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Sri Lanka tourism: Why not an export industry?

Views - 325 Wednesday, 4 December 2019 00:00

In the past there has been some debate on whether the tourism industry qualifies to be an export industry. This argument has been fuelled by the age-old definition of an export industry which is “an industry which exports goods and services produce


Tourism an export industry: Fourth chance?

Views - 515 Tuesday, 3 December 2019 00:32

It took a lot of thought before I decided to put pen to paper. Whilst the key industry stakeholders like THASL and SLAITO have raised the red flag on the industry with almost 70 hotels up for sale, in my view we have got the fourth chance to make Sri


Gotabhaya presidency, democracy and minorities

Views - 341 Tuesday, 3 December 2019 00:27

Soon after his victory at the election, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa publicly acknowledged that he was elected overwhelmingly by the Sinhalese, but promised to be a president for all communities. This is democracy at its best. However, words alone ar


Public-Private Partnerships: A case for cyber security in Sri Lanka

Views - 340 Tuesday, 3 December 2019 00:00

Cyberattacks are a new and unique type of threat, from compromising power grids in Ukraine to impacting financial institutions in London to leaking confidential health information in Singapore. It impact is global and unprecedented. Governments, ente


Re-inventing the self-contained urban living experience

Views - 198 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:26

An increasing number of families are now opting to move to luxury apartments in search of a self-contained environment with easy access to essential facilities like quality schools, hospitals and the airport. Green spaces among amenities from sports


The role of applied statisticians in a digitalised world

Views - 3696 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:20

Sri Lanka is passing through a phase in which applied statisticians are pretty much in demand. Statistics were used or in the proper sense, abused, by political contenders recently like a drunkard using a lamppost. It is said that a drunkard uses a l


Tax incentives for ICT sector are welcome but Digital ID must be top priority for new Govt.

Views - 607 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:13

Tax incentives are encouraging and welcomed by all industries, as a boost in the mood, activities and the confidence was needed to revive the ailing economy crawling at less than 4% for two consecutive years with no better performance expected in 201


See no evil, hear no evil, speak no climate crisis!

Views - 136 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:00

Climate-strike is the latest addition to the Collins Dictionary. Witnessing frequent, extreme weather disasters around the world combined with youth generated mass protests demanding immediate action by governments, uphold climate change as one of th


Investing in Sri Lanka from the perspective of an Australian Sri Lankan

Views - 614 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:00

President Rajapaksa stated in a recent interview he wants Sri Lankan diaspora to invest in Sri Lanka. In 2016, I, an Australian Sri Lankan, did just that. I left Australia, a place where I migrated to in 1985, and moved my family to Sri Lanka. Frank


Poignant pondering on a patriarch: One year later

Views - 175 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:00

One year has gone. It is with a profound sense of sadness that we experienced the demise of our veteran teacher, respected author, legal luminary, an accomplished ambassador, an eminent public servant and an amazing human being, Dr. Wickrema Weerasoo


Asani, MCC Compact demands far more serious scrutiny

Views - 264 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:00

The most recent article titled ‘A child’s guide to MCC Compact in Sri Lanka’ is a perfect guide to show how to mislead a child on important aspects related to development economics. If the author wrote it in a different country, an Advanced Lev


The Millennium Challenge Corporation: Boon or bane?

Views - 488 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:00

It is the closing chapter of another year and just a few more weeks to end all years that end with ‘teens’! In fact, what a year it has been. Globally, Singapore having taken over the US as the most competitive economy of the world, Sri Lanka rec


Litmus test for President and Govt.

Views - 140 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:00

For two and a half decades (since 1995), the Sri Lankan trading community has been constantly requesting that all Governments act fast to reform the border control agency of Customs if the country was to progress as an exporting nation and become an


Stress-free shopping experience

Views - 187 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:00

The supermarket consumers have experienced long queues, negative responses from the staff, and concerns of privacy. There have been complaints and concerns from the consumers regarding instances where the items have been duplicated and or some unwant


Creating perceived value is crucial to brand success

Views - 104 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:00

I had an uncle who always wore a mundu (sarong) and shirt. That was his standard attire for as long as I could remember and I never saw him wear anything else outside. He would not wear T-shirts, suits, coats, or even pants. Much later in life, I mu


South Asia’s opportunity to become economically independent

Views - 201 Saturday, 30 November 2019 00:01

Even in today’s glum economic climate, the average American is seven times as prosperous as the average Mexican, about 20 times as prosperous as the average person of sub-Saharan Africa and about 40 times as prosperous as the average citizen of an


‘No room for them’ must change

Views - 268 Saturday, 30 November 2019 00:01

Marcus Aurelius writes, “There’s no room, or time, for hating or scapegoating. We are all part of the same larger project. Forget tribes, we are one big hive—we are citizens of the world as much as we are citizens of Rome or America. Do good fo


