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India, Sri Lanka, Indian Ocean and the coercive diplomacy of India

Views - 373 Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:00

Constitutional debacle in Sri Lanka It was only a few days ago that the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi issued a statement expressing concern over the slow pace of the India-backed development projects and the strategic joint ventures with Sri


A failed Fanta Morgana

Views - 585 Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:00

Fanta Morgana is the highbrow term for a rainbow. After the failed rainbow it sounds exquisitely exotic. We must not allow politics to provoke our moral outrage. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is a magnificent political conjuror. After his re-ele


Pity the paltry state of a sick political culture

Views - 160 Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:00

I am no constitutional or legal expert. But like most other politically-aware readers, I know what I like to see in my democratically-elected leaders. Sorry to say that despite being something of a maverick when it comes to the herd instinct, I agree


Ranil holding on to power is unconstitutional and undemocratic

Views - 828 Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:51

The present turn of events undoubtedly is not ideal for the country, but perhaps inevitable. If the UNP could have changed the Leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe, as he was straying away from democratic norms and interests of the country, it would have bee


Sacking of PM is unconstitutional

Views - 756 Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:50

President Sirisena’s sacking of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place has been described by some as a ‘constitutional coup’. The phrase ‘constitutional coup’ is a contradiction in terms,


With this man-made Constitutional crisis, economy will be the casualty; resolve it quickly or perish

Views - 6022 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:20

Two prime ministers without a Government The political change that took place in Sri Lanka last week has driven the country to a constitutional crisis. The President, while removing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe from office, has appointed form


Our national purpose… once again

Views - 409 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:15

Once again, dramatic political events in Colombo remind us that branding is primarily an internal project. Nine years after the end of the civil war, a monumental failure of leadership has left us looking inward rather than finding our own place in t


The dead ropes

Views - 582 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:14

In politics, as in life, there are no permanent friends – or enemies. All is in flux. When circumstances or situations change, people go with the flow. Rare is the man (or woman) in public life who stays rooted in one dear spot. Although we ‘grav


Sirisena’s triple betrayal: Nation in danger

Views - 964 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:13

Three betrayals Gamaralalage Maithripala Sirisena, it seems, is a specialist in betrayal. He first betrayed his former leader and former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa. He had a hopper feed with Mahinda the very morning of that act of deception and was


So Sri Lanka – So what?

Views - 555 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:12

Once again the island nation is all worked up over the latest tourism tag-line i.e. So Sri Lanka.  Two key points to note here: Our tourism strategy is far more important and need greater focus than the tag-line, which is a by-product of strategy. E


Influencer marketing: Opening new doors in communication

Views - 269 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:10

Influencer marketing is the idea of partnering with social content creators, those with key audiences on platforms like blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, and Vine, to help satisfy the consumer’s insatiable appetite for storie


The political dog fight

Views - 109 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:09

Sri Lanka has experienced a constitutional or rather unconstitutional takeover of the Government. A similar incident happened in 2003 when Wickremesinghe was the Prime Minister where President Kumaratunga took over three ministries of the Government.


The Buddhist civilisation supersedes the human rights of the West

Views - 204 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:07

Given the gravity of the crises facing the Vatican, it has wasted no-time in redefining the moral mission of the Catholic Church in the world. Yet, the American federal investigation into the sexual improprieties of clergies in Pennsylvania—as wel


India in Sri Lanka: Price of misperceptions and misreads

Views - 320 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:05

One of the notable features of the current dynamics of Sri Lankan politics is the growing recognition by all parties in the country of India’s growing sensitivity to Sri Lanka’s major domestic political issues and changes. Historically viewed, th


The miracle of flight: How it all began

Views - 102 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:00

17 December 1903. This is a date that dictated the future of mankind. On a cold winter’s day, on a desolate beach in a little known corner of America, two bicycle mechanics, Wilbur and Orville Wright, made the first sustained and controlled flight


Decline of secularism in South Asia

Views - 253 Saturday, 27 October 2018 00:00

South Asia’s multi-religious countries, namely India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, started off with a noble wish to be ‘secular’ and keep religion out of the business of the State. Hindu-majority India, under the leadership of the avowed


Why our investment drive needs a Dammika or a Harry to steer the ship

Views - 835 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:02

The current Higher Education Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe when he was Justice Minister very boldly stated at the Sri Lanka Economic Summit in 2017 that the Board of Investment should be shut down. The BOI is the current PM’s brainchild and an


Carnage of elephants by trains: Simple solutions are need of the hour

Views - 223 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:01

There are much deliberations at ‘high places’ by many ‘experts’ in order to find a solution to the carnage that is taking place on the rail tracks, while wild elephants succumb to gruesome deaths at an alarmingly rapid rate.


Trade liberalisation or rationalisation? What is more desirable?

