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Bright star Imran Khan could well go the way of his predecessors

Views - 234 Saturday, 21 July 2018 00:10

Imran Khan, the Pakistani cricket star, anti-corruption crusader and politician, appears to be within reach of his cherished goal of winning the 25 July Pakistan National Assembly (NA) elections and becoming Prime Minister.


Sri Lanka’s Trade Information Portal – Bringing local traders one step closer to the global market

Views - 233 Friday, 20 July 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s traditional lacework famously known as Beeralu is slowly moving into the spotlight of the global fashion industry


Building great organisations: What will it take in the future?

Views - 221 Friday, 20 July 2018 00:00

I would like to begin by congratulating the Great Place to Work Institute for organising this event to recognise ‘Sri Lanka’s Best


Top Cola brand crashing globally; lesson for Sri Lanka

Views - 3327 Friday, 20 July 2018 00:00

We have heard the age old adage, if a brand is not in line to the trends of a customer, they will cease to exist over time.


Religion and politics: a tale of two hypocrisies

Views - 266 Friday, 20 July 2018 00:00

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief,


Development of national housing and Employees’ Provident Fund

Views - 177 Thursday, 19 July 2018 00:00

‘Singapore’ has become a buzzword in the media circles today. Media speak is centred round many issues. Extradition of the fugitive Central Bank Governor appointed to the post on a recommendation by our PM, now missing and reportedly taken refuge


No other country can better understand the preciousness of free trade than SL

Views - 221 Thursday, 19 July 2018 00:00

The year 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up and also the 17th anniversary of China’ accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). In 2001, China acceded to the WTO, which marked a new historic stage of reform and


Sri Lanka stepping up its pursuit of trade-led growth

Views - 466 Wednesday, 18 July 2018 00:00

“We were a trading nation since the era of ancient kings,” Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe reminded Parliament


Trump’s trade logic and Sri Lanka’s mistake

Views - 366 Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:00


The demise of the superstar investor

Views - 316 Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:00

The allure of the superstar investor can be irresistible. You know who they are – the confident, articulate individuals idolised either because of a spectacular non-consensus investment call, the size of their fortune or sometimes because they are


To hang or not to hang!

Views - 413 Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena dropped a bombshell out of the blues last week, sans all ‘maître’ (loving-kindness) when he launched a coup de main on drug offenders. He threatened to use his powers to place his signature to execute the death sen


National prosperity through quality and productivity

Views - 295 Monday, 16 July 2018 00:00

I was so delighted to get involved with the national convention of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Quality and Productivity (SLAAQP) with the fitting theme, “National Prosperity through World Class Quality and Productivity”.


Disruptive economy and poverty of knowledge: Sri Lankans have a lot to learn

Views - 753 Monday, 16 July 2018 00:00

The poor are usually defined as those who are below a given level of income that would be insufficient to meet their basic needs. In my view, the poor – no matter whether it is an individual, family or a nation – are those who are unable to read


Sanjeewa Pushpakumara’s ‘Davena Vihagun’ (Burning Birds): A realistic and authentic film

Views - 3548 Saturday, 14 July 2018 00:20

Filmmaker Sanjeewa Pushpakumara is a bright star in the cinematic firmament of Sri Lanka. His second feature film ‘Davena Vihagun’ (Burning Birds) is currently being screened in Sri Lanka. The film completed in 2016 has been shown at several inte


Of Erdogan, Mahinda and Gota or the dance of the Vidayaka Janadhipathi

Views - 184 Saturday, 14 July 2018 00:10

We have been talking about Turkey’s Erdogan who recently won electoral support to be the country’s first Executive President. At the elections, Turkey began digging its grave. To be sure, one cannot blame th


Yameen regime in Maldives turns to Islamic countries for support

Views - 340 Saturday, 14 July 2018 00:10

The Abdulla Yameen Government in the Maldives is turning to Islamic countries in a bid to resist pressure from the West and India to restore democracy as per their prescription, and to do their bidding in economic, foreign policy and strategic matter


Executing a successful forward contract: Lessons from practical implementations

Views - 152 Friday, 13 July 2018 00:00

Among many, maintaining quality and continuous supply are the two most important things to an exporter. Some exporters


Social media – Foe or friend for Sri Lanka?

