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Can rising Colombo temperatures be controlled by tree planting ?

Views - 271 Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:00

Temperatures in Colombo have been rising over the decades and air-conditioned offices and bedrooms are taken for granted. Colombo was cooler decades ago. When I took up residence in Colombo in 1963 as a university student and later being employed,


Economic woes the motivator for FTAs

Views - 319 Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:00

We have seen in the recent past the heat on the FTA with Singapore that was signed around nine months back. Whilst there can be merits to this argument, we have to keep in mind that when a country is struggling at 3% GDP growth and a debt stock that


Of cave, care and camaraderie: Serene scene of spirituality

Views - 212 Monday, 27 August 2018 00:00

Not much time has passed since the heart-warming heroics heard from Thailand.


Challenge of learning is how to transform information to wisdom: Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai

Views - 603 Monday, 27 August 2018 00:00

The outgoing President of the Thailand-based Asian Institute of Technology or AIT, Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai, is an unconventional academic.


V.S. Naipaul – A tribute

Views - 247 Saturday, 25 August 2018 00:10

V.S. Naipaul, exquisite craftsman of the English language, magnificent story teller, and master of the unsparing nonfiction narrative passed away on 11 August. Grandson of an indentured Indian labourer shipped willy-nil


Japan moves in to thwart Chinese ambitions in the Indian Ocean

Views - 275 Saturday, 25 August 2018 00:10

The visit of Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera to Sri Lanka, the very first in the history of Sri Lanka and Japan, is of great significance to the Indian Ocean region. Onodera’s itinerary, which inc


Time is ripe for a commission on banking and finance

Views - 273 Friday, 24 August 2018 00:00

By notice published in the Gazette Extraordinary No. 6437 of 2 January 1991, President Ranasinghe Premadasa announced


Three-wheeler issues cannot be resolved by revoking a gazette notification

Views - 166 Friday, 24 August 2018 00:00

The Transport and Civil Aviation Ministry had issued a gazette which permits only those above 35 years of age to apply


Microfinance: Does it empower women?

Views - 546 Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:00

We are witnessing large protests across the war-torn regions in the north and east, urging the Government to restrict the activities of microfinance companies offering loans to poor women at exorbitantly high interest rates. Women’s groups in other


It’s time for different fuels – equations are only equations!

Views - 215 Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:00

In 2017 Sri Lanka spent an estimated $ 3,427.9 m in importing crude oil and refined petroleum products. Sri Lanka interestingly spent a lot on importing vehicles too. The value indicated is $ 772.7 m, the most significant of the non-food imports. Sr


An infrastructure failure – A wake-up call?

Views - 163 Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:00

Infrastructure disaster in Italy The collapse of Genoa Bridge in Italy sent shockwaves around the globe. A section of the bridge measuring about 200m fell at around 11:30 local time (09:30 GMT) on Tuesday, 14 August. It has been reported that 39 peop


The evils of translocating wild elephants

Views - 123 Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:00

The subject of translocating wild elephants has been a much-debated topic recently, after the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWLC), acting on the orders of the Minster for Wildlife, wanted to move the only two wild elephants habituating the Sin


Identifying traitors: I cannot wait until Dr. Padeniya presents his point scheme

Views - 451 Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:00

Cause for excitement I am excited! A way of identifying and measuring a traitor is soon to be unveiled; by no less than the President of the GMOA! Hasn’t he also qualified in some department of neurology? All the more reason to justify my excitemen


High NPAs in SME sector: Who is responsible?

Views - 590 Monday, 20 August 2018 00:00

Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) of the banking sector have been increasing in the recent past. Gross NPA ratio reached about 3.3% as at end of May2018 recording an increase of about 0.8% over the past five months.


Singapore miracle – How SL could benefit from trade with Singapore

Views - 1394 Monday, 20 August 2018 00:00

According to a media report released by President’s Media Division, a committee of experts has been appointed by the President to examine and report on ‘the practical impact and use of the proposed officer policy guidelines and recommendations on


Climate scientists cheating us to a $ 12 b/year economic loss in 2050

Views - 284 Monday, 20 August 2018 00:00

Local news media carried the disturbing pronouncement by World Bank economists to the effect that Sri Lanka will become an extremely hot territory with 30C temperature rise and $ 12 billion per year economic loss by 2050.


