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FDIs into capital markets?

Comments / Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:00

Yesterday’s FT article on the CSE road show in Melbourne, appealing to expat Sri Lankans, triggered this. Emotional pleas and guil...


Jobs and no takers, or what?

Comments / Friday, 24 March 2017 09:49

IT and Commerce Minister of Telangana State Minister Rama Rao speaking at the Sri Lanka Human Capital Summit in Colombo said that the Tela...


Cavaliers, roundheads and the big match season

Comments / Friday, 24 March 2017 09:48

Big match season lays bare the tribalism and sexism in our society     Big match season brings out the b...


Of new social contracts and ‘goon squads’ on social media

Comments / Friday, 24 March 2017 02:08

I don’t often quote the United Nations (UN). Not because they don’t say sensible stuff. But because their sound bites are not as memora...


Just ‘Candy Crush’ your life…

Comments / Friday, 24 March 2017 00:55

  What keeps you going? Every game that has the ‘child in you’ craving for more keeps raising the bar. Your objec...


Sinhala Tiger or Smart Patriot?

Comments / Friday, 24 March 2017 00:00

Reply to Mangala Samaraweera and  Sarath De Alwis I must be doing something right because I have been the subject of critiques from ...


What should be the core functions of government?

Comments / Thursday, 23 March 2017 00:10

Two people independently asked me the above question. One was close to the JVP leadership. It is a good question that deserves a proper answer. The...


Why do agricultural value chains fail? Part (IV): Misaligned incentives

Comments / Thursday, 23 March 2017 00:05

While the beginning of the fertiliser subsidy provides incentives for farmers to apply fertiliser to increase the yield, the latter part o...


It is mandatory for Viyath Maga leader to have his name cleared immediately

Comments / Thursday, 23 March 2017 00:00

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Viyath Maga launch  – Pic by Ruwan Walpola     ...


Oh, no O-Level

Comments / Thursday, 23 March 2017 00:00

  It has now transpired that 142 out of the 225 members in the current Parliament have not passed the GCE Advanced Level examination w...


Brand Trump faltering; lessons for Sri Lanka

Comments / Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:18

In a typical marketing situation when a brand loses its appeal in the target market, a deep dive is done and there after the brand is re-launched a...


Viyath Maga: A morbid symptom

Comments / Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:15

Yes. Disraeli said that it is easier to be critical than to be correct. He also said that ignorance never settles a question.  We live in po...


New foreign policy prospects of Trump administration and effects on developing world

Comments / Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:03

 “From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America fi...


Constant vigilance

Comments / Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:01

For a company where decisions spell out its ultimate fate, vigilance is a core attribute. Practicing vigilance on internal systems, external factor...


Managing wastewater in Sri Lanka: An uncomfortable reality

Comments / Tuesday, 21 March 2017 00:00

This year’s theme of the World Water Day focuses on wastewater. This article highlights the urgent need for effective management of wastewate...


1977 and 2017

Comments / Tuesday, 21 March 2017 00:00

“In my youth I had illusions; I got rid of them fast” - Napoleon Bonaparte   In 1977 T.D.S.A. Dissanayake wrote a ...


US interest rate hike: Sri Lanka has no alternative but to follow the suit

Comments / Monday, 20 March 2017 00:01

US interest rate hike is linked to all other interest rates  The Federal Reserve Bank – the central bank of the United States...


Sri Lanka: Three scenarios for the future

Comments / Friday, 17 March 2017 00:10

Last December I gave a lecture for Advocata Institute in Colombo on three scenarios for Sri Lanka’s future. Here are the three scenarios. Sce...


Falsely framing the money shot

Comments / Friday, 17 March 2017 00:00

BOOM AND/OR BUST – on one hand congratulatory enthusiasm by the international monetary and political powers that be, coupled with handouts th...


For an island, internationalism is a strategic imperative

Comments / Friday, 17 March 2017 00:00

  “Internationalism isn’t just a necessity…it’s a condition for survival” – Fidel C...