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A daring, defiant dreamer

Views - 1586 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


Tourism’s trailblazer

Views - 1578 Tuesday, 15 June 2010 12:14

A colossus in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry, Deshamanya Prof. M.T.A. Furkhan certainly needs no introduction. Having almost single-handedly set up the Confifi chain of hotels that put Sri Lanka’s southern cost on the tourism map, Prof. Furkhan is


A woman of substance

Views - 1094 Wednesday, 9 December 2009 12:07

colossus in the banking field, Rohini Nanayakkara completed 50 years of service as a banker in April this year. Having joined the Bank of Ceylon in 1959, becoming the first woman executive to do so in this country, Nanayakkara’s meteoric rise to th


A leader par excellence

Views - 1921 Wednesday, 2 December 2009 11:59

A man who has left a powerful imprint on Sri Lanka’s corporate landscape, Deshamanya Charitha P. de Silva is a corporate leader of yesteryear who raised the bar to heights that few can reach, even today. In fact, in the book titled The Ceylon Chamb


The man behind the legend

Views - 1150 Wednesday, 25 November 2009 12:10

Rienzie T. Wijetilleke needs no introduction. A giant in the local banking industry, Wijetilleke – who turned 70 two weeks ago – completes 50 years in banking next year. A man who has never bowed down in the face of adversity, Wijetilleke has con


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Automation and machine learning: Helping organisations extract deeper value from data

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The world is in the midst of a data explosion. Humans are generating an estimated 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every single day1, according to Forbes, and more data was created in the past two years than in all of human history. No wonder data now r


SL tourism: From TOM to experience the brand in 2019

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Last week I had just crossed the border that separates Laos from Thailand and was on route via land to Thailand. My mind was on Laos – a country branded globally as ‘Simply Beautiful’ (backed by the ADB in 2018) to attract visitors into the cou


Questionable (or absurd) official report on poverty indicators

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The latest Report issued by the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs on ‘Poverty Indicators’ is both questionable and outrageous.1This Ministry is under the responsibility of the Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe. Most of the sta


Teaching the younger generation to observe professional ethics is the need of the hour

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

When Sri Lanka got independence in 1948, it was one of the most promising nations both in Asia and in the Commonwealth countries. It had luckily emerged unscathed after the Second World War unlike our neighbours. Sri Lanka furthermore did not have to


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