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Researchers and elephants – we have a problem!

Comments / Thursday, 8 December 2016 00:01

 John Dewey said that “every great advance in science has come from a new audacity of imagination” and these acts of imagination ...


CEB Engineers, back to old practices

Comments / Wednesday, 7 December 2016 00:01

   Considering the low reliability of the Norochcholai coal-fired power plant, Sri Lanka could face energy and capacity shortages...


Policy contradictions hold back economic prospects

Comments / Wednesday, 7 December 2016 00:01

   Whilst fiscal adjustments are in disarray, the Central Bank which is supposed to conduct the country’s monetary policy i...


Why agricultural value chains fail – Part (2): A principal-agent-problem

Comments / Wednesday, 7 December 2016 00:01

  A tea cultivation in Nuwara Eliya – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara   It is time to move away from traditional s...


Brilliant companies are brilliant at the basics

Comments / Tuesday, 6 December 2016 00:02

Top research company AC Nielsen last week announced that the Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) had picked up from a downward trend. But challenges to...


Taxation in Sri Lanka: The need for radical change?

Comments / Tuesday, 6 December 2016 00:01

A country’s fiscal and taxation system is a major determinant of macro-economic policy and sustainable growth, particularly in areas such as ...


Thriving in a digital age: Digital currencies pose the biggest threat to banks – Part III

Comments / Monday, 5 December 2016 00:05

  This is the final part of a revised and improved version of a paper published in the Association for Professional Bankers 2016 Annual C...


Men and women for SEN: Reaping research richness

Comments / Monday, 5 December 2016 00:01

The research monograph is handed over to the Secretary of the Ministry of Education    It was a delight to witne...


Voices unheard in Parliament; Budget fails to see largest minority!

Comments / Monday, 5 December 2016 00:01

  An 'Accessible Toilet' at a five star city hotel. It fails to comply with even basic safety and access standards ...


Q3 Container Shipping Record, Red

Comments / Monday, 5 December 2016 00:01

 Q3 Container Shipping Record, Red To date, 15 top carriers posted their financial results for the nine months of 2016, or fist six in ...


Maestro W. D. Amaradeva created a distinctive genre of Sinhala music

Comments / Saturday, 3 December 2016 00:10

     Renowned Sri Lankan vocalist, violinist and music composer W.D. Amaradeva passed away in a Colombo hospital on ...


Plod, Goon, and other PG-rated plug-uglies

Comments / Friday, 2 December 2016 00:01

I have a confession to make. A visit to the local constabulary reduces me – never the bravest of scribes, anyway (because I have far too much...


Investing in education and leaving it to markets is no longer an option

Comments / Friday, 2 December 2016 00:01

If you invest in education, then incomes will develop  – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara In the last 10 years global HR thou...


Sustainability now: Sustainable tourism

Comments / Wednesday, 30 November 2016 00:01

 This week the Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference is taking place in Colombo with high level participation and key experts from the ...


The Employees’ Trust Fund: Its concept, misconceptions, and the way forward

Comments / Tuesday, 29 November 2016 00:10

At a time when the Employees’ Trust Fund is celebrating 35 years of existence, it is time to reflect upon its original concept and perhaps lo...


Trump’s marketing strategist

Comments / Tuesday, 29 November 2016 00:02

  Every time the world turns to elections I personally take the learning mode, given that the best techniques in marketing comes into ...


State monies and shadow missions

Comments / Tuesday, 29 November 2016 00:01

My wife earns more than I do. I sometimes feel a worm on account of it. And other times I rationalise the income disparity. To each their own. We a...


Thriving in a Digital Age: Digital currencies pose the biggest challenge to banks – Part II

Comments / Monday, 28 November 2016 00:01

  This is part II of a revised version of the paper published in the annual publication of the Association of Professional Bankers or ...


A farewell to Fidel: The last of the epic heroes

Comments / Monday, 28 November 2016 00:01

 Fidel was the last of the epic heroes. Whatever our travails, our generation and the ones before us were fortunate to live in the decades in ...


Sri Lanka’s biggest hypocrites!

Comments / Saturday, 26 November 2016 00:01

We are all hypocrites, more or less. These people top the chart. 1. Animal lovers... ...who fight for the rights of selected animal species. We...