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Muslim markers in Sri Lanka: Changes and challenges

Views - 27 Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:00

If we exclude from our consideration the wars that owe their origin to religious hatred, or to difference in fundamental principles


The case of our concealed subservience to China

Views - 27 Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:00

If one takes a close look at the general trend of discourse and debate that has been going on in Sri Lanka, one cannot but be


Strong trade agreements need 30-50 consultations

Views - 23 Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:00

Coming from a multinational working background, I strongly support free trade given that open competition tends to sharpen


Dilemma 2: The Public Service

Views - 236 Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:00

“The job of no minister, no official was secure for a day. Corrupt fools succeeded corrupt oafs in the highest positions in the land, and fools were removed to make room for imbeciles” – The Shadow of the Winter Palace, the Drift to Revolution


A 10-point guide on bank credit facilities that suit your business best

Views - 144 Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:00

As a businessman when you visit a bank seeking credit facilities you are faced with a lot of banking jargon with which you are often not conversant. You tend to learn about them only when you start utilising such facilities. Further, if are young and


Sigmoid Curve and Sri Lanka: Significant signals

Views - 184 Monday, 18 June 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka, often named as the ‘Wonder of Asia,’ has many citizens wondering what is going on.


Craving a world with free migration of Homo sapiens

Views - 366 Monday, 18 June 2018 00:00

During the discussion time following the presentation of a paper by former diplomat Tamara Kunanayakam on the invasion of Sri Lanka’s economic policymaking by neoliberal economic thinkers two weeks ago, Colombo University’s economics don Lalithas


Refuse and recuse in Cloud-Cuckoo-Land

Views - 292 Friday, 15 June 2018 00:38

I had a dream. That there were monsters ruling the land in the disguise of being military champions. But then some knights in slightly tarnished armour rode to the nation’s defence and liberated us from our saviours. And all was well again. At leas


High oil price, dollar strength and EM currency woes

Views - 294 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

The three most important global prices – oil, United States Dollar (USD), and US interest rates – have hit fresh highs. This is an unprecedented development. These prices don’t often move together, rather they move in opposite direction. The l


Floods, drought and disasters

Views - 282 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

The Yahapalana Government has been singularly unfortunate in having to face many natural and manmade disasters during their regime.Almost every year many citizens have to undergo the consequences of floods in certain parts of the country whereas ther


Gendering surveillance: A cautionary tale

Views - 515 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:01

The Government of Sri Lanka had planned, that effective from January 2018, all Sri Lankan citizens be required to carry a ‘smart’ e-NIC with biometric details (frontal facial photograph, fingerprints, iris scan), details of profession, address, p


Six ways Sri Lanka can attract more foreign investment

Views - 191 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:00

Before 1983, companies like Motorola and Harris Corporation had plans to establish plants in Sri Lanka’s export processing zones. Others including Marubeni, Sony, Sanyo, Bank of Tokyo and Chase Manhattan Bank, had investments in Sri Lanka in the pi


IPL: Start-up to $ 5.3 b in 10 years – Lessons for Sri Lanka

Views - 539 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:00

The world of marketing has intrigued me not because I have spent most my life in this profession and managed powerful global brands like Dettol, but I have got the opportunity to lead categories like Ceylon Tea when I served the Sri Lanka Tea Board f


UNP’s social market makeover?

Views - 172 Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:00

Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s vision for a new economic model for Sri Lanka which was presented at the Viyathmaga Convention 2018 has sparked a discussion among all people in the society. Such civil discourse is important to create an informed citizenry.


Balancing the Chinese presence in Sri Lanka: India and Japan’s game of the stag hunt

Views - 128 Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:00

The rivalry existing between China and India is based on a long historical trajectory dating back to the epoch of the silk route. Understanding the context of India’s dominant position in South Asia is important to ascertain the current changing dy


The future of China’s ‘soft power’ in Buddhist diplomacy and Sri Lanka

Views - 394 Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:00

China will soon inaugurate the 350-metre-high Lotus Tower in Sri Lanka, the tallest telecommunication-skyscraper in South Asia. The tower, emanating from the Lotus Sutra in Buddhism, is a narrative for Beijing to formulate a sustainable and peaceful


