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From innovate or perish in 1998 to innovate and perish in 2018

Views - 282 Wednesday, 11 April 2018 00:00

We will be facing a tough year in a decade in 2018. Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy addressed the Chamber of Commerce


Getting closer to the masses

Views - 326 Wednesday, 11 April 2018 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe after defeating the No-Confidence Motion against him by the Joint Opposition


3 aspects of democracy in the vote of No-Confidence

Views - 216 Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:15

The vote of No-Confidence against the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka is both a success and a failure for democracy. Democracy is the rule of the people, by the people, for the people. The job of the Members of Parliament is simply to represent the peopl


Maha Vanija Jataka: Exposing myth of maximising profit and enlightening on creative capitalism

Views - 294 Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:00

It is fascinating to observe these days many Sri Lankan corporates publish annual accounts one after the other, under compelling captions, on how they maximise profits compared to previous years. Almost all the comments and interviews made by incumb


Now that CB has done its job, RW & Harsha should pick up the ball & play the game

Views - 1068 Monday, 9 April 2018 00:10

The Central Bank in its second monetary policy review in 2018, released last week, has cautiously and partially relaxed the tight policy package it had introduced earlier when inflation was rearing its ugly head causing chaos to investment initiative


PIM MBA in Kuwait: A Sri Lankan pride

Views - 392 Monday, 9 April 2018 00:00

It was indeed memorable to organise an inauguration of a brand new MBA batch at the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) in Kuwait City, Kuwait. It was encouraging to see the spirit of Sri Lankans in Kuwait who actively supported our endeavour


Why the SLFP’S last chance of survival is today!

Views - 306 Monday, 9 April 2018 00:00

‘Shree Lanka Nidahas Pakshaye gamanaka avasaanaya’ - the final journey of the SLFP - was the title of a public lecture delivered by Rohana Wijeweera in the early 1980s. He was wrong. Or maybe he was prophetic and merely premature by a few decades


A reprieve not a win: Ranil’s Dunkirk

Views - 207 Monday, 9 April 2018 00:00

A huge banner on the perimeter fence at Sirikotha, the United National Party (UNP) headquarters, gloats ‘Maha Balayak Ekama Ratak ‘ – A colossal force – One country.


Challenges faced by Modi’s ‘Clean India’ campaign

Views - 73 Saturday, 7 April 2018 00:47

Since open defecation has been an eyesore and a major cause of diseases in India, the Narendra Modi Government launched a ‘Clean India’ campaign named Swachch Bharat Mission (SBM) on 2 October 2014, four months after he came to power.


Bring back the kings !

Views - 335 Saturday, 7 April 2018 00:00

“There is in our harbour of Colombo a race of people fair of skin and comely withal. They don jackets of iron and hats of iron; they rest not a minute in one place; they walk here and there; they eat hunks of stone and drink blood; they give two or


Govt. should reboot and focus on running the administration

Views - 354 Friday, 6 April 2018 00:10

The Prime Minister won the vote of no-confidence comfortably brought against him by the Joint Opposition (JO) last night.


Liberal democracy as a sellable brand: The challenge for the UNP

Views - 186 Friday, 6 April 2018 00:10

With the No-Confidence motion behind it, the United National Party (UNP) is promising deep reforms in the party. Unless the party


Clouds dispel and hope breathes

Views - 154 Friday, 6 April 2018 00:05

It was like divine rain that ended a crippling and apocalyptic drought for Ranil Wickremesinghe and his United National Party


The Continuum of Impunity: Connecting the Dots

Views - 156 Friday, 6 April 2018 00:01

In January this year, four judges of the Indian Supreme Court gave a press conference to declare that “all is not well” with the Indian Judiciary


Lessons of experience from Australian Financial Services Royal Commission for Sri Lanka

Views - 48 Friday, 6 April 2018 00:00

The Australian Financial Services Royal Commission has given enough food for thought for risk managers. It is still early days


Who won?

