Accountability: Own it or own up

Views - 176 Tuesday, 21 January 2020 00:00

By Imanthi Perera The corporate space can often be a battlefield. A battlefield with missions set and targets lined up, agile and tactical cultures fostered from top downwards, and employees trained and groomed to maneuver their way through to a for

next Sourcing felicitates key employees at ‘Long Service Awards 2019’

Views - 20 Tuesday, 21 January 2020 00:00

next Sourcing, a fully-owned subsidiary of the retail clothing and accessory giant next Plc – UK, recognised and rewarded 34 key employees for their extended service to the company at the ‘Long Service Awards 2019’ held at the Shangri-La Hotel,

Training on ‘Business Excellence’

Views - 10 Tuesday, 21 January 2020 00:00

A training was recently held on the topic of ‘Business Excellence’ on soft skills that must be acquired to excel in the modern workplace which saw a large gathering of business executives. The training was conducted by Nirmalan Nagendra, a vetera

Things immigration consultants don’t tell you

Views - 15 Tuesday, 21 January 2020 00:00

Deciding to migrate? What do individuals have to be prepared with or even wary of? Vrinda Gupta, the Managing Partner of the Vazir Group, a boutique immigration consultancy based in Dubai, UAE, shares some tips. While it is alright for individuals t

PickMe’s Tharindu Kumarage wins scholarship to Arizona State University

Views - 36 Monday, 20 January 2020 03:48

PickMe Consultant Research Engineer Tharindu Kumarage recently received a scholarship to pursue his PhD at the Arizona State University, US (ASU). A talented product of Royal College Colombo, Kumarage was a part of the CSC 13th batch at the Computer

Sri Lankan personality up for international travel scholarship

Views - 7 Monday, 20 January 2020 03:46

A committed Sri Lankan social justice advocate has been shortlisted as a finalist in a worldwide search for the most influential volunteer of 2019. Juanita de Alwis is one of nine finalists for International Volunteer HQ’s (IVHQ) Volunteer of the Y

CIPM panel discussion on ‘Promising Prospects for HR in the Public Sector’

Views - 6 Monday, 20 January 2020 03:44

CIPM Sri Lanka – the nation’s leader in human resource management – has organised a half-day panel discussion comprising of leaders in the public administration and human resource management field on ‘Promising Prospects for HR in the Public

Vethanathan Thanushan receives Master Project Manager Certification from AAPM

Views - 126 Monday, 20 January 2020 03:43

Vethanathan Thanushan, CEO of Vethalux Engineering Ltd. and Head of Quantity Surveying at the BCAS Jaffna Campus, recently received the Master Project Manager (MPM) Certification from Colorado, USA based American Academy of Project Management (AAPM)

CA Sri Lanka’s YCAF enhances skills of young CAs

Views - 9 Monday, 20 January 2020 03:31

The Young Chartered Accountants Forum (YCAF) of CA Sri Lanka organised a training program for young members of its fraternity. The training program was the first of its kind conducted in the history of YCAF. The training partner was Che Adventure Par

Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce organises session with Tammy Barton

Views - 102 Wednesday, 15 January 2020 00:00

Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce (WCIC), the premier Chamber dedicated to support the women entrepreneurs and professionals, recently organised a session on ‘Taking your business to the next level’ as part of the monthly networking coff

CIMA to hold 2020 Convocation on 18 January

Views - 84 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Convocation ceremony in Sri Lanka for new exam completers and members will be held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) on 18 January. The event will facilitate re

Dr. Rathnayake speaks on inclusive work organisation strategies at Goa International Centre

Views - 20 Monday, 13 January 2020 09:05

Dr. Samantha Rathnayake, a faculty member and Management Consultant at the Postgraduate Institute of Management of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, addressed the ‘International Conferences on Inclusive Work Organisations: Needs, Trends and Po

Mind, matter and managers

Views - 677 Monday, 13 January 2020 08:58

I was very pleased to deliver my first-ever convocation address at the recently concluded convocation of the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka. In today’s column I have produced the entire text of my speech.

Asha de Vos reflects as Chief Guest at Prize Giving of her alma mater

Views - 23 Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:00

Following are reflections of Asha de Vos Sri Lankan marine biologist, ocean educator and pioneer of blue whale research within the northern Indian Ocean, after she was honoured to be the Chief Guest at the Prize Giving of Ladies College, her alma mat

CA Sri Lanka continues its crusade to ensure gender parity in corporate boardrooms

Views - 12 Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:00

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) together with the Women Empowerment and Leadership Development Committee continued to give leadership towards ensuring gender parity in Sri Lankan boardrooms.  In its latest initiat

Canada supports women’s rights organisations in Sri Lanka

Views - 25 Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:00

The High Commission of Canada to Sri Lanka together with the Asia Foundation launched their flagship development initiative in Sri Lanka named ‘Women’s Voice and Leadership’ (WVL). This launch took place on 17 December at the official residence

Hemas Hospitals toasts employee excellence at Annual Awards Night

Views - 15 Tuesday, 7 January 2020 00:13

Pioneering healthcare provider Hemas Hospitals recognised the immense contribution of its staff cadre at the annual Hemas Hospitals Awards 2018/19, held on 7 November at the Golden Rose hotel in Boralesgamuwa. The event, which was organised by the gr

