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China and Russia struggle to gain control over Central Asia

Views - 123 Saturday, 7 October 2017 00:34

China and Russia are both trying hard to establish themselves in Central Asia for economic as well as politico-strategic reasons. Although China has thrown a lot of money into the region and has many high value projects to its credit, and Russia has


The Sri Lanka Vision 2025: Its strengths and weaknesses

Views - 458 Friday, 6 October 2017 00:00

The Government has formulated a new vision – Vision 2025. It is quite comprehensive, though a few shortcomings exist.


Debt repayments, Sri Lanka’s biggest nightmare

Views - 468 Friday, 6 October 2017 00:00

When the ambitious Belt and Road initiative – with projects reportedly worth $1 trillion – was first announced by President Xi Jinping in the autumn of 2013, many were sceptical of this Chinese move aimed at building up economic connectivity of 6


Las Vegas mass shooting, social narcissism and crisis in humanity

Views - 118 Thursday, 5 October 2017 00:00

It was a lone gunman, white American, Stephen Paddock, 64 years of age, who had opened fire from a hotel room of Mandalay Bay Resort and shot and killed 59 and wounded 527 who were attending a country music festival in Las Vegas. This is undoubtedly


Foreign Ministry’s shocking silence in Geneva

Views - 653 Thursday, 5 October 2017 00:00

The 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council closed just a few days back, on 29 September. At that session, there were allegations of genocide, systematic discrimination, rape and torture in custody, extrajudicial killings and militarisation level


Inhuman attacks on Rohingya refugees: What is wrong with Buddhist Sangha?

Views - 284 Wednesday, 4 October 2017 00:00

The recent violent attacks led by some Buddhist monks against a small group of asylum seeking Rohingyas have brought the Burmese reality into Sri Lanka. The Mahanayakas have not condemned the extremist incidents,


Think ‘Green’ for next budget

Views - 309 Wednesday, 4 October 2017 00:00

The planet cannot keep pace with our rate of consumption. Expecting humans to take voluntary action for greater good, will only have a minimal impact. The real ecological cost (that future generations will have to dearly pay for) is hardly factored i


Sri Lanka Tourism: Carrying capacity and differentiation

Views - 216 Wednesday, 4 October 2017 00:00

The recent focus by many on the tourism sector from restaurant owners to hoteliers and travel agents given is a view of the value chain development taking place in the country


Paris Accord: Will it reduce or aggravate future hurricanes?

Views - 45 Tuesday, 3 October 2017 00:00

At public consultation session of Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka on 15 June, I made a presentation (this is available in PUCSL Facebook) wherein I showed the two major large scale atmospheric circulation models Hadley and Walker Circulation


The business case for tackling childcare: good for employees and employers, good for Sri Lanka

Views - 377 Tuesday, 3 October 2017 00:00

My friend Kavi, a senior manager with one of Sri Lanka’s top service-industry companies, is going through difficult times. Both of her parents recently passed away – an incredibly sad series of events. If losing one parent after the other was not


Budgetary consolidation and resolving the country’s debt crisis permanently

Views - 518 Monday, 2 October 2017 00:10

It was shown that all these visions had one underlying economic philosophy to go by, namely, the establishment of a ‘knowledge based highly competitive social market economy’, a concept borrowed from post-war Germany.


South Asian Shapers: Drivers of change

Views - 282 Monday, 2 October 2017 00:03

Born out of the World Economic Forum, the Global Shapers Community is a network of inspiring young people between 20-29 years of age working together to address local, regional and global challenges, united by the same


Engaging employees for enterprise effectiveness: Emerging evidence from Sri Lanka

Views - 360 Monday, 2 October 2017 00:00

As I mentioned in my previous column, employee engagement in a disruptive environment is an emerging challenge. There was an exploratory study involving more than 12,000 employees recently done by the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM).


Analysis of SL’s drop in global competitiveness ranking

Views - 413 Monday, 2 October 2017 00:00

‘Sri Lanka cannot become a hub by building infrastructure alone, liberal trade and investment policies are key” – Dr. Saman Kelegama


The philosophical anthropology of abortion: Should SL legalise it?

Views - 130 Saturday, 30 September 2017 00:54

Similar to most developing nations in the east, Sri Lanka has had a long-standing tradition of disallowing abortions, even as far as drawing it to be a criminal offence punishable under the penal code of 1883.


