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The sacred and profane at crossroads

Comments / Wednesday, 31 August 2016 00:01

 Listening to President Maithripala Sirisena at the Matara rally threating to reveal secrets of the Joint Opposition, instinctively I recalled...


Colombo Port City: Did Ranil display an ‘ace’ in statecraft and diplomacy?

Comments / Wednesday, 31 August 2016 00:01

  Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe must be commended for renegotiating the entire Port City agreement and changing the name to Colo...


Going back to the basics: SMEs need a single line ministry

Comments / Tuesday, 30 August 2016 00:02

Let’s accept it - we are facing challenging times politically and economically. While some can blame the past, the fact of the matter is that...


Towards a mosquito-free monsoon

Comments / Tuesday, 30 August 2016 00:01

Mosquitos spread life-threatening diseases; control them now Mosquitos are a pest with no equal. Though not all mosquitos transmit lif...


Economics of A.S Jayawardena Part III: AS’s short spell as Central Bank’s Economic Research Director

Comments / Monday, 29 August 2016 00:10

The summary of the episodes so far The first part of this series looked at how AS, a radical socialist economist in his young days, was converted...


Tourism can be Sri Lanka’s oil well if we drill with the correct marketing tools

Comments / Monday, 29 August 2016 00:02

  Branding is a promise that will persuade tourists to come to Sri Lanka. It must be based on meeting the needs of the tourists from o...


Presence as a present: Practising spiritual intelligence

Comments / Monday, 29 August 2016 00:01

 I read a refreshingly resourceful book titled, ‘You are here’. It is written by Rev. Thich Nhat Hanh         ...


Banality of evil

Comments / Saturday, 27 August 2016 00:00

Namal Rajapaksa, Member of Parliament, the eldest son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, was interviewed recently on television. By and large t...


Fast-track reforms to address skill gaps

Comments / Friday, 26 August 2016 00:10

 The Sri Lanka Human Capital Summit (HCS) served as a platform for a dialogue between policymakers, business leaders, industry experts and glo...


An old presidential ethic, or a new political culture?

Comments / Friday, 26 August 2016 00:06

  THE X FILES – the more some things change, the more they remain the same… You could think we would know better ...


Post-Paada Yathra – Punditry and Polemics

Comments / Friday, 26 August 2016 00:05

 Confusing friend and foe with right and wrong is an occupational hazard of partisan commentators. Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka is no exception to t...


Learn to learn by doing; do not outsource your education

Comments / Friday, 26 August 2016 00:01

“...Tell me I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn,” said Benjamin Franklin.   Then, how do you feel abo...


SLFP: A war within

Comments / Thursday, 25 August 2016 00:10

    As the Government of ‘national unity’ celebrated the completion of its first year in office last week, Pr...


“Current SLFP leadership doesn’t know Bandaranaike philosophy”

Comments / Thursday, 25 August 2016 00:00

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party is today controlled by people who do not understand the ‘Bandaranaike philosophy,’ otherwise they would nev...


A new trade policy for Sri Lanka

Comments / Wednesday, 24 August 2016 00:10

  If the outlined measures are implemented, two prominent sectors will be opened up to international competition: shipping and tea ...


Gem and jewellery industry: Criticality of a paradigm shift

Comments / Wednesday, 24 August 2016 00:01

  The sapphire pendant in the movie Titanic had an impact on subsequent sapphire sales   Sri Lanka is renowned wo...


Yahapalana record of the Government

Comments / Wednesday, 24 August 2016 00:01

  Even today, after a historic defeat of an all-powerful President and removal of substantial powers of presidency and the establishme...


Sustainability Now: Creating a circular economy for Sri Lanka

Comments / Wednesday, 24 August 2016 00:01

Before the industrial revolution started in England in the 18th century consumer products were handmade locally and consumed at a small scale. Sinc...


Colombo’s office market a steady return yielding asset class in real estate

Comments / Wednesday, 24 August 2016 00:01

  Financial indicators in the commercial office market are considered as the mirror of the demand and supply situation. Currently, as...


Lessons from the 2016 Olympics for Sri Lanka

Comments / Tuesday, 23 August 2016 00:02

However tight our schedules, there were some of us who allocated time to watch the Olympics. To be honest, I was obsessed. Not by the Olympic medal...