Views - 91 Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:00
“The spurt in education which propelled Sri Lanka to achieve a high level of social development began even before the country gained independence
Views - 154 Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:00
If members of parliament are O-Level-failed, it’s a failure of the legislature that reflects poorly on the struggling electorate as much as on state education
Views - 132 Tuesday, 6 February 2018 00:00
In the early part of this year, the Legislature will consider the promulgation of the new Securities Exchange Act, which will provide the legal framework for the regulation and supervision of the capital market. The original Securities Council Act
Views - 113 Tuesday, 6 February 2018 00:00
The recent proposals of the Megapolis Ministry to reclaim the sea around the Galle Face Green and to extend it southwards to Dehiwela, is a commendable idea. In addition, the expressway coming into the city centre with links to other expressways goin
Views - 121 Tuesday, 6 February 2018 00:00
Climate change has posed many threats to the world and these threats seem to be increasing gradually. Increased frequency of floods and droughts, rising atmospheric temperatures, rise in sea level due to glaciers melting are widely accepted as real c
Views - 138 Tuesday, 6 February 2018 00:00
All successful nations in the world, whether Japan, Korea, Germany, Singapore, USA or Israel, have had a common thread running through them ‒ that is resilient patriotic national consciousness which gave them the identity, spirit, cohesion and mome
Views - 574 Tuesday, 6 February 2018 00:00
The real meaning of independence is the freedom we the people of this land gained from the British Empire. What we must really celebrate is the victory of democracy over monarchy. The rule of the people over the rule of kings and queens. The rule by
Views - 258 Tuesday, 6 February 2018 00:00
As a leader, it is our job to focus on getting things done—on time, with acceptable quality, and within the allocated budget. That requires the leader to surround himself with people who could help create the culture he desires.
Views - 147 Monday, 5 February 2018 00:00
As the country celebrates 70 years of Independence, Sri Lanka stands at the crossroads. We have a choice of two trajectories: that of furthering our Independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and self-determination or retreating from it.
Views - 84 Monday, 5 February 2018 00:00
On 10 February, 15.8 million Sri Lankans will be eligible to elect 8,293 members to 24 municipal councils, 41 urban councils and 276 divisional councils.
Views - 992 Monday, 5 February 2018 00:00
In the previous part of this series (available at: http://www.ft.lk/w-a-wijewardena-columns/How-to-groom-intellectuals-for-the-future--Two-contrasting-views-from-Thailand-and-Sri-Lanka--Part-1/885-648278)
Views - 3409 Saturday, 3 February 2018 00:55
After days of protests, demonstrations, threats and violence against its release, India’s ace filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s epic magnum opus ‘Padmaavat’ hit the screens on 25 January.
Views - 175 Saturday, 3 February 2018 00:31
The electorate has to crowd around these useless and headless blokes and swell their meetings in order to collect the morsels of food and drink and dole-outs from the ill-gotten money of the political class that rules.
Views - 505 Saturday, 3 February 2018 00:26
Henry Kissinger and Oliver Stone, who had very little in common, are both credited with originating the saying “just because you are paranoid it doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you” and its variation which goes “even if you are paranoid
Views - 54 Saturday, 3 February 2018 00:00
Given the drubbing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) got in the by-elections in Rajasthan and West Bengal, results of which were announced on Thursday, its Supremo and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has to gird up his loins to face tough chal
Views - 82 Friday, 2 February 2018 00:00
In my last article on Unique Buying Power (UBP) we briefly had a look at the UBP and how it is far more powerful than the normal
Views - 175 Friday, 2 February 2018 00:00
I feel something queer come over me, as the actress said to the bishop. There’s a certain je ne sais quoi in the air these days
Views - 94 Friday, 2 February 2018 00:00
The anti-SAITM movement was never about SAITM. It was essentially a coming together of statist protectionist segments in society together with the extreme left to stop private higher education of any form.
Views - 221 Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:00
Last Sunday when Roger Federer won the 2018 Australian Open, it sure shocked the world as all the top players were eliminated earlier in the championship 2 sets all and going into the 5th set speculation was rife whether a 37-year-old could pull it t
Views - 531 Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:00
It could have been better. Much, much, better. But it was not a disaster. That, in summary, is the story of our country since 1948, when we received independence as a collateral effect of the Indian independence struggle.
Views - 99 Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:00
The urgent need in Sri Lanka, given the present circumstances, is to move firmly and committedly towards social democracy. Simply said, social democracy is about extending democracy from the political to the economy and society. Do we have democracy?
Views - 140 Wednesday, 31 January 2018 12:00
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has decided that the Report of the Bond Commission has absolved him, his party
Views - 790 Wednesday, 31 January 2018 00:00
“Ladies and gentlemen, this is your Captain speaking. We have a major issue at hand. We’ve lost power in both of our engines and are on free fall. Keep your seat-belt fastened and brace for impact.”
Views - 395 Tuesday, 30 January 2018 00:00
After nine years of snail-paced deliberations, the Justice Saleem Marsoof (JSM) Committee Report to reform the Muslim Marriages and Divorce Act (MMDA), sometimes called the Muslim Personal Law (MPL), is out at last, bravo! The Chairperson of the comm
Views - 459 Monday, 29 January 2018 00:00
We as a nation will celebrate 70 years of independence in a few days’ time. It was Peter Drucker who said that there are no good or bad institutions but well-managed or ill-managed institutions.
Views - 1194 Monday, 29 January 2018 00:00
Two intellectual discourses have recently taken place in Thailand and in Sri Lanka, one month apart from each other, relating to the development of intellectuals in the respective countries for the 21st century.
Views - 125 Saturday, 27 January 2018 00:47
With the presidential election due in September this year, Maldivian politics, already very contentious, is getting to be highly volatile.
Views - 580 Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00
It is said the Chinese are not easy to understand. Even governments and individuals deal with the Chinese not fully understanding them.
Views - 442 Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00
A prominent administrator after reading my column last week wrote me and said: “Push has come to shove. Sirisena is breathing fire. A drastic change of direction is needed after 10 February.”
Views - 191 Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00
Welcome me back with a stiff one, cheerful reader, I’m coming to this party a little late. While I was away on vacation
Saturday, 24 February 2018
Srinivasan Kamal Haasan is one of India’s foremost film actors. Known popularly as Kamal, the talented and versatile thespian has not only excelled as an actor onscreen, but has successfully engaged in other cinematic spheres too. The multi-faceted
Saturday, 24 February 2018
The embattled Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, who is facing intense political opposition both in and out of the country, hopes to win the September, 2018 presidential election using a combination of political belligerence and a strong economic pr
Saturday, 24 February 2018
Much more than a storm in a tea cup! To a non-discerning person, it all seemed like the final battle of the counter revolution. President Sirisena was up in smoke trying to oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for no articulated reason. He asked
Friday, 23 February 2018
The wrong people teach us the best lessons. As a clever nation, we had always used our ballot and chased the wrong people
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