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Tourism can be Sri Lanka’s oil well if we drill with the correct marketing tools

/ Monday, 29 August 2016 00:02

  Branding is a promise that will persuade tourists to come to Sri Lanka. It must be based on meeting the needs of the tourists from o...


If Government does not move to an inclusive growth strategy, it will be political hara-kiri

/ Wednesday, 3 August 2016 00:00

  The current strategies of the Government are not likely to be perceived as beneficial or supportive of the rural/people’s priv...


Political ideology vs. economic reality

/ Friday, 1 July 2016 00:10

Very soon it will be tennis at Wimbledon. We will be watching the scintillating long rallies. The ball whizzing back and forth from one side to the...


Economic consequences of opposing what is good and not opposing what is bad

/ Friday, 10 June 2016 00:00

 The current Government and the previous have been great addicts to borrowing to bridge the gap between revenue and expenditure. Society looks...


The Fonseca saga

/ Friday, 22 April 2016 00:00

If those who have done a Fonseca are not charged, because they have not committed an offence, then having done a Fonseca will become a prestigious ...


Some FDI is like taking Panadol

/ Friday, 18 March 2016 00:00

The Panadol pack says it provides relief from the symptoms of pain and fever. It does not claim to cure the cause of these symptoms. A tranche of F...


Nero was fiddling whilst Rome was burning

/ Tuesday, 16 February 2016 00:04

We tend to use the word fiddling to impishly imply something improper or dishonest. Whilst Rome was burning, Nero was not fiddling with someone&rsq...


Good plans need good people

/ Thursday, 14 January 2016 00:00

It is really very simple. Good people are required to develop good plans. The link between good plans and good results is good managers. If this cr...


Creating more shareholders and a dynamic private sector economy

/ Thursday, 17 December 2015 00:00

Premier says “I want to see an expansion in shareholding. According to the newspapers, that was what he said at the SEC. Wide shareholding is...


Truth, Retribution, Reconciliation

/ Friday, 20 November 2015 00:00

What is the end game? Seeking the truth, seeking retribution, and seeking reconciliation are processes, like winding roads, that will twist and t...


Zero plus zero will be zero

/ Friday, 9 October 2015 00:00

A minister with no academic education or a good knowledge of the subject gained through work experience at a senior level will not be able to creat...


Twinkle, twinkle new star, how I wonder what you are?

/ Friday, 25 September 2015 00:48

  Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe       Some very old nursery rhymes have ...


Can a leopard change its spots?

/ Wednesday, 12 August 2015 00:00

    There are two leopards growling at each other. The voting public has to choose one or the other. To the thinking disc...


Beware of those who come bearing gifts

/ Thursday, 16 July 2015 00:00

‘Beware of those who come bearing gifts’. The origin of this expression was the Trojan War. The Greeks could not break through...


Economic growth does not come through the Walter Mitty syndrome!

/ Friday, 12 June 2015 00:00

  James Thurber the American author is best known for his famous short story published in 1939 called the ‘The Secret Life of Wa...


A tale of two nursery rhymes

/ Tuesday, 12 May 2015 00:01

It is an interesting and exciting time; a new President, a new Constitution and tales of corruption that never cease. The question hanging heavy in th...


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The sacred and profane at crossroads

31 August 2016

 Listening to President Maithripala Sirisena at the Matara rally threating to reveal secrets of the Joint Opposition, instinctively I recalled this exquisitely emblematic confluence of the benign and the bawdy that Steinbeck describes in his ...


Colombo Port City: Did Ranil display an ‘ace’ in statecraft and diplomacy?

31 August 2016

  Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe must be commended for renegotiating the entire Port City agreement and changing the name to Colombo International Financial City (CIFC), which gives a marketing boost for the project  ...


Going back to the basics: SMEs need a single line ministry

30 August 2016

Let’s accept it - we are facing challenging times politically and economically. While some can blame the past, the fact of the matter is that the private sector is crying out for policy consistency and the support of the public sector throug...


Towards a mosquito-free monsoon

30 August 2016

Mosquitos spread life-threatening diseases; control them now Mosquitos are a pest with no equal. Though not all mosquitos transmit life-threatening diseases, those that do kill approximately 725,000 people worldwide every year. When n...


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