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Unanswered question

Views - 1108 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 - 261 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 - 345 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 - 867 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 - 463 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 - 332 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 - 270 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 - 364 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 - 764 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 - 187 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 - 1257 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 - 70 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 - 502 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


Tourism: A force that will dilute diaspora pressure

Views - 310 Tuesday, 26 November 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka is entering another era with fresh hopes, vigour and readiness to usher in an economic growth and prosperity while expecting to move at a rapid pace in the investment drive, exports and tourism noting that in the past, most countries in Sou


Dilemma facing the mini hydro developers

Views - 347 Tuesday, 26 November 2019 00:00

A problem confronting the new mini hydro power developers hanging over a period of time since 2013 has come to rest as an impasse acrimoniously ignored by the authorities concerned. This is happening at a time when the attention of the entire country


Brand power or a consumer issue?

Views - 362 Tuesday, 26 November 2019 00:00

Coming from a marketing background and having worked in very competitive markets for several years, the recent Presidential Elections deployed the most cutting-edge marketing practices that I have seen in action. It was very evident that the top two


President cannot hold the Defence portfolio

Views - 406 Tuesday, 26 November 2019 00:00

The President has appointed a new Cabinet of Ministers and there is a confusion over the Defence portfolio. Daily FT reported on Saturday 23 November that soon after the swearing-in-ceremony, the list of names and portfolios given to each minister w


Gotanomics: Can it turn around the ailing Sri Lanka’s economy?

Views - 9281 Monday, 25 November 2019 00:50

Gotanomics from the new President I have argued in this column repeatedly that Sri Lanka’s economy was in a dire state, moving from bad to worse on each passing day. It was a warning to economic policy managers that they should take effective measu


There was a yearning for someone different as president: We got one!

Views - 334 Monday, 25 November 2019 00:40

Gotabaya is someone different There was certainly amongst the educated middle class a yearning for a non-political person as president. It was in response to this perceived need that a number of non-politicians threw their hats into the ring at the


Ministry of Health: A nation rich in wellbeing

Views - 265 Monday, 25 November 2019 00:30

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


Low Cost Carrier model and aviation

Views - 427 Monday, 25 November 2019 00:09

Low Cost Carrier, or LCC, is a term used to describe a ‘budget airline’ or ‘low-fare carrier’ which not only emphasises low ticket prices but focuses on minimising its operating costs too. The business model was invented almost accidentally b


Reflecting reality through research: Management and leadership in focus

Views - 289 Monday, 25 November 2019 00:00

We are in the midst of a golden opportunity as a nation to move ahead in solidarity with strategic aims. With refreshing leadership at the helm and renewed enthusiasm for better results in all fronts, it is seen as a positive and progressive beginnin


Mentoring is key to entrepreneurs

Views - 149 Monday, 25 November 2019 00:00

Mentoring can be a make or break for many young entrepreneurs. Some of the world’s most famous entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs, Larry Page and Mark Zuckerberg had mentors. Research shows that 50% of businesses fail in the first five years but when th


Sajith’s sanitary pad pledge and the popular Hindi film ‘Pad Man’

Views - 5077 Saturday, 23 November 2019 00:50

The titles of two popular films figured prominently in the English language mainstream and social media during the course of Sri Lanka’s 2019 Presidential Election campaign. One was the English science fiction film ‘Terminator’ made in the USA


Post-Presidential Election possibilities and probabilities

Views - 343 Saturday, 23 November 2019 00:00

Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka with an unprecedented majority in the recent Presidential Election. He polled 1,360,016 votes more than his opposing candidate Sajith Premadasa. Beyond th


Gotabaya’s opportunity to shine in Sri Lanka

Views - 2103 Friday, 22 November 2019 00:10

In January this year an iron curtain had descended to end Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s elusive dream to become the 7th president of Sri Lanka. Then, several legal battles threatened to put the final full stop to his political ambition to be the President.


’56 reborn

Views - 1539 Friday, 22 November 2019 00:05

The outcome of Presidential Election 2019 can be regarded as a miracle in the political sphere rather than an ordinary election victory of a political party. The prevailing view in Sri Lanka was that a Presidential Election could not be solely won on


Entrepreneurship and the future focus of Sri Lanka

Views - 463 Friday, 22 November 2019 00:05

Entrepreneurship is a key driver for any economy. Sri Lanka has a very low presence of entrepreneurs in the market numbering less than 1.5% of the population. This compared to some of the other countries in the Asian region such as Vietnam and Thaila


Beyond traditional tourism

Views - 274 Friday, 22 November 2019 00:02

“Travel for pleasure or business” is defined as tourism. Moreover, theory and the practice of exploring, the business of selling the attractions, accommodations, providing entertainment to the tourists, and the commercial tour arrangements of op


Why they lost? (Why they won?)

Views - 411 Friday, 22 November 2019 00:02

Over-promised and under-delivered High on vision – low on execution Ivory tower leadership – no sense of ground hardships


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‘Data is the new oil’: An introduction to the proposed Data Protection Act

Friday, 6 December 2019

Data protection is not a concept we, in Sri Lanka, are familiar with. Globally, the laws surrounding data protection have been around for about 20 years. And we are only just about getting started. The proposed ‘Data Protection Act’ (hereinafter


Education: An integral part of entrepreneurship development

Friday, 6 December 2019

Governments across the world have recognised the importance of State intervention to encourage private sector innovation towards strengthening entrepreneurships in order to capitalise on comparative and competitive advantages. The main pillar of entr


Moving away from an insular mindset concerning the tea export business

Friday, 6 December 2019

Sri Lanka mainly produces Orthodox teas as opposed to CTC teas which are largely used in producing tea bags. We are ahead of others in the former category but unfortunately way behind on the latter due to our closed and insular policies. Assuming an


Opportunities for scaling up climate finance in Sri Lanka

Friday, 6 December 2019

The National Consultation on Climate Finance Mechanisms for Financial Institutions in Sri Lanka organised by ICC Sri Lanka together with UNESCAP brought together professionals from several sectors to discuss pressing issues in promoting climate-resil


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