Hela Clothing recognised as Most Inclusive Employer of the Year in Ethiopia

Views - 39 Tuesday, 7 January 2020 00:10

Hela Clothing, a global apparel manufacturer with factories across Kenya, Ethiopia and Sri Lanka, was recently awarded the Most Inclusive Employer of the Year by the Ethiopian Centre for Disability and Development (ECDD) at the Inclusive Employers Fo

Career guidance – A viable factor in education and TVET sector

Views - 37 Tuesday, 31 December 2019 01:43

Career guidance and counselling are the most important factors in the education and employment system in any country. Therefore, governments pave the way to enhance career guidance policies and strategies in general education systems as well as post

Seylan Bank staff awarded Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification

Views - 20 Tuesday, 31 December 2019 01:42

Seylan Bank recently awarded five staff members with the globally recognised Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification. These staff members completed an accreditation process which included classroom training and successful delivery of a project to re

Business Excellence training workshop to be held at Mövenpick

Views - 28 Tuesday, 31 December 2019 01:41

A training on Business Excellence will be conducted at the Mövenpick Hotel on 10 January 2020. The session will cover the areas of time management, good governance, workplace ethics, workplace communications – all aimed at creating cohesive teams

EU facilitates Erasmus+ scholarship opportunities for Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Views - 14 Tuesday, 31 December 2019 01:39

The European Union (EU) organised coaching programs for prospective students and academic staff looking for opportunities to obtain an international master’s degree through Erasmus+. The workshops were conducted at the Sri Lanka Institute of Develo

Three ways to stay on track when your manager is away

Views - 9 Tuesday, 31 December 2019 01:37 Early on in your career, or even in a new job, it’s natural to look to your manager for guidance on your day-to-day activities. When you’re still learning the ropes, how do you manage your time effectively when your manager i

Cambridge tops Complete University Guide for ninth year running

Views - 10 Tuesday, 31 December 2019 01:37

The University of Cambridge has taken first place in the Complete University Guide 2020 for the ninth year running. The University of Oxford comes second and the University of St Andrews is third, making it the highest-ranked Scottish University. T

SLIATE to increase annual student enrolment to 30,000

Views - 13 Tuesday, 31 December 2019 01:36

The annual student enrolment of Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technical Education (SLIATE) is to be increased to 30,000, said Science, Technology, and Research State Minister Thilanga Sumathipala. He shared this target during a recent observation t

Dress design magnate blind Ashchariya amongst BBC’s World’s 100 Most Inspiring Women in 2019

Views - 218 Friday, 27 December 2019 00:02

Once discarded Nayana Ashchariya Peiris Jayakody, after losing her sight in a claymore bomb attack, had been in isolation for over 10 years without assistance from her family and friends. She was a product of Devi Balika Vidyalaya, a diploma holder i

J’pura Uni to build academic and research partnerships with Australian universities

Views - 30 Friday, 27 December 2019 00:00

A high-profile academic delegation from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura (USJP) visited Canberra on 16-19 December, to explore opportunities for mutually beneficial collaborative academic and research partnerships with leading Australian univer

SLIIT raises benchmark on graduate employability

Views - 43 Friday, 27 December 2019 00:00

By Shailendree Wickrama Adittiya The Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) actively works with the private sector to fine-tune curricula to improve graduate employability, resulting in over 93% of degree-holders finding jobs within s

MTI’s Strategy Retreat for South Asian Team in Dhaka

Views - 12 Tuesday, 17 December 2019 00:00

A select team of MTI consultants and analysts from Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh and Bhutan met in Dhaka this week for their Strategy Retreat that focused on their business growth plans, while also being hands-on involved in a major regional re-strate

CIPM Sri Lanka conducts seasonal program for corporate staff

Views - 21 Tuesday, 17 December 2019 00:00

CIPM Sri Lanka – the nation’s leader in human resource management conducted its popular Smart Corporate program in December as part of its seasonal activities. This specifically targeted the supervisory staff and aspiring managers, and is one of

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Forensic Audits part of bond scam cover-up

Saturday, 25 January 2020

From the time the bond scam was carried out by the Ranil Wickremesinghe administration, that administration under the guidance of the former Prime Minister had been avoiding the law by regularly bringing up various distractions so that the true natur

Halting mega projects is untimely; Govt. can explore other options

Friday, 24 January 2020

In a Sunday newspaper on 5 January a news item titled ‘Mega projects on hold until August budget,’ ‘Drop in revenue after tax reductions prevents spending on major constructions,’ was not a development-friendly headline. It may be accurate o

Is any further expenditure on the Port City a waste of money?

Friday, 24 January 2020

Erase from the mind all that you have read and heard about it. Then take a blank piece of paper, draw an irregular circle, and draw a line to divide it into two. On the bottom half write 300 acres. That is our Port City! To get the size into a proper

Foundations of incivility

Friday, 24 January 2020

The lack of advanced political consciousness and democratic discipline can be considered as one of the main reasons for the crisis and the failure that Sri Lanka is facing. This can be considered a situation that has prevailed since independence. Sri

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