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Digitalisation transforming customer experiences in Southeast Asia

Views - 203 Tuesday, 2 July 2019 00:00

Today, the responsibilities of marketing go far beyond branding with CEOs relying on CMOs to be the interconnecting layer that joins the dots between each part of the business—from sales to finance through to product and customer experience. This s


Joan de Zilva Moonesinghe: A tough banking examiner to the end

Views - 3317 Monday, 1 July 2019 00:00

The departure of a tough banking examiner Joan de Zilva Moonesinghe who made a sudden departure from us last week wore many hats in her relations with me. She was my friend, colleague, fan, critic, advisor, and in many respects, mentor. Of late, she


Recap of Paris Airshow 2019

Views - 273 Monday, 1 July 2019 00:00

The 54th edition of the Paris Airshow concluded last week at Le Bourget Airfield. Billed as the world’s oldest Airshow, it has been held biennially since 1919, with interruptions only for the two world wars.


Salience of ‘Strategy Safari’: Lessons for Lankans

Views - 380 Monday, 1 July 2019 00:00

‘Strategy Safari’ by Henri Mintzberg and others is a book that I keenly read a couple of times. Every time I read it, new insights with fresh perspectives were quite common. As a book, it’s a bit old but still gold. I referred to it recently to


Is your brand fit?

Views - 562 Monday, 1 July 2019 00:00

I went through a personal transformation. I lost 18 kgs, reduced six inches on my waist and went from looking chubby and well-built to lean and mean. People noticed. I got good comments. And overall I felt energised and pumped up. The entire process


When the sleeper wakes, the Sri Lankan version

Views - 187 Saturday, 29 June 2019 00:10

‘The Sleeper Awakes’ (1910) is a dystopian science fiction novel by English writer H.G. Wells, about a man who sleeps for 203 years, waking up in a completely transformed London where he has become the richest m


28 June 1914: The gunshot that changed history

Views - 232 Saturday, 29 June 2019 00:10

Before the guns of August (1914) blew it to smithereens, to the casual observer, Europe was a picture of solidity, successful and stable. Having created the ground for the industrial revolution, Europe now carried limitless potential; enjoying high


Kitchen and the State

Views - 385 Friday, 28 June 2019 00:20

Apart from the urgent need for having a major structural change in the State and the system of governance, Sri Lanka must seriously contemplate making a significant change in food habits of its people, what they eat and how they cook them. This is a


Orphaned Muslims under siege

Views - 196 Friday, 28 June 2019 00:00

In a number of short but provocative pieces that Daily Financial Times published, the pathetic state of Muslim political and religious leadership, its lack of vision about the community’s future in this country, and the leaders’ incapacity to und


Axe-ing local carpenters

Views - 143 Friday, 28 June 2019 00:00

On 6 June, for World Environment Day, the President stated that he will ban carpentry sheds, and will ban the import of machinery used to cut down trees. Since that statement, there has been considerable policy confusion. It is unclear whether the Ga


Soaring heights of NPLs in banking

Views - 808 Thursday, 27 June 2019 01:47

Capital inadequacy, political interference, abuse of power, wasteful and unproductive expenditure, corrupt deals, circumventions of regulatory directions, unscrupulous lending operations, imposed IMF and WB conditions for reforms, and window-dressed


New Land Policy: Ideal alternate development strategy, but accompanying policies needed

Views - 145 Thursday, 27 June 2019 00:51

It is reported that the Government has prepared a law to grant freehold possession of farm land held under lease from the Government. This may be a revision of the Land Development Ordinance (LDO) of 1935. This article proposes to discuss the pros a


Need for an education revolution: Future of our kids and the nation is at risk – Part II

Views - 155 Thursday, 27 June 2019 00:16

A journalist of New York Times requested Hideki Shirakawa, a Nobel laureate, to describe Japanese culture. He said, “Fundamentally, Japanese culture is based on rice farming. Rice cultivation requires a lot of water, and water must be shared evenly


Country’s reconciliation with English and Moragahakanda

Views - 245 Thursday, 27 June 2019 00:08

When the country received independence from British, it was blessed with an efficient administration, a high standard in education, and also sound foreign exchange reserves; the country was admired by other countries. The three major and several mino


Implementing SC Orders

Views - 128 Wednesday, 26 June 2019 00:56

The Supreme Court on 18 April has ordered six Ministries, their Secretaries and three Government authorities to take immediate several effective measures to be enforced in the design and construction of all parts of new buildings and services the pub


Need for an education revolution: Future of our kids and the nation is at risk – Part I

Views - 409 Wednesday, 26 June 2019 00:47

It is said that a country is only good as her people. A country belongs to her people. In a democratic country, people elect the leaders to manage the country on their behalf. Hence, to be hailed as a progressive country, it is paramount for a countr


