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Rise of sustainable electric automobiles and the end of petrol and diesel vehicles

Views - 8 Friday, 22 September 2017 00:00

The past three years have been the hottest in recorded history and 2017 is already projected to be hotter than 2016! The cause for this heating up of the planet is clearly due to the excessive burning of fossil fuels.


The cry of ‘export or perish’ becoming real to Sri Lanka

Views - 12 Friday, 22 September 2017 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe speaking at the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) Annual Committee held in Colombo said for Sri Lanka to promote exports and investment, the Government will soon introduce several laws in


Media Freedom: alive and not so well… is it?

Views - 5 Friday, 22 September 2017 00:00

Today the only corpses in sight are those lining the bullpen – critics and social commentators who have fallen asleep at their desks, lulled by a democracy that offers peace but pre-empts justice. Oscar Wilde,


Simple, sector-specific IoT solutions to drive economic value in Sri Lanka over the short term

Views - 90 Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:00

The Internet of Things, or IoT, is the next technological revolutionpoised to change the way we, and everything around us, communicate and interact. Management consultant company McKinsey forecasts that IoT will generate up to $11trillion a year in e


CEB engineers and power generation proposals

Views - 106 Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:00

Future electricity supply to the country is sitting on a time bomb. Since latter part of 2016, expected rainfall failed to arrive and the rainfall in 2017 was worse. Meanwhile 3x300 MW capacity Norochcholai power plant’s generators failed to operat


Think, speak, walk and act with purpose!

Views - 137 Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:00

As a nation we are perhaps positioned within a time period where we need our population to act with purpose rather than with discord. We currently appear to find solace in distress and appear to be a nation in waiting for trouble with all the news al


Why are interest rates high?

Views - 281 Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:00

The general public is concerned about the high level of interest rates prevailing in the recent past. Interest rates influences the day-to-day life of ordinary people as it is the benchmark for all economic decisions.


Why Sri Lanka needs more entrepreneurs

Views - 144 Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

Following the end of a near three-decade civil war, Sri Lanka was primed for rapid economic growth. Buoyed by post war optimism the country’s economy surged ahead from 2009 onwards amidst adverse development and slowdown in the global economy.


Some thoughts on ‘Vision 2025: A Country Enriched’

Views - 171 Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

Recently, our Government unveiled a forward plan titled: ‘V2025: A Country Enriched’. It spells out the Government’s economic vision for many relevant areas, including development plans for our human resource.


Dream or nightmare?

Views - 230 Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

An air of unreality pervades the country. What you see is not what it is; fact, truth, reality - mere words, having no intrinsic meaning. An illusion shrouds another illusion; a maya merely hides another ‘maya’, a bottomless pit of deception.


Why are interest rates high?

Views - 415 Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

The general public is concerned about the high level of interest rates prevailing in the recent past. Interest rates influences the day-to-day life of ordinary people as it is the benchmark for all economic decisions.


Government has accepted jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice over Sri Lanka

Views - 460 Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:00

At the ongoing September 2017 sessions of the UN Human Rights Council, the UK has written to the President of the Council to assert that a long standing dispute it has with the Mauritius cannot be referred to the International Court of Justice becaus


Venerable villainy of mercenary monks

Views - 206 Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:00

The picture says it all. The ‘Silredi Sirakaruwan Mudaganime Aramudala’ was not demonstration of piety. It was a bold repudiation of the rule of law by a cabal of venerable villains, brazenly insisting that we Sinhala Buddhists submit to a rule b


Is Sri Lanka ready for the 2025 growth agenda?

Views - 302 Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:00

The other day the President and Prime Minister launched the 2025 vision for Sri Lanka which was incidentally the third policy statement of the Government since coming to power in 2015. My view is that the continuous changes to policy is important and


Vision 2025: Part 1: Need for moving from a wish list to a concrete plan

Views - 670 Monday, 18 September 2017 01:14

The Unity Government released its newest economic policy statement titled V2025 – the marketing tag for the goals it has set for realisation from 2017 to 2025 – two weeks ago.


