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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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Transforming next-gen leaders

24 June 2016

  It is evident that conventional leadership development practices are no longer adequate. Organisations globally need to incorporate the next generation leadership competencies in order to address the development needs of th...


“Thondaman is a threat to my life”: Digambaran

24 June 2016

“Arumugam Thondaman objected to the former President offering me a ministerial portfolio. Now that we are in power, I will not allow him becoming a cabinet minister in our Government,” declared Minister of Upcountry New Housing Infrast...


National Govt.: Does it require more time to achieve its utility?

24 June 2016

Theory of a coups d’état In the wee hours of 9 January 2015, an interesting incident was reported in mass media. It was the sighting of the former Chief Justice Mohan Peiris at the palace giving possibly legal advice or perhaps advi...


Our FDI effort needs a makeover

24 June 2016

 Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe speaking at a press conference in Davos     Today for Sri Lanka to attract investment, we all know we need good institutions favouring economic freedom and the ease of doi...


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