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Thushani takes Todos to new heights

Views - 629 Saturday, 23 June 2018 00:30

Thushani Rodrigo has always amazed me. From the very first day I met her, I have been in awe of her strength, courage and grace and constantly impressed by her creativity. The discipline and commitment she brings to her work, her farsightedness and h


Music Maker

Views - 269 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:56

Towards the end of last year, film composer and classical musician Lakshman Joseph De Saram, a regular at Poetry P’lau gatherings, turned up early for one with his violin in tow – a breathtakingly beautiful late 17th c


Wonder Woman

Views - 585 Saturday, 26 May 2018 00:55

Tell me about yourself – what you do, your family, your career and so on


FIRESTARTER!

Views - 489 Saturday, 19 May 2018 00:50

Fuelled by his passion for making change and being creatively different with everything he delves into, entrepreneur, designer and “rabble-rouser” Stefan Andre Joachim says what he does best is light fires in the souls of those who dare walk thro


Doing it his way!

Views - 183 Saturday, 12 May 2018 00:55

A contrarian and non-conformist throughout his life, playwright and entertainer Indu Dharmasena takes pride in living life his way, with an all-important caveat of course – he does not hurt anyone, deprive anyone or break any laws.


Hussein Cassim’s legendary journey

Views - 10429 Friday, 14 October 2016 00:01

   Q: Could you tell us about your childhood – your family, where you were born and where you grew up? A: I was born on 9 September 1925 and turned 91 last month. I was born the eldest in a family of six children


From humble beginnings to heady heights

Views - 5735 Friday, 5 September 2014 00:48

A highly-respected business leader in Sri Lanka who spearheaded CIC Holdings’ transformation from a chemicals-oriented company into a leading conglomerate, B.R.L. Fernando stepped down from his position as Non-Executive Chairman of CIC Holdings las


Ramya Weerakoon: Triumph through tragedy

Views - 23376 Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:01

Listening to Ramya Weerakoon as she tells her tale of triumph through tragedy, it is obvious that she is a woman who was determined to succeed, no matter what. Seated in her Kadawatha office, Ramya is perfectly turned out and speaks ever-so-softly, b


Mahipala’s memories

Views - 20221 Wednesday, 4 June 2014 00:00

  Engineer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and wildlife enthusiast traces his journey over the years Chairman of BAM Holdings and Honorary Consul of the Republic of Madagascar in Sri Lanka, Bamunu Arachchi Mahipala is a firm believer in dis


“Do not compromise yourself, your family or your values”

Views - 12054 Friday, 9 May 2014 13:11

Vice President – Business Development of Infotechs and Director of Infotechs Travels Ramya Weerakoon never planned on becoming a working mother, however she had no choice in the matter when she was compelled to take on the role of being her family


“It’s important to create an identity for yourself”

Views - 17066 Friday, 9 May 2014 13:03

Country Head for ACCA Sri Lanka and Maldives Nilusha Ranasinghe says she’s had days, months and maybe even years when the second work shift at home was more demanding than her work schedule in office, but insists that looking back, she wouldn’t a


“Life’s just too short to play small with your talents and potential”

Views - 13092 Friday, 9 May 2014 12:53

Co-Founder and CEO of zMessenger Jayomi Lokuliyana firmly believes that life’s just too short to play small with your talents and potential and her conviction that she could greater things and make a mark led her to becoming an entrepreneur while r


“It’s not about being a perfect mum or perfect career woman”

Views - 16076 Friday, 9 May 2014 12:44

Managing Director of Hemas Transportation Sector and Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Kasturi C. Wilson always wanted to be a career woman. While she stepped back and chose part-time work when she became a mum for the firs


“Life is a challenge whether you’re a man or a woman”

Views - 12956 Friday, 9 May 2014 12:37

HDFC Bank Chairperson Siromi Wickramasinghe says her key inspiration as a career woman is the work-life balance she has achieved over the years. “From a family perspective, my children have grown up to be very responsible and have become profession


“I always saw myself as a career woman”

Views - 12021 Friday, 9 May 2014 12:29

Neela Marikkar always saw herself as a career woman and considering anything else was never an option. “Women sacrifice a lot to be a homemaker. But it’s important to remember that children will eventually leave and go their own way. You should n


“Learn to balance not only your work, but also your soul”

Views - 11696 Friday, 9 May 2014 12:11

Society should seriously consider if they need children raised in a safe and healthy environment, says SANASA Development Bank Chairperson Samadanie Kiriwandeniya, pointing out that women need to take care of the household economy, protect their chil


“Have a ‘never say die’ attitude”

Views - 14939 Friday, 9 May 2014 12:07

Insurance Board of Sri Lanka Chairperson Indrani Sugathadasa Weeratunga entered the work force in 1997 when she joined the Sri Lanka Administrative Service and her career trajectory over the years has been nothing short of impressive. She has held se


D.B.S. Jeyaraj’s journey home

Views - 38980 Wednesday, 26 February 2014 00:00

Journalist in exile visits Sri Lanka for the first time in 25 years Forced into exile 25 years ago and compelled to stay away in order to survive, journalist D.B.S. Jeyaraj always dreamt of returning to Sri Lanka. That flame of hope flickered oc


“I’ve enjoyed every minute!”

