Neville De Silva

Italian justice and a dose of the Mafiosa

/ Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:00

None of you – unless you had been in London beginning of June and picked up the paper – would have read this gem of a story which shoul...


Sri Lanka’s expo effort lies exposed

/ Friday, 19 June 2015 00:00

It was a curious press release that the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau issued on Monday 8 June. For immediate release, it said. The contents ha...


Minister Amunugama’s words that slipped by unnoticed

/ Wednesday, 10 June 2015 00:00

The University of Peradeniya, where Sarath Amunugama was an alumnus at a time when universities were free of the kind of political influen...


Blabbers don’t matter to Blatter

/ Wednesday, 3 June 2015 00:00

The effort to oust Sepp Blatter failed and he bounced back like a football        So o...


Enter the dragon, or will it turn more benign?

/ Wednesday, 27 May 2015 00:22

A few days ago, the General Secretary of the controversial Bodu Bala Sena, Galagoda-atte Gnanasara Thera was arrested on contempt of court charges ...


Mother of all elections!

/ Wednesday, 13 May 2015 01:03

Labour’s Ed Miliband and the Liberal Democrats’ Nick Clegg resigned from their posts as party leaders following their abysmal ...


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Researchers and elephants – we have a problem!

8 December 2016

 John Dewey said that “every great advance in science has come from a new audacity of imagination” and these acts of imagination have to come from researchers. The numbers for Sri Lanka appear to be really worrying as the critica...


CEB Engineers, back to old practices

7 December 2016

   Considering the low reliability of the Norochcholai coal-fired power plant, Sri Lanka could face energy and capacity shortages in 2018-2019 and under drought  conditions even with planned plant additions   ...


Policy contradictions hold back economic prospects

7 December 2016

   Whilst fiscal adjustments are in disarray, the Central Bank which is supposed to conduct the country’s monetary policy independently is being increasingly subject to political influence, according to recent newspaper rep...


Why agricultural value chains fail – Part (2): A principal-agent-problem

7 December 2016

  A tea cultivation in Nuwara Eliya – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara   It is time to move away from traditional subsidy based agricultural value chains and look for more efficient methods. Some organisations are a...


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