Columnists,Harsha Gunasena

Colonial Christian mentality of nationalist Sinhala Buddhists

Views - 614 Tuesday, 24 July 2018 00:00

There was an article published under the name Cat’s Eye titled ‘Divorce law in Sri Lanka: Fostering animosity, not relationships’ on 11 July (http://www.ft.lk/columns/Divorce-law-in-Sri-Lanka--Fostering-animosity--not-relationships/4-658793). W


Graduates have responsibility to impart digital knowledge to fellow citizens

Views - 426 Monday, 23 July 2018 00:10

Let me congratulate all those who receive their degrees today at this General Convocation on the achievements they have made.


Economics to prevail over politics: The awakening long overdue

Views - 250 Monday, 23 July 2018 00:00

It was interesting to read W.A. Wijewardena’s article titled ‘Crisis-ridden Sri Lanka economy: Time for economics to prevail over politics’.


Why not Dinesh Gunawardena?

Views - 477 Monday, 23 July 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka won the cricket World Cup once, but never again. We started down the slippery slope almost the morning after we had reached the zenith of achievement.


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

Views - 225 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 - 223 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 - 212 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 - 3241 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 - 256 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 - 170 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 - 217 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 - 456 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 - 351 Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:00


The demise of the superstar investor

Views - 314 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 - 410 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 - 290 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 - 745 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 - 3419 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 - 180 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 - 328 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 - 148 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 - 116 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 - 312 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 - 141 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 - 321 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 - 476 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 - 314 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 - 2506 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 - 676 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 - 571 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


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Identifying traitors: I cannot wait until Dr. Padeniya presents his point scheme

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Cause for excitement I am excited! A way of identifying and measuring a traitor is soon to be unveiled; by no less than the President of the GMOA! Hasn’t he also qualified in some department of neurology? All the more reason to justify my excitemen


The evils of translocating wild elephants

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

The subject of translocating wild elephants has been a much-debated topic recently, after the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWLC), acting on the orders of the Minster for Wildlife, wanted to move the only two wild elephants habituating the Sin


Climate scientists cheating us to a $ 12 b/year economic loss in 2050

Monday, 20 August 2018

Local news media carried the disturbing pronouncement by World Bank economists to the effect that Sri Lanka will become an extremely hot territory with 30C temperature rise and $ 12 billion per year economic loss by 2050.


Singapore miracle – How SL could benefit from trade with Singapore

Monday, 20 August 2018

According to a media report released by President’s Media Division, a committee of experts has been appointed by the President to examine and report on ‘the practical impact and use of the proposed officer policy guidelines and recommendations on


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