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Sivaji, MGR, Gemini – The three kings of Tamil cinema heroes

Views - 1538 Saturday, 30 December 2017 00:50

‘We Three Kings of Orient Are’ is a popular Christmas carol written and set to music by Rev. John Henry Hopkins Jnr in 1857. This is about the wise men mentioned in the Bible who came to Bethlehem with the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to


Sri Lanka’s relations with Japan set to acquire a strategic dimension

Views - 248 Saturday, 30 December 2017 00:33

The visit of the Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono to Sri Lanka on 5 January is going to be short – just a day. But it is of enormous significance for both Japan and Sri Lanka.


Sri Lanka’s vote at the United Nations

Views - 139 Saturday, 30 December 2017 00:00

On 21 December, the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly against the unilateral position on Jerusalem adopted by the world’s sole superpower, the USA. The UNGA resolution expressed “deep regret” over decisions “concerning the status of Je


Is health life or not?

Views - 197 Friday, 29 December 2017 00:00

The phrase ‘arogyaparamalabha’, which is from a verse recited by the Lord Buddha (Dhammapada Verse 204), has a common usage in society,


President Sirisena’s opportunity ahead in 2018

Views - 241 Friday, 29 December 2017 00:00

8 January 2018 will mark three years since Maithripala Sirisena was elected Sri Lankan president, after defecting from the Cabinet of his predecessor, Mahinda Rajapaksa.


Politics move to the village, will it work?

Views - 209 Friday, 29 December 2017 00:00

Whilst the economic challenges remain in Sri Lanka stemming from exports to foreign remittances, from tourism to FDIs in the backdrop of a sluggish economy growing at 3.4%, we now move to the political battle at the village level.


Fast-growing real estate sector: The need to provide support services to make it sustainable

Views - 249 Thursday, 28 December 2017 00:00

The Sri Lankan real estate is going through a positive phase of transition in the process of its development. It is gradually moving towards becoming more organised. This has largely been possible due to the entry of international real estate players


Tea vs. asbestos

Views - 428 Thursday, 28 December 2017 00:00

If proof was ever needed, the asbestos for tea trade-off with Russia has shown us the humbleness of our situation in the most humiliating manner. Tea was introduced to this country by the British, not because they perceived it as the mainstay of an e


The “lost two years” of SriLankan Airlines

Views - 3534 Wednesday, 27 December 2017 00:00

The airline business is highly susceptible to turbulent oil prices, which management has little or no control over. Under the previous management


Wanted: a well-focused investment strategy

Views - 151 Wednesday, 27 December 2017 00:00

A carefully focused/concentrated investment strategy, particularly for attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)


Mindfulness a panacea for current tensions: ethnic, religious

Views - 244 Wednesday, 27 December 2017 00:00

During my youth I was greatly influenced by Dr. E.W. Adikaram (1905-1985). As an Advanced Level student


Rao’s Guide to Lime Pickling: A novella on the other side of human suffering

Views - 553 Tuesday, 26 December 2017 00:10

A novelist in the making Sandali Handagama has been known by Sri Lanka’s film fans for her role as the rebellious but innocent and naive daughter of a family which was being torn apart by the personal incompatibility of the parents in the movie, L


From manger to managers: Serenity of stillness

Views - 515 Tuesday, 26 December 2017 00:00

A manager in the little town of Bethlehem became world famous because of Christmas. It is not only a time to relax and refresh, but also to reflect and to reinforce. Despite the overly commercial coverage of Christmas, the true serenity associated wi


Three Es in transportation

Views - 180 Tuesday, 26 December 2017 00:00

Engineering, enforcement and education are key governing factors in transportation. Sri Lankan transporters are more concerned with engineering and enforcement but not education. It is of paramount importance to carefully touch upon transportation ed


A review of the Beijing Declaration on Human Rights

Views - 66 Saturday, 23 December 2017 00:55

If I were at the Beijing Forum on Human Rights the other day (7 and 8 December), I would have proposed the following sentence, after the first two sentences in Article 1 of the Beijing


President Sirisena’s $ 195 m Russian roulette!

