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Change Independence Day to Sri Lanka Day – the day the free education scheme was passed in the Stat

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


The new math or the same old matrix

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


Some salient features of the proposed Securities Exchange Act: Part I

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


Sri Lanka’s opportunity to leverage high-end tourism with reclaimed beaches

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


Reservoir sedimentation is on the rise with climate change

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


National consciousness: A scarce commodity in Sri Lanka

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


5 reasons why Sri Lanka is not a real democracy

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


The mantra of organisations that are successful

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.


70th Independence: Choices at the crossroads

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.


Mayoral candidates forget inclusion is imperative

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.


Chapa factor and USJ’s move to groom its students

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)


“Rani” Deepika reigns as Queen of Hindi filmdom

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.


The political tug-of-war in Sri Lanka is cockeyed and absurd

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.


If Gotabaya is jailed and Mahinda is disbarred

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


Rough political road lies ahead for Modi

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


The cyber bully and Unique Buying Power

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


Is there LIFE in an old republic?

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


Enough piecemeal solutions: A coherent HR policy for the health sector is needed

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.


10 Federer lessons for Sri Lankan sportsmen

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


After independence: What has been achieved?

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.


Towards a social democratic policy framework: Taking democracy to the economy and society

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?


Shipwrecked by the laughter of gods

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


How to crash an airline – slaughter and slaying of SriLankan

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.”


The long-awaited MMDA report, a façade!

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


70 years after regaining independence: A managerial perspective

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.


How to groom intellectuals for the future? Two contrasting views from Thailand and Sri Lanka: Part 1

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.


Pre-poll political squabbling in Maldives could adversely affect tourism

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.


Sun Tzu’s ‘Art of War’ is China’s strategy to ‘One Belt One Road’

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.


The importance of MS and RW batting together

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.”


Woozy on the boozy big picture

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


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Tamil actor Kamal Haasan stars in new role as political leader

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


Yameen’s economic offensive to counter political adversity ahead of presidential poll

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


In the end, there was nothing

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


Shouldn’t Govt. prevent parliamentary system from decay and destruction?

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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