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Closure on the bond saga

/ Friday, 3 February 2017 00:00

The fires keep burning and the pot keeps simmering. But by itself this is not useful. There has to be some end to the saga. An end that meets three...


Yahapalanaya and investment

/ Friday, 13 January 2017 00:00

There was a new dawn with the new President’s election. The sky lit up beautifully, with the aura of Yahapalanaya. A great dawn does not guar...


Getting the maximum out of tourism

/ Tuesday, 20 December 2016 00:15

I have said it before and I will say it again: Tourism is Sri Lanka’s oil well. Like with oil, revenue will flow from it for a long, long, ti...


“Cannot see the wood for the trees” in the bond saga

/ Thursday, 24 November 2016 00:01

A great deal of noise about the bond saga. Many column inches in the papers. Committees of investigation. Many reports. But after all this, little ...


UNP-SLFP coalition could be the best form of Government for Sri Lanka

/ Thursday, 17 November 2016 00:01

If we too adopt a model where the authority is divided between a UNP prime minister and a SLPF deputy prime minister and the policies of e...


The challenge of creating a fine tourism product

/ Tuesday, 25 October 2016 00:02

Marketing a country is like marketing a product. They must both ideally entice the customers by offering a functional benefit which also provides a...


Tourism: Thailand vs. Sri Lanka

/ Tuesday, 27 September 2016 00:01

China is a growth market for us; Thailand gets eight million tourists from China and it is still growing. We must learn from the Thai experience ...


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...


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Delightfully imperfect?

18 February 2017

  A foreign national passing through the Colombo Private Bus Terminal on the day of a private bus strike  – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara     “Forty-year-old Mrs. Doreen Kulandivelu ...


Mother Lanka pregnant for the third time!

18 February 2017

A nattami carrying goods at Manning Market; the National Flag is seen on the wall in the background                                      &nbs...


Acting now for a better Sri Lanka

17 February 2017

Soldiers looking for survivors after a massive landslide in Aranayaka last year. The consequences of climate change will create a new pool of conflicts and will force people to survive and find a suitable way to live somewhere else – Pic by ...


Cashing in on APIs – Leveraging technology to boost your business

17 February 2017

Even if you’re not an excessively tech-savvy individual, you most likely would have used a mobile application in your mobile device via an internet connection, used a Gmail client, Twitter, Facebook, or mobile apps, or purchased something on...


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