DMK Chief “Kalaignar” Karunanidhi excelled as a Tamil film script writer

Views - 2456 Saturday, 18 August 2018 01:01

Muttuvel Karunanidhi, known to the Tamil-speaking world as “Kalaignar” (artiste), passed away at the age of 94 in Chennai on 7 August. Karunanidhi had been Chief Minister of India’s Tamil Nadu state for a total of 19 years. He was Chief Ministe


Bangladesh could be a happy hunting ground for Lankan entrepreneurs

Views - 218 Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:10

Bangladesh has traditionally been hospitable to Sri Lankan entrepreneurs and fortunately, the traditional friendliness has not given way to arrogance with the country’s growing prosperity. This was acknowledged at a meeting of Sri Lankan entreprene


Sri Lankan people want leaders to be decisive

Views - 146 Friday, 17 August 2018 00:10

The different leaders we have seen in Sri Lanka in the last 40 years beginning with JRJ to the current President were very different in their approach to power and authority, based on their cultural values and understandings of the leadership style.


Do we sink or swim? No Michael, row the boat ashore!

Views - 450 Friday, 17 August 2018 00:10

Why Sri Lanka needs to strengthen geopolitical ties to be a competitive global economy by 2030


Warriors who fight for a larger purpose

Views - 119 Friday, 17 August 2018 00:10

Are women more naturally inclined to cooperation than men? Sulochana Sigera’s impassioned statement at last week’s Women in Management Awards seemed to suggest so. Addressing the under-representation of women decision-makers, Sigera pointed to th


Incendiary integrists and Muslim girls’ education

Views - 128 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

Integrisme is a French term for an ideology originated in the 19th and early 20th centuries which rejected the values of secular modernism and wanted the state and government subjected to the Church as it was in the days of medieval Christendom. This


Results-oriented management

Views - 312 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

“Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions” – Harold S. Ganeen There are managers and managers, as the cliché goes; let me identify five main types of managers: 1. Managers who love [usually newly found] and re


The strategic role of the finance function: The path to relevance

Views - 164 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

During my term as Global President of CIMA nearly a decade ago, the theme I chose for my year of leadership was a single word – ‘relevance’. The word relevance is perpetual. It is contextual to when it is used. It is extremely applicable to the


Should weak financial institutions be allowed to exit?

Views - 547 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

Recently there were protests by depositors of several distressed finance companies in the country. Angry protesters gathered in front of the relevant entities and Government buildings, demanding redress.


Hot seat on the fast track

Views - 189 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

I want to buy a chair. Not a fancy one with all the bells and whistles. There is such a thing after all as a sense of proportion in the purchase of furniture. Just check out what the Western Province Chief Minister’s o


Sri Lankan consumer sinking ?

Views - 883 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

Globally we see that when an economy gets challenged at the corporate end, it has a ripple effect on the consumer, leading to protests, strikes and agitation. The latter is often termed by politicians as having linkage to


The emergence of medicocracy – Challenge to both Government and Opposition alike

Views - 206 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

That a political agenda lies behind the GMOA trade union actions is now beyond doubt. We had suspected this all along through the line of serial lightning strikes carried out by the doctors ever since the Yahapalanaya Government had been installed.



Management research in Sri Lanka: reflections and resolutions

Views - 289 Monday, 13 August 2018 01:15

It is encouraging to see many research conferences related to management are being conducted by State and non-State higher education institutes alike. I was the keynote speaker for the second Annual Research Symposium (ARSYM–2018) organised by the


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Maximum Residue Level: Dilemma of agricultural product exporters in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Due to increased emphasis on consumer health, majority of developed countries such as EU, Japan and the US insist on MRL testing of food items which has to be done by the exporter. The Codex Alimentarius Commission which is an inter-governmental bod


East Container Terminal blunder: Learn from Chinese

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Minister for Ports and Shipping Mahinda Samarasinghe informed the press in August that Cabinet has approved the development of East Container Terminal (ECT) of Colombo Port by the Ports Authority. According to approval: nPorts Authority would develop


President Sirisena, playing with fire, must take note that smoke will get into his eyes

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Penchant for playing with fire President Gamaralalage Sirisena has always had a penchant for playing with fire. He did fire-play at the local government elections when he made a disastrous U-turn and went round country blasting the party and its lea


Response to claims that Sri Lanka was in a ‘debt trap’ in 2014 due to ‘Chinese loans’

Monday, 17 September 2018

Several Western analysts have carried out a relentless media campaign in keeping with their own geopolitical agenda, to suggest that China was luring Sri Lanka into a carefully engineered debt trap.


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