Reforms Sri Lanka needs to boost its economy

Views - 216 Monday, 18 September 2017 01:02

Many Sri Lankans understand the potential benefits of lowering trade costs and making their country more competitive in the global economy. The majority, however, fear increased competition, the unfair advantage of the private sector from abroad and


Engaging employees in a disruptive environment

Views - 286 Monday, 18 September 2017 00:08

I had yet another memorable visit to Tamilnadu. For the second time, I was invited to be one of the speakers at the Annual Conference of the National Institute of Personnel Management (NIPM), India. I received much warmth of Chennai people. Represent


Maldivian envoy refutes contentions about growing Islamic radicalisation

Views - 420 Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:01

The Maldivian Ambassador-designate in Sri Lanka, Mohamed Hussain Shareef, has strongly refuted contentions by the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and the US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Alice G. Wells, t


The abortion debate: Mismatched and misplaced?

Views - 234 Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:01

I once came into contact with a woman on account of a professional relationship we had. We had met to discuss her prolonged absence from work. With a reserved demeanour and a soft voice, she claimed that she had to run her father’s shop back home a


China is Sri Lanka’s biggest source of FDI, but there is room for more

Views - 381 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

Chinese investment in Sri Lanka has grown significantly in the last five years but it continues to remain low as a share of GDP and in comparison to other countries in the region.


Digital disruption – the big bang for leaders

Views - 285 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

Mohit Pande, Country Head of Google India, delivering the keynote at the CIMA Business Leaders’ Summit last Monday pointed out that Airbnb (an online marketplace and hospitality service, enabling people to lease or rent short-term lodging including


Powerful zealots and the prisoners of Zen

Views - 160 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

I have been thinking about prison and their inmates a lot recently. Not because it is the pleasantest of subjects. But because I have been bombarded by media, social media, and antisocial elements on the subject. And I’m beginning to smell a rat. O


Are we bowling without umpires again? (Flight version)

Views - 160 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

I plagiarised this title from myself, bear with me for the repetition. It fits so well that I did not bother to create a new heading to tell a repetitive story.


Sri Lanka’s Electronic National ID carries serious risks

Views - 615 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

According to a news report, the Department for Registration of Persons (DRP) is to issue a new ‘smart ID’ within the next two months.


Automation, machines replacing humans and what’s in store for Sri Lanka

Views - 297 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

Automation has been playing an increasingly important role in improving efficiency and reducing costs in many industries and sectors. It has also been sought after for addressing the challenges of skills shortage in certain industries while also thre


Aung San Suu Kyi and her Nobel Peace Prize

Views - 230 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00

The Queen of Peace and the winner of the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, Aung San Suu Kyi is today performing the Maori Haka at the brutal and sadistic murder of Rohingya children, women and men. Aung San Suu Kyi is now the de-facto leader of


Lessons for the public sector chairman

Views - 445 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00

If anyone has served the public sector in any capacity, the decision last week by a High Court on the highest-ranked Government officer of the country sure sent shockwaves.


Ambassador Liyanage’s unjust criticism of Stafford Sri Lankan School of Doha

Views - 175 Tuesday, 12 September 2017 00:00

I write in my personal capacity as an individual who has been associated with the Stafford Sri Lankan School in Doha for the past over 10 years from 2007.


Plight of Rohingya Muslims

Views - 275 Tuesday, 12 September 2017 00:00

The aim of this article is to explore the plight of Rohingya Muslims and the role of the international community. The Rohingya is one of the most persecuted ethnic minorities in the world, with no protection either from the domestic government (Myanm


Lower Malwathu Oya project – A series of misconception errors

Views - 129 Tuesday, 12 September 2017 00:00

During end of July, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management Palitha Range Bandara inaugurated the first phase of the Lower Malwathu Oya Project at the proposed location of the reservoir at Kappachchi near Thanthirimale in the North Cent


Today's Columnists

Media Freedom: alive and not so well… is it?

Friday, 22 September 2017

Today the only corpses in sight are those lining the bullpen – critics and social commentators who have fallen asleep at their desks, lulled by a democracy that offers peace but pre-empts justice. Oscar Wilde,


Rise of sustainable electric automobiles and the end of petrol and diesel vehicles

Friday, 22 September 2017

The past three years have been the hottest in recorded history and 2017 is already projected to be hotter than 2016! The cause for this heating up of the planet is clearly due to the excessive burning of fossil fuels.


The cry of ‘export or perish’ becoming real to Sri Lanka

Friday, 22 September 2017

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe speaking at the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) Annual Committee held in Colombo said for Sri Lanka to promote exports and investment, the Government will soon introduce several laws in


Why are interest rates high?

Thursday, 21 September 2017

The general public is concerned about the high level of interest rates prevailing in the recent past. Interest rates influences the day-to-day life of ordinary people as it is the benchmark for all economic decisions.


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