Economic disparity and nationalism – Part 4

Views - 100 Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:00

Civic patriots, nationalists and racialists Civic patriots comprise not solely of individuals of white Anglo-Saxon background. According to them, citizenship is the primary determinant of group identity and not race, ethnicity or religion. Their alle


The Troika and the truth: constructive commentary on Lalith Weeratunga’s testimony

Views - 382 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

I was delighted to read Lalith Weeratunga’s revelatory article ‘The Troika’. (http://www.ft.lk/opinion/The-Troika--How-crucial-relations-with-India-were-managed-in-the-last-phase-of-the-separatist-war/14-656815)


Sri Lanka has lost economic sovereignty, target of neoliberal economic hitmen: Tamara Kunanayakam

Views - 1037 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

Tamara Kunanayakam, formerly a UN official and Diplomat and presently, civil and human rights activist cum public voice maker,


Music Maker

Views - 238 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:56

Towards the end of last year, film composer and classical musician Lakshman Joseph De Saram, a regular at Poetry P’lau gatherings, turned up early for one with his violin in tow – a breathtakingly beautiful late 17th c


Roots of democracy deficit in Bangladesh

Views - 77 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:14

Bangladesh had gone through military rule between 1975 and 1990, but today it is seen as a vibrant (and turbulent) democracy.


What good HR can do for an organisation

Views - 206 Friday, 8 June 2018 00:10

Can HR influence a company’s direction and contribute to corporate success? A 2015 study commissioned by the ILO


Dire need of investment for reaching prosperity

Views - 122 Friday, 8 June 2018 00:00

The purpose of this article is to point out the great need for investment, especially foreign direct investment in Sri Lanka, and to indicate how it could be attracted.


Muslim world’s missed opportunity: Agony continues – Part II

Views - 170 Friday, 8 June 2018 00:00

This grand neglect by mainstream Islam to recognise the crucial significance of secularising knowledge to create an intellectual


What is the real investment in the hotel plant in Sri Lanka?

Views - 218 Friday, 8 June 2018 00:00

The tourism industry has been referred to as a ‘thrust industry’ and ‘engine of growth’ by the State ad nauseam,


Of GOPs, gobs and godforsaken ops

Views - 117 Friday, 8 June 2018 00:00

There was a time when one might have admired the country’s Grand Old Party (GOP). It was the party of the Grand Old Man


Muslim world’s missed opportunity: Agony continues – Part I

Views - 189 Thursday, 7 June 2018 00:00

A longing to recapture the glorious past of Islam is universal in the Muslim world. An accurate diagnosis of failed experiments in the past and a sound methodology to exploit any emerging opportunities in the future are prerequisites to achieve this


Can the President resolve the CEB-coal power issue?

Views - 310 Thursday, 7 June 2018 00:00

For the past few years, the Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers’ Union (CEBEU) and the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) have been at loggerheads over the approval of the CEB’s Long-Term Generation Plan. This has resulted in, since


Social innovation – Future of business and the rise of Millennials

Views - 211 Thursday, 7 June 2018 00:00

Why didn’t we become a developed nation in the 35 years between the end of the World War II and the start of our internal war? Why are we not developed after 40 years since the introduction of the open economy against national economic policies? Wh


From SDGs 1.0 to SDGs 2.0: How to make the UN Sustainable Development Goals transformational

Views - 110 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

We must begin by asking if the SDGs are they really changing the way that business does business. Or are they little


Today's Columnists

Strong trade agreements need 30-50 consultations

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Coming from a multinational working background, I strongly support free trade given that open competition tends to sharpen


The case of our concealed subservience to China

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

If one takes a close look at the general trend of discourse and debate that has been going on in Sri Lanka, one cannot but be


Muslim markers in Sri Lanka: Changes and challenges

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

If we exclude from our consideration the wars that owe their origin to religious hatred, or to difference in fundamental principles


A 10-point guide on bank credit facilities that suit your business best

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

As a businessman when you visit a bank seeking credit facilities you are faced with a lot of banking jargon with which you are often not conversant. You tend to learn about them only when you start utilising such facilities. Further, if are young and


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