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Statesmanship and moral leadership

Views - 12 Friday, 6 December 2019 00:00

“The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control. Where then do I look for good and evil?


The professional leadership selection committee

Views - 521 Thursday, 5 December 2019 00:00

The political storm has subsided. A proven veteran has weathered the storm. He is now entrusted with the utmost responsibility to rebuild the nation and to reposition the country in the Asian economic landscape. Living abroad, I attentively observed


Trust science and technology to deliver: Let innovation be the key

Views - 162 Thursday, 5 December 2019 00:00

A new leadership for the country is at the helm. One that is known to believe in focus and intent as well as the power of execution. While execution of plans is critical – we have seen awful delays and procrastination over what is important – it


What the private sector needs more than tax cuts

Views - 860 Wednesday, 4 December 2019 00:36

Few things have stood out in the first two weeks of the new President. Firstly the significant tax cuts, ranging from reduction in VAT, reintroducing tax exemptions and abolishing other taxes such as NBT and WHT. Secondly the public announcement that


The newest instrument of the bond scam cover up saga: The forensic audit

Views - 765 Wednesday, 4 December 2019 00:29

In its series of Recommendations from page 911 to page 922 of its Report, the Presidential Commission to Inquire into the Bond Scam (Bond Commission) has, inter alia, recommended as follows: “As set out earlier, there is adequate evidence before us


Sri Lanka and UNESCO: Seven decades of partnership

Views - 184 Wednesday, 4 December 2019 00:25

14 November 2019 marked the 70th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s membership in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). Over the last seven decades the country has worked closely with this UN agency in its fields of


A place for each within a space for all

Views - 100 Wednesday, 4 December 2019 00:22

Concerns for physical security secured a foremost place in people’s expectations and influenced the way many voted. An ‘enemy,’ among us but not us, had to be contained. But some of this was already happening. Regular reports on the work of Co


Tapping new tourism source markets

Views - 152 Wednesday, 4 December 2019 00:00

A wide diversity of tourism attractions can also be a weakness in the parlance of marketing communication when the promotional efforts are weak and not consistent. For example, what Maldives can promote in terms of its impact on future tourists, cann


Sri Lanka tourism: Why not an export industry?

Views - 171 Wednesday, 4 December 2019 00:00

In the past there has been some debate on whether the tourism industry qualifies to be an export industry. This argument has been fuelled by the age-old definition of an export industry which is “an industry which exports goods and services produce


Tourism an export industry: Fourth chance?

Views - 368 Tuesday, 3 December 2019 00:32

It took a lot of thought before I decided to put pen to paper. Whilst the key industry stakeholders like THASL and SLAITO have raised the red flag on the industry with almost 70 hotels up for sale, in my view we have got the fourth chance to make Sri


Gotabhaya presidency, democracy and minorities

Views - 286 Tuesday, 3 December 2019 00:27

Soon after his victory at the election, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa publicly acknowledged that he was elected overwhelmingly by the Sinhalese, but promised to be a president for all communities. This is democracy at its best. However, words alone ar


Public-Private Partnerships: A case for cyber security in Sri Lanka

Views - 232 Tuesday, 3 December 2019 00:00

Cyberattacks are a new and unique type of threat, from compromising power grids in Ukraine to impacting financial institutions in London to leaking confidential health information in Singapore. It impact is global and unprecedented. Governments, ente


Re-inventing the self-contained urban living experience

Views - 172 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:26

An increasing number of families are now opting to move to luxury apartments in search of a self-contained environment with easy access to essential facilities like quality schools, hospitals and the airport. Green spaces among amenities from sports


The role of applied statisticians in a digitalised world

Views - 3209 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:20

Sri Lanka is passing through a phase in which applied statisticians are pretty much in demand. Statistics were used or in the proper sense, abused, by political contenders recently like a drunkard using a lamppost. It is said that a drunkard uses a l


Tax incentives for ICT sector are welcome but Digital ID must be top priority for new Govt.

Views - 474 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:13

Tax incentives are encouraging and welcomed by all industries, as a boost in the mood, activities and the confidence was needed to revive the ailing economy crawling at less than 4% for two consecutive years with no better performance expected in 201


See no evil, hear no evil, speak no climate crisis!

