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SAITM and private medical schools: One bad start should not lead to throwing away a good idea

Comments / Monday, 20 February 2017 00:01

Opposition to SAITM SAITM, the abbreviation for Sri Lanka's newest private university, South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (avai...


Delightfully imperfect?

Comments / Saturday, 18 February 2017 00:00

  A foreign national passing through the Colombo Private Bus Terminal on the day of a private bus strike  – Pic by Shehan...


Mother Lanka pregnant for the third time!

Comments / Saturday, 18 February 2017 00:00

A nattami carrying goods at Manning Market; the National Flag is seen on the wall in the background          &n...


Acting now for a better Sri Lanka

Comments / Friday, 17 February 2017 00:00

Soldiers looking for survivors after a massive landslide in Aranayaka last year. The consequences of climate change will create a new pool of confl...


Cashing in on APIs – Leveraging technology to boost your business

Comments / Friday, 17 February 2017 00:00

Even if you’re not an excessively tech-savvy individual, you most likely would have used a mobile application in your mobile device via an in...


Time is right to break the iron triangle of a medical monopoly

Comments / Friday, 17 February 2017 00:00

A protest by State university students, calling on the Government to intervene and close SAITM. While there is a dire need for more doctors, we hav...


PM’s 1 million jobs project – The real challenge: Shortage of labour

Comments / Friday, 17 February 2017 00:00

Based on industry surveys, at least a minimum 400,000 jobs are available in the hotel, tourism, and industrial sectors per annum in the next three ...


End of the life cycle

Comments / Thursday, 16 February 2017 00:04

  Most companies we see who have achieved great heights in the corporate world have started small. With either a lucky invest...


Why Apple lost its place as the world’s most valuable brand

Comments / Thursday, 16 February 2017 00:03

How is it possible that on the very day Apple announced record 4th quarter revenues of $ 78 billion Brand Finance announced that Apple’s bran...


Data that we have, situations that we do not see, decisions that we may not take…

Comments / Thursday, 16 February 2017 00:00

A boy going to school on a misty morning up country. More than 500 schools in Sri Lanka are without basic sanitary facilities and only aro...


Is Trump destroying $ 19.7 t brand USA?

Comments / Thursday, 16 February 2017 00:00

Tourism and exports are key pillars in the US, being a 19.7 trillion dollar brand. Seen here are US President Donald Trump and his former ...


The road not taken

Comments / Thursday, 16 February 2017 00:00

  One evening, around dusk, I found myself being driven through a slum-type area in Pamankada. With Havelock Road now one-way for the ...


Fisheries policy targeting threefold increase of exports

Comments / Thursday, 16 February 2017 00:00

The fishing fleet still consists of traditional fishing crafts, some mechanised and a few hundred multiday boats, with limitations in term...


Why do our legislators and lawyers not consider costs of compliance?

Comments / Wednesday, 15 February 2017 10:23

Compliance with the Right to Information (RTI) Act causes costs.Defending one’s organisation in a fundamental-rights application before the C...


Of media freedom and other “myth”

Comments / Wednesday, 15 February 2017 10:23

 FOURTH ESTATE, OR FIFTH COLUMN – “I may disagree with what you say. But I will to defend to the death your right to say it.&rdquo...


How to turn a great tech idea into a successful business

Comments / Wednesday, 15 February 2017 00:00

    Important characteristics of atech entrepreneur or start-up Since the 2008 recession, we have seen a s...


MR’s statement on Hambantota Port raises serious questions

Comments / Tuesday, 14 February 2017 00:00

     Recently, MP and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa issued a statement on Hambantota Port; extracts from his st...


The data is in: Employee engagement is king

Comments / Tuesday, 14 February 2017 00:00

High employee engagement is on the minds of nearly all organisations, with Deloitte reporting that 87% of executives rate culture and employee enga...


Public-Private Partnerships: Let us get on with it! Part 1

Comments / Tuesday, 14 February 2017 00:00

There is clear precedent in this very country. That precedent goes back to the early 1990s. The South Asia Gateway Terminal is perhaps the...


The Mangala-Chandrika-TNA Constitution

Comments / Tuesday, 14 February 2017 00:00

Would you undergo or put a loved one through an unnecessary but quite drastic, risky surgery? This is precisely what the UNP leadership and Chandri...