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Indo-Pak row casts shadow over 19th SAARC Summit

Views - 38 Saturday, 31 March 2018 00:00

The fate of the 19th Summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) hangs in the balance.


Crisis of the JVP today is that it has lost purpose

Views - 325 Friday, 30 March 2018 00:10

In the original days of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), it had a clear sense of purpose. Whether that purpose


Education and VTEC allocations must target youth unemployment

Views - 107 Friday, 30 March 2018 00:05

Many entrepreneurs say the skills shortage is starting to bite as businesses are struggling to find workers they need to meet the growing demand at a time of medium to low unemployment.


Asbestos, glyphosate and polythene bans: Cases of lazy and irresponsible policymaking

Views - 252 Friday, 30 March 2018 00:05

The President retracted the ban of asbestos in the face of Russian pressures. The glyphosate ban is now under review


Operating a profitable railway in Sri Lanka

Views - 116 Friday, 30 March 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka Railway has been running at a loss all the time. As per data available, even in 2015 the Railway made an operational loss of nearly Rs. 7,000 million.


Journey to the Colombo Lotus Tower

Views - 312 Friday, 30 March 2018 00:00

In China’s foreign policy in Asia, Beijing has already rejuvenated the Buddhist diplomacy in Sino-Sri Lankan relations


The lurking danger

Views - 96 Thursday, 29 March 2018 00:00

Often this topic is discussed and deliberated upon by journalists as well as others on the grounds of the personal risks to which journalists are exposed. There are many cases today where journalists have been abducted, harmed and even jailed or kill


Time to unite to act wisely rather than keeping silent lips and murmuring hearts

Views - 142 Thursday, 29 March 2018 00:00

No matter what we believe, no matter whom we follow, no matter where we come from, no matter for how long we have inhabited this land, no matter what we do, no matter how rich our history is, we must live in harmony and ensure the safety of every liv


Avoiding a Day Zero: Turn on the taps of conservation and innovation for water

Views - 141 Thursday, 29 March 2018 00:00

On 22 March I was reading the supplements in the press over World Water Day. In Sri Lanka it is a matter of pride that in this particular day we can reminisce and claim on our proud hydraulic heritage and even coming to the recent times declare of ou


UNP crisis, SLFP choices and Sri Lanka’s endless political karmic cycle

Views - 253 Wednesday, 28 March 2018 00:00

A great liberal of the Kennedy era and the top intellectual of the JFK administration, Arthur Schlesinger famously wrote


‘Yahapalanaya’ for financial institutions

Views - 283 Wednesday, 28 March 2018 00:00

‘Yahapalanaya’ is a slogan heard all too often in the current political arena; however rest assured this article is nothing to do with politics


The rhetoric and reality of the work life balance agenda

Views - 310 Wednesday, 28 March 2018 00:00

Many people around the world are working extremely long hours. Globalisation, technological development and efficiency


Emerging economies must make the most of the digital revolution

Views - 370 Wednesday, 28 March 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka aims to be a rich country by the next decade by transforming this beautiful island nation into the hub of the Indian Ocean


Will the State banks take the plunge along with SriLankan?

Views - 223 Tuesday, 27 March 2018 00:00

By T. Rusiripala The extraordinary gazette notification appointing the Presidential Commission of Inquiry was issued on 2 February. The COI comprises three senior judges, a retired Deputy Auditor General and the Director General of the SLAAS Monitori


Googling Sri Lanka today

Views - 448 Tuesday, 27 March 2018 00:00

The other day I received a call from Germany from the Sri Lankan Tourism team attending the premier tourism exhibition ITB. The objective of the call was whether I could support the task of implementing the ‘destination marketing campaign’ for Sr


Communication excellence: Essentials for executives

Views - 317 Monday, 26 March 2018 00:00

Conflicts arise when communication breaks down. A prolonged strike or an ongoing dispute can have a link to improper communication.


Why did China establish the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank?

Views - 321 Monday, 26 March 2018 00:00

Long before Vasco da Gama, Magellan, Capt. Cook discovered the Far East on sea routes, the ancient Silk Route existed 2,000 years before them.


