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Growing need for more talent in the Lankan hospitality industry

Views - 297 Tuesday, 3 September 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka has a growing tourism industry, that hasn’t showed signs of stopping – despite slow growth at times over the last few decades and especially during the last few months. However, as always, Sri Lanka is slowly but surely bouncing back af


UNP has a historic responsibility for the country

Views - 172 Tuesday, 3 September 2019 00:00

If one has an honest look at history of the Grand Old Party founded by D.S. Senanayake, one has to reckon that the UNP has been a potent political force for national construction. The party had its roots in the Ceylon National Congress; it helped sp


Could micro solutions solve Sri Lanka’s macro problem?

Views - 154 Tuesday, 3 September 2019 00:00

Election time has brought back the slogans. Politicians and self-proclaimed champions of people are listing out all the problems we have. Poverty, lack of housing, poor education, elephant-human conflict, lack of proper drinking water, weak transport


Unplanned garbage disposal contributes towards country’s bankruptcy

Views - 225 Tuesday, 3 September 2019 00:00

For decades, disposal of collected garbage in Colombo and large cities was a serious problem. The garbage were dumped into marshes or depressions in the ground. With the passage of years, garbage dumps turned into mountains, expanding closer to nearb


The Presidential Election – sleepwalking into anarchy? 

Views - 825 Tuesday, 3 September 2019 00:00

The last week has seen the public launching of two presidential campaigns. At each of these widely publicised and well-orchestrated meetings, the two potential candidates presented their manifestos.  One candidate, with the benefit of a teleprompte


Indrajit Coomaraswamy: The boy from Cambridge who rose to the pinnacle of the Central Bank

Views - 7095 Monday, 2 September 2019 00:45

It was the year 1974. The Central Bank had recruited a new batch of staff officers. News soon came that, among them, there was a boy from Cambridge University who spoke English with a foreign accent. By that time the bank’s lower rank inhabitants,


Value addition shouldn’t be limited to product variations

Views - 239 Monday, 2 September 2019 00:44

The colonists left us quite a few things which we still utilise daily including the railway system, the school system and the plantation sector. The economy has benefitted immensely from the latter in terms of foreign exchange revenue over the years.


Malaysian flight MH370: the mystery continues

Views - 1141 Monday, 2 September 2019 00:08

The disappearance of MH370, a Boeing 777 flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8 March 2014, continues to baffle investigators five-and-a-half years since it occurred. The basic facts are well-known. The flight made a last radio call to Kuala Lumpur


Carnage of garbage: Matter vs. mind

Views - 429 Monday, 2 September 2019 00:00

There is uproar about Aruwakkalu land being dumped with raw garbage without prior preparation. Ironically the Aruwakkalu Waste Management Project was launched following the collapse of the Meethotamulla disposal site as a sustainable and scientific


Sunil Ariyaratne brings W.A. Silva’s ‘Vijayaba Kollaya’ to screen

Views - 3966 Saturday, 31 August 2019 00:20

When Professor Sunil Ariyaratne was studying for the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary Level in 1963 at St. John’s College, Nugegoda, one of his favourite textbooks was W.A. Silva’s novel ‘Vijayaba Kollaya’.


DEW is a brand: A tribute

Views - 164 Saturday, 31 August 2019 00:10

It was a long journey for him and yet, young at heart in expressing his political nuances in today’s complications between polity and development of Sri Lanka. I missed his felicitation ceremony but collected the number of books released on that da


Thoughts on seeing Sajith

Views - 409 Saturday, 31 August 2019 00:05

These things never start on time. It said 2:30 on the invite but Harsha said 3 for the livestream, so I had to time this correctly. Too early and I’d be sitting there, too late and no sitting. I had a coffee at Black Cat, gave a tourist some direct


Who created the so-called ‘homegrown’ terrorists?

Views - 343 Saturday, 31 August 2019 00:01

Sri Lanka is still reeling and trying to recover after the recent terrorist attack and communal violence. These misguided people driven by religious extremism and racial hatred fanned by corrupt and power hungry politicians caused havoc in the countr


The State and the bulldozer

Views - 250 Friday, 30 August 2019 00:00

The State of Sri Lanka can be compared to a mindless and brainless bulldozer. It knows only to destroy, not to create. It does not know how to bring about reforms, except to crush and bulldoze. The citizens of Sri Lanka can be compared to a communit


Sri Lanka needs marketing strategies for coconut

Views - 384 Friday, 30 August 2019 00:00

‘Value addition and creativity’ is one of my favorite topics which I discuss with MBA students at University of Moratuwa in the module of IT and E-Business. In my usual preparations for the session I suddenly observed a really interesting compari


First step towards good governance: reforming the political system

Views - 299 Thursday, 29 August 2019 00:00

Public trust in Government has been on a on a decline for the past few decades. The downfall underlines both the importance and urgency of making serious changes to our political system. The depletion in the political system can be witnessed in the d


A solid waste of time, resources and energy!

