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A 4D presidential ‘laugh-a-thon’ that’s not on

Views - 15 Thursday, 24 October 2019 00:16

A funny thing happened on the way to the forum. Where once we had a paucity of presidential candidates, we now have a superfluity of them. You would think that from this panoply of contenders who’ve thrown their hat in the ring, we’d be spoilt fo


Sri Lanka’s obsession with plastic bags

Views - 8 Thursday, 24 October 2019 00:00

At a time where the world expresses growing concerns about climate change, Sri Lanka is still oblivious to the impact of single-use plastic on the environment, marine biodiversity and humans. Ignorance may be bliss in some instances but, not when we


Zero waste: a wish come true?

Views - 7 Thursday, 24 October 2019 00:00

Zero Waste is a concept, which focuses on waste prevention where essentially resource life cycles are redesigned in such a way that all products are used and no waste is created. It is well-aligned with a circular economy approach, which facilitates


Forgotten tranquil train journeys in Sri Lankan landscapes

Views - 13 Thursday, 24 October 2019 00:00

Railway transportation is considered as the multifaceted economic booster in the world. Switzerland is the role model in utilising railways in envisaging the above concept. The Nuwara Eliya railway line was an exclusion for tourism and freight. Back


Ministry of Civil Aviation: A nation rich in connectivity

Views - 219 Wednesday, 23 October 2019 03:54

lIncrease runway movement from 11 to 17 departures per hour at BIA. lFacilitate an optimum structure to ensure a strong network of airports.


Elpitiya test market: Implications for brands Gota and Sajith

Views - 693 Wednesday, 23 October 2019 03:52

In the traditional world of marketing, we tend to test market a product before going national with it. There are three test marketing areas that are normally selected by FMCG companies - Gampaha, Kandy and Negombo. The logic behind this is that the c


How to promote innovations to transform our nation

Views - 115 Wednesday, 23 October 2019 02:18

“There is only one thing stronger than all other armies of the world: and that is an idea whose time has come” – Victor Hugo A country’s economic success and prosperity largely depends on the technological advancement it embraces and the leve


An efficient energy sector for economic growth

Views - 235 Tuesday, 22 October 2019 01:08

When I saw the advertisement about an Energy Forum organised by PUCSL for a Policy Dialogue on the importance of an efficient energy sector for economic and investment growth, I was very happy as I have been interested in this relationship for more t


Will the rule of law, ethics, and morality be above family rule and crony rule?

Views - 212 Tuesday, 22 October 2019 01:00

The two main contenders for the Presidency of Sri Lanka are Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Sajith Premadasa. That is stating the obvious. No doubt, some others may have a limited impact on the outcome. Minority votes may benefit Premadasa, while the Sinhala


Addressing past harm

Views - 119 Tuesday, 22 October 2019 00:56

The approach towards an inclusive and equal society, where all human beings are to be treated equally before the eye of law and every human being should have the right to remedy for the harm done to them, seems nothing but a façade when our memories


Jaffna International Airport

Views - 698 Tuesday, 22 October 2019 00:40

17 October was a great day for residents of Jaffna and for all Sri Lankans, when an ATR-72 turboprop airliner of Alliance Air (a regional subsidiary of Air India) landed at the brand-new Jaffna International Airport (JIA), the first international fli


Botched airport opening ceremony: Sri Lanka cries

Views - 894 Tuesday, 22 October 2019 00:35

Last Thursday (16 October) was a great day for Sri Lanka; the Jaffna International Airport was opened. It offered a great opportunity for integrating Jaffna with the rest of Sri Lanka; for tourists from Tamil Nadu (the largest number of tourists comi


Ministry of Tourism: A nation rich in hospitality

Views - 460 Monday, 21 October 2019 00:30

This series is based on business leader Dhammika Perera’s recently revealed ‘Economic Growth Strategy and Action Plan to increase GDP Per Capita from $ 4,000 to $ 12,000’. The document outlines goals and action plans for 23 ministries and today


Fixing lending rates and waiving farmer loans: two policies that do not augur well for borrowers

Views - 4303 Monday, 21 October 2019 00:28

Recently, there were two policy pronouncements relating to lending, one already implemented by the Central Bank and the other being proposed for implementation by the SLPP presidential hopeful, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, that if he is elected to presidency.


Vote for the candidate with the best team of advisors

Views - 265 Monday, 21 October 2019 00:00

It is a tough challenge to be a successful president or prime minister. To craft a socio economic policy that will bring prosperity and to implement it, is a very, very tough ask. Can any of the candidates for president be able to create such a plan


Find out where he is going – In pursuit of the consumer journey

Views - 109 Monday, 21 October 2019 00:00

I remember very clearly the excitement of buying our very first TV set. My dad and mum excitedly chatted about it. They spoke to all their friends who had TV sets at their homes. My dad virtually had an analysis of brands and what his friends said we


Creating a cyber-resilient society

Views - 175 Monday, 21 October 2019 00:00

While technology is opening a whole new world of opportunities, the threats posed from terrorists are no longer pure physical attacks but also expand to the digital world. The danger may not venture into weapons or create a battlefield with thousands


Can presidential candidates solve country’s financial mess?

