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Individuality in a 30 under 30 world

Views - 275 Friday, 6 July 2018 00:00

The above is the seminal declaration of one of the wealthiest men of India, Dhirubhai Hirachand Ambani who is the Co-Founder


Celebrating the idea of America: The ever-evolving dream of a free society

Views - 105 Thursday, 5 July 2018 00:00

Americans celebrate the independence which falls on 4 July every year in the grandest form surpassing all other celebrations. It represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of an independent nation which eclipsed into a major economic an


Gaddafi leadership style and ‘disruptive model’ for business

Views - 768 Thursday, 5 July 2018 00:00

In this era of ‘disruption’, sometimes it’s important to pick people who work against the grain and develop an output that is not seen in the world. Whilst many of us were against this leadership style of Gaddafi, given the global economic fall


A real Swiss lesson – Merci!

Views - 496 Thursday, 5 July 2018 00:00

This is all about an experience but more so placing on record an experiential learning. Those who read this may take their own interpretations or reflect with more questions. I am giving a perception I do value. Landing in Switzerland coming from Sr


Dilemma 3: Slaughter of a leopard

Views - 180 Wednesday, 4 July 2018 00:00

“And yet there should have been some feeling in Chaudhuri (Nirad) that he had come from another, more primeval world.


Development of SMEs in Sri Lanka: Are we serious about SME classification?

Views - 795 Wednesday, 4 July 2018 00:00

It is widely-accepted that the role played by SMEs towards economic development of any country is of paramount importance


Bana talk of Hitler:‘Nazi Nirvana’ in 2020?

Views - 64 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

The two quotes – one from Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ and the other from Buddhagosha’s ‘Visuddhimagga’ – path to purification demonstrate the dissonance of the ‘dhamma’ emanating from the Monastic order which holds hostage what is perce


The China story can bring in a tide against former President; will the Government use this?

Views - 82 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

Weak response of Government The story in the New York Times about Mahinda Rajapaksa having got millions of dollars as election money off the China Harbour Company account offers the Yahapalanaya Government and the broad civil support movement for go


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

Views - 431 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

In his article titled ‘The Government’s growth scam’ which appeared in Daily FT of 26 June, former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal (ANC) has wildly accused the compilers of national accounts on the grounds that they have manipulated


Crunching big data to save lives

Views - 149 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

Indonesia sits at the heart of the Pacific Ring of Fire. A region notorious for seismic activity that causes earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. In 2004, it was hit by a monster quake – its epicentre off the west coast of Sumatra. The quake with a


Money transfer and the CBSL

Views - 543 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

By Dinesh Perera The Central Bank Governor in his recent statement at the Digital Banking summit stated that he felt like a charlatan when asked to speak about technology. He is right. This is not because, as he attributes it, of his recent acquisiti


Why are marketers blind to shopper marketing – II

Views - 230 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

Whether you are a brand manager in a FMCG company or retailer, creative agency or media practitioner – if you don’t win with shoppers, you don’t win. One the basic building blocks for developing an effective shopper marketing campaign is ‘Dat


Is it time to kill the consumer?

Views - 169 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

Remember the film WALL-E? I seem to remember it better and better every day now.The film painted a dystopian picture of a future Earth, inundated with garbage; and a small colony of obese humans confined to their loungers as they were plied continuou


Emotions for better or bitter results: Lessons for Lankans

Views - 433 Monday, 2 July 2018 00:00

I was so happy to meet Dr. Daniel Goleman of Emotional Intelligence fame, at the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conference of 2018 held in Chicago recently.


The killing of ‘the leopard’ and call for the return of ‘a Hitler’

Views - 918 Monday, 2 July 2018 00:00

Last week, the mainstream media as well as social media was abuzz with two explosive stories.


China’s Confucius Institutes in Asia ready to meet local needs

Views - 140 Saturday, 30 June 2018 03:42

As China came out of its shell to be an economic power with global ambitions following the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) by President Xi Jinping, there was a crying need to make people across the world aware of China, the Chinese langu


Why emerging economies worry about exchange rates

Views - 430 Friday, 29 June 2018 00:25

The exchange rate is making headlines these days. If there is anything that has beaten all expectations, it is the exchange rate. The abrupt and volatile behavior of exchanges rates has given a hard time for policymakers in the emerging economies.