Universalism versus tribalism

Views - 188 Wednesday, 26 June 2019 00:43

The most venerable Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thero Mahanayake of the Asgiriya chapter has announced that his recent remarks, have been misconstrued and distorted. The authenticity of recorded information in cyber space is an inconvenient truth of t


No unity, no development

Views - 603 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:00

There had been a time when Sri Lanka was only second to Japan in Asia on just about any socio-economic indicator in Asia. It was at the time of the country’s independence. Above is a remark reiterated by Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy, Governor, Central


Milinda puts forward 3 points on governance for aspiring Presidential Candidates

Views - 313 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:00

1. It is now apparent to all that the 19th Amendment has created a dysfunctional governance structure in which the Executive President, although directly elected by the people, does not carry much power. Hence, the following options could be consider


A sermon on stoning

Views - 421 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:00

It is generally assumed we have passed the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, the Industrial Age, and the Space Age.After a breath-taking dive in to the Digital Age, we are well on our way to the Age of Automation and Artificial Intelligence. N


Boycotting Muslim businesses and stoning offenders: Democracy fails when citizens fail to speak up

Views - 8295 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:20

News was out last week that the Chief Prelate of the Asgiriya Chapter of Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka had made a controversial public pronouncement. I believe that he has mostly been misunderstood by his critics as well as his followers. The Vener


Perilous fear-mongering invades schools

Views - 433 Saturday, 22 June 2019 00:20

“It may be important to great thinkers to examine the world, to explain and despise it. But I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all b


Laundering the Parliament

Views - 501 Friday, 21 June 2019 00:20

There are strict laws and rules in force to ensure the honesty and integrity of people’s representatives in all countries where there is a democratic system of governance. People’s representatives elected by public vote are prohibited to pursue b


SOFA/VFA: A worrying scenario

Views - 273 Friday, 21 June 2019 00:14

An unrestrained communal animosity towards ethnic and religious minorities, anchored in mythology and historical half-truths, and popularised by sections of the Buddhist clergy and a sectarian media have combined to drive Sri Lanka to a point where t


2 June 1941: Operation Barbarossa

Views - 287 Friday, 21 June 2019 00:10

The 22nd of June marks the 78th anniversary of the bloodiest conflict in human history, the titanic World War 2 struggle between Germany and Russia. In this clash of irreconcilable racial and ideological foes, no quarter was asked for, no quarter giv


The contemporary Nikaya system, the most unBuddhist legacy of Buddhism

Views - 1143 Friday, 21 June 2019 00:00

The recent comments made by the Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter of the Siam Nikaya hopefully will generate an objective discussion on the Buddhist institution and its role in Sri Lanka. The Venerable Mahanayake’s comments belied what Buddha beli


Sri Lankan companies: Be brilliant on basics

Views - 497 Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:00

The $ 87 billion Sri Lanka economy is registered a 3.5% GDP growth in Q1 2019 in the backdrop of South Asian growing at 6% which explains how far away we are in relation to our neighbouring countries – India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. I guess the Q2


A day in the life of a democracy

Views - 254 Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:00

When you listen to the news and observe views from the country of the mother of all parliaments, it is quite interesting, and I dare say there is so much to learn from it. I am not in any way referring to pursue subservient veneration nor behavioural


Disinformation is bad; wilful disinformation is worse

Views - 377 Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:00

Seya Sadewmi was a five-year-old girl who was abducted, raped and murdered. The body of this little girl, missing from her home for a little more than a day was found near a canal 200 m away. An autopsy revealed that Sadewmi had been sexually assault


Timely measures are necessary to save the local industries

Views - 113 Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:00

The security situation in the country is gradually improving since the Easter Sunday bombing which brought social life and economic commitments to a standstill. The day-to-day life is getting back to normalcy. International travel adversaries have be


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Doomsday experts and entrepreneurial policymaking

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Views of two economic experts caught my eye last week. While one has given a scathing criticism of the Government for its handling of the economy, the other has given an analysis of the so-called “debt problem” of Sri Lanka. Doomsday scenario by


Gotabaya’s promise and corporate Sri Lanka

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

In the backdrop of the $ 93 billion economy, Sri Lanka is wobbling with overall household consumption declining to 4.7% growth and GDP forecasted at 2.7%, which means Sri Lanka is in for tough times. In this backdrop the first candidate off the block


Industry 4.0, disruptive technology and MAS Matrix: An example for way forward in Sri Lanka

Monday, 16 September 2019

Technology has always been disruptive. When a new technology is introduced, it changes the way the humankind lives, behaves, earns, interacts and communicates. Some 10,000 years ago, when agriculture and animal breeding were domesticated through the


Radically reinvented reality: Relevance to Sri Lanka

Monday, 16 September 2019

I am delighted to be involved in the National HR Conference 2019, the largest HR event in South Asia. This time it is on the theme ‘Radically Reinvented Reality’. We need to take another look at the way we act institutionally and nationally, in u


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