Views - 118 Friday, 13 July 2018 00:00

In March 2018, Sri Lanka experienced ethnic tensions and the Government banned social media platforms such as Facebook,


Negative and positive news: ‘Rare corpse flower set to bloom at Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya’

Views - 330 Friday, 13 July 2018 00:00

Last Monday I have received seven news alerts to my phone, of which six were about murders and robberies


A future hub for trade and logistics in the Indian subcontinent

Views - 152 Thursday, 12 July 2018 00:00

It is now certain, cemented and unstoppable that Sri Lanka Port City is the future hub of business activities and foundation of the success of new Sri Lanka in the new world and business order, on par with world giants, exploiting the strategic geogr


Fixing Sri Lanka’s labour market: Comparative lessons

Views - 350 Thursday, 12 July 2018 00:00

The recently-published ‘Sri Lanka Development Update 2018’1 by the World Bank focuses on creating more and better jobs for an upper middle-income Sri Lanka. It usefully analyses the state of Sri Lanka’s labour market and identifies challenges t


Gotabaya, Viyath Maga, 13A and me

Views - 483 Thursday, 12 July 2018 00:00

Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara writes that “After the 2015 presidential elections, for reasons better known to DJ, he approached GR and joined Viyath Maga.” That’s a blatant lie. As Dullas Alahapperuma and Matale Mayor Mohammed Hilmy will att


Practical and sensible economics

Views - 323 Thursday, 12 July 2018 00:00

This article focuses on some key areas of our economy. These areas are export promotion, attracting FDI, entrepreneurship and innovation, augmenting the labour force with more women, and education. An underlying theme throughout the article is the n


Has Sri Lanka been beaten by Myanmar?

Views - 2723 Thursday, 12 July 2018 00:00

We have heard that the great Lee Kwan Yu wanted Singapore to be like Sri Lanka way back in the sixties. Today, Singapore is a $ 349 billion economy whilst we are at just a quarter of that value at around $ 85 billion.  Then we consider ourselves to


Divorce law in Sri Lanka: Fostering animosity, not relationships

Views - 915 Wednesday, 11 July 2018 00:00

The agony and anxiousness that a divorce proceeding in Sri Lanka inflicts on spouses is widely known and there are many


Kerawalapitiya LNG plant tender exposes deterioration in the political system

Views - 641 Wednesday, 11 July 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka has failed to implement a single major electricity generating power plant since 2014. Meanwhile, the country’s


A response to former CB Governor Cabraal’s article, ‘The Government’s growth scam!’ – Part II

Views - 446 Wednesday, 11 July 2018 00:00

In my previous article on the above theme that appeared in Daily FT of 3 July (available at: http://www.ft.lk/columns/A-response-to-former-CB-Governor-Cabraal-s-article-


Free tabs for A/L students: Limits and opportunities

Views - 231 Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:27

‘Tabs for A/L students’ and ’13 years of education for all’ are two promises from the 2015 election manifesto of the UNP. Both are game-changer promises, but a promise in a manifesto is only a starting point. Bureaucrats have to expand the id


Public and semi-Government sector employees exceed 1.1 million

Views - 378 Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:00

The importance of the Public Sector is an indisputable social and economic reality throughout the world. The Public Sector usually comprises of organisations that are owned and operated by the Government and exist to provide services such as public e


Giving leadership to a digital economy

Views - 227 Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:00

The new economy has greatly changed our economic environment in relation to how the Government and businesses operate and provide goods and services. Prosperity in the new economy involves more than capitalising on knowledge assets. Prosperity involv


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Accessibility at buildings and places – Indispensable need to enjoy civil rights

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Have you not yet realised that the chances are now very high that at any stage or any moment in life, for a short time or for a long time, for different reasons, you or your loved ones could experience physical and/or sensory impediments, and fall in


Over-tourism: The new buzz word in tourism

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Periodically the tourism industry is in the habit of coming up with some interesting name to describe a new emerging trend or situation in the industry. Sometimes the phenomena is not new, but has become relevant and topical enough to ‘package’ a


Depreciation of the rupee and Sri Lanka’s dilemma

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

The rupee depreciated by Rs. 29 from 2005 to 2014 and the average year-on-year depreciation of the Sri Lankan rupee was 2.8% per year. Official foreign reserves increased from $ 2.7 billion to $ 8.2 billion over the same period. In stark contrast, th


Laurels of ‘Living Together’: Refreshing reflections

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

It was a memorable evening with a mega gathering for a meaningfully different reason. It was not just another book launch with ego-boosting speeches about the author. It was also not an event where a popular politician coming late and preaching about


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