W. A. Wijewardena

Sri Lanka has lost economic sovereignty, target of neoliberal economic hitmen: Tamara Kunanayakam

Views - 1097 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

Tamara Kunanayakam, formerly a UN official and Diplomat and presently, civil and human rights activist cum public voice maker,


Music Maker

Views - 246 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:56

Towards the end of last year, film composer and classical musician Lakshman Joseph De Saram, a regular at Poetry P’lau gatherings, turned up early for one with his violin in tow – a breathtakingly beautiful late 17th c


Roots of democracy deficit in Bangladesh

Views - 78 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:14

Bangladesh had gone through military rule between 1975 and 1990, but today it is seen as a vibrant (and turbulent) democracy.


What good HR can do for an organisation

Views - 209 Friday, 8 June 2018 00:10

Can HR influence a company’s direction and contribute to corporate success? A 2015 study commissioned by the ILO


Dire need of investment for reaching prosperity

Views - 124 Friday, 8 June 2018 00:00

The purpose of this article is to point out the great need for investment, especially foreign direct investment in Sri Lanka, and to indicate how it could be attracted.


Muslim world’s missed opportunity: Agony continues – Part II

Views - 172 Friday, 8 June 2018 00:00

This grand neglect by mainstream Islam to recognise the crucial significance of secularising knowledge to create an intellectual


What is the real investment in the hotel plant in Sri Lanka?

Views - 218 Friday, 8 June 2018 00:00

The tourism industry has been referred to as a ‘thrust industry’ and ‘engine of growth’ by the State ad nauseam,


Of GOPs, gobs and godforsaken ops

Views - 117 Friday, 8 June 2018 00:00

There was a time when one might have admired the country’s Grand Old Party (GOP). It was the party of the Grand Old Man


Muslim world’s missed opportunity: Agony continues – Part I

Views - 196 Thursday, 7 June 2018 00:00

A longing to recapture the glorious past of Islam is universal in the Muslim world. An accurate diagnosis of failed experiments in the past and a sound methodology to exploit any emerging opportunities in the future are prerequisites to achieve this


Can the President resolve the CEB-coal power issue?

Views - 313 Thursday, 7 June 2018 00:00

For the past few years, the Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers’ Union (CEBEU) and the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) have been at loggerheads over the approval of the CEB’s Long-Term Generation Plan. This has resulted in, since


Social innovation – Future of business and the rise of Millennials

Views - 214 Thursday, 7 June 2018 00:00

Why didn’t we become a developed nation in the 35 years between the end of the World War II and the start of our internal war? Why are we not developed after 40 years since the introduction of the open economy against national economic policies? Wh


From SDGs 1.0 to SDGs 2.0: How to make the UN Sustainable Development Goals transformational

Views - 111 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

We must begin by asking if the SDGs are they really changing the way that business does business. Or are they little


Economic Disparity and Nationalism – Part 3

Views - 62 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

Throughout Europe, racialist groups have used the war on terror to create new racist mono-cultural political platforms


KPMG Global CEO Outlook 2018

Views - 422 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

KPMG released its fourth annual Global CEO outlook 2018 in early May. This landmark survey reached 1,300 CEOs


GDPR: Is it for Sri Lanka?

Views - 360 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

In the preceding few weeks, you may have noticed an influx of notifications from the websites and applications you have subscribed to regarding a change in their data privacy policy.


Era of 4th Industrial Revolution: Trade, connectivity and geopolitical shifts

Views - 116 Tuesday, 5 June 2018 00:00

We are in the midst of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work and trade. It seems in its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet


Economic disparity and nationalism – Part 2

Views - 72 Tuesday, 5 June 2018 00:00

Concentration of power This situation usually leads to concentration of political and decision-making power in the hands of a few. This could lead to suboptimal use of human resources and cause political and economic instability. In turn, this will o


Will some legal eagle clear the air?