Views - 165 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:01

Trade liberalisation or free trade has come to a sharp controversy in the context of recent and ongoing rupee depreciation. However, it has been thoroughly a discussed topic internationally, both theoretically and empirically, although not conclusive


Humour as a panacea for the bane of politics

Views - 154 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:00

Today your columnist will stray a tad bit off the well-trodden path. To make a foray into the realm of three types of the ‘funnies’. Where the sun is always shining on our blessed isle. If there is a cloud on the


Unhappy is the land that needs a hero

Views - 181 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

“Unhappy is the land that needs a hero” is the heavy-hearted response of Galileo to his pupil Andrea when the latter furious with the astronomer’s recantation tells him, “Unhappy is the land that breeds no hero”. Bertolt Brecht wrote his ep


Lalith de Mel, leader par excellence

Views - 228 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

Having made Sri Lanka proud over many, many years – reaching the pinnacle as the first Sri Lankan on the Main Board of a Top 100 Company in the UK and serving on the boards of 27 companies abroad and 11 companies in Sri Lanka with steady success


Can humans and animals coexist in increasingly limited spaces?

Views - 104 Wednesday, 24 October 2018 00:00

Many wildlife species are close to extinction, or at least threatened, because of human impact. The usual strategies of co-existence are to confine more and more the habitat of wildlife to smaller reserves, parks or other fenced areas, to protect the


The Hindu mess and N. Ram’s tweet on the raw (or RAW) matter

Views - 218 Wednesday, 24 October 2018 00:00

A.S. Panneerselvan ran a story this morning in The Hindu (00.00am, 22 October) titled ‘Don’t blame the messenger,’ referring to the controversial front page report of the same newspaper five days ago by Meera Sirinivasan on ‘Sri Lankan Presid


Buddhism, sustainability and Sri Lanka

Views - 304 Wednesday, 24 October 2018 00:00

Sustainability is fast becoming a very relevant and essential aspect of our lives. This has come about as a response to the high degree of consumerism that prevails in the world today, and the resulting overuse of fast-depleting natural resources, gi


Value of regulated landfills: Megapolis Ministry must communicate

Views - 231 Tuesday, 23 October 2018 00:00

Our policymakers may do the right thing but not do it too well by not communicating the larger purpose of their actions. The current fuss about the proposed Aruwakkalu landfill is one such example. As the Ministry of Megapolis correctly points out,


Virtual banks: Opportunities and challenges

Views - 309 Tuesday, 23 October 2018 00:00

A virtual bank is a bank which predominantly delivers retail banking services through the internet or other forms of electronic channels instead of physical branches. This covers all online transactions whether it be via the web, email, mobile check


Reinvent yourself before reinventing your industry

Views - 134 Tuesday, 23 October 2018 00:00

For the last 19 years Interbrand has been carrying out its Best Global Brands report. This year, the theme of the study is ‘Activating Brave’, which examines the role that brand strength plays in the transformation of the world’s leading busi


Future competencies for Sri Lankans: Rhetoric and reality

Views - 529 Monday, 22 October 2018 00:00

I was humbly happy to be the first Sri Lankan to speak at Fiji Annual HR Convention. It gave me a wonderful opportunity to meet warm people of another island nation. With booming tourism and bountiful natural resources, it appears as one of the most


IPS’s State of the Economy Report 2018 is a demonstration of its independent analysis of the economy

Views - 4675 Monday, 22 October 2018 00:00

Economists are at the receiving end of society today when it comes to economic crises. They have been blamed not only for giving confusing advice, but also for failing to predict accurately the oncoming economic catastrophes.


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Constitutional paradox: There is no such thing called Election Commission

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Our Constitution, which was certified by Parliament on 31 August 1978, has 19 amendments; the First Amendment to the Constitution was certified by the Speaker in the same year on 20 November. By the end of 1988, there had been 14 amendments made to t


‘So Sri Lanka’ – upgrade staff, processes, infrastructure at BIA arrivals to be world’s best!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

24 October, time 12:47 p.m., place – my residence in Colombo My phone buzzes with a WhatsApp message from my old colleague Prasad Fernanado now with Saudi British Bank in Saudi. I am thrilled to see the message ‘Sri Lanka top country for travel i


Qatar crisis: From the Sri Lankans’ point of view

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

The aim of this article is to examine the Saudi blockade over Qatar and its impact in the past 17 months on the country. A special focus will be given to the Sri Lankan workers who have been living in Qatar for the past two decades. The reason why th


The reality of Sri Lanka – household end!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Whilst Sri Lanka is debating what is right and wrong on the governance of the country, the Sri Lankan household is falling part due to escalating costs, as per the latest data released by respected research agency Nielsen. For the seventh quarter in


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