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Simple, sector-specific IoT solutions to drive economic value in Sri Lanka over the short term

Views - 199 Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:00

The Internet of Things, or IoT, is the next technological revolutionpoised to change the way we, and everything around us, communicate and interact. Management consultant company McKinsey forecasts that IoT will generate up to $11trillion a year in e


CEB engineers and power generation proposals

Views - 198 Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:00

Future electricity supply to the country is sitting on a time bomb. Since latter part of 2016, expected rainfall failed to arrive and the rainfall in 2017 was worse. Meanwhile 3x300 MW capacity Norochcholai power plant’s generators failed to operat


Think, speak, walk and act with purpose!

Views - 192 Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:00

As a nation we are perhaps positioned within a time period where we need our population to act with purpose rather than with discord. We currently appear to find solace in distress and appear to be a nation in waiting for trouble with all the news al


Why are interest rates high?

Views - 586 Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:00

The general public is concerned about the high level of interest rates prevailing in the recent past. Interest rates influences the day-to-day life of ordinary people as it is the benchmark for all economic decisions.


Why Sri Lanka needs more entrepreneurs

Views - 375 Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

Following the end of a near three-decade civil war, Sri Lanka was primed for rapid economic growth. Buoyed by post war optimism the country’s economy surged ahead from 2009 onwards amidst adverse development and slowdown in the global economy.


Some thoughts on ‘Vision 2025: A Country Enriched’

Views - 230 Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

Recently, our Government unveiled a forward plan titled: ‘V2025: A Country Enriched’. It spells out the Government’s economic vision for many relevant areas, including development plans for our human resource.


Dream or nightmare?

Views - 254 Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

An air of unreality pervades the country. What you see is not what it is; fact, truth, reality - mere words, having no intrinsic meaning. An illusion shrouds another illusion; a maya merely hides another ‘maya’, a bottomless pit of deception.


Why are interest rates high?

Views - 463 Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

The general public is concerned about the high level of interest rates prevailing in the recent past. Interest rates influences the day-to-day life of ordinary people as it is the benchmark for all economic decisions.


Government has accepted jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice over Sri Lanka

Views - 514 Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:00

At the ongoing September 2017 sessions of the UN Human Rights Council, the UK has written to the President of the Council to assert that a long standing dispute it has with the Mauritius cannot be referred to the International Court of Justice becaus


Venerable villainy of mercenary monks

Views - 277 Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:00

The picture says it all. The ‘Silredi Sirakaruwan Mudaganime Aramudala’ was not demonstration of piety. It was a bold repudiation of the rule of law by a cabal of venerable villains, brazenly insisting that we Sinhala Buddhists submit to a rule b


Is Sri Lanka ready for the 2025 growth agenda?

Views - 356 Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:00

The other day the President and Prime Minister launched the 2025 vision for Sri Lanka which was incidentally the third policy statement of the Government since coming to power in 2015. My view is that the continuous changes to policy is important and


Vision 2025: Part 1: Need for moving from a wish list to a concrete plan

Views - 1122 Monday, 18 September 2017 01:14

The Unity Government released its newest economic policy statement titled V2025 – the marketing tag for the goals it has set for realisation from 2017 to 2025 – two weeks ago.


Reforms Sri Lanka needs to boost its economy

Views - 251 Monday, 18 September 2017 01:02

Many Sri Lankans understand the potential benefits of lowering trade costs and making their country more competitive in the global economy. The majority, however, fear increased competition, the unfair advantage of the private sector from abroad and


Engaging employees in a disruptive environment

Views - 359 Monday, 18 September 2017 00:08

I had yet another memorable visit to Tamilnadu. For the second time, I was invited to be one of the speakers at the Annual Conference of the National Institute of Personnel Management (NIPM), India. I received much warmth of Chennai people. Represent


Maldivian envoy refutes contentions about growing Islamic radicalisation

Views - 430 Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:01

The Maldivian Ambassador-designate in Sri Lanka, Mohamed Hussain Shareef, has strongly refuted contentions by the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and the US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Alice G. Wells, t


The abortion debate: Mismatched and misplaced?

Views - 248 Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:01

I once came into contact with a woman on account of a professional relationship we had. We had met to discuss her prolonged absence from work. With a reserved demeanour and a soft voice, she claimed that she had to run her father’s shop back home a


China is Sri Lanka’s biggest source of FDI, but there is room for more

Views - 424 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

Chinese investment in Sri Lanka has grown significantly in the last five years but it continues to remain low as a share of GDP and in comparison to other countries in the region.