Views - 13507 Friday, 1 February 2013 00:01

 Nihal Senaratne marks diamond jubilee in insurance industry today 60 years ago today, on 1 February 1953, Chairman of Senaratne Associates Nihal Senaratne commenced his career in the insurance industry, when he started work at Bosanquet &


Chandra: A cut above the rest

Views - 11824 Tuesday, 15 May 2012 00:16

Q: Going back to the early years, could you tell us about your childhood – where you grew up, about your siblings and parents and what life was like? A: I lived in Mt. Lavinia. I grew up born and bred in Mt. Lavinia virtually until I left school.


Building the ‘Harpo’ empire

Views - 14616 Thursday, 29 March 2012 00:00

From cycling to events on a push cycle as a DJ at a time when DJs were unheard of in Sri Lanka and the line of work was frowned upon, to becoming Sri Lanka’s very first Entertainment Manager and then building brand ‘Harpo,’ Harpo Gooneratne is


A man of exemplary courage

Views - 4794 Thursday, 8 December 2011 00:00

As the nation races towards rapid development and hub status with a vision of becoming the ‘Miracle of Asia,’ Sri Lanka cannot afford to forget a man like Auditor Lalith Ambanwela, who has paid the price for his commitment to uncovering corruptio


Doyen of design

Views - 5394 Monday, 28 November 2011 00:00

Legendary couturier Kirthi Sri Karunaratne turns 80 today. Tracing his journey over the years in an interview with the Daily FT last Friday morning, he recalled how he entered the field of design at a time it wasn’t heard of in the country – and


Down a memory trail with Olwyn

Views - 4104 Thursday, 3 November 2011 00:00

There are two lines that constantly make an appearance during chats with the legendary Olwyn Weerasekara, the founder and owner of the iconic Beach Wadiya: “Necessity is the mother of invention” and “the proof of the pudding is in the eating”


Triumphant talent

Views - 3807 Wednesday, 8 June 2011 00:49

It was a rainy Monday morning and I had an early interview lined up with the Vice President – Head of Group Tax at John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH). Doesn’t sound like the most interesting appointment in the world, does it? Well, that may be the fi


Muhsin’s memories

Views - 7396 Friday, 25 February 2011 00:01

The opportunity to interview M.V. Muhsin isn’t one that comes by all the time. And having received his okay, it came down to constantly checking for a convenient time to meet, which finally arrived sandwiched between a full day conference and a fli


From desperation to daring dreams

Views - 1342 Monday, 3 January 2011 00:01

It was sheer desperation that drove him to embark on a tea trail way back in the dark and dismal ’70s, but today Chairman of HVA Foods Rohan Fernando is reaching for dizzy heights, with a firm foundation beneath his feet.


Banker extraordinaire

Views - 1982 Thursday, 28 October 2010 05:29

Rienzie T. Wijetilleke celebrates 50 years of banking Fifty years ago, on 31 October 1960, a young man walked into Bank of Ceylon to accept his letter of appointment. He started work at the bank the next day, 1 November. The young banker in


Sri Lanka’s iconic civil servant

Views - 3546 Tuesday, 19 October 2010 23:08

Deshamanya Bradman Weerakoon turns 80 today. He really needs no introduction, having done Sri Lanka proud on many occasions in his many capacities and served the nation to the fullest of his ability in public service for half a century. Here, he talk


A daring, defiant dreamer

Views - 1576 Friday, 15 October 2010 00:28

Winner of the SLIM Brand Excellence Brand Icon 2010 award, Dilmah founder Merrill J. Fernando is a man who has faced and overcome all challenges life has thrown his way, determined to realise his dream – that of having his own brand of tea, which w


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Identifying traitors: I cannot wait until Dr. Padeniya presents his point scheme

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Cause for excitement I am excited! A way of identifying and measuring a traitor is soon to be unveiled; by no less than the President of the GMOA! Hasn’t he also qualified in some department of neurology? All the more reason to justify my excitemen


The evils of translocating wild elephants

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

The subject of translocating wild elephants has been a much-debated topic recently, after the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWLC), acting on the orders of the Minster for Wildlife, wanted to move the only two wild elephants habituating the Sin


Climate scientists cheating us to a $ 12 b/year economic loss in 2050

Monday, 20 August 2018

Local news media carried the disturbing pronouncement by World Bank economists to the effect that Sri Lanka will become an extremely hot territory with 30C temperature rise and $ 12 billion per year economic loss by 2050.


Singapore miracle – How SL could benefit from trade with Singapore

Monday, 20 August 2018

According to a media report released by President’s Media Division, a committee of experts has been appointed by the President to examine and report on ‘the practical impact and use of the proposed officer policy guidelines and recommendations on


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