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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


Employee to entrepreneur: mindset change needed

Views - 81 Friday, 22 November 2019 00:01

There is nothing stopping you from being like the Chairman of your company except the fact that you do not want to go from working to achieve your Chairman’s dreams to working on your own dreams. If your Chairman or his father (if he inherited his


Entrepreneurship key to economic development

Views - 288 Thursday, 21 November 2019 00:31

Anyone should be excited to see entrepreneurs. The people should love them as they bring in new products and services and governments should love them as they create jobs and give the Government new tax revenues. Entrepre-neurship development is the


Air India over Colombo

Views - 815 Thursday, 21 November 2019 00:00

Amidst the busy politicking in November an unexpected appearance of quite a number of packets of air over the country and in particularly over Colombo caused some distractions and elicited few warnings of a different type. This is about the smog-la


Sibling wins, patriarch celebrates and minorities stunned

Views - 567 Thursday, 21 November 2019 00:00

Is there a more precious gift a family patriarch, who himself a former ruler, could expect to receive on his 74th birthday, than to see his own brother becoming the supreme head of the country he ruled? The victory of Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa (GR


An executive presidency and a technocratic Cabinet accountable to Parliament

Views - 470 Thursday, 21 November 2019 00:00

Basil Rajapaksa of the winning party in the 2019 Presidential Election had said that the 19th Amendment (19A) has some good parts and some bad parts. The 19A indeed gives us much despite its flaws. However, the lack of a coherent architecture therein


Post-mortem on UNP defeat

Views - 404 Wednesday, 20 November 2019 23:42

I believe no post-mortems are necessary on the causes for defeat of the UNP candidate as the reasons were very clear seeing the bickering at the very first post-election meeting of the UNP hierarchy held earlier this week. Although at the election th


Ministry of Ports and Shipping: A nation rich in maritime logistics

Views - 445 Wednesday, 20 November 2019 01:25

Goals n Increase total capacity of Colombo port to 21.1 million TEUs. n Develop cruise destination hubs. n Improve efficiency in the ports. Action plan 1. Colombo Port development The Port currently accommodates 7.5 million Twenty-foot Equivalent Uni


New cabinet of ministers: How to make?

Views - 1383 Wednesday, 20 November 2019 01:19

A new cabinet of ministers being appointed after the Presidential Election is inevitable. It is not only fair but also constitutional. However, it must be done intelligently and with understanding. Otherwise, the citizens’ decision on 16 November c


Mr. President, economic policy will make or break you

Views - 417 Wednesday, 20 November 2019 01:15

The election result was probably not a surprise. The economic performance was well below par over the last four years and the outcome was inevitable. On one hand economic growth has plummeted to the lowest in South Asia at around 2%. The per capita


Promoting a peaceful tolerance and coexistence in the Sri Lankan plurality

Views - 173 Wednesday, 20 November 2019 01:08

Epictetus, the Greek stoic philosopher, was accustomed to saying that there are two vices that are by far the most grave and vile of all; lack of endurance and lack of self-control; when either we do not endure or bear the wrongs we ought to bear, or


Presidential Election: Healing wounds is the new task

Views - 81 Wednesday, 20 November 2019 01:04

Sri Lanka’s eighth Presidential Election held on Saturday has produced an outcome that has surprised the winners, the losers as well as the observers. The most obvious, and arguably disquieting, and utterly unanticipated trend that became immediate


It’s time for healing wounds and to define the broader objectives of nation building

Views - 51 Wednesday, 20 November 2019 01:01

Sri Lanka has a new President who has secured a substantial number of votes at the Presidential Election over his main contender Sajith Premadasa. In the context of nation building, no one has won and no one has lost. The voters exercised their democ


Adopt high-impact interventions to secure future of antibiotics and rollback the global AMR crisis

Views - 57 Tuesday, 19 November 2019 00:00

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global crisis that threatens the future of our most precious drugs: antibiotics. Across the world, AMR kills an estimated 700,000 people annually, including 230,000 from multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. By 2050,


The mantra of attracting high-end tourists

Views - 453 Tuesday, 19 November 2019 00:00

“Easier said than done!” is what many veterans of the tourism industry say whenever the subject of enticing high spenders to Sri Lanka is debated. That being so, some boutique brands have fetched high prices in the past though the current situati


