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Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero on a collision path with Govt.

Views - 3412 Friday, 9 June 2017 00:00

MP Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero, a key architect of the 8 January revolution, said his dreams to get good and valuable things done from the present Government were shattered and he is now left with only one dream, and that is to prevent the Gover


Swift response needed for flood relief to minimise the fallout

Views - 3243 Friday, 2 June 2017 00:07

With Sri Lanka facing the worst-ever floods in 27 years, the Sri Lankan economy has begun to feel the pinch of climate change. The Government immediately appealed for foreign assistance to recover from the floods that caused an estimated Rs. 300 b


A Cabinet reshuffle must be done with a clear purpose

Views - 4129 Monday, 22 May 2017 00:02

The President and Prime Minister must make changes in the best interests of the country  By Dinesh Weerakkody Events, as they say in politics, have conspired to force the President to reshuffle his Cabinet, to sharpen Government and


Sri Lanka’s debt situation: Getting better or what?

Views - 4200 Friday, 19 May 2017 00:00

The external financing situation for Sri Lanka is certainly a big worry for both the Government and the private sector. This is largely due to monstrous financial profligacy of the past not yet fully explained. However it is also due to a large tr


Overall governance in the financial sector

Views - 4348 Friday, 5 May 2017 00:10

The world-renowned HR guru Prof. Dave Ulrich, speaking to a group of board executives, said that every board is responsible for governing its firm in the best interest of the shareholders and other stakeholders. They are responsible for their acti


Govt. needs to move on post-GSP+ to excite the electorate

Views - 4383 Friday, 28 April 2017 00:00

The GSP+ going through is no doubt a big victory for Sri Lanka given the many challenges the Government has been facing in the last few months and the negativity surrounding it. The Prime Minister needs to be congratulated for his efforts to resto


Financial sector needs to be future-ready to ride the next wave

Views - 4835 Friday, 21 April 2017 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said many times that Sri Lanka needs a new phase of economic transformation to keep pace with the major changes in global and regional growth.  The proposed Colombo Port City project according to the


Boosting exports a solid way to get out of our debt crisis

Views - 5143 Friday, 31 March 2017 04:59

Sri Lanka’s debt has increased from Rs. 7.3 trillion to Rs. 9.4 trillion in the last two years, with domestic rates moving up from 6% to 10.74%. On a domestic portfolio of Rs. 4,277.8 billion there would be an additional cost of around Rs. 2


Jobs and no takers, or what?

Views - 5334 Friday, 24 March 2017 09:49

IT and Commerce Minister of Telangana State Minister Rama Rao speaking at the Sri Lanka Human Capital Summit in Colombo said that the Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge created a platform between Government, academia and industry t


Building sustainable organisations through talent, leadership, culture

Views - 4940 Friday, 17 March 2017 00:00

New Deloitte research shows that culture, engagement, and employee retention are now the top talent challenges facing business leaders. More than half business leaders rate this issue “urgent” – up from only around 20% last year.


Retooling the Foreign Ministry to focus on commercial diplomacy

Views - 5610 Friday, 10 March 2017 00:00

Saudi King Salman on Sunday kicked off a multi-nation month-long trip to Asia last week aimed at boosting economic ties with Asia. It is King Salman’s first visit to Asia since he took the throne in January 2015. The last Saudi monarch to vi


Demonetising the Rs. 5,000 note; good or bad?

Views - 6428 Friday, 3 March 2017 00:00

Recently when a news item appeared in a newspaper that the Government was preparing to demonetise the Rs. 5,000 currency note, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake was quick to react. The Finance Minister told the media that what he said in Parliame


Government very badly needs a PR machine to highlight the positives

Views - 5373 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 President, decided to launch an overseas wing to educate American lawmakers, the American people and


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

Views - 5429 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 years.  According to a survey conducted by Prof. Athula Ranasinghe, Dean of the Faculty of Ar


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

Views - 4907 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 in green energy projects that were not profitable. The chief executive of Apple Tim Cook shot back


Government must keep a tab on public opinion

Views - 4699 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 failed to deliver on the promises they made on 8 January to the public, or what?  The latest p


Lead with humility: Leadership lessons from Pope Francis

Views - 5026 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 satisfaction that leaders derive from having an impact over others is not easy to unpack.  Generally, th


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

Views - 5062 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 Economic Forum in Switzerland. He requested that local and international investors start ventures in


Labour shortage in key sectors will hold Sri Lanka back

Views - 5733 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 Sharma’s latest book, ‘The Rise and Fall of Nations,’ one of them the country’s


Time to ensure State enterprises deliver value to the public

Views - 4438 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 governments in Sri Lanka in the last 25 years have in many forms tried their hand in running commercial ent


President Maithripala Sirisena’s opportunity in 2017

Views - 5269 Friday, 30 December 2016 00:10

Maithripala Sirisena hails from the North Central Province. He is an agriculturist by vocation. He joined mainstream politics in 1989 as an MP and has held several ministries since 1994. He was the General-Secretary of the SLFP and the Minister of


Expectations from the Government in 2017

Views - 4521 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 in the moral values of our nation with politics for material benefits overtaking our cherished valu


Importing labour should only be a short-term option

Views - 4264 Friday, 16 December 2016 00:10

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe addressing the Sri Lanka Human Capital Summit 2016     Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe speaking at the Sri Lanka Human Capital said that while the country had made


Youth underemployment: Tragedy of a generation

Views - 5027 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 the working population. As a result today many sectors of the economy today are starved of critical ma


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

Views - 4025 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 thought leaders have created a very powerful human capital view, that if you invest in your own educatio


Hefty fines and laws alone cannot ensure a just society

Views - 4147 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 Dissanayake’s, the JVP Leader, a local university graduate and a former Cabinet Minister of Agricultu


What makes some countries rich and others prone to poverty?

Views - 4386 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 human effort and policies, which can and are influenced by leaders and that rich countries were in the n


Nationalism and populism helps Trump to triumph

Views - 3656 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 Clinton after a punishing campaign that exposed searing divides in the American public. Though a t


Restructuring the EPF is now a must

Views - 3632 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 in the secondary market, including the bail out of various ailing Government-linked companies. 


BOI needs to become more competitive

Views - 3926 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 Ireland got $ 30 billion and the low level of Foreign Direct Investment was becoming a serious const


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Taking sides – on the side of the law

Monday, 19 November 2018

I am under criticism for “taking sides” in the ongoing dispute between the UNF and UPFA. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has accused me thus: “Yesterday a commissioner from the Elections Commission went to the Supreme Court saying that the P


Hang the House! It’s OUR country, future, etc.

Monday, 19 November 2018

I have rarely if ever empathised with the Sri Lanka Police Department. But when I saw those hapless cops ducking chilli bombs in Parliament, my heart went out to those whom I had previously seen as simply being PC Plods or Mr Goons. Sorry to say that


The only way out

Monday, 19 November 2018

Leaving aside the legalities, politicalities, constitutionalities and the complexities of the current imbroglio in which the nation is grounded (temporarily), the underlying issues in the constitutional crisis can be reduced to one single question: a


Man-made constitutional crisis: Personal vendettas should not be allowed to destroy the country

Monday, 19 November 2018

President is simply one presiding over an entity of people It all came to surface as the culmination of a personal vendetta between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The country at large knew of it when the Pre


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