Views - 313 Saturday, 19 October 2019 00:10

The Presidential Election is around the corner and the presidency will essentially swing between Sajith Premadasa and Gotabaya Rajapaksa. But weeks after nominations, both have failed to present their policy statements to prospective voters. Meaning,


What is a failed society?

Views - 174 Saturday, 19 October 2019 00:05

We have no control over where we are born and whom we are born to. But if that handicaps people to progress in life, then it is a failed society. The role of Government is to create an enabling environment, where everyone has a reasonable prospect of


Ministry of Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET): A nation rich in human capital

Views - 354 Friday, 18 October 2019 00:30

nIncrease TVET certificate holders from 79,200 to 144,000, which will result in 40% of the 360,000 students per annum. nTransform unskilled labour contribution of the labour force into skilled labour contribution of the labour force by reducing the


Rise of digital disruption in the auditing process

Views - 367 Friday, 18 October 2019 00:00

Director Chris Columbus invented this technology-driven movie called ‘Bicentennial Man’ in 1999. For filmmakers and storytellers alike, the future has always been a fountain of creative possibilities and endings, a way to grapple with our fears


Three real threats affecting our security and possible solutions

Views - 35 Friday, 18 October 2019 00:00

Security is a recurring theme in the Presidential Election. With the ghastly Easter Sunday attack still on our minds, it is natural to think of security only in terms of security against aggression. Unfortunately, this kind of thinking can make us le


A questionnaire for presidential candidates

Views - 167 Friday, 18 October 2019 00:00

The issue of national security has become an important topic of public interest in this Presidential Election. It can be considered as a special situation that has arisen in the wake of the recent Easter Sunday suicide attacks on several Catholic Chu


Deception, distortion, demonisation: Integral parts of SL democracy today

Views - 151 Friday, 18 October 2019 00:00

Elections are here, time for pacts, pledges and promises – the time-tested Sri Lankan way of savouring democracy. The sooner you get them negotiated and sealed the better. Formation of alliances before a Presidential Election is normal in Sri Lank


The greenhouse and house destruction

Views - 86 Friday, 18 October 2019 00:00

The Buddha the Enlightened One on attaining enlightenment over 2,600 at Bodh Gaya uttered this paean of joy where he said, “For so many lives in the Sansara I have been looking for you the house builder, I have seen you and you will never make a ho


Politics of history

Views - 280 Friday, 18 October 2019 00:00

An orator addressing a big political meeting in the North Central Province invites a journey to an atavistic glory, invoking names of several kings as well as notional imagery from the animal world. “Coming from these historical lands you are proud


Elevating the standard of customer service in life insurance: Lessons from Softlogic Life

Views - 174 Thursday, 17 October 2019 02:29

How can you judge the quality of customer service? Inspiring customer confidence can range from solutions that seem too mundane, yet necessary such as, ‘How quickly my calls are answered or returned’, to things like ‘Do they anticipate my need


Facing the chill wind: Decline in agricultural exports in Sri Lanka

Views - 235 Thursday, 17 October 2019 01:57

During the past two years, there is a marked increase in the export revenue as indicated in table 1. The export earnings from January to July 2019 also grew by 2.8% compared to the corresponding period of the previous year, despite the uncertainties


The ‘Strategic Blueprint’ of your firm: Articulating your competitive strategy

Views - 174 Thursday, 17 October 2019 01:27

Why do many firms fail to achieve their ambitions and growth targets in revenue and profitability? Several reasons can be found and one of the fundamental issues lies with the firm’s leadership not being able to articulate its competitive strategy


Innovation conundrum: We do or don’t do!

Views - 187 Thursday, 17 October 2019 01:08

It is perhaps important to highlight the need for seriously considering an aspect that we need to embrace and embed if we are ever to transform our economy from a dependent deprived status to a one worthy of emulation. The aspect in question is innov


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A 4D presidential ‘laugh-a-thon’ that’s not on

Thursday, 24 October 2019

A funny thing happened on the way to the forum. Where once we had a paucity of presidential candidates, we now have a superfluity of them. You would think that from this panoply of contenders who’ve thrown their hat in the ring, we’d be spoilt fo


Forgotten tranquil train journeys in Sri Lankan landscapes

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Railway transportation is considered as the multifaceted economic booster in the world. Switzerland is the role model in utilising railways in envisaging the above concept. The Nuwara Eliya railway line was an exclusion for tourism and freight. Back


Zero waste: a wish come true?

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Zero Waste is a concept, which focuses on waste prevention where essentially resource life cycles are redesigned in such a way that all products are used and no waste is created. It is well-aligned with a circular economy approach, which facilitates


Sri Lanka’s obsession with plastic bags

Thursday, 24 October 2019

At a time where the world expresses growing concerns about climate change, Sri Lanka is still oblivious to the impact of single-use plastic on the environment, marine biodiversity and humans. Ignorance may be bliss in some instances but, not when we


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