Dinesh Weerakkody

The shortage of real leaders

Views - 154 Friday, 12 January 2018 00:00

Our world looks in vain for strong leadership. Politicians and religious leaders no longer seem to offer it.


The total worth of employees – Do the bosses have any idea?

Views - 250 Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:17

“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know” – Do


Paris Accord – Applying Six Sigma methodology to solve climate change

Views - 207 Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:00

Introduction During the last six months, I have written seven articles to Sri Lankan papers criticising (i)Paris Accord for putting the onus of finding solutions for climate change on to the individual countries and (ii) UNFCCC and IPCC for spendin


Sajin Vass and that thousand rupee fine

Views - 739 Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:00

Sajin Vass Gunawardena was many things to President Mahinda Rajapaksa. As occasion required, confidant, point man, trouble-shooter, go-between, trusted family aid and general factotum. When the Sri Lankan Government was conducting sensitive negotiati


Highly-skilled women, career progression and respectable femininity

Views - 591 Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:00

Increasing numbers of women are entering higher education and professional employment in South Asian countries.


Tamil politics float on fake history – Part I

Views - 217 Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:00

Universities are expected to perform two primary functions: 1. teach and 2. engage in research to generate new knowledge that would light the darkness for the lost contemporaries


IPL brand crosses $ 5.3 b; pickups for Sri Lanka’s Global Rankings

Views - 437 Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:00

When an economy is growing at around 4% and the size of the economy is around $ 80 billion, the consumer is challenged when it comes to purchasing power. Inflation in November is at 8.4%


Failures in contract administration cost billions to the country

Views - 474 Tuesday, 9 January 2018 00:00

A few weeks ago, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe visited the Rajagiriya overpass construction site, built under the Road Development Authority. The PM also informed that the Rajagiriya flyover would be formally opened to the public on 8 January,


People’s turn to punish the liars and thieves!

Views - 911 Tuesday, 9 January 2018 00:00

As the cloud sets in on the completion of the third year of the Yahapalanaya Government, the wave of corruption that bestows this nation continues to flame. The advent of the Coalition Government led by President Sirisena and Premier Wickremesinghe


Ravi K’s critique of Central Bank – Part 2: Is the bank responsible for disappointing economic perfo

Views - 936 Monday, 8 January 2018 00:10

The former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, in an interview with Daily Mirror, had put the Central Bank’s management on its toes by making some scathing allegations against the bank


Feeling trapped in a failing state

Views - 950 Monday, 8 January 2018 00:05

It is three years since that euphoric day of change the country woke up to:the illusive ‘Yahapalana Dream’. A dream never to dream again, and a day never to experience again either.


Three years: Glass half full?

Views - 374 Monday, 8 January 2018 00:05

On 8 January 2015, the Sri Lankan polity experienced an unexpected change.


A robust regulator: A fundamental ingredient in a sustainable market economy

Views - 164 Monday, 8 January 2018 00:05

I first published an article with the above-mentioned title in the ‘Accountant’ (now ‘Abacus’), the magazine of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) in February 2009.


Draft Code of Conduct for tackling threats to maritime security from non-state actors

Views - 82 Monday, 8 January 2018 00:00

A Sri Lankan think tank, Pathfinder Foundation, has drafted a Code of Conduct for nations in the Indian Ocean Region which are tackling threats to maritime security from “non-state actors” like terrorists, pirates, human and narcotics smugglers a


Meet your new employee!

Views - 462 Friday, 5 January 2018 00:00

Overview We are in a rapidly-changing world where industries have seen many revolutions in the past. The First Industrial Revolution used


FTA with Malaysia: Will it lead to an expansion in flow of trade and investment with Sri Lanka?

Views - 235 Friday, 5 January 2018 00:00

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who was on an official visit to Sri Lanka in December 2017 to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic


Bilateral trade and economic diplomacy: The future of Indo-Sri Lanka economic initiatives

Views - 186 Friday, 5 January 2018 00:00

The emergence of Indian foreign policies (IFPs) such as the Neighbourhood First policy, has provided a pathway to promote economic


The disconnect between education and skills training

Views - 166 Friday, 5 January 2018 00:00

Many employers in the country unlike before want more funding and more attention toward vocational education and training.


