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Singapore miracle – How SL could benefit from trade with Singapore

Views - 1470 Monday, 20 August 2018 00:00

According to a media report released by President’s Media Division, a committee of experts has been appointed by the President to examine and report on ‘the practical impact and use of the proposed officer policy guidelines and recommendations on


Climate scientists cheating us to a $ 12 b/year economic loss in 2050

Views - 308 Monday, 20 August 2018 00:00

Local news media carried the disturbing pronouncement by World Bank economists to the effect that Sri Lanka will become an extremely hot territory with 30C temperature rise and $ 12 billion per year economic loss by 2050.


DMK Chief “Kalaignar” Karunanidhi excelled as a Tamil film script writer

Views - 2458 Saturday, 18 August 2018 01:01

Muttuvel Karunanidhi, known to the Tamil-speaking world as “Kalaignar” (artiste), passed away at the age of 94 in Chennai on 7 August. Karunanidhi had been Chief Minister of India’s Tamil Nadu state for a total of 19 years. He was Chief Ministe


Bangladesh could be a happy hunting ground for Lankan entrepreneurs

Views - 220 Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:10

Bangladesh has traditionally been hospitable to Sri Lankan entrepreneurs and fortunately, the traditional friendliness has not given way to arrogance with the country’s growing prosperity. This was acknowledged at a meeting of Sri Lankan entreprene


Sri Lankan people want leaders to be decisive

Views - 147 Friday, 17 August 2018 00:10

The different leaders we have seen in Sri Lanka in the last 40 years beginning with JRJ to the current President were very different in their approach to power and authority, based on their cultural values and understandings of the leadership style.


Do we sink or swim? No Michael, row the boat ashore!

Views - 455 Friday, 17 August 2018 00:10

Why Sri Lanka needs to strengthen geopolitical ties to be a competitive global economy by 2030


Warriors who fight for a larger purpose

Views - 119 Friday, 17 August 2018 00:10

Are women more naturally inclined to cooperation than men? Sulochana Sigera’s impassioned statement at last week’s Women in Management Awards seemed to suggest so. Addressing the under-representation of women decision-makers, Sigera pointed to th


Incendiary integrists and Muslim girls’ education

Views - 128 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

Integrisme is a French term for an ideology originated in the 19th and early 20th centuries which rejected the values of secular modernism and wanted the state and government subjected to the Church as it was in the days of medieval Christendom. This


Results-oriented management

Views - 314 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

“Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions” – Harold S. Ganeen There are managers and managers, as the cliché goes; let me identify five main types of managers: 1. Managers who love [usually newly found] and re


The strategic role of the finance function: The path to relevance

Views - 165 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

During my term as Global President of CIMA nearly a decade ago, the theme I chose for my year of leadership was a single word – ‘relevance’. The word relevance is perpetual. It is contextual to when it is used. It is extremely applicable to the


Should weak financial institutions be allowed to exit?

Views - 552 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

Recently there were protests by depositors of several distressed finance companies in the country. Angry protesters gathered in front of the relevant entities and Government buildings, demanding redress.


Hot seat on the fast track

Views - 191 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

I want to buy a chair. Not a fancy one with all the bells and whistles. There is such a thing after all as a sense of proportion in the purchase of furniture. Just check out what the Western Province Chief Minister’s o


Sri Lankan consumer sinking ?

Views - 886 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

Globally we see that when an economy gets challenged at the corporate end, it has a ripple effect on the consumer, leading to protests, strikes and agitation. The latter is often termed by politicians as having linkage to


The emergence of medicocracy – Challenge to both Government and Opposition alike

Views - 206 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

That a political agenda lies behind the GMOA trade union actions is now beyond doubt. We had suspected this all along through the line of serial lightning strikes carried out by the doctors ever since the Yahapalanaya Government had been installed.



Management research in Sri Lanka: reflections and resolutions

Views - 292 Monday, 13 August 2018 01:15

It is encouraging to see many research conferences related to management are being conducted by State and non-State higher education institutes alike. I was the keynote speaker for the second Annual Research Symposium (ARSYM–2018) organised by the


Issues surrounding EPF

Views - 322 Monday, 13 August 2018 01:01

In a previous article, I discussed about the contemplated policy changes of the EPF system. One of the main concerns was the proposal to entrust the management of the investment portfolio of the fund to a specially appointed fund management company.


