Dinesh Weerakkody

Government very badly needs a PR machine to highlight the positives

/ Friday, 24 February 2017 00:00

When the BJP was getting a lot of bad press all over the world and particularly in the US, to counter the bad press, Lal Krishna Advani, then BJP P...


PM’s 1 million jobs project – The real challenge: Shortage of labour

/ Friday, 17 February 2017 00:00

Based on industry surveys, at least a minimum 400,000 jobs are available in the hotel, tourism, and industrial sectors per annum in the next three ...


The business of business isn’t just only about making money

/ Monday, 13 February 2017 00:40

The National Centre for Public Policy Research (NCPPR), a conservative think tank, recently in the US requested Apple to refrain from putting money...


Government must keep a tab on public opinion

/ Friday, 3 February 2017 00:00

It has now become a national pastime for howls and protests on our streets on a daily basis. Are these protests because the Government has so far f...


Lead with humility: Leadership lessons from Pope Francis

/ Friday, 27 January 2017 00:00

The connection that exists between a leader and those being led is, like most relationships, seldom easy to understand or take out. The satisfactio...


What we need to do to ensure the FTAs don’t go begging

/ Friday, 20 January 2017 00:10

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that Sri Lanka would soon have access to four major markets at the World E...


Labour shortage in key sectors will hold Sri Lanka back

/ Friday, 13 January 2017 00:00

The Daily FT Cover Story on Tuesday highlighted the 10 most important things to look for whether a country is rising or falling, quoting Ruchir Sha...


Time to ensure State enterprises deliver value to the public

/ Friday, 6 January 2017 00:00

The former administration, unlike any other previous regimes, made a conscious effort to extend its dominance in many economic spheres. All governm...


President Maithripala Sirisena’s opportunity in 2017

/ Friday, 30 December 2016 00:00

Maithripala Sirisena hails from the North Central Province. He is an agriculturist by vocation. He joined mainstream politics in 1989 as an MP and ...


Expectations from the Government in 2017

/ Friday, 23 December 2016 00:00

In a country where many people feel powerless, many right-thinking people watched with alarm and disappointment in 2014 the steady decline...


Importing labour should only be a short-term option

/ Friday, 16 December 2016 00:10

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe addressing the Sri Lanka Human Capital Summit 2016     Prime Ministe...


Youth underemployment: Tragedy of a generation

/ Friday, 9 December 2016 00:10

Out of the 7.8 million employed population, 1.2 million people are estimated to be three-wheeler drivers. This is a staggering 15.4% of th...


Investing in education and leaving it to markets is no longer an option

/ Friday, 2 December 2016 00:01

If you invest in education, then incomes will develop  – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara In the last 10 years global HR thou...


Hefty fines and laws alone cannot ensure a just society

/ Friday, 25 November 2016 00:00

    One political leader whose stock has gone up by leaps and bounds in the last few months has been Anura Kumara Dissana...


What makes some countries rich and others prone to poverty?

/ Friday, 18 November 2016 00:00

  Many years ago as primary students we were taught that a nation’s environment is the result of a combination of huma...


Nationalism and populism helps Trump to triumph

/ Friday, 11 November 2016 00:01

Donald Trump, 70, the real-estate developer and reality-TV star, a Republican who has never held public office, defeated Democrat Hillary ...


Restructuring the EPF is now a must

/ Friday, 4 November 2016 00:01

 We have a history of Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) money being blatantly and rampantly abused by governments to buy shares and bonds...


BOI needs to become more competitive

/ Friday, 28 October 2016 00:01

  Last week at an economic forum it was mentioned that while Sri Lanka attracted $ 700 million in FDI, Singapore got $ 40 billion and ...


Government on firm ground, but needs quick course correction

/ Friday, 21 October 2016 00:02

Minister Rajitha Senaratne and President Maithripala during the 8 January campaign    There was heavy speculatio...


Boosting exports: Low-hanging fruit and a way to get out of debt

/ Friday, 14 October 2016 00:01

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe speaking at the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) sessions at the BMICH on Wednesday said that the Economi...


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Ting, ting! Alarm bells for the economy, jingle bells for the banks!

24 February 2017

Even after discounting for political rhetoric (on all sides), economists are convinced that our economy is in a critical stage. This course is the culmination effect of how the economy has been managed over the last few decades. At the same time, ...


A ‘Big Match’ ban: Monkey business?

24 February 2017

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Government very badly needs a PR machine to highlight the positives

24 February 2017

When the BJP was getting a lot of bad press all over the world and particularly in the US, to counter the bad press, Lal Krishna Advani, then BJP President, decided to launch an overseas wing to educate American lawmakers, the American people and ...


Mobilising against measles

23 February 2017

The WHO South-East Asia Region is making rapid progress against vaccine-preventable diseases. The Region was certified polio-free in 2014. Maternal and neonatal tetanus was routed in 2016. And routine immunisation for diseases such as diphtheria a...


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