Digital disruption – the big bang for leaders

Views - 316 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

Mohit Pande, Country Head of Google India, delivering the keynote at the CIMA Business Leaders’ Summit last Monday pointed out that Airbnb (an online marketplace and hospitality service, enabling people to lease or rent short-term lodging including


Powerful zealots and the prisoners of Zen

Views - 166 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

I have been thinking about prison and their inmates a lot recently. Not because it is the pleasantest of subjects. But because I have been bombarded by media, social media, and antisocial elements on the subject. And I’m beginning to smell a rat. O


Are we bowling without umpires again? (Flight version)

Views - 166 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

I plagiarised this title from myself, bear with me for the repetition. It fits so well that I did not bother to create a new heading to tell a repetitive story.


Sri Lanka’s Electronic National ID carries serious risks

Views - 659 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

According to a news report, the Department for Registration of Persons (DRP) is to issue a new ‘smart ID’ within the next two months.


Automation, machines replacing humans and what’s in store for Sri Lanka

Views - 373 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

Automation has been playing an increasingly important role in improving efficiency and reducing costs in many industries and sectors. It has also been sought after for addressing the challenges of skills shortage in certain industries while also thre


Aung San Suu Kyi and her Nobel Peace Prize

Views - 236 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00

The Queen of Peace and the winner of the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, Aung San Suu Kyi is today performing the Maori Haka at the brutal and sadistic murder of Rohingya children, women and men. Aung San Suu Kyi is now the de-facto leader of


Lessons for the public sector chairman

Views - 451 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00

If anyone has served the public sector in any capacity, the decision last week by a High Court on the highest-ranked Government officer of the country sure sent shockwaves.


Ambassador Liyanage’s unjust criticism of Stafford Sri Lankan School of Doha

Views - 192 Tuesday, 12 September 2017 00:00

I write in my personal capacity as an individual who has been associated with the Stafford Sri Lankan School in Doha for the past over 10 years from 2007.


Plight of Rohingya Muslims

Views - 332 Tuesday, 12 September 2017 00:00

The aim of this article is to explore the plight of Rohingya Muslims and the role of the international community. The Rohingya is one of the most persecuted ethnic minorities in the world, with no protection either from the domestic government (Myanm


Lower Malwathu Oya project – A series of misconception errors

Views - 143 Tuesday, 12 September 2017 00:00

During end of July, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management Palitha Range Bandara inaugurated the first phase of the Lower Malwathu Oya Project at the proposed location of the reservoir at Kappachchi near Thanthirimale in the North Cent


No smoke without fire!

Views - 577 Tuesday, 12 September 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka’s tax net presents loopholes which are duly exploited for their benefit by various elements of the public, but its ineptitude is also due to the lack of awareness and administration muscle by enforcement agencies,


Lessons for government officials from the TRC criminal misappropriation case

Views - 276 Monday, 11 September 2017 00:34

The recent decision finding the former Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunge and Chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Commission and Director General of Telecom Anusha Pelpita guilty of criminal misappropriation of Rs. 600 million is extraordina


Eradication of corruption: ignoring Harsha’s warning may be catastrophic to Yahapalana Government

Views - 697 Monday, 11 September 2017 00:00

Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Development Dr. Harsha de Silva in an emotion-filled intervention during a live television discussion program berated the whole administrative system of the country (available at: https://www.youtube.co


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A SME policy finally in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The other day there was a communiqué that Sri Lanka must have a SME policy as per the direction from the leadership of the Yahapalanaya Government. It sure gave breath to the economy that is currently nose diving with a growth at 4.7% and all banks


How can Sri Lanka gain from Asia’s ‘noodle bowl’ of regional infrastructure?

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – a web of intercontinental road, rail and port links – is a hot topic in Sri Lanka


What is more important? Fixing the Constitution or fixing the economy?

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly has produced an Interim Report on six key issues after 73 sessions between April 2016 and September 2017, without basic consensus among the key partners of political party representatives in the C


Top 10 tourist source markets and marketing of Sri Lanka tourism niches

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The tourism sector is a significant that contribute to the economy of the country. Sri Lanka received over two million arrivals in 2016. This was 14% increase compared to last year 2015. In the case of foreign exchange earnings, Sri Lanka’s earning


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