Mahinda, Ranil and the big picture

Views - 914 Monday, 26 March 2018 00:00

There is an ancient Chinese saying about missing the big picture by focusing on the trivial. This is about the big picture.


Policy disagreement in Unity Govt. has been the killer of the economy

Views - 803 Monday, 26 March 2018 00:00

According to the data released by the Department of Census and Statistics or DCS – the country’s official statistics bureau – Sri Lanka’s economy has grown in 2017 by 3.1%


2018 could see the birth of a new religion in India, Lingayatism

Views - 193 Saturday, 24 March 2018 00:57

The year 2018 is likely to see the birth (or official recognition) of a new religion in India, adding to the six already in existence and recognised by law. It is Lingayatism, found mostly in the South Indian States and Maharashtra.


Mr. Elections Commissioner, play with a straight bat please

Views - 120 Saturday, 24 March 2018 00:00

The orange embers still burning. The once-busy extraordinarily-long orange drapes washed and put on sagging lines as far as eyes can see. Scattered stones and boulders cleared and removed by the municipalities.


No Confidence motion – A desperate attempt against PM will be defeated

Views - 522 Saturday, 24 March 2018 00:00

Ranil Wickremesinghe, the most popular Prime Minister, has made fellow politicians nervous if he is allowed to continue.


Making green cars greener: $15 b opportunity not to be missed

Views - 413 Friday, 23 March 2018 00:00

Fortunately for me,W.A. Wijewardena wrote an article on Dhammika Perera’s presentation at the Colombo School of Business and Management


The no-confidence motion against Ranil will create further chaos

Views - 742 Friday, 23 March 2018 00:00

The Mahinda Rajapaksa-backed Joint Opposition yesterday submitted a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe


Why Ranil is still needed

Views - 287 Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

The Joint Opposition move to pass a vote of no-confidence in Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will come a cropper. Ranil knows that best as he has tersely told a group of opposition pollies (Australia slang for ‘politicians’), “Come on! Pres


Racism, riots, and the Sri Lankan State

Views - 326 Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

“One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion” – Simone de Beauvoir


Strong brands can sustain shocks!

Views - 192 Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

The recent media highlighted the impact of communal violence on the tourism industry. The press conference earlier this week threw out a number as high as 10% whilst the actual cancellation was around 500 room nights around the Kandy vicinity was rep


Women’s bodies, masculinities and economic insecurities

Views - 532 Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

Cat’s Eye was deeply saddened to witness another wave of anti-Muslim violence, yet again, under a Government which promised to protect them from such violence. It was reported that the first round of violence in Ampara was sparked by a claim that


Drop the guns, ‘Hit Refresh’

Views - 108 Tuesday, 20 March 2018 00:00

‘Drop the guns’ is my addition based on his own analysis, but ‘Hit Refresh’ is Satya Nadella’s main title of the quite praiseworthy book with a vision for everyone, not only in the technology field, but also in other areas of knowledge and


The world moves forward and we move backwards

Views - 578 Tuesday, 20 March 2018 00:00

Communal riots emerged once again. It will emerge over and over again since we, those who govern and those who are governed, over and over again prove that we do not learn from the past mistakes. My first experience of communal riots was black July 1


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Deep design to the rescue: Solving wicked problems of the future

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Let me begin by stating a controversial opinion: our contemporary lives are defined by 200 years of dehumanisation. From the time of the industrial revolution, the nature of work and labour has changed dramatically. The relationship between man and


Exporting bras with imported fibre!

Thursday, 26 April 2018

In a recent World Bank publication, ‘South Asia’s Turn,’ two Sri Lankan organisations – MAS from apparel and Dilmah from agribusiness – receive recognition as global champions. While Dilmah is in control of its value chain and that was its


The Opposition’s 20th Amendment dilemmas

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

It’s the arithmetic, stupid! A no-confidence motion against the Leader of the Opposition, R. Sampanthan, is logical and legitimate


Sri Lanka: May Day and workers’ rights

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

May Day was declared a holiday in Sri Lanka in 1956 for the Government sector, bank and mercantile sectors.


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