On leopards and other political animals being clubbed to death

Views - 216 Friday, 29 June 2018 00:10

I have a confession to make. Animals are among my favourite people – for, as Gerald Durrell might have suggested somewhere in his touching trilogy, they’re almost family. So when that poor leopard was clubbed to deat


Sri Lanka Cricket not helping battered brand Sri Lanka

Views - 668 Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:00

As you may be aware, brand Sri Lanka is under attack with growth dropping to a single digit since 2016 which has been tainted by ‘Governance’ and the drive down of the economic activity that has reached 3.1% in GDP as of Q12018. Governance If we


Celebrating pride: Women’s rights activism and LGBT advocacy

Views - 190 Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:00

Is sexuality a feminist issue? This question was posed memorably by women’s and human rights activist, Sunila Abeysekera, in 1999, and answered by her in the affirmative. We want to pose this question, once again, as we mark ‘Pride’, the short


My bête noire, Gnanasara

Views - 618 Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:00

When it comes to the likes of pseudo religious figures viz, Gnanasara, I refuse to dignify such with revered titles; ‘Thera’, ‘Reverend’ or ‘Venerable’ as others do. To do so, would be a downright insult to all those who are genuinely wor


Preventive justice

Views - 212 Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:00

BE it the tampering of a cricket ball, clubbing a leopard to death or the daylight robbery of a jewelry shop – they must all be unconditionally condemned and the culprits punished. But equally important is to do some deep psyche research as to what


One nation – divided country; diverse nationalities – one country

Views - 247 Wednesday, 27 June 2018 00:00

The only foundation, the definitive purpose and the eternal principle of Sri Lanka’s future development must be “to preserve the land we call Sri Lanka with all its living and non-living resources for the Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Malay, Burgher ch


Prerequisite for economic prosperity: Tame this behemoth or get consumed by it

Views - 203 Wednesday, 27 June 2018 00:00

It was only a few weeks back that I wrote about (i) how the oil we consume will make us more and more debt-ridden and (ii) a probable solution to get over this debacle.


Importance of financial reporting for transparency

Views - 228 Tuesday, 26 June 2018 00:00

Bushman, Piotroski and Smith (2003) identified that the availability of information was considered to be a key determinant of the efficiency of resource allocation decisions and growth in an economy.


The Government’s “growth scam”!

Views - 558 Tuesday, 26 June 2018 00:00

In May 2017, a few weeks after the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures for 2016 were officially announced, I pointed out how the Real GDP growth for 2016 was blatantly “pumped-up” as well as manipulated by the authorities, and how GDP growth for


Crisis-ridden Sri Lanka economy: Time for economics to prevail on politics

Views - 1283 Monday, 25 June 2018 00:10

Sri Lanka’s official statistics bureau, Department of Census and Statistics or DCS, has released the country’s 2018 first quarter provisional economic growth data in its website (available at: http://www.statistics.gov.lk/national_accounts/dcsna_


It’s time to end malnutrition in South Asia

Views - 170 Monday, 25 June 2018 00:00

In Sri Lanka, as in the rest of South Asia, improving agricultural production has long been a priority to achieve food security.


In defence of State banks – The Basel III phobia is the sword of Damocles over their heads!

Views - 319 Monday, 25 June 2018 00:00

Time and again over the last year, and more recently in fact, the sceptre of Basel III has raised its head in the print and electronic media.


Great ‘Gamperaliya’: A great novel made into a great film by a great director

Views - 3362 Saturday, 23 June 2018 00:35

‘Gamperaliya’ (Changes in the Village/Changement au Village) was the third feature film made by ace director Lester James Peries. It was released on 20 December 1963.The film was based on the famous novel of the same name written by the doyen of


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In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Saturday, 22 September 2018

‘Indian Film,’ first published in 1963 and co-authored by former Columbia University Professor Erik Barnouw and his student Dr. Subrahmanyam Krishnaswamy, is considered a seminal study of the evolution and growth of Indian cinema. The book is cit


Imran may turn blind eye to blasphemy law and persecution of Ahmadiyyas

Saturday, 22 September 2018

There are clear signs that Pakistan’s freshly minted Prime Minister, Imran Khan, will make a sincere effort to reduce corruption and maladministration in the domestic sphere. In foreign affairs he is likely to make a brave attempt to mend fences wi


The rate of exchange, capital flight and the Central Bank

Friday, 21 September 2018

The Central Bank (CBSL) exists for the sole purpose of price stability. Its controls on the financial system and monetary policy exist to maintain price stability. As put forth many times by the Governor, the failing of the CBSL to control inflation


Red flag over the Sri Lankan Navy

Friday, 21 September 2018

Shocking story Rusiripala, a former banker in Sri Lanka, who has taken to writing in Daily FT, is perturbed by the red flag I have raised (Daily FT article 18 September) over the shocking charge that our Navy had operated a ransom gang that had abduc


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