Views - 256 Friday, 6 April 2018 00:00

Who won the battle of the No-Confidence motion? There were at two winners, not one. One of them won tactically and the other strategically


Putin Gotabaya in context, pun intended

Views - 253 Thursday, 5 April 2018 00:00

Our nation is gripped in a crisis of confidence. Ironies abound. Three years in to his presidency on 15 July 1979, Jimmy Carter made his famous speech about a crisis of confidence that his nation faced. He spoke of how the isolated world of Washingto


Pen still not mightier than the sword of cheap political talk

Views - 276 Thursday, 5 April 2018 00:00

Today, 5 April, as I write, my heart is strangely still at peace since the same time last year. Not because justice has been done… or even looks remotely like it will ever be done in a singular landmark killing on our once war-torn landscape. But b


The spread of morphed information and unprecedented hatred via social media

Views - 89 Wednesday, 4 April 2018 00:00

Decades ago, the main sources of information were mass media including newspapers, radio and television.


Inbound tourism from China

Views - 168 Wednesday, 4 April 2018 00:00

The negative growth in inbound tourism from China -1.0% for period January to December 2017 compared to same period 2016


D-Day in Parliament

Views - 472 Wednesday, 4 April 2018 00:00

It is a simple matter of ethics. If Prime Minister Wickremesinghe hasn’t resigned, it is quite simply because firstly he doesn’t know


Three barnacles of national economy: Case for Sri Lanka’s post-modern development

Views - 257 Wednesday, 4 April 2018 00:00

The prime objective of the National Economic Council established in 2017 was to mitigate national poverty while strengthening rural economy.


A vote of No-Confidence cannot remove the Prime Minister

Views - 449 Wednesday, 4 April 2018 00:00

Come Wednesday, 4 April, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe faces a crucial day in his long Parliamentary life. At this stage


Move from politics to district development

Views - 175 Tuesday, 3 April 2018 00:00

Last week I was invited to speak to the senior management team of an eminent bank in Sri Lanka on the topic ‘What Sri Lanka must do’. Rather than getting into the rhetoric of Sri Lanka, I thought of focusing on a sample district and then doing a


Where is the Non-Banking Financial Industry heading?

Views - 718 Tuesday, 3 April 2018 00:00

I touched on the importance of the Non-Banking Financial Industry (NBFI) five years ago in the same forum when the industry reforms were on cards. However, since then, the industry has faced many changes. This article is written in order to create an


Belated transfer of CB back to Finance Ministry is welcome, but some more follies to be rectified

Views - 606 Monday, 2 April 2018 00:10

A confusing folly committed by the new government in January 2015 happened to be the listing of the Central Bank and other financial institutions away from the Ministry of Finance.


Eve of the no-confidence motion: Scenarios on and after 4 April

Views - 362 Monday, 2 April 2018 00:00

The no-confidence motion is the very last chance for the system to self-correct. If it fails, and the Prime Minister wins, confrontation will be the order of the day and stability will be a mirage.


Why should technicalities of plastic bag ban continue to concern the masses?

Views - 150 Monday, 2 April 2018 00:00

Improving the common man’s knowledge on the ban on polythene in Sri Lanka is a critical task which requires investment in ensuring that the momentum of the ban does not dissipate.


A land of giants ?

Views - 211 Saturday, 31 March 2018 00:37

On our social media or even mainstream, it is not uncommon to find somewhat astounding statements and claims, grossly exaggerating happenings in the country and the doings of our countrymen both of the present and past. This penchant for embellishmen


Good men and women of society: Poor and marginalised need your voice of advocacy

Views - 116 Saturday, 31 March 2018 00:29

Seventy years after independence, governed by democratically-elected governments of various colours, parliamentary and presidential systems of governance, following economic policies based on capitalism, market, socialism, mixed, middle path and now


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Deep design to the rescue: Solving wicked problems of the future

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Let me begin by stating a controversial opinion: our contemporary lives are defined by 200 years of dehumanisation. From the time of the industrial revolution, the nature of work and labour has changed dramatically. The relationship between man and


Exporting bras with imported fibre!

Thursday, 26 April 2018

In a recent World Bank publication, ‘South Asia’s Turn,’ two Sri Lankan organisations – MAS from apparel and Dilmah from agribusiness – receive recognition as global champions. While Dilmah is in control of its value chain and that was its


The Opposition’s 20th Amendment dilemmas

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

It’s the arithmetic, stupid! A no-confidence motion against the Leader of the Opposition, R. Sampanthan, is logical and legitimate


Sri Lanka: May Day and workers’ rights

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

May Day was declared a holiday in Sri Lanka in 1956 for the Government sector, bank and mercantile sectors.


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