Victory over the oppressed

Views - 897 Tuesday, 19 November 2019 00:00

The Presidential Election is over and the new President has taken his oaths. Although there were opinions expressed that there can be a second count of preference votes of the candidates other than the first and second, it was an easy victory for Got


A child’s guide to MCC Compact Sri Lanka

Views - 8322 Monday, 18 November 2019 00:55

Intelligent children, unlike some of the adults, are curious, probing and questioning. They do not jump to conclusions until and unless they are convinced of facts that have been presented to them. Asani, a student in the Advanced Level class in a le


Re-thinking voting

Views - 398 Saturday, 16 November 2019 00:02

We use our vote (in a democracy) to elect those who should govern us. We can only be governed as long as we are alive. Therefore, our current age and life expectancy determine how long we have left to be governed! So, should the younger population, h


Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony: A nation rich in unity

Views - 448 Friday, 15 November 2019 00:20

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 to


Securing a People’s Constitution

Views - 380 Friday, 15 November 2019 00:15

The need for making a People’s Constitution has become a topic of interest not only among the public but also among some candidates of the Presidential Election. Rohan Pallewatte and Mahesh Senanayake have included it in their election manifestos.


A lean democracy proposal for new president

Views - 830 Friday, 15 November 2019 00:00

A discourse on restructuring Sri Lanka’s many governance structures, namely the president, the parliament, provincial councils, municipal councils and pradeshiya sabhas, is imperative considering the immense burden on taxpayers to maintain these in


Saying ta-ta to Uncle Sam

Views - 1021 Friday, 15 November 2019 00:00

I am no lawyer. What follows is simple and straightforward information available in the websites of the US State Department1 and a website that offers information on renouncing US citizenship. Renouncing and relinquishing are not the same. Renounci


Gota’s citizenship, US silence and presidency

Views - 3203 Friday, 15 November 2019 00:00

As soon as Gota’s dual citizenship became a debatable issue on the eve of his nomination by his brother’s party, the SLPP, US authorities must have realised that they have been presented with manna from heaven to help them achieve what they want


Keen interest in the US on Sri Lankan elections

Views - 532 Friday, 15 November 2019 00:00

While the only show in Trump Town is the contentious impeachment hearings which commenced today, the premier National Public Radio (NRP) devoted a segment to a concise report by its special correspondent Lauren Frayer who had travelled to Colombo and


The Presidential Election and Dark Public Relations

Views - 267 Friday, 15 November 2019 00:00

At the moment we can see only the mudslinging in the Sri Lankan Presidential Election. According to literature, the main objective of Dark Public Relations (DPR) or negative public relations is to discredit someone else, who may pose a threat to the


To tackle diabetes, strengthen primary healthcare and empower families

Views - 41 Thursday, 14 November 2019 00:00

Diabetes is a significant threat to public health across the WHO South-East Asia Region. An estimated 91 million people in the region suffer from diabetes. Around 49 million – more than half – are unaware they have it. Undiagnosed or poorly contr


The Millennium Challenge Corporation grant to Sri Lanka

Views - 1845 Thursday, 14 November 2019 00:00

A sum of $ 480 million is a lot of money. So when it is given as a grant to a middle-income country, naturally eyebrows will be raised. The Cabinet approved the MCC Compact for Sri Lanka on 29 October 2019. Yet there is still intense debate surroundi


Consternation surrounding the MCC agreement

Views - 755 Thursday, 14 November 2019 00:00

Release of the draft MCC agreement by the Ministry of Finance 1 November, followed by an open challenge by Minister Samaraweera to show if there are any harmful aspects in the MCC to the country, a fast unto death by a venerable Buddhist monk against


Open letter to presidential candidates on good governance

Views - 307 Thursday, 14 November 2019 00:00

Sri Lankans face a Presidential Election that will dictate the destiny of one of the most naturally blessed countries in this planet. Unfortunately, our political leaders, having gained independence, did not steer the course prudently, focusing inste


Relevance of Stoic philosophy even today

Views - 204 Thursday, 14 November 2019 00:00

“Some things are within our power, while others are not. Within our power are opinion, motivation, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever is of our own doing; not within our power are our body, our property, reputation, office, and, in a word,


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Peace, business and prosperity

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Every nation, every community and each individual is facing the social and political impact along with the impact of violence. Interpersonal violence results in medical, policing and judicial costs immediately after the violent incident occurs and it


‘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


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