Local elections: The process, results and the future

Views - 297 Friday, 5 January 2018 00:00

The local elections are scheduled to take place on 10 February, after a long period of anticipation. As a country


Does GSP decide the progress of Sri Lanka?

Views - 287 Thursday, 4 January 2018 00:40

In March 2017, the European Union (EU) approved the grant of GSP Plus facility, a much-awaited response by the Sri Lanka Government since it had been temporarily suspended. This decision of the EU created a blissful environment in Sri Lanka. But in t


2018 – A year for reinventing Sri Lanka

Views - 272 Thursday, 4 January 2018 00:00

The start of a new year always offer an opportunity for some fresh thinking and among most an opportunity to have a new resolution. The progress of course will depend on one’s commitment and only time will tell.


Service marks and service quality of an organisation: A practical perspective

Views - 107 Thursday, 4 January 2018 00:00

The Intellectual Property (IP) Act No 36 of 2003 is the present legal regime governing IP in Sri Lanka. While there are manifold types of IP, “mark” is interpreted as trademark or service mark (S. 101, IP Act 36/2003).


2018 – The year of opposite truths

Views - 127 Wednesday, 3 January 2018 00:00

The opposite of a truthful statement is a false statement. In exceptional instances, the opposite of a profoundly truthful statement is another profoundly truthful statement.


Hollow nationalism and the SAITM struggle

Views - 262 Wednesday, 3 January 2018 00:00

The resumption of rumblings over the SAITM issue, due to concerns about a double-cross by elements of the Government, generated commentary which was revealing


Sri Lanka’s No. 1 brand BOC dented by bond scam?

Views - 586 Wednesday, 3 January 2018 00:00

The highest share of voice(SOV) event of Sri Lanka in 2017 was undoubtedly the alleged bond scam of the Central Bank. Via TV, radio


Ravi K’s critique of Central Bank: An instance of rendering the blame unto Caesar?

Views - 1490 Tuesday, 2 January 2018 00:10

Blaming the Central Bank for all economic ills Former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake in an interview with Daily Mirror is reported to have pronounced that the Central Bank is absolutely corrupt and inefficient (available at: http://www.dailymirro


MTI’s reflections for the new year

Views - 144 Tuesday, 2 January 2018 00:00

Humanly, on an ongoing basis, we can only be awake about 16-17 hours a day. This has not changed much with time. But the choice of things we can do in a day, be it with food, entertainment, socialising, travelling, etc. (and the sub-choices within e


Eighteen elements for excellence in 2018

Views - 788 Tuesday, 2 January 2018 00:00

A refreshing 31,557,000 seconds in 2018 are with us. A brand new year invites us not only to have brand new thoughts but to convert them into grand actions. As usual, people tend to have New Year resolutions. My suggestion is to go beyond resolutions


Jerusalem, Sinhala Far Right foreign policy and the Gota Factor

Views - 168 Monday, 1 January 2018 00:00

There were strange reactions to Sri Lanka’s political responses to and UN vote on the issue of Jerusalem. There are those spokespersons of the Sinhala Far Right who criticised the Sri Lankan stand and the cross-party political consensus as instance


Is there any point in getting the SLFP together again?

Views - 345 Monday, 1 January 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka, paradise, is never short of drama. Unfortunately, the ordinary people and their urgent needs for a better life are being ignored by moves and counter moves, conspiracies, rackets, deals and whatnot of the rotten political class which saw i


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For over a decade, I have travelled as a lending banker to every corner of the country and it has exposed me to thousands of entrepreneurs. My close interaction with them helped me to understand their attributes, qualities and characteristics that se


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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

‘Strategic planning and budgeting’ are vital items in the corporate agenda of any organisation. As a CFO and a member of the senior leadership team of several large organisations both in the private sector and the public sector, I have tasted the


What is needed to complete the revolution of 8 January

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

The challenge before our country is to institute a transformed system, because most of our political ills are a functional result of a poor system. Our politicians and our political culture is a dependent outcome of bad system. This systemic change,


Political moves after 10 February

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

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