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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Tourism can be Sri Lanka’s oil well if we drill with the correct marketing tools

29 August 2016

  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 our target markets.The real challenge is to really understand these needs Success depends on ...


Economics of A.S Jayawardena Part III: AS’s short spell as Central Bank’s Economic Research Director

29 August 2016

The summary of the episodes so far The first part of this series looked at how AS, a radical socialist economist in his young days, was converted to a free market economic thinker. The second part dealt with how he took forward the mission of th...


Presence as a present: Practising spiritual intelligence

29 August 2016

 I read a refreshingly resourceful book titled, ‘You are here’. It is written by Rev. Thich Nhat Hanh                    (pronounced tick not hon). He is a world-renowned Zen monk,...


Banality of evil

27 August 2016

Namal Rajapaksa, Member of Parliament, the eldest son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, was interviewed recently on television. By and large the tone of the lengthy interview, nearly two hours in duration, was defensive, an attempt at validat...


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