Part III: National Export Strategy 2018-22: Focus on selected sectors welcome but challenging

Views - 484 Monday, 13 August 2018 00:52

In the previous two parts of this series (available at: http://www.ft.lk/columns/Part-I--National-Export-Strategy-2018-22--Disrupt-the-economy-fast-if-the-goals-are-to-be-attained/4-659860; http://www.ft.lk/columns/Part-II--National-Export-Strategy-2


Safe spaces for youth

Views - 135 Monday, 13 August 2018 00:31

When you hear that there are thousands of young people who don’t qualify after their O/L examinations, and there are hundreds of thousands more not in employment, education, or in formal training at any given time, it is a stark reminder of how vul


The power of the serpent

Views - 66 Monday, 13 August 2018 00:00

Once, the Enlightened One the Buddha was walking along a foot path with disciple Bhikku Ananda. Suddenly Buddha said, “Ananda, serpents, serpents.” Agitated, Bhikku Ananda looked around and not seeing any serpents said that he cannot see any serp


Karunanidhi gave concrete expression to Dravidian movement’s equalitarianism

Views - 59 Saturday, 11 August 2018 02:17

The late lamented Muthuvel Karunanidhi was a phenomenal personality in more ways than one. He was five times Chief Minister of the South Indian State of Tamil Nadu, 13 times a member of the State Legislative Assembly, and had a political career which


5 new ways to protest in Sri Lanka

Views - 273 Friday, 10 August 2018 00:10

Petitions, marches, vigils, strikes, fasts, rallies, rebellions all can be called commonly as “protests”. Protest is an essential component of democracy. Protest is the tool used to keep the people’s representatives at th


Yes sir, no sir, three bags full of **it

Views - 569 Thursday, 9 August 2018 00:00

I heard that a politico wants the people who call on him to address him as ‘sir’. He had put up a notice to that effect outside his office. It made me mad. It made me sad. It made me bad to know. There is only so much that we law-abiding citizens


The power of small miracles

Views - 232 Thursday, 9 August 2018 00:00

Quite a few years back we became quite familiar with the term ‘small miracle’ which never took to the stage it was intended but contributed perhaps definitely to the use of few hundred millions of rupees as no process is expense free. However, I


Sinhala education has led to downfall of Sinhalese and country

Views - 3669 Wednesday, 8 August 2018 00:00

When Sri Lanka received independence, its administration and education were of an extremely high standard.


Future of the finance function is business partnering

Views - 263 Tuesday, 7 August 2018 00:35

Every facet of business and commerce is being disrupted. Technology is changing how products are manufactured and how services are being delivered. Social media, digital transformation and drone technology are influencing news cycles and the procurem


Part II: National Export Strategy 2018-22: Introducing measurable physical targets

Views - 434 Monday, 6 August 2018 00:00

In part I of our analysis of the National Export Strategy or NES (available at: http://www.ft.lk/columns/Part-I--National-Export-Strategy-2018-22--Disrupt-the-economy-fast-if-the-goals-are-to-be-attained/4-659860), we commended the Export Development


Future of Employees Provident Fund

Views - 306 Monday, 6 August 2018 00:00

Today, there is an ongoing discussion about the EPF Sri Lanka, focusing on many related aspects.


President Kolinda turning around brand Croatia

Views - 620 Monday, 6 August 2018 00:00

Even though France won one of the most popular sporting events globally, the FIFA World Cup 2018, the media highlight was Croatian President Kolinda Kitarovic and how the country was led to its first-ever World Cup final by a refugee, Luka Modric.


The sweet and sour real life romance of reel actors Savitri and Gemini

Views - 2788 Saturday, 4 August 2018 00:20

The recent release and box-office success of the Telugu biographical movie ‘Mahanati’ (Great Actress) has created a great deal of interest in the famous South Indian actress Savitri. The bio-pic simultaneously released in Tamil as ‘Nadigaiyar


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Of love and struggle: The interconnected feminist movements of South Asia

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

The last Cat’s Eye column observed all that there is to celebrate in the recent Supreme Court of India’s judgement on Sec. 377, which decriminalised adult consensual same-sex sexual activity in private. We used this ‘magnificent’ decision, wh


Accessibility at buildings and places – Indispensable need to enjoy civil rights

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Have you not yet realised that the chances are now very high that at any stage or any moment in life, for a short time or for a long time, for different reasons, you or your loved ones could experience physical and/or sensory impediments, and fall in


Over-tourism: The new buzz word in tourism

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Periodically the tourism industry is in the habit of coming up with some interesting name to describe a new emerging trend or situation in the industry. Sometimes the phenomena is not new, but has become relevant and topical enough to ‘package’ a


Depreciation of the rupee and Sri Lanka’s dilemma

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

The rupee depreciated by Rs. 29 from 2005 to 2014 and the average year-on-year depreciation of the Sri Lankan rupee was 2.8% per year. Official foreign reserves increased from $ 2.7 billion to $ 8.2 billion over the same period. In stark contrast, th


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