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A message to the Sri Lankan Cricket team at the World Cup

Views - 1371 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:00

At the time of writing Sri Lanka has played two matches and have won a piece and drawn one due to rain, however going forward the team from the Emerald isle needs to pull up their socks or will have to leave in a hurry, if they do not get their act t


Are plantations really in control of their organisational culture?

Views - 333 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:00

The Sri Lankan plantation industry has undergone some drastic management transformations over the last 60 years, which has impacted its performance at present. This is not to downplay the significant changes to external factors and internal socioeco


Who killed the Airbus A380?

Views - 1201 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:00

As American author Mark Twain remarked in 1897, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” The Airbus A380, flagship of the world’s largest airliner manufacturer and culmination of an estimated $ 16 billion development program, is alive and


Learn lessons from Sri Lanka attack to prevent future attacks

Views - 241 Saturday, 8 June 2019 00:10

‘Israel never hesitated to share intelligence with the relevant authority’ – Schweitzer


Putrefaction and end

Views - 782 Friday, 7 June 2019 00:15

As the President has abandoned his earlier decision to consult the Supreme Court opinion on the commencement of his official term, it is now clear that the Presidential Election will be held on 7 December. While nearing a Presidential Election, the


Cardinal blunders should worry the Catholics

Views - 1544 Friday, 7 June 2019 00:11

Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith seems to be loving the limelight and the glow, however spooky, of politics. I have pointed out before how His Eminence has a penchant for popping up in public affairs when he shouldn’t and avoiding intervention when he shou


Colombo could be the maiden smart city in South Asia

Views - 456 Friday, 7 June 2019 00:00

Shenzhen, in economic terms, is the fourth largest city in mainland China. Located in Pearl River Delta between Guangzhou and Hong Kong, it is one of the youngest of Chinese cities too. Its history goes back only to 40 years. Shenzhen officially beca


Wolf culture of Huawei

Views - 520 Friday, 7 June 2019 00:00

Against all odds, Huawei has emerged out of bloodbath in the mammoth Chinese smartphone market unprecedentedly by achieving a 41% surge whilst its peers including Apple were deeply immersed in the red. Apple is the biggest casualty and plunged 30% fo


De-bureaucratise bureaucracy – Combat soft terrorism for growth!

Views - 189 Thursday, 6 June 2019 00:00

I know this can be a difficult topic and a difficult set of words to digest but I believe that this is an imperative tool if we are to move ahead in this island of ours. Cost of inefficiency has to be turned around for opportunity through action. Af


Are you ready to combat fraud?

Views - 398 Wednesday, 5 June 2019 00:00

Fraud has become one of the most worrying factors in recent times for business owners, board directors, senior members of management and even regulators. The increasing number of frauds in some markets over the recent past, significant loss of value


Environment and the world

Views - 95 Wednesday, 5 June 2019 00:00

World Environment Day is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Since it began in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 1


Keeping track of our State enterprises

Views - 224 Wednesday, 5 June 2019 00:00

The Government is currently in the rather confused state of having lost track of the number of State enterprises it runs. While the Ministry of Finance tracks the financials of 55 key SOEs, the Government does not have an official number for the ent


When fake news and targeted misinformation rule the day

Views - 337 Wednesday, 5 June 2019 00:00

In Sri Lanka, fabricated stories posing as serious journalism is gradually becoming the order of the day, and is not likely to go away as they have become a means for some unscrupulous writers to make money and potentially influence public opinion fo


Sri Lanka: The meat in the sandwich? Nero fiddles while a major conspiracy is unfolding

Views - 587 Tuesday, 4 June 2019 00:00

The undisputed current super power and the undisputed emerging super power appear to be adopting diametrically opposite strategies for the former to remain the super power and the latter to emerge as the next super power.


Demonisation and criminalisation of religions

Views - 202 Tuesday, 4 June 2019 00:00

Like the air pervading the whole planet, nationalism is both omnipresent and impalpable. It interpenetrates the psyche and the minds of every individual. This behaviour can be seen as both conservative and as a revolutionary force, threating the stat


How Facebook fights false news

Views - 163 Tuesday, 4 June 2019 00:00

Facebook was built to connect people and give them the power to build community. Around the world, we’ve seen Facebook used to bridge language, cultural and socioeconomic barriers, and give small business owners new economic opportunities. But we a


Institutionalise macro policy to make it sustainable: Dr. Coomaraswamy

Views - 4132 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:20

Delivering the first memorial oration of the late A.S. Jayawardena in Colombo last week, the incumbent Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy emphasised the need for institutionalising the macroeconomic policy being presently pursued by the


Asia Power Index 2019: What does it say about Sri Lanka’s regional position?

