Columnists,Janaka Seneviratne

Pandemonium around condominiums – A public cry

Views - 226 Friday, 19 October 2018 00:00

Way of living There was a time we knew our neighbours. We knew them by names, what they were doing and even what they were planning to do next. Such a close interaction was generally required for co-existence and for mutual benefits, although, on occ


The public sector: The paradise where age is a blessing in disguise

Views - 399 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:10

The Sri Lankan public sector is a symbol of equality, at least, in terms of employees’ age. I would say that the public sector is a unique place to work. Naturally, a public sector employee expresses empowerment and authority, because he or she re


Selecting a competent construction worker: A conjecture?

Views - 281 Thursday, 30 August 2018 00:00

Once, I wanted the service of a plumber to install a new, natural gas line for an outdoor built-in barbeque structure. This was as an extension to the existing gas supply line. It is noted here that, in Australia, where I live, natural gas supply lin


An infrastructure failure – A wake-up call?

Views - 180 Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:00

Infrastructure disaster in Italy The collapse of Genoa Bridge in Italy sent shockwaves around the globe. A section of the bridge measuring about 200m fell at around 11:30 local time (09:30 GMT) on Tuesday, 14 August. It has been reported that 39 peop


Playing with ammonia

Views - 152 Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:00

A Tale of Two Cultures I entered the interview room, brimming with confidence. The interview panel hurled all sort of deliveries at me. It was not a game I could afford to play defensive. So, I attacked from the beginning. The interview was nearing t


National disregard on ‘quality construction’ – A few lessons

Views - 152 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:07

“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intentions, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skilful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives” – William A Foster


Are Sri Lankan public sector organisations afraid of using simplified language?

Views - 458 Monday, 12 March 2018 00:01

Once, a Tamil colleague in my Australian workplace wanted personal help. He had a letter written in Sinhala, addressed to his wife.


Do we value ‘time’ as a nation?

Views - 298 Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:05

Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back. -Harvey MacKay Once, an Australian psychologist who conducted a management train


Wake up, drifting mega infrastructure development professionals!

Views - 331 Thursday, 18 January 2018 00:00

Infrastructure investment is a key driver of a stronger and productive economy. Stakeholders, especially the public and the international funding agencies, demand greater transparency and scrutiny on infrastructure decision as the Government spend th


The total worth of employees – Do the bosses have any idea?

Views - 318 Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:17

“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know” – Do


Customer service in public sector organisations

Views - 368 Thursday, 30 November 2017 00:00

Healthy customer service is important for any public or private sector organisation. However, there is a subtle difference here. The private sector organisations’ fate is decided on how they treat the customers as their customers have alternative


In search of the standard brick – The mission impossible

Views - 231 Thursday, 2 November 2017 00:00

Context Benjamin Franklin is known as the Father of United States of America. He was witty and intelligent. Once he said: “If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the


Before dancing with Sarah

Views - 216 Thursday, 7 September 2017 00:00

I was riding in the middle of an organisational storm. You could call it a business take-over or a merger. The term doesn’t matter. What matters is the induced “change” would affect all stakeholders, including customers, employees and even the


Risk management: Everyone’s business!

Views - 1250 Friday, 18 August 2017 00:00

Home truths   Organisations and their employees takerisks and also managerisksevery day.  Of course, it is a part of the business and the service delivery operations. However, often, the management of risks is confined to the treatment of risk


Solid waste management: A way forward

Views - 1399 Tuesday, 25 July 2017 00:11

  The buss word vibrating in town is “waste management”. There is enough stench in the air for public to feel something is not right. This reminds us of the adage “comments are free but facts are sacred”. The public make all sort of


The need of the hour: A building code for Sri Lanka

Views - 2182 Tuesday, 11 July 2017 00:00

Buildings are ‘live assets’ which are intimately interactive with human lives on a daily basis. It is expected that a building is designed and constructed in a manner that the building occupants would feel safe and comfortable to accommodate the


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Fruits, flowers and futile triumphalism at Galle Face?

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Every morning, I play voyeur and watch that nice neighbourhood uncle pluck flowers to pooja-fy his guardian deities. He is quite religious about it. And industrious to boot. The problem, of course, is that he doesn’t restrict himself to his garden.


Will Kyaukpyu overtake Gwadar and Hambantota?

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

China last month signed a $1.3 billion contract for Myanmar’s Kyaukpyu port project. The figures doing rounds in media in the run up to this port deal were as high as $7.9 billion which had ignited enormous curiosities. The Chinese had been negoti


Things to do in a Democracy when you’re dead…

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

In yesterday’s column, I argued a case for not impeaching the chief executive of the coup that has left our country situation in ruins. At the end of a pitched battle between the forces of unconstitutional ambition on one hand and democratic resist


Tweaking the New Inland Revenue Act (Part II)

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

In the backdrop where the recent amendment to the country’s supreme law is called in question, it may be appropriate to recall that the passage of the new Inland Revenue (IR) Act through Parliament was far more controversial. Nevertheless, the new


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