Views - 440 Thursday, 29 August 2019 00:00

Most of our days from the recent past appear to belong to waste! Beating politics and robberies, traffic-related deaths and related mayhem waste managed to garner headline space in press and media. While there were many discussions and emotional out


The room in the elephant: a space, the potential, some strange destiny

Views - 272 Wednesday, 28 August 2019 00:30

Politics used to be the art of the possible – at least in days gone by. It was so in 1971 when Butler popularised the phrase. And it was certainly the art of the attainable when Bismarck made an obscure Prussian prince the Emperor of all the German


The return of the vans (‛white’ and otherwise!)

Views - 33 Wednesday, 28 August 2019 00:00

Since the recent return of my political analyses to print and electronic publication, it seems that the operators of passenger transportation vehicles of a particular description have begun to take an interest in where I live and the access to our ho


Diagnosing organisational conflict: healthy conflict or unhealthy conflict?

Views - 98 Wednesday, 28 August 2019 00:00

A conflict was reported from near St. Sebastian Church in Katuwapitiya subsequent to damaging a religious statue on the road to the church. The Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith requested that the crowd that had gathered at the church ac


‘Kaaka Muttai’ (The Crow’s Egg): The poor under globalisation and neoliberalism?

Views - 208 Wednesday, 28 August 2019 00:00

‘Kaaka Muttai’ (The Crow’s Egg): The poor under globalisation and neoliberalism? ‘Kaaka Muttai’ (The Crow’s Egg) is an excellent Tamil-language film recently shown on SBS TV (Australia), as part of World Movies, with English subtitles, t


Unfinished MMDA battle

Views - 386 Wednesday, 28 August 2019 00:00

The Joint Cabinet Memorandum signed by Justice Minister Thalatha Atukorale and Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs Minister M. H. A. Haleem, is more a political exercise in trying to protect the Muslim vote bank than a serious measure to ref


Sri Lanka needs an economic plan to achieve high economic growth

Views - 614 Wednesday, 28 August 2019 00:00

This article is the first of a series about the current state of the Sri Lankan economy. I expect to cover key areas of the economy including the real, external, fiscal, monetary and financial sectors. The discussions will focus on key aspects within


Polity versus bureaucracy in implementation of development work

Views - 156 Tuesday, 27 August 2019 00:00

Election fever will prevail in the country for the next year and not much work can be expected in terms of development of the country even if the present Government makes attempts on various fronts, given the heavy concentration on the forthcoming Pr


Time that Govt. sees reality – CCI drops to 36

Views - 702 Tuesday, 27 August 2019 00:00

Whilst many of us believed in the Yahapalana regime and decided to serve the country, when we look back it’s sad to say that what we feel is that that the sacrifice we made was in vain. The last four years have been a disaster when it comes to livi


Sea turtle conservation: Is it up to the hatcheries?

Views - 258 Tuesday, 27 August 2019 00:00

Sea turtles have been around for more than 100 million years – even surviving dinosaurs who became extinct. Today, nearly all species of sea turtles are classified as endangered by the IUCN Red List. Entanglement in carelessly discarded fishing gea


Supremacists, minorities and presidential race

Views - 315 Tuesday, 27 August 2019 00:00

The forthcoming Presidential Election is in many ways going to be an acid test for the two ethnic minorities, Tamils and Muslims, whose recent living experience had been nothing but traumatic. Given the communal makeup of Sri Lanka’s majoritarian


Politics and governance in need of radical change

Views - 213 Monday, 26 August 2019 01:22

 The very concept of an institutionalised political party and fans who blindly support it (under any circumstance) – raises serious questions about human intelligence. Human intelligence has powered great pursuits such as Artificial Intelligence a


STG who became SDG of the Central Bank

Views - 6162 Monday, 26 August 2019 00:00

When Dr. S.T.G. Fernando, fondly known as STG, was appointed as Director of Economic Research of the Central Bank in 1979, his fame – or perhaps, notoriety – as a hard taskmaster had travelled to us in the Department before he made his physical p


No bourgeoisie, no democracy

Views - 185 Monday, 26 August 2019 00:00

In the dark, forbiddingly bleak topography of our dysfunctional democracy, the emergence of the National People Power (NPP) coalition is a refreshingly propitious development. The centre-left intelligentsia could not resist comparing it to the mass


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State of the economy of Sri Lanka

Saturday, 21 September 2019

I am not an economist nor do I profess to be an economic analyst. The views expressed in this presentation are those of a layman who has always been interested in the economic progress of Sri Lanka.


Premadasa, Père et Fils

Saturday, 21 September 2019

We are what time, circumstances and history has made of us. We are trapped in history. At age 77, I refuse to trap history in my mind. This essay is an obligation to history. Although J.R. Jayewardene introduced ‘Executive Presidentialism’, coer


Economy, business community and the Prime Minister

Friday, 20 September 2019

The speech made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Chief Guest of the Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2019 deserves very careful consideration by the country due to several reasons. This will no doubt be his last speech on economic policy to be


Sri Lanka needs to invest more on soft infrastructure

Friday, 20 September 2019

Developing countries like Sri Lanka will have to prepare for further downside risks in 2020 with the growing debt problems and the growth problems in Europe and the slowdown in Asia. Slower growth is already visible in weakening global trade and comm


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