Views - 87 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:00

Climate-strike is the latest addition to the Collins Dictionary. Witnessing frequent, extreme weather disasters around the world combined with youth generated mass protests demanding immediate action by governments, uphold climate change as one of th


Investing in Sri Lanka from the perspective of an Australian Sri Lankan

Views - 455 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:00

President Rajapaksa stated in a recent interview he wants Sri Lankan diaspora to invest in Sri Lanka. In 2016, I, an Australian Sri Lankan, did just that. I left Australia, a place where I migrated to in 1985, and moved my family to Sri Lanka. Frank


Poignant pondering on a patriarch: One year later

Views - 134 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:00

One year has gone. It is with a profound sense of sadness that we experienced the demise of our veteran teacher, respected author, legal luminary, an accomplished ambassador, an eminent public servant and an amazing human being, Dr. Wickrema Weerasoo


Asani, MCC Compact demands far more serious scrutiny

Views - 158 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:00

The most recent article titled ‘A child’s guide to MCC Compact in Sri Lanka’ is a perfect guide to show how to mislead a child on important aspects related to development economics. If the author wrote it in a different country, an Advanced Lev


The Millennium Challenge Corporation: Boon or bane?

Views - 227 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:00

It is the closing chapter of another year and just a few more weeks to end all years that end with ‘teens’! In fact, what a year it has been. Globally, Singapore having taken over the US as the most competitive economy of the world, Sri Lanka rec


Litmus test for President and Govt.

Views - 110 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:00

For two and a half decades (since 1995), the Sri Lankan trading community has been constantly requesting that all Governments act fast to reform the border control agency of Customs if the country was to progress as an exporting nation and become an


Stress-free shopping experience

Views - 115 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:00

The supermarket consumers have experienced long queues, negative responses from the staff, and concerns of privacy. There have been complaints and concerns from the consumers regarding instances where the items have been duplicated and or some unwant


Creating perceived value is crucial to brand success

Views - 87 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:00

I had an uncle who always wore a mundu (sarong) and shirt. That was his standard attire for as long as I could remember and I never saw him wear anything else outside. He would not wear T-shirts, suits, coats, or even pants. Much later in life, I mu


South Asia’s opportunity to become economically independent

Views - 187 Saturday, 30 November 2019 00:01

Even in today’s glum economic climate, the average American is seven times as prosperous as the average Mexican, about 20 times as prosperous as the average person of sub-Saharan Africa and about 40 times as prosperous as the average citizen of an


‘No room for them’ must change

Views - 252 Saturday, 30 November 2019 00:01

Marcus Aurelius writes, “There’s no room, or time, for hating or scapegoating. We are all part of the same larger project. Forget tribes, we are one big hive—we are citizens of the world as much as we are citizens of Rome or America. Do good fo


Unanswered question

Views - 1104 Friday, 29 November 2019 00:00

Evidently the Tamils ​​in the north and particularly the Muslims in the east have voted en-block for Sajith Premadasa while a vast majority of Sinhala Buddhist voters in the south voted for Gotabaya Rajapaksa. This Presidential Election clearly s


Creating mindful organisation culture

Views - 261 Friday, 29 November 2019 00:00

It is encouraging to see how eventually the Sri Lankan corporates have begun to appreciate the importance of mindfulness. The response we had at the AAT and HR National conferences for mindfulness had been overwhelming. Must thank the west for promot


Ministry of Arts and Culture: A nation rich in heritage

Views - 345 Friday, 29 November 2019 00:00

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


Pathetic plight of Muslim politics

Views - 866 Thursday, 28 November 2019 02:01

When the 15-member caretaker cabinet was announced soon after President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa assumed office, the Muslim community must have noted that it was the first time since cabinet government was introduced in this country in 1947 that


For an educated society: Using ISIS in Sri Lankan education system

Views - 462 Thursday, 28 November 2019 01:48

Students do not like to go to school. Ask the average parent whether their child, if given a choice, would rather go to school or stay at home. The answer is straightforward. So, what seems to be the problem in the school system that children loathe?


Today's Columnists

Statesmanship and moral leadership

Friday, 6 December 2019

“The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control. Where then do I look for good and evil?


Trust science and technology to deliver: Let innovation be the key

Thursday, 5 December 2019

A new leadership for the country is at the helm. One that is known to believe in focus and intent as well as the power of execution. While execution of plans is critical – we have seen awful delays and procrastination over what is important – it


The professional leadership selection committee

Thursday, 5 December 2019

The political storm has subsided. A proven veteran has weathered the storm. He is now entrusted with the utmost responsibility to rebuild the nation and to reposition the country in the Asian economic landscape. Living abroad, I attentively observed


What the private sector needs more than tax cuts

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Few things have stood out in the first two weeks of the new President. Firstly the significant tax cuts, ranging from reduction in VAT, reintroducing tax exemptions and abolishing other taxes such as NBT and WHT. Secondly the public announcement that


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