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 - 548 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 - 885 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

Issues surrounding EPF

Views - 321 Monday, 13 August 2018 01:01

In a previous article, I discussed about the contemplated policy changes of the EPF system. One of the main concerns was the proposal to entrust the management of the investment portfolio of the fund to a specially appointed fund management company.

Part III: National Export Strategy 2018-22: Focus on selected sectors welcome but challenging

Views - 477 Monday, 13 August 2018 00:52

In the previous two parts of this series (available at:;

Safe spaces for youth

Views - 135 Monday, 13 August 2018 00:31

When you hear that there are thousands of young people who don’t qualify after their O/L examinations, and there are hundreds of thousands more not in employment, education, or in formal training at any given time, it is a stark reminder of how vul

The power of the serpent

Views - 65 Monday, 13 August 2018 00:00

Once, the Enlightened One the Buddha was walking along a foot path with disciple Bhikku Ananda. Suddenly Buddha said, “Ananda, serpents, serpents.” Agitated, Bhikku Ananda looked around and not seeing any serpents said that he cannot see any serp

Karunanidhi gave concrete expression to Dravidian movement’s equalitarianism

Views - 58 Saturday, 11 August 2018 02:17

The late lamented Muthuvel Karunanidhi was a phenomenal personality in more ways than one. He was five times Chief Minister of the South Indian State of Tamil Nadu, 13 times a member of the State Legislative Assembly, and had a political career which

5 new ways to protest in Sri Lanka

Views - 273 Friday, 10 August 2018 00:10

Petitions, marches, vigils, strikes, fasts, rallies, rebellions all can be called commonly as “protests”. Protest is an essential component of democracy. Protest is the tool used to keep the people’s representatives at th

Yes sir, no sir, three bags full of **it

Views - 569 Thursday, 9 August 2018 00:00

I heard that a politico wants the people who call on him to address him as ‘sir’. He had put up a notice to that effect outside his office. It made me mad. It made me sad. It made me bad to know. There is only so much that we law-abiding citizens

The power of small miracles

Views - 228 Thursday, 9 August 2018 00:00

Quite a few years back we became quite familiar with the term ‘small miracle’ which never took to the stage it was intended but contributed perhaps definitely to the use of few hundred millions of rupees as no process is expense free. However, I

Sinhala education has led to downfall of Sinhalese and country

Views - 3643 Wednesday, 8 August 2018 00:00

When Sri Lanka received independence, its administration and education were of an extremely high standard.

Future of the finance function is business partnering

Views - 263 Tuesday, 7 August 2018 00:35

Every facet of business and commerce is being disrupted. Technology is changing how products are manufactured and how services are being delivered. Social media, digital transformation and drone technology are influencing news cycles and the procurem

Part II: National Export Strategy 2018-22: Introducing measurable physical targets

Views - 422 Monday, 6 August 2018 00:00

In part I of our analysis of the National Export Strategy or NES (available at:, we commended the Export Development

Future of Employees Provident Fund

Views - 305 Monday, 6 August 2018 00:00

Today, there is an ongoing discussion about the EPF Sri Lanka, focusing on many related aspects.

President Kolinda turning around brand Croatia

Views - 619 Monday, 6 August 2018 00:00

Even though France won one of the most popular sporting events globally, the FIFA World Cup 2018, the media highlight was Croatian President Kolinda Kitarovic and how the country was led to its first-ever World Cup final by a refugee, Luka Modric.

The sweet and sour real life romance of reel actors Savitri and Gemini

Views - 2761 Saturday, 4 August 2018 00:20

The recent release and box-office success of the Telugu biographical movie ‘Mahanati’ (Great Actress) has created a great deal of interest in the famous South Indian actress Savitri. The bio-pic simultaneously released in Tamil as ‘Nadigaiyar

Tourism industry in Sri Lanka: Brain drain or brain gain?

Views - 303 Saturday, 4 August 2018 00:10

Much has been discussed about Sri Lanka’s tourism boom and the impending human resource shortfall that the industry will have to face. Recently a private sector initiative, organised by You Lead (of the USAID) unveiled a practical and comprehensive

Work on India’s register of citizens proceeds regardless of consequences

Views - 48 Saturday, 4 August 2018 00:10

Work on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in respect of the eastern Indian state of Assam bordering Bangladesh, is proceeding at a feverish pace regardless of its domestic and international consequences.

Do we need more people in public service?

Views - 369 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

National Policies and Economic Affairs Additional Secretary Asanga Dayaratne announced recently that the Government

Govt. should take a cue from Trump economics

Views - 236 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

Donald’s Trump victory in 2016 was powered by economically downtrodden voters who were driven by their insecurities

Up, up and away – well, not quite away

Views - 152 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

I am writing in much lighter vein today, having dispensed with the drug mafia last week. But don’t let that weigh heavy

Vijayakala’s statement: Can Government prevent another revolt in the North?

Views - 165 Thursday, 2 August 2018 00:00

Member of Parliament Vijayakala Maheswaran’s speech at a public meeting in Jaffna caused an uproar in the Parliament, forcing the Deputy Minister to resign from her post. The speech was made in Tamil, and no proper translation of the speech is avai

Education, discipline & pragmatism

Views - 418 Thursday, 2 August 2018 00:00

It was indeed an honour to be invited for a forum at CA Headquarters on 24 July on the topic: “Budget Proposals for 2019/20 for Human Capital Development”, under the aegis of the Chairman and the Governing Council of the National HR Development C

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In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Saturday, 22 September 2018

‘Indian Film,’ first published in 1963 and co-authored by former Columbia University Professor Erik Barnouw and his student Dr. Subrahmanyam Krishnaswamy, is considered a seminal study of the evolution and growth of Indian cinema. The book is cit

Imran may turn blind eye to blasphemy law and persecution of Ahmadiyyas

Saturday, 22 September 2018

There are clear signs that Pakistan’s freshly minted Prime Minister, Imran Khan, will make a sincere effort to reduce corruption and maladministration in the domestic sphere. In foreign affairs he is likely to make a brave attempt to mend fences wi

The rate of exchange, capital flight and the Central Bank

Friday, 21 September 2018

The Central Bank (CBSL) exists for the sole purpose of price stability. Its controls on the financial system and monetary policy exist to maintain price stability. As put forth many times by the Governor, the failing of the CBSL to control inflation

Red flag over the Sri Lankan Navy

Friday, 21 September 2018

Shocking story Rusiripala, a former banker in Sri Lanka, who has taken to writing in Daily FT, is perturbed by the red flag I have raised (Daily FT article 18 September) over the shocking charge that our Navy had operated a ransom gang that had abduc

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