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Putrefaction and end

Views - 722 Friday, 7 June 2019 00:15

As the President has abandoned his earlier decision to consult the Supreme Court opinion on the commencement of his official term, it is now clear that the Presidential Election will be held on 7 December. While nearing a Presidential Election, the


Cardinal blunders should worry the Catholics

Views - 1388 Friday, 7 June 2019 00:11

Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith seems to be loving the limelight and the glow, however spooky, of politics. I have pointed out before how His Eminence has a penchant for popping up in public affairs when he shouldn’t and avoiding intervention when he shou


Colombo could be the maiden smart city in South Asia

Views - 285 Friday, 7 June 2019 00:00

Shenzhen, in economic terms, is the fourth largest city in mainland China. Located in Pearl River Delta between Guangzhou and Hong Kong, it is one of the youngest of Chinese cities too. Its history goes back only to 40 years. Shenzhen officially beca


Wolf culture of Huawei

Views - 377 Friday, 7 June 2019 00:00

Against all odds, Huawei has emerged out of bloodbath in the mammoth Chinese smartphone market unprecedentedly by achieving a 41% surge whilst its peers including Apple were deeply immersed in the red. Apple is the biggest casualty and plunged 30% fo


De-bureaucratise bureaucracy – Combat soft terrorism for growth!

Views - 168 Thursday, 6 June 2019 00:00

I know this can be a difficult topic and a difficult set of words to digest but I believe that this is an imperative tool if we are to move ahead in this island of ours. Cost of inefficiency has to be turned around for opportunity through action. Af


Are you ready to combat fraud?

Views - 336 Wednesday, 5 June 2019 00:00

Fraud has become one of the most worrying factors in recent times for business owners, board directors, senior members of management and even regulators. The increasing number of frauds in some markets over the recent past, significant loss of value


Environment and the world

Views - 86 Wednesday, 5 June 2019 00:00

World Environment Day is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Since it began in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 1


Keeping track of our State enterprises

Views - 213 Wednesday, 5 June 2019 00:00

The Government is currently in the rather confused state of having lost track of the number of State enterprises it runs. While the Ministry of Finance tracks the financials of 55 key SOEs, the Government does not have an official number for the ent


When fake news and targeted misinformation rule the day

Views - 321 Wednesday, 5 June 2019 00:00

In Sri Lanka, fabricated stories posing as serious journalism is gradually becoming the order of the day, and is not likely to go away as they have become a means for some unscrupulous writers to make money and potentially influence public opinion fo


Sri Lanka: The meat in the sandwich? Nero fiddles while a major conspiracy is unfolding

Views - 565 Tuesday, 4 June 2019 00:00

The undisputed current super power and the undisputed emerging super power appear to be adopting diametrically opposite strategies for the former to remain the super power and the latter to emerge as the next super power.


Demonisation and criminalisation of religions

Views - 196 Tuesday, 4 June 2019 00:00

Like the air pervading the whole planet, nationalism is both omnipresent and impalpable. It interpenetrates the psyche and the minds of every individual. This behaviour can be seen as both conservative and as a revolutionary force, threating the stat


How Facebook fights false news

Views - 151 Tuesday, 4 June 2019 00:00

Facebook was built to connect people and give them the power to build community. Around the world, we’ve seen Facebook used to bridge language, cultural and socioeconomic barriers, and give small business owners new economic opportunities. But we a


Institutionalise macro policy to make it sustainable: Dr. Coomaraswamy

Views - 4066 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:20

Delivering the first memorial oration of the late A.S. Jayawardena in Colombo last week, the incumbent Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy emphasised the need for institutionalising the macroeconomic policy being presently pursued by the


Asia Power Index 2019: What does it say about Sri Lanka’s regional position?

Views - 424 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:18

The latest edition of the Lowy Institute’s ‘Asia Power Index’ provides an insightful picture of the power dynamics shaping the Asia-Pacific region, with many interesting takeaways for Sri Lankan political leaders, bureaucrats and businesses. O


A clear message to the nation

Views - 88 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:00

The timely intervention of the religious dignitaries of our country in the extremely burning issue regarding the proposed agreements with the US brings in some consolation amidst the prevailing desperation. It is heartening to note that important re


A combined dose of ginger and chilies

Views - 263 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka is in a strategic location of the Indian Ocean. Throughout the history of Sri Lanka there were foreign interventions. Sri Lanka was invaded constantly by the foreign forces from south India initially and later by European forces. In certain


In search of sensible Sri Lankans: Seeking tranquillity amid turbulences

Views - 382 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:00

The aftermath of the Easter Sunday tragedy witnessed many a calamity, confusion and chaos. The need to rebuild trust among communities amidst the mistrust among politicians, has become crucial. In the absence of one voice from the ruling front, soli


Power napping

Views - 265 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:00

A ‘power nap’ on a working day recharges you for greater productivity and performance. Have a few bean bags in your office, create a quite napping corner, actively encourage your staff to take short ‘power naps’. When people are expected to w


