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The messed-up lives

Views - 183 Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

It can be seen that there is a serious mess-up not only in the State and the social system in Sri Lanka, but also in the lives of the people. People of Sri Lanka are having smiling faces, yet those who live happily are very rare. You will find that u


Who should be our next president?

Views - 354 Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

After the recent terrorist attacks and the subsequent violence unleashed against innocent Muslims by racists, Sri Lankans are searching for a leader who can save the country. Many have lost faith in the leaders, due to the breakdown in the security a


Expand employer-backed childcare to close the gender gap in Sri Lanka

Views - 262 Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

In Sri Lanka, women’s formal workforce participation is at only 36%, compared with 75% for men. Sri Lanka could raise its gross domestic product by as much as 20% in the long-run by closing the gender gap in the workforce, according to one estimate


Reimagining our reality: the last best hope for us?

Views - 53 Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

Imagination can be a powerful tool for shaping everyday reality. We use it to construct everything from the mundane to the mystic. A down-to-earth example would be our subscription to the idea of the intrinsic value and worth of every human being. I


Difference between a woman and a man (yin and yang) and finding solutions to violence in society

Views - 121 Thursday, 18 July 2019 00:45

This is not at all a philosophical discourse on gender differences, or the complementary roles of yin and yang (women and men) in social or biological formation. This is also not to speak about who is superior among the two. This is just an observati


I wish Sajith Premadasa had taken up a challenging ministry to showcase his prowess

Views - 214 Thursday, 18 July 2019 00:42

Expectations, father and son Sajith Premadasa has put his hands up for leadership in the party and for nomination by the United National Party in the forthcoming presidential elections. I wish Sajith had tested himself, and had given the public a cha


Foreign Affairs and Defence to be one portfolio?

Views - 275 Thursday, 18 July 2019 00:34

Unless we are all suffering from dementia, the last experience with a foreign military on our soil should be very clear in our heads. The Indian Peace Keeping Force landed in Sri Lanka to supposedly bring peace to the war-torn country when the LTTE t


Federer lessons for Sri Lanka tourism

Views - 268 Thursday, 18 July 2019 00:10

The Wimbledon Men’s Final in 2008 was termed as the best match the world has seen between the two arch rivals Federer and Nadal. But, what we saw last Sunday between the two of them after 11 years sure shocked the world. Many just asked the questio


The saga of tourist arrivals

Views - 240 Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00

Traditionally one of the main indices by which tourism performance is assessed the world over is by analysing the total tourist arrivals into a country. Historically Sri Lanka also has been adopting this method. However Sri Lanka seems to place too m


The good karma of being dark

Views - 409 Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00

“The memoir of an unrepentant dark-skinned girl, a misfit who fitted in, a juggler of home and work, who thanks to her good karma escaped relatively unbruised. Still unsure why she stubbornly refuses to conform. But as you flip through these pages


The delineations of religions, politics and media

Views - 107 Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00

In Ashoka’s Edicts, it is rightfully stated, “Never think or say your religion is the best. Never denounce the religion of others. But honour in them whatever is worthy of honour.” [It is widely believed Ashoka the Great was the first leader t


An aborted university and squandered opportunity

Views - 146 Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00

About three years ago when passing through Punanai along the arterial road between Habarana and Batticaloa, I noticed a few brick structures appearing in a parched land amid thick shrubs and woody trees. It was almost a desolate spot where I could no


Eradicating ‘educated terrorists’ virus with medicine of education via good character capsule

Views - 253 Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00

The whole world was traumatised on 21 April by the tragic events in Sri Lanka; many ‘educated terrorists’ had decided to walk into churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka and blow themselves up. The attack took the lives of more than 250 people.


Death of a sentence?

Views - 204 Tuesday, 16 July 2019 00:00

Many a voice has been raised against the carrying out of the death sentence in Sri Lanka. It is inhumane, offends human rights, the State should not kill, the possibility of an error in the judicial process leading to the death of an innocent person


SL’s future depends not on outdated feudalistic system but on becoming partner of a digital economy

Views - 5208 Monday, 15 July 2019 01:10

Calling Sri Lanka an agriculture-based country is a misnomer A widely-held view by many Sri Lankans is that Sri Lanka was an agriculture-based economy in the past and it should be so even in the future. The first part of this argument is only half-t


Competing with competencies: Developing future-proof Sri Lankans

Views - 398 Monday, 15 July 2019 00:52

Competencies are required to compete in an increasingly competitive global environment. Sri Lanka has slipped from 71st place to 85th on the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) last year. This shows a dismal picture as Sri Lanka i


Timing is everything

Views - 300 Monday, 15 July 2019 00:48

Imagine this scene – the boy totally in love decides to take the plunge and propose to her. He sets up everything perfectly. The ring, the restaurant, the menu and the post proposal music to celebrate. Everything is manicured to a fine detail. But


Delay in promoting consumer demand for Sri Lanka poses severe ramifications

Views - 289 Monday, 15 July 2019 00:44

The delay in implementing the tourism public relations and digital marketing campaign in the 10 core markets is extremely concerning. Before the attacks, when tourism was doing relatively well, not promoting the destination adequately resulted in an


Can the oldest tree in the world teach us to build a resilient brand?