Views - 1765 Saturday, 23 December 2017 00:18

The last time when warnings of icebergs ahead went unheeded, the iconic Titanic ran aground with two-third of its passengers in chilly waters off the Atlantic Ocean. And more than a century later, the ‘Captain of the Sri Lankan Ship’ seems to be


Maldives to be ‘Dubai of South Asia’ where business can be mixed with pleasure

Views - 278 Saturday, 23 December 2017 00:00

Justly famous for its idyllic palm-fringed resorts in the middle of the vast Indian Ocean, the Maldives is now eager add to its persona by becoming the Dubai of the South Asian region – an ideal place for entrepreneurs from the region and beyond to


Paving the way for a digital economy

Views - 224 Friday, 22 December 2017 00:00

The new economy has greatly changed our economic environment in relation to how the Government and businesses operate and provide goods and services,


A Clarke orbit not swung round in

Views - 147 Friday, 22 December 2017 00:00

In his 1930 poem W. H. Auden issued this challenge: “Let us honour if we can / the vertical man / though we value none / but the horizontal one/”


Voet, my foot!

Views - 205 Thursday, 21 December 2017 00:00

Johannes Voet (1647-1713), the celebrated lawyer from the Netherlands, among other things, is credited with adapting many of the primary Roman legal principles and concepts to suit the spirit of his time and clime. The illustrious jurist’s well-ea


An urgent wake up call to civil society on corruption

Views - 615 Thursday, 21 December 2017 00:00

Our wake up: The village farmers’ tale “Wetath, niyarath, goyam ka num, kaata pavasami eh amaruwa,” is a commonly used saying of the village farmers. This saying adapted with the extension to read as, “If the fence, the bund, the mud, the wa


Victory in Geneva – Lost in Colombo!

Views - 1088 Thursday, 21 December 2017 00:00

I woke up to a call from a good friend and a classmate who was really happy about his daughter Thivinya – currently a student in a Colombo school (Museaus) – winning a Gold medal for her invention in a competition in Taiwan (Kaohsiung Internation


Coconut crisis – can drip irrigation save the industry?

Views - 271 Wednesday, 20 December 2017 00:00

For the past year and more, the consumers had to undergo severe hardship due to the price increase of coconut, an essential item in daily food


Doing business in Sri Lanka 2017

Views - 401 Wednesday, 20 December 2017 00:00

The other day I was at the Daily FT-Interbrand awards 2017 presentation and global expert from Holland was explaining how a country brand can be calculated and if the brand is strong then we can attract higher quality tourists,


Who will kill the ‘future accountant’?

Views - 1222 Tuesday, 19 December 2017 00:52

The famous scientist Charles Darwin has said: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” This undeniable truth with no exception to accountants i


Proposal to provide 50,000 new university places for students who are not admitted to university

Views - 375 Tuesday, 19 December 2017 00:23

Today there is a lot of frustration among the youth due to many students passing the GCE A/L exams and eligible to enter universities unable to gain admission to universities due to limited number of places in universities. Out of the app. 150,000 el


Socioeconomic challenges in the present era of technology and innovation

Views - 113 Tuesday, 19 December 2017 00:14

It is a great pleasure to deliver this keynote address at this symposium which marks the launching of the annual Student Symposium of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Open University of Sri Lanka.


No sex please, we’re Sri Lankan

Views - 24528 Tuesday, 19 December 2017 00:10

There is no gainsaying my assertion that Sri Lankans are prudes when it comes to sex, especially sex outside of marriage. Whether on Galle Face Green or in Peradeniya Gardens, the local constabulary make it their business to go around harassing young


Sirisena Presidency – A parallax view

Views - 243 Tuesday, 19 December 2017 00:00

Maduluwawe Sobhitha Hamuduruwo and Medagoda Abayatissa Hamuduruwo differ in their world views. The differences are so deep that an attempted comparison would be absolute blasphemy. It would be as heretical as a comparison of Gandhi – the Mahatma wi


Coomaraswamy Chinthana: The rationale of the country’s economic policy package

Views - 850 Monday, 18 December 2017 00:10

Economic policies have always been mysteries to laymen. They have become mysteries because top economists often present them in a language not comprehendible by ordinary people.


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Chulla Setthi Jathaka: An entrepreneur creating magical wealth out of nothing

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

For over a decade, I have travelled as a lending banker to every corner of the country and it has exposed me to thousands of entrepreneurs. My close interaction with them helped me to understand their attributes, qualities and characteristics that se


How not to do a strategic plan

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

‘Strategic planning and budgeting’ are vital items in the corporate agenda of any organisation. As a CFO and a member of the senior leadership team of several large organisations both in the private sector and the public sector, I have tasted the


What is needed to complete the revolution of 8 January

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

The challenge before our country is to institute a transformed system, because most of our political ills are a functional result of a poor system. Our politicians and our political culture is a dependent outcome of bad system. This systemic change,


Political moves after 10 February

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Who or what is the main political problem facing Sri Lanka today? The answer you give will reveal where you are on the ideological spectrum, and will in turn have determined your answer. Here are the answers that form the political spectrum of our s


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