Dr. Upul Wijewardena’s diatribe

Views - 300 Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:10

Dr. Upul Wijewardena has been in the habit of making interventions with wrong speech on politics. While his occasional deliberations on Buddhist philosophy may be regarded as sincere articulations, irrespective of concerns of worth, his political com


11 times ‘Game of Thrones’ got it right about Sri Lanka’s state of politics

Views - 498 Friday, 31 May 2019 00:20

All good things must come to an end. Good Governance, ‘Avengers,’ ‘Game of Thrones’. While the first was not very good and the second went mostly well but was bad in bits with a sad endgame, the last of these got ugly in the season and series


Avoiding essential reforms

Views - 289 Friday, 31 May 2019 00:10

Although the fire has been extinguished on the surface, the fire beneath the ashes is not doused yet. Though there are signs of extinguishing the surface fire, there appears to be no serious effort to douse the fire beneath the ashes. What does the


Need a common guiding principle for all religious education

Views - 136 Friday, 31 May 2019 00:00

After the evil Easter attack of 2019 by terrorists claiming to be Islamists, spotlight is on Islamic religious education in ‘madrasas’ and Islam-based higher education. The decision to bring the proposed Batticaloa University College, feared to


Niqab: When religion becomes a matter of dress

Views - 340 Thursday, 30 May 2019 00:00

There has perhaps been no garment that has aroused so much controversy as the niqab or face-veil worn by a small minority of Muslim women. Although worn by only a very small percentage of women, it is as conspicuous as can be and grabs attention wher


Sri Lanka-SCO partnership: The relevance a decade after the conflict

Views - 338 Thursday, 30 May 2019 00:00

In 2009 Sri Lanka defeated terrorism on its soil, ending the terrorist conflict that claimed thousands of lives, destroyed the Sri Lankan economy and set the country back by several decades. In the same year the country entered into partnership with


Combating invisible financing for terrorism

Views - 760 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:48

CCTV footage played the key role in identifying the suicide bombers of the Easter Sunday attack.However, the ways and means of breeding such terrorism on Sri Lanka’s soil is still under investigation.In the aftermath of the Easter attack, there is


Why a political settlement with the LTTE to peacefully end the war was not possible

Views - 185 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:00

On 18 May 2009, the 25-year civil war in Sri Lanka ended in massive bloodshed—the UN estimated that 40,000 civilians were killed in the final stages of the war alone. According to the UN Panel of Experts report1, during the final stages of the war,


Controlling madrasas: Band aid solution

Views - 136 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:00

With President MS, Prime Minister RW and leaders of the Joint Opposition engaging in “revenge politics” (Stephen Long, Asian Tribune, May 2019), and as the term of the present Government and that of the President is drawing to a close, there is n


Delimitation of electoral boundaries in SL: Multi-member electorates – perceptions and realities

Views - 72 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:00

This article is the fourth in a series of articles on delimitation of geographical boundaries in Sri Lanka. Following on the third article, ‘Smaller electoral units needed to serve the people better’ (Sunday Island of 10 February and Daily FT of


New constitution as a panacea for all ills and people’s mandate

Views - 123 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:00

Victor Ivan, one of the proponents of 19A, in his latest edition published in Daily FT on 24 May under the caption ‘Sri Lanka needs urgent surgery,’ has once again advocated a strong argument to bring a new constitution as a solution to the curre


An unpardonable pardon

Views - 656 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:00

We are back in primitive tribal times. The power of pardon is a feature of human society with ancient roots. It originates from the tribal custom exercised by the tribal chief to soften the harsh rigour of embedded tribal customs. Under civilised con


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Those who go by social proof are easy prey to crafty schemers

Monday, 17 June 2019

Going after social proof Swiss writer and novelist, Rolf Dobelli, in one of the essays in his 2013 book ‘The Art of Thinking Clearly’, has given a fine warning to his readers. He has warned against going by ‘social proof’ or ‘majority view


Poson ponderings on positional power: ‘Authority vested’ vs. ‘authority wasted’

Monday, 17 June 2019

We witnessed a serene Poson Poya, in a far more improved security setting in Sri Lanka. Whilst the Sri Lankan life slowly returning to normal, political fronts do not appear to show the same. Has the political power become the people ‘pava’ (sin)


Emperors without clothes: Is Mother Lanka naked too?

Monday, 17 June 2019

The expression ‘The Emperor without clothes’ derives from the Hans Anderson tale that is based on Sufi wisdom. The Emperor in Anderson’s story was without doubt, the finest dressed man in the land and he loved wearing fine clothes and spent al


The confusion of the collision is becoming indescribable!

Monday, 17 June 2019

Strange are the things we are witnessing in the political scene. The fast-evaporating trust and confidence in politicians and the Government are seriously destroying the harmony of the nation. The Prime Minister of the country has admitted that the


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