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Dharmishta Samajaya and Yahapalanaya: Antithesis of the Dasa Raja Dharmaya?

Views - 224 Thursday, 8 August 2019 00:37

We like to say that that Buddhism is a way of life and that there are no barriers to anyone being a Buddhist. In fact, the Buddha would have endorsed something that Bishop Duleep Chickera, former Bishop of Colombo, said recently about him having mult


Shameless politicians and fatuous voters

Views - 334 Thursday, 8 August 2019 00:33

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, one of the most influential thinkers during the Enlightenment in 18th century Europe, had already observed that elections alone were no guarantee of liberty. He said: “The people of England deceive themselves when they fancy


8 critical blind-spots in business continuity: Why ignoring them is a risk

Views - 357 Thursday, 8 August 2019 00:20

Irrespective of size or nature of the business, every enterprise is exposed to ever changing threats that could disrupt its business. According to Forbes report 2019, the top five global risks in terms of likelihood are; nExtreme weather conditions


Sri Lanka’s growth path to a high income economy

Views - 898 Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:30

The Sri Lankan economy grew at an annual average rate of 5.4% over the past 10 years from 2009 to 2018. The country reached a milestone in its economic progress with the graduation to an upper middle-income economy in July 2019. This is an opportune


Civil strategies contra presidentialism: has political society run out of steam?

Views - 188 Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:20

SRI LANKAN CITIZENRY AT LARGE HAVE A MIXED BAG OF CHARACTERISTICS. In adversity, we’ve garnered a reputation for being resilient: surviving wars, surmounting insurgencies, emerging from chaos to try and rebuild a broken nation. Under pressure in th


The advent of autonomous weapons

Views - 121 Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:00

Early man used sticks and tree branches. Then, animal bones, stones, rocks and metal. Later, gun powder added fuel to the fire, literally. Nuclear and chemical weapons proved that humans will not hold back the desire for power by killing mercilessly.


Burka and niqab: Lingering relics of tribal patriarchy

Views - 257 Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:00

After the Easter infamy in April this year, masterminded and executed by a murderous Muslim clique schooled in Wahhabism, and in the midst of continuing violence against innocent Muslims engineered by Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and its allied Buddhist supr


Social media has changed our country for the better, or what?

Views - 162 Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:00

In Sri Lanka, fake, unsubstantiated and fabricated stories posing as serious journalism is slowly becoming the order of the day, and not likely to go away as they have become a means for some unscrupulous writers to make money and potentially influen


Do presidential aspirants understand the country’s problems? Part 2

Views - 139 Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:00

The first part of this article highlighted the blunders made by past governments which need to be addressed by the new president. The second part offers some solutions to be considered by the presidential aspirants to include in their policy statemen


Creativity, connectivity and convenience: Part 2

Views - 113 Tuesday, 6 August 2019 01:40

Connectivity can be categorised in many ways such as transport related connectivity, logistical connectivity, trade connectivity and all efficient forms of networking and communication including digital connectivity.


Lay custodian and leader

Views - 134 Tuesday, 6 August 2019 01:38

Grand Randoli Procession or ‘Maha Randoli Perahera’ 2019 recently commenced with grand performance of whip crackers, rhythmic drum beaters, torch bearers, Kandyan dancers and a variety of other performers that symbolise religious and cultural ide


Do Presidential aspirants understand the country’s problems?: Part 1

Views - 273 Tuesday, 6 August 2019 00:18

The next Presidential Election is around the corner, but the principal parties are yet to announce their candidates, with infighting within the parties. Meanwhile, a number of candidates are canvassing, without openly claiming their candidature. A fe


Is another constitutional crisis looming in the distance?

Views - 263 Tuesday, 6 August 2019 00:12

A news item published in the Sunday Times of 4 August, titled ‘President unlikely to allow jumbo cabinet,’ is indicative of a constitutional controversy. Referring to a resolution now before the Parliament for the formation of a National Governm


Breastfeeding: A formula to advance health and promote sustainable development

Views - 72 Tuesday, 6 August 2019 00:00

Breastfeeding is on the rise across the WHO South-East Asia Region. The Region’s newborns will be better for it. Last year, approximately 54% of all infants were exclusively breastfed up to the age of six months. That’s up from 47% in 2015 and 50


Sri Lanka’s debt sustainability: Way out is not just to sustain debt but to come out of it

Views - 6142 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:20

In the previous article in this series (available at: http://www.ft.lk/columns/Sri-Lanka-s-debt-sustainability-Way-out-is-not-by-patchwork-but-by-long-lasting-strategies/4-682828 ), we presented the views expressed by two leading economists, Professo


Creativity, connectivity and convenience: Part 1

Views - 253 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:00

What should ideally be Sri Lanka’s development strategy? One of the things that we have heard over the years is that it should be an export-driven strategy. Some others would say that it should be a domestic investments-led development strategy. Va


Ads matter

Views - 182 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:00

Many young people join advertising because they thinks it’s glamorous. The models, the films, the photo shoots – they think this is an exciting, glitzy industry. Once they are in the industry, some get frustrated. And leave. When I applied for my


What is happening?