Views - 173 Tuesday, 5 June 2018 00:00

Constitutional matters are in general beyond the perception of laymen. Very often clarifications are sought on many related issues. Sometimes what is presumed to be the true position is far from being so. Because legal interpretations indicate differ


Mahathir’s second coming: Lesson for Sri Lankan leaders ‘Deliver what you promise’

Views - 911 Monday, 4 June 2018 00:10

The election of 92-year-old Dr Mahathir Mohamad, commonly known as Mahathir, to premiership by Malaysian voters, especially the young voters, has been a surprise to many.


Transformation of HR in the digital world

Views - 162 Monday, 4 June 2018 00:00

I am delighted to drive a dynamic community of diverse people in presenting a distinctly different experience at the National HR Conference 2018.


Is your messaging app spying on your personal chats?

Views - 61 Monday, 4 June 2018 00:00

The handling of consumer data has become a controversial topic in recent weeks.


Disruptive technologies: The challenge to business

Views - 153 Monday, 4 June 2018 00:00

Today the rise of emerging markets, the accelerating impact of technology, new talent demands, an aging population, and the easy flow of capital and knowledge are having a transformative impact on business, leaders and economies.


Perpetual pursuit of power

Views - 336 Monday, 4 June 2018 00:00

First things first: if the story is true, and 118 Parliamentarians have received Perpetual boodle, the bond entrepreneur should not be in prison. With that much clear command in the House, he should be in Temple Trees.


Trade liberalisation advances in Asia Pacific as the US paddles against the current

Views - 58 Monday, 4 June 2018 00:00

Market-opening international trade policy reform tends to yield positive results.


If LTGEP is implemented, part of Sri Lanka will be a desert: An alternative lesser cost plan

Views - 698 Saturday, 2 June 2018 00:25

If Sri Lanka implements the LTGEP, part of Sri Lanka will be a desert by 2040: 100% guaranteed. This is not vicious imagination, but the obvious conclusion if the following 10 scientific statements are true.


Modi suffers severe electoral reverses barely a year before Parliamentary elections

Views - 152 Saturday, 2 June 2018 00:05

With just 11 months to go for the next Indian Parliamentary elections, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by the ebullient Prime Minister Narendra Modi got a severe drubbing in the by-elections held in nine States on Monday.


Economic disparity and nationalism – Part 1

Views - 38 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

The Cold War in the form that existed in the last century disappeared with the collapse of the state capitalistic model


20th Amendment? Probably too late and confused

Views - 106 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

What is categorically defective in the 19th Amendment is that it failed to rationally demarcate the powers between the


Whither cricket?

Views - 255 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

Going by the newspaper reports it is obvious that our Cricket and the Board of Management in charge of overseeing


After 9 years: War lessons for GOSL in 2018

Views - 256 Friday, 1 June 2018 00:00

We saw the agitation by certain quarters once again on 18 May wanting to commemorate war heroes from one side


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Great ‘Gamperaliya’: A great novel made into a great film by a great director

Saturday, 23 June 2018

‘Gamperaliya’ (Changes in the Village/Changement au Village) was the third feature film made by ace director Lester James Peries. It was released on 20 December 1963.The film was based on the famous novel of the same name written by the doyen of


Thushani takes Todos to new heights

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Thushani Rodrigo has always amazed me. From the very first day I met her, I have been in awe of her strength, courage and grace and constantly impressed by her creativity. The discipline and commitment she brings to her work, her farsightedness and h


Confusion in Maldivian opposition is to Yameen’s advantage

Saturday, 23 June 2018

The ongoing confusion in the ranks of the Maldivian opposition, barely three months before the presidential election, works to the advantage of the incumbent President and candidate of the Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM), Abdulla Yameen.


Implications of inward FDI on China: Lessons to be learnt

Saturday, 23 June 2018

China overtook the United States to become the largest trading nation in the world in 2014. China is the second largest economy in the world behind the United States and the largest exporter in the world. It is referred to as the factory of the world


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