P.B. Sreenivas and S. Janaki: Evergreen film songs of an endearing singer duo

Views - 2778 Saturday, 28 April 2018 01:00

Tamil film music has been enriched over the years by the immense contribution of non-Tamil music composers and playback singers of South Indian origin.

20A instead of T-56

Views - 204 Saturday, 28 April 2018 00:35

It is bad enough that the Yahapalana 2015 ‘regime change’ project planted R. Sampanthan as a settler in the post of Opposition Leader, a post in which he continues to be a squatter, demanding ‘internal self-determination’ and the full impleme

Towards a common future: A revitalised and relevant Commonwealth

Views - 50 Saturday, 28 April 2018 00:15

The recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London brought together leaders representing the interests of 2.4 billion people, nearly one third of the world’s population. Sri Lanka is no stranger to CHOGM. It hosted the meeting in 2013 an

Reasons for Modi’s unprecedented foray into China

Views - 94 Saturday, 28 April 2018 00:00

In an unprecedented move welcomed by all sections in India and China, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the C

Ethnic conflicts – root cause?

Views - 254 Friday, 27 April 2018 09:40

The root cause of most ethnic conflicts is the lack of integration. We are all born innocent. Thereon our families, our schools and the wider society shapes our values, our thinking, that then drives our actions. Early on in life if we learn to appr

Financial literacy – Walking the talk: A vital prerequisite for financial inclusion

Views - 55 Friday, 27 April 2018 00:00

A lot has been said in the very recent past about financial inclusion, SMEs and micro finance and the inevitable debt trap

Has ‘teamwork’ become the easiest excuse for slackers at the workplace?

Views - 113 Friday, 27 April 2018 00:00

All of us have heard the hacked phrase ‘we need more teamwork’, more times than we can count. If you have been

May Day and the rights/needs of working women

Views - 52 Friday, 27 April 2018 00:00

It is still not too late to make a major focus on the ‘rights/needs of working women’ in the coming May Day celebrations

Why governance standards are becoming the No. 1 yardstick for equity investors

Views - 112 Friday, 27 April 2018 00:00

To begin, after the financial crisis, regulators and funds came up with a new bunch of new governance structures and rules

Learn from local elections to get on with the provincial elections

Views - 79 Friday, 27 April 2018 00:00

As Churchill had said, democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried

Exporting bras with imported fibre!

Views - 469 Thursday, 26 April 2018 00:00

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

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

Views - 64 Thursday, 26 April 2018 00:00

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

How long can your company survive?

Views - 99 Wednesday, 25 April 2018 00:00

In today’s fast-changing times, what is most important for an organisation? Is it the sole pursuit of profit or is it something bigger and more meaningful?

Managing issues and reputation in tourism

Views - 291 Wednesday, 25 April 2018 00:00

I got sucked into the Sri Lanka tourism orbit in the 1970s when my fiancée, now wife, was working for one of the grand old men of tourism

Sri Lanka: May Day and workers’ rights

Views - 166 Wednesday, 25 April 2018 00:00

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

The Opposition’s 20th Amendment dilemmas

Views - 374 Wednesday, 25 April 2018 00:00

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

Central Bank to drive compliance of property developers

Views - 781 Wednesday, 25 April 2018 00:00

Way back in 2009, the country’s economy was just $ 30 billion dollars and as at today, Sri Lanka is almost at three times the value touching $ 85 billion

Toxic masculinity and impunity in Sri Lanka: Where does it end?

Views - 2926 Tuesday, 24 April 2018 09:38

This year, in the middle of ‘big-match fever’, a Facebook thread of a young woman caught our Eye. She had taken some photographs of school-boys ‘trucking’ during their big-match weekend, and posted them on her Facebook wall. In the photos, th

Bigger isn’t better : The unholy pursuit of grandiose schemes

Views - 96 Tuesday, 24 April 2018 00:00

In everything from “mega city” projects through high-speed highways to wresting land from the Indian Ocean in order that the Chinese build some gleaming, high-rise-covered new enclave for themselves, this nation is caught up in a national inferio

Present political setup and economic development

Views - 484 Tuesday, 24 April 2018 00:00

The present regime came to power three-and-a-half-years back. People voted in the hope of realising the progress that was promised, namely minimising corruption, better economic development, establishing law and order, better media freedom, upholding

Designers of Sri Lanka’s Future: Episode I Nihal Ranasinghe

Views - 776 Monday, 23 April 2018 00:10

To sustain economic growth, Sri Lanka needs a critical pool of daring people who would see things differently and design a new future.

‘The Ants’ as a ‘disruptive’ teledrama: Managerial insights

Views - 998 Monday, 23 April 2018 00:00

I hardly watch teledramas, not only because I value my time but also because of their questionable value.

Sri Lanka lost its maritime aspirations 60 years ago

Views - 121 Monday, 23 April 2018 00:00

Protectionism was the key factor that prevented Sri Lanka becoming a maritime hub 60 years ago,when our leaders could not see beyond the horizons to develop the nation in the late 50s and early 60s, which opened the doors to Singapore to be what it i

Lalith: An invincible legacy

Views - 156 Monday, 23 April 2018 00:00

The twenty third day of April, 1993 is among a handful of blots in our national hall of shame. It was the day on which a lone gunman, perhaps with conspirators yet unknown, acted to neutralise a political threat by depriving all Sri Lankans of the in

Syria: A case of using ‘false flags’ or fake news to start a war

Views - 112 Saturday, 21 April 2018 00:00

The airstrikes carried out by the US, UK and France on alleged chemical weapons fa

Has the ‘colonial diarchy’ come to Sri Lanka again?

Views - 179 Friday, 20 April 2018 00:00

For the last three four months, Sri Lanka has not been moving forward as it should have been. The most affected are the economy

The glyphosate story – CKDu, food security and national economy

Views - 506 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:27

We in Sri Lanka have a history to be proud of. According to our historical record, the golden age of Sri Lankan agriculture production centres around Polonnaruwa during reign of King Parakramabahu the Great (1153-1186 AD).

President is powerless to remove the Prime Minister

Views - 340 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:18

Some commentators have persistently advanced the proposition that, notwithstanding the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the President’s power to remove the Prime Minister is intact. It is a view that relies on a literal reading of the Sinhala te

The ‘Trafficbathgoda’ town of Kiribathgoda

Views - 207 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

Getting through Kiribathgoda town particularly in the evening after work is a real nightmare. Even the morning is equally bad, creating a huge pileup of vehicles along the main road. In particular, in the evening, to move from Tyre Corporation Junct

Beware of evidence-independent recommendations from academics in positions of power

Views - 340 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:10

It was just over a year ago that I wrote in this newspaper about the need to fact check politicians and pundits (http://www.ft.lk/article/592541/Fact-checking-politicians-and-pundits). That column was triggered by an evidence-independent claim made a

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It is possible to amend Muslim Marriage Law: Ash Sheik Muneer Malaffer (Naleemi)

Friday, 25 May 2018

I have written two articles heavily criticising the parties supposedly spearheaded the attacks against Muslims

Nebulous in Never-Never Land

Friday, 25 May 2018

A wag said on social media recently that the inhabitants of our Blessed Isle must have liked the royal wedding so much

The making of a modern CEO

Friday, 25 May 2018

Industries worldwide, unlike ever before, are experiencing systemic failure as a result of the digital disruption, coupled

Hype and haunt hovering over Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Thursday, 24 May 2018

There is a connection between the hype that is being built these days around Gotabaya Rajapaksa, former Defence Secretary and once-powerful brother of the once-powerful President, and the haunt that shadows him wherever he goes. The hype is loud and

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