Views - 103 Monday, 15 July 2019 00:39

A resilient brand A resilient brand is described and illustrated by many marketers as the ability for a brand to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions. For example, ‘a resilient brand can be compared to a long-lived tree – type o


Religious introspection through critical thought and discussions on real teachings of their founders

Views - 109 Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:02

“No one must use the name of God to commit violence. To kill in the name of God is a grave sacrilege. To discriminate in the name of God is inhuman” – Pope Francis ‘Religion’ is a complex and problematic modern Western concept. Though there


Surya Bala Sangramaya must not be a victim of petty political interests

Views - 462 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

A few weeks back, a solar power system of 50 kW went operational at Ananda College Colombo. This is to supply electric power to its legendary Kularatne Hall. Lakdhanavi, a subsidiary of LTL Holdings (formally known as Lanka Transformers Ltd.) supplie


Honesty and sincerity

Views - 375 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka can be considered one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Yet, the society and political ambience of this beautiful country are in a deplorable level, which is extremely ugly and comical. While there are many reasons which have le


The HR mantra that guides great workplaces

Views - 187 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

Great Place To Work Institute held its award program for the sixth time last week. Great Place to Work Institute Sri Lanka has been conducting studies to understand and recognise the best workplaces in Sri Lanka since 2013. A great place to work fro


The voice of silence: Data science and banking

Views - 438 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:00

A famous quote by Charles Darwin states: “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive, but those who can best manage change.” Darwin, back in the 19th century, has pretty much summed up the present-day reality of the global f


‘Moulding Muslim culture’: BBS echoes Chinese Uyghur experiment

Views - 626 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:00

The 7 July ‘Rally of the Un-Enlightened’ (Colombo Telegraph, 4 July), that fizzled out without the expected turnout of 10,000 Buddhist monks, was the most emphatic demonstration yet by the majority Sinhala Buddhists that they would not allow hatr


How to win Asia’s dynamic supply chains with emerging technologies

Views - 42 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

Nearly 50% of Asia’s population will inhabit urban areas by 2026, putting a massive amount of pressure on its already under-developed infrastructure and supply chains. Undoubtedly, the responsibility of maintaining efficient supply chains not only


Teamwork: Is it spontaneous or should it be cultivated?

Views - 217 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

Every management course, textbook, and, management pandit all preach the importance of teamwork in the workplace. Though the pandits would always point out the importance and benefits it brings to the workplace it should be managed and administered.


Some reflections on Sri Lanka’s budgetary process

Views - 326 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

Each year, usually in November, the Finance Minister presents the National Budget on behalf of the Government. Over several weeks that follow, the budget is debated in Parliament and put to the vote. If it is not approved, the Government falls. If ap


Perceptions of discrimination and Islamophobia in Sri Lanka

Views - 417 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

Islamophobia is not an easy subject to deal with and, therefore, to write about. To start with, there is the question of definition: Does Islamophobia exist? Is it useful to use the expression ‘Islamophobia’? Shouldn’t we simply talk of ‘dis


Police and horns

Views - 173 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

Sad to say, the Sri Lanka Police is a ‘pus vedilla’ or a bottle of soda as a common term used in this country for making a noise and forgetting about the noise in a few days or a hue and cry. All the blame should not be on Police as the Sri Lanka


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Expand employer-backed childcare to close the gender gap in Sri Lanka

Friday, 19 July 2019

In Sri Lanka, women’s formal workforce participation is at only 36%, compared with 75% for men. Sri Lanka could raise its gross domestic product by as much as 20% in the long-run by closing the gender gap in the workforce, according to one estimate


Who should be our next president?

Friday, 19 July 2019

After the recent terrorist attacks and the subsequent violence unleashed against innocent Muslims by racists, Sri Lankans are searching for a leader who can save the country. Many have lost faith in the leaders, due to the breakdown in the security a


The messed-up lives

Friday, 19 July 2019

It can be seen that there is a serious mess-up not only in the State and the social system in Sri Lanka, but also in the lives of the people. People of Sri Lanka are having smiling faces, yet those who live happily are very rare. You will find that u


Reimagining our reality: the last best hope for us?

Friday, 19 July 2019

Imagination can be a powerful tool for shaping everyday reality. We use it to construct everything from the mundane to the mystic. A down-to-earth example would be our subscription to the idea of the intrinsic value and worth of every human being. I


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