Moody’s report brings cheer to Maldives tackling financial challenges

Views - 171 Saturday, 30 September 2017 00:00

Encouraged by Moody’s positive credit profile of the Maldives released on Wednesday, the Abdulla Yameen Government has decided to stick to its existing economic policies for the remainder of its term amidst criticism by the prophets of doom in the


The Rohingya refugees

Views - 700 Friday, 29 September 2017 00:00

It was most distressing to watch the news item on 26 September of the so-called protest by some unruly monks and coarse looking men in front of the supposed refuge of Rohingya asylum seekers


Sri Lankan cricket and ‘Invictus’

Views - 119 Friday, 29 September 2017 00:00

At the moment Sri Lankan cricket is in trouble with many bouncers on an uneven pitch. People are starting to watch cricket matches from the past to refresh memories, because you could not see any reason for celebration at the moment.


Implication of Serivanija marketing on customer relationships and brand equity: A lesson for modern

Views - 335 Friday, 29 September 2017 00:00

Today’s world with digital disruptive technologies and mass communication availability has empowered consumers as equals among thousands of powerful companies


Improving bank and finance company governance in Sri Lanka

Views - 368 Friday, 29 September 2017 00:00

The dust is yet to settle on the collapse of CIFL and the Ceylinco Group’s Golden Key credit card company. Many of its depositors are still awaiting settlement of their dues.


Paradigm shift in financial reporting with new accounting standards – Part II

Views - 455 Thursday, 28 September 2017 00:52

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka recently adopted three new Accounting Standards which will be effective soon. SLFRS 9 – Financial Instruments and SLFRS 15 – Revenue will be effective from 1 January 2018 whereas SLFRS 16 – Le


The Living Will

Views - 319 Thursday, 28 September 2017 00:34

Some may still remember an incident that made news in September 2015; a popular private hospital in Colombo agreed to undertake a heart by-pass operation for Rs. 700,000 and accepted Rs. 300,000 as an advance. A few days after the operation, the pati


Are we trailing behind the Belt and Road?

Views - 75 Thursday, 28 September 2017 00:02

When the new Government came to office in January 2015, followed by August elections, it had misgivings about the previous regime having dubious connections with some Chinese companies. On that premise, all Chinese projects, investments and loans wer


Why do agricultural value chains fail? Part (IX): Failure to diversify

Views - 135 Thursday, 28 September 2017 00:01

Agricultural value chains are complex. A well-functioning value chain means there are enough incentives for producers and sellers to engage. Agricultural value chains expand with time.


Sloane Stephens’s lessons for parents of child stars

Views - 149 Thursday, 28 September 2017 00:00

I yet remember taking my son when he was five years old to our family paediatrician, who said, “If you don’t make him active, he will be a diabetic in three to four years.” The only sport I knew was karate and his life of being a martial arts s


Learning from the lessons of recent events

Views - 203 Wednesday, 27 September 2017 00:00

“My question to all people’s representatives in the legislature and key public officials is this. Was the legislation referred to by the former Minister brought to Parliament


Economics of devolution and the new constitution

Views - 241 Wednesday, 27 September 2017 00:00

The interim report of the steering committee was presented to the Constitutional Assembly on 21 September. One can argue that when drafting the new constitution, there is more emphasis and prominence given to the concept of ‘devolution of power’


Do economic sanctions matter to Iran?

Views - 158 Tuesday, 26 September 2017 00:00

Economic sanctions are not a new phenomenon to Iran. It has been 38 years since the Iranian revolution (1979) took place. Since then, the United States, European Union and some other countries have been imposing


Sustainable tourism – New profit for businesses

Views - 184 Tuesday, 26 September 2017 00:00

World Tourism Day has been celebrated since 1980 on 27 September, the day in which the Statutes of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) entered into force.


Women for tourism

Views - 244 Monday, 25 September 2017 00:00

Tourism is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing industries. In many countries it acts as an engine for development through foreign exchange earnings and the creation of direct and indirect employment.


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Lessons from Geneva

Saturday, 21 October 2017

‘Mission Impossible – Geneva’ is an inspiring account of developments at the Human Rights Council in Geneva when Dayan Jayatilleka was our Permanent Representative there. It is written by his wife Sanja, which provides for fascinating insights


Xi Jinping to enhance military power while keeping economic growth “moderate”

Saturday, 21 October 2017

In his keynote address on the opening day of the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Beijing on Wednesday, the Chinese President and party supremo, Xi Jinping, made two points of great relevance to the rest of the world. One is tha


Priming the pump to make your MP jump

Friday, 20 October 2017

Here’s a radical idea. What if – instead of liking it or lumping it as you do for years on end – the voter could hold his or her Member of Parliament accountable for their performance?


Eyes wide shut: Fate of our times

Friday, 20 October 2017

‘Eyes Wide Shut’ was the title of a film by famed director Stanley Kubrick. Loaded with Freudian sub-currents, the film was about an occult society that eliminates any one who cross its path. A theme that would no doubt appeal to a buccaneer prim


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