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Think outside the box, the way out?

Comments / Saturday, 23 July 2016 00:00

A classic example of our cultural predictability is explicit in the saga behind the naming of Sri Lanka’s only international airport ...


“Nationalist” Government – to counter nationalistic rhetoric?

Comments / Friday, 22 July 2016 00:00

NOT BY MIGHT, NOR BY POWER – The spirit of a nascent Sri Lankan nationalism (inclusive, tolerant, Other-embracing) might be compromi...


Premechandran on northern problems and Govt. inaction

Comments / Friday, 22 July 2016 00:00

    EPRLF Leader and TNA member Suresh Premechandran   Q: What is the latest with regard to the Jaffna ...


Trade and FDI needs a one-stop-shop, not one more stop

Comments / Friday, 22 July 2016 00:00

Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple’s office in Ireland. Apple has publicly stated that it wants to significantly expand its operations in I...


And miles to go

Comments / Thursday, 21 July 2016 00:00

The clashes at the University of Jaffna indicate that the process of national reconciliation may be progressing far too slowly &nb...


Mediocrity and ethnic rivalry: A toxic combination in University of Jaffna?

Comments / Wednesday, 20 July 2016 00:00

  If we care about higher education in Sri Lanka, we need to maintain or reduce the State-funded opportunities, put more money into ex...


Clear national strategy results in strong brands

Comments / Wednesday, 20 July 2016 00:00

Whilst we have heard a lot of rhetoric about Sri Lanka becoming the ‘Tiger’ nation of South Asia in the last couple of years, ...


How the 1980 general strike was smashed

Comments / Tuesday, 19 July 2016 00:06

Over 40,000 strikers lost their jobs 36 years ago July 15 marked 36 years since the great general strike of 1980 when 40,356 public and pri...


Prema-chandra Athukorala Chinthana: Joining production sharing chain is the way out for Sri Lanka

Comments / Monday, 18 July 2016 00:00

  Sharing production with the rest of the world The Sri Lankan-born economist of international repute and Australian National Universit...


Convocation as commencement

Comments / Monday, 18 July 2016 00:00

I led the organising team for the graduation of 452 extraordinary managers at PIM’s largest convocation ever. That was a celebration of hum...


“Marikkar” Ramdas: The Brahmin who transformed into a Muslim

Comments / Saturday, 16 July 2016 00:05

        “Marikkar” Ramdas has passed away! Sadness spread among numerous fa...


Nisha Biswal wants Lanka to be the next Singapore

Comments / Friday, 15 July 2016 00:00

 US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal, currently on her sixth visit in 20 months to Sri Lanka in her current capacity as US Assistant ...


Rise of machines in capital markets: Robo Advisors

Comments / Friday, 15 July 2016 00:00

A few years ago, a new technology began shaking up the global capital markets: The advent of ‘high-frequency trading’, where machines ...


5 ways companies can bring good governance

Comments / Friday, 15 July 2016 00:00

Good governance, that uber-cool American product we all want so badly, but never seem to be able to own. Here are five simple actions for corporate...


Dilemma between VAT and CAA tax on price-controlled items

Comments / Friday, 15 July 2016 00:00

Currently there are 15 items declared as essential and the decision will be taken by the Cabinet to increase or decrease the items based o...


A Coalition that seems all at C

Comments / Thursday, 14 July 2016 00:00

CORRUPTION – that third C in the triad, not mentioned in the article below with its other two companions: Car-pālanaya and Comrade-...


Cabinet portfolios after one year: Spotlight on education

Comments / Wednesday, 13 July 2016 00:09

The Cabinet of the new Government elected on 8 August 2015 made nearly 700 decisions during the last 11 months, and 36 of these decisions ...


Capital Gains Tax on shares: Can the Government achieve its objectives?

Comments / Wednesday, 13 July 2016 00:07

The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) has decided to reintroduce the Capital Gains Tax (CGT) with a view of correcting the increase in the inequality...


Sustainability now

Comments / Wednesday, 13 July 2016 00:05

A few weeks back, the UK Guardian had featured an article highlighting that climate change is the “biggest threat to global economy in 2016,&...


Scientific research in value chain development

Comments / Wednesday, 13 July 2016 00:05

  Introduction With more than 20 qualified researchers, more than 100 research projects and Rs. 200 million annual expenditure, the ...