Monday, 23 December 2019 00:38

Few weeks ago I visited one of Colombo’s landfills. Where I am aware that Sri Lanka generates much less waste than many Western countries, it is still overwhelming to experience mountains of waste: next to natural water ways, the people working on


Sextortion: A new name, an age-old crime

Views - 823 Monday, 23 December 2019 00:32

Madhavi, 23-year-old, first started working at the Ministry straight out of University. Her Manager was a kindly mentor who found Madhavi to be a confident and enthusiastic young worker. One month after she joined, she was called into his office.


Ella awaiting a makeover

Views - 155 Monday, 23 December 2019 00:00

When looking for a catalyst to spur our spluttering economy, particularly for ways and means of earning the crucial foreign currency, the god of tourism has delivered Ella. This small plantation township in the Uva Province has now become a lure for


Dark tourism

Views - 241 Monday, 23 December 2019 00:00

There is no doubt that tourism has become one of the popular industries at present. Tourism fuels the economy of a country by improving public facilities, entertainment, catering, accommodation and living standards of the local people of a country.


MCC a spider’s web or an act of unconditional generosity?

Views - 300 Saturday, 21 December 2019 00:02

I and many others have expressed concerns about the MCC agreement and it has now become a hot bed of political activity as well as political duplicity in Sri Lanka The signing of the MCC...


‘Best warm-weather isle’; or barmy in wonderland?

Views - 382 Friday, 20 December 2019 00:30

It’s that time of the year again. God’s in his heaven; Gota’s star is high in the sky, and still on the ascendant. Sri Lanka is the prettiest girl on the beach once more. Tourists note and visit. Its ports are safe in state hands rather than th


Darkness and light

Views - 978 Friday, 20 December 2019 00:25

Venerable Muruththettuwe Ananda Thero, the Chief Incumbent of Abayaramaya, Narahenpita made a unique statement to the public. He said that the Government is in a dire situation in which it finds difficult to meet its daily expenses and made an appeal


To Minister of Education Dullas Alahapperuma on sizes of school bags

Views - 512 Friday, 20 December 2019 00:00

Now we are witnessing some changes in socio-economic context in Sri Lanka. There is a need for better integration of all sectors with proper alignment focusing on advancement of our nation. In this context the education sector is really important an


GR’s political exclusion and economic inclusion

Views - 509 Friday, 20 December 2019 00:00

“There should be a huge program to make them (bhikkus) aware of what a modern state is. This has to be a secular state and politicians – not monks – should make the decisions. We have not fully developed the idea or understanding of the modern


GOATING – 2025 marketing

Views - 322 Thursday, 19 December 2019 01:08

When I published my philosophy ‘Travis Brandsology’ in 2012, I introduced a word called “Brand marketing”. Most of the marketers called me and indicated “your word seems funny” and laughed at my invention. Within a year I saw this word a


Sri Lanka wind power development: Flawed approach by CEB

Views - 330 Thursday, 19 December 2019 00:44

A CEB tender released on 28 November called for RFPs for the establishment of 60 MW wind power plants in the capacity range of 1-10 MW on a build, own and operate basis. This approach is seriously flawed! Small scale piecemeal wind power development


Business needs to do more for sustainable development

Views - 144 Thursday, 19 December 2019 00:34

The regional Conference on Financing Inclusive and Sustainable Development was inaugurated in Dhaka by the President of Bangladesh Md. Abdul Hamid last week. Also present were the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen, Minister of Finance


US-China deal and opportunity for Sri Lanka

Views - 258 Thursday, 19 December 2019 00:28

US President Donald Trump’s election campaign was a lot about being tough on China and to bring back industries and jobs to USA. The people liked it and voted him in. From the very first year in office, he initiated a confrontational approach with


The frightening future

Views - 147 Thursday, 19 December 2019 00:22

It is increasingly evident that we live in a world of transition. The international arrangements, the power structures and the generally accepted norms of conduct between communities and nations is eroding, perhaps even collapsing. This enervation


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Economic growth through fragmentation and global value chain

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

The global value chain will continue to enhance economic growth, create better job opportunities and shrink poverty in developing countries. As far back as the 1990s, through international trade, global value chain benefits were experienced by poorer


Sri Lankan housewife in trouble again?

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

After almost six quarters of negative growth, starting from Quarter 1 2016, Sri Lanka saw overall general trading conditions recovering to register +4.1% GDP growth in Q1-2019 and +3.7% in Q2-2019 which was a welcome sign to a typical Sri Lanka hous


Their investigations and our investigations

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

There must be very few subjects in this country more investigated than the alleged wrongdoings in relation to Government issued bonds. Beginning with the so-called Pilipino committee (appointed by persons whose very conduct was germane to the inquir


Education and vocational training: lessons learnt from Singapore

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

In the 1960s, Lee Kuan Yew, the eminent leader and founding father of Singapore, once said that he wants to build Singapore as Sri Lanka. But what has happened today? Sri Lanka is lagging behind Singapore in many aspects. Singapore has no natural res


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