Views - 536 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:18

The latest edition of the Lowy Institute’s ‘Asia Power Index’ provides an insightful picture of the power dynamics shaping the Asia-Pacific region, with many interesting takeaways for Sri Lankan political leaders, bureaucrats and businesses. O


A clear message to the nation

Views - 130 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:00

The timely intervention of the religious dignitaries of our country in the extremely burning issue regarding the proposed agreements with the US brings in some consolation amidst the prevailing desperation. It is heartening to note that important re


A combined dose of ginger and chilies

Views - 287 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka is in a strategic location of the Indian Ocean. Throughout the history of Sri Lanka there were foreign interventions. Sri Lanka was invaded constantly by the foreign forces from south India initially and later by European forces. In certain


In search of sensible Sri Lankans: Seeking tranquillity amid turbulences

Views - 432 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:00

The aftermath of the Easter Sunday tragedy witnessed many a calamity, confusion and chaos. The need to rebuild trust among communities amidst the mistrust among politicians, has become crucial. In the absence of one voice from the ruling front, soli


Power napping

Views - 291 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:00

A ‘power nap’ on a working day recharges you for greater productivity and performance. Have a few bean bags in your office, create a quite napping corner, actively encourage your staff to take short ‘power naps’. When people are expected to w


Dr. Upul Wijewardena’s diatribe

Views - 319 Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:10

Dr. Upul Wijewardena has been in the habit of making interventions with wrong speech on politics. While his occasional deliberations on Buddhist philosophy may be regarded as sincere articulations, irrespective of concerns of worth, his political com


11 times ‘Game of Thrones’ got it right about Sri Lanka’s state of politics

Views - 521 Friday, 31 May 2019 00:20

All good things must come to an end. Good Governance, ‘Avengers,’ ‘Game of Thrones’. While the first was not very good and the second went mostly well but was bad in bits with a sad endgame, the last of these got ugly in the season and series


Avoiding essential reforms

Views - 300 Friday, 31 May 2019 00:10

Although the fire has been extinguished on the surface, the fire beneath the ashes is not doused yet. Though there are signs of extinguishing the surface fire, there appears to be no serious effort to douse the fire beneath the ashes. What does the


Need a common guiding principle for all religious education

Views - 163 Friday, 31 May 2019 00:00

After the evil Easter attack of 2019 by terrorists claiming to be Islamists, spotlight is on Islamic religious education in ‘madrasas’ and Islam-based higher education. The decision to bring the proposed Batticaloa University College, feared to


Niqab: When religion becomes a matter of dress

Views - 369 Thursday, 30 May 2019 00:00

There has perhaps been no garment that has aroused so much controversy as the niqab or face-veil worn by a small minority of Muslim women. Although worn by only a very small percentage of women, it is as conspicuous as can be and grabs attention wher


Sri Lanka-SCO partnership: The relevance a decade after the conflict

Views - 374 Thursday, 30 May 2019 00:00

In 2009 Sri Lanka defeated terrorism on its soil, ending the terrorist conflict that claimed thousands of lives, destroyed the Sri Lankan economy and set the country back by several decades. In the same year the country entered into partnership with


Combating invisible financing for terrorism

Views - 854 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:48

CCTV footage played the key role in identifying the suicide bombers of the Easter Sunday attack.However, the ways and means of breeding such terrorism on Sri Lanka’s soil is still under investigation.In the aftermath of the Easter attack, there is


Why a political settlement with the LTTE to peacefully end the war was not possible

Views - 279 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:00

On 18 May 2009, the 25-year civil war in Sri Lanka ended in massive bloodshed—the UN estimated that 40,000 civilians were killed in the final stages of the war alone. According to the UN Panel of Experts report1, during the final stages of the war,


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Trendvertising: The new world of communication in a hashtag world

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Rahul Bose, an Indian actor, caught a lot of attention for a video post that went viral, where he complained about the price of bananas during his stay at a five-star hotel in Mumbai. As he explained in his story – he went to the gym at his hotel w


Company Law intertwined with Income Tax – Understanding the nexus! Part II

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

A comparison and analysing the impact of corresponding provisions of Companies Act No. 7 of 2007 and Inland Revenue Act No. 24 of 2017 reveals invaluable insights corporate management must be aware of in day-to-day management activities as well as st


Will ‘10 February’ be repeated?

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Whilst Sri Lanka is in election mode, the thought crossing every Sri Lankans mind is, ‘Will the 10 February 2018 elections behaviour be repeated?’ given the head-start that ‘Brand Gota’ has got. Whilst many are speculating who will be the fig


Shanta Devarajan: Economist who cannot get disconnected from his motherland

Monday, 19 August 2019

For me, Shanta Devarajan, formerly the Acting Chief Economist of the World Bank Group succeeding the Nobel Laureate Paul Romer and presently Professor at Georgetown University, USA, was a legend by himself. When I met him in early part of the new mil


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