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Industry 4.0, disruptive technology and MAS Matrix: An example for way forward in Sri Lanka

Views - 1128 Monday, 16 September 2019 00:40

Technology has always been disruptive. When a new technology is introduced, it changes the way the humankind lives, behaves, earns, interacts and communicates. Some 10,000 years ago, when agriculture and animal breeding were domesticated through the


Protectionism choking global growth prospects, says Fitch

Views - 18 Monday, 16 September 2019 00:16

Trade policy disruptions – including the recent sharp escalation in the US-China trade war and significant risks of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit – are darkening the global economic outlook, says Fitch Ratings. In an update of its global economic outloo


Sri Lanka’s progress in the Ease of Doing Business

Views - 40 Monday, 16 September 2019 00:16

By Aquilah Latiff The Doing Business rankings is a World Bank initiative that measures and tracks changes in regulations affecting 11 areas in the life cycle of a business across 190 economies around the world and has now become the global benchmark


Gotabaya Rajapaksa at Viyathmaga: Vision with an authoritarian zeal!

Views - 101 Monday, 16 September 2019 00:05

Gotabaya Rajapaksa has unveiled his national strategy or vision as a presidential candidate with an authoritarian zeal. This is clear from his Viyathmaga speech. He should be commended however for his fairly clear expression of views and objectives.


High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India discusses radicalisation in South Asia at JGU

Views - 18 Monday, 16 September 2019 00:01

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Jindal Global University (JGU) a significant milestone in the history of