Views - 962 Friday, 2 August 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka can be compared to a patient in a critical condition requiring immediate surgery for its survival. But the attention of all politicians in the country is focussed not on the patient or the condition of the patient. Instead, they are concern


Diversity – the key to survival

Views - 340 Friday, 2 August 2019 00:00

Three months ago, Sri Lanka was shaken hard by the vicious acts of a few and again the large majority had to suffer loss, fear, discrimination and long-term economic consequences. It could be observed that Sri Lankans are extremely resilient to catas


Presidential polls: when the head knows not what the heart wants?

Views - 391 Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:30

SOME THINGS ARE HARD TO GET RID OF. Bad habits – like Bruce Willis in the eponymous movies – ‘die hard’. Even good stuff lurks, in one’s fridge for instance, well past its expiry date. Ugly bits and pieces float around after a night of fat


Reconstitute ACJU and reform MMDA

Views - 203 Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:20

The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) once again is reported to be working behind the scenes to sabotage the proposed amendments to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) as recommended by the Justice Saleem Marsoof (JSM) committee. After almo


Has the plantation industry misunderstood innovativeness?

Views - 284 Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:15

The Sri Lankan plantation industry is 150 years old, highly traditional and labour intensive, its innovativeness seems to be a far cry. With the passage of time, at various points, different opportunities were available in Sri Lanka to enhance its ec


Business 2 People (B2P) and coming closer to you!

Views - 163 Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:13

Imagine an 18-wheel big truck meandering its way through the rural countryside with expert personnel on board with an economic mission. The environment may be classified as rural but this rural countryside belongs to the world’s first economy – t


Need for revisions in curriculum of business programs in Sri Lanka

Views - 158 Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:10

We are talking about globalisation, glocalisation and all new concepts in the world. Updating your knowledge in day-to-day business activities is really important to make decisions. The turbulent business environment always demands business practitio


40th anniversary of EDB: A review of 40 years

Views - 121 Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) celebrates its 40th anniversary on 1 August. EDB has been playing a significant role in helping develop Sri Lanka’s economy for the last 40 years with a remarkable contribution towards the socio-economic


Communicating with the pachyderm

Views - 113 Wednesday, 31 July 2019 00:00

Talking to elephants... needs special skill. Not everyone is a mahout, and everyone would not consider it necessary to have these skills, as most people do not encounter these large beasts in their day to day run-ins. However, if one happens to have


SL moving towards failed state; urgent action needed to change course to reach prosperity

Views - 1040 Wednesday, 31 July 2019 00:00

urrently Sri Lanka appears to be moving towards a failed state status like that of Afghanistan, Somalia and South Sudan. This article discusses why this has happened and gives an indication of what has to be done to avoid such a situation and move to


Moon mission and employee engagement

Views - 64 Tuesday, 30 July 2019 00:00

There is a famous story of how a minor worker in the NASA complex answered President Kennedy. During the late 60s when the exciting ‘moon missions’ were in operation, President Kennedy who visited NASA complex took a minute to ask a minor worker


Garbage without, garbage within

Views - 200 Tuesday, 30 July 2019 00:00

A political wag, referring to the controversial import of garbage from the UK, quipped that the entrepreneurial exercise was similar to bringing coal to New Castle, there being no shortage of slush in this country. He was not referring to discarded


A fear of democracy

Views - 96 Tuesday, 30 July 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka inherited the system of parliamentary democracy from the British, one of the positive legacies of their colonial rule. Even though the original Westminster model was given up, first in favour of a republican constitution in 1972 and that ag


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Religion is a problem in Sri Lanka; can it be a solution?

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Generally, it is expected that religion should be a solution to a problem. Ironically in Sri Lanka religion is the problem. Therefore, what would be the solution? When religion becomes a problem of a country....


Orthodoxy and change: A perennial Muslim issue

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Whether Muslims live as minorities in non-Muslim countries or as majorities in a total of fifty seven countries, the clash of orthodoxy with modern challenges is a perennial issue that bedevils progress on several fronts in these communities.


Making the MCC Compact work for Sri Lanka

Friday, 16 August 2019

It is a sign of these political times that even an apolitical issue like a foreign aid program becomes a hot topic in Sri Lanka. In April 2019, the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) approved a compact program for Sri La


Sri Lanka needs a president hungry for success, not power

Friday, 16 August 2019

The late John F. Kennedy described politics as a “noble adventure, an adventure in which one joins hands with the masses for the service of man”. Not that the Kennedys didn’t play “politricks” in their heyday. But playing “politricks” w


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