Unanswered question

Views - 1167 Friday, 29 November 2019 00:00

Evidently the Tamils ​​in the north and particularly the Muslims in the east have voted en-block for Sajith Premadasa while a vast majority of Sinhala Buddhist voters in the south voted for Gotabaya Rajapaksa. This Presidential Election clearly s


Creating mindful organisation culture

Views - 279 Friday, 29 November 2019 00:00

It is encouraging to see how eventually the Sri Lankan corporates have begun to appreciate the importance of mindfulness. The response we had at the AAT and HR National conferences for mindfulness had been overwhelming. Must thank the west for promot


Ministry of Arts and Culture: A nation rich in heritage

Views - 374 Friday, 29 November 2019 00:00

This series is based on business leader Dhammika Perera’s recently revealed ‘Economic Growth Strategy and Action Plan to increase GDP Per Capita from $ 4,000 to $ 12,000’. The document outlines goals and action plans for 23 ministries and today


Pathetic plight of Muslim politics

Views - 892 Thursday, 28 November 2019 02:01

When the 15-member caretaker cabinet was announced soon after President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa assumed office, the Muslim community must have noted that it was the first time since cabinet government was introduced in this country in 1947 that


For an educated society: Using ISIS in Sri Lankan education system

Views - 652 Thursday, 28 November 2019 01:48

Students do not like to go to school. Ask the average parent whether their child, if given a choice, would rather go to school or stay at home. The answer is straightforward. So, what seems to be the problem in the school system that children loathe?


A historic opportunity for collaboration and policy stability

Views - 360 Thursday, 28 November 2019 01:03

The aftermath of the recently-concluded polls in Sri Lanka showcased that elections are still treated as a zero sum game along partisan lines. However, with many in Sri Lanka yearning for a new beginning, we should question if this is a reductionist


Battle royal for post of Opposition Leader

Views - 286 Wednesday, 27 November 2019 08:25

The tussle between the Sajith factor and Ranil factor in the Parliament vying for the Leader of Opposition post is intensified and assuming grim dimensions – so much so that many have started contemplating a breakaway situation as imminent.


Best practices adopted – Non-Banking Financial Industry

Views - 447 Wednesday, 27 November 2019 08:01

Having read my article dated 14 November under the titled ‘Unmatchable dynamics of the Non-Banking Financial Industry,’ one of my fellow commission members of the National Science & Technology Commission (NASTEC) Dr. Janaka Ratnasiri, who is one


Sri Lanka’s Land Registry will operate electronically with new law Bim Saviya

Views - 1094 Wednesday, 27 November 2019 00:01

Are we ready to operate with a foreign law known as the Torrens Law (Bim Saviya)? The knowledge necessary for land owners to own land under the new law is given in the following article written by a barrister of the Honourable Society of the Middle T


Early action needed from new President

Views - 234 Wednesday, 27 November 2019 00:00

According to election manifesto of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Government foreign debt had increased by 38% from 2014 to 2018, doubling the total tax burden of the general public and businesses in 2019 compared to 2014. The Government resorted to borrowings


The Gotabaya case study

Views - 1343 Tuesday, 26 November 2019 00:00

Elections are over. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has assumed office. Euphoria continues and will continue for few more days. Winners are celebrating whilst the losers are nursing their wounds. What tomorrow holds is in everyone’s mind. Largely ther


The paradox of politics

Views - 78 Tuesday, 26 November 2019 00:00

In political life, men and women make decisions about their own welfare. Politics has to do with making choices and implementing decisions. The realm of politics therefore constitutes one of the highest aspects of a people’s culture. The Italian w


New President faces the challenge of revamping the tax system and reviving the economy

Views - 572 Tuesday, 26 November 2019 00:00

Our country has been experiencing slow economic growth in the recent past. We have recorded one of the lowest growth rates in South Asia. The new President faces the inevitable challenge of finding the correct approaches to stimulate the economy and


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Withering of expectations and prospects of new ones

Friday, 21 February 2020

The election of Gotabaya Rajapaksa as President at the last Presidential Election can be said to have been the ultimate wish of the majority of Sinhala Buddhist people. Yet, the people were not aware that the President they were electing does not hav


Upsurge of populism

Friday, 21 February 2020

“Populism: denies the pluralism of contemporary societies. It promotes hostility to “enemies” and flirts with violence. It is generally gripped by a territorial mentality that prioritises borders and nation states against ‘foreigners’ and


Diplomatic drone strike, Indo-Lanka equation and constitutional change

Thursday, 20 February 2020

The ‘diplomatic drone strike’, the dramatic US strictures against the Army Commander, Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva, tells us that Big Brother IS watching. This isn’t the usual suspects, its way out of their league. This is the Big League, the big b


Solar and wind power can resolve electricity crisis, early and cheaper, if allowed

Thursday, 20 February 2020

The country is facing the worst power situation in the history, with electricity generation being unable to meet the demand, with generation costs among the most expensive in the world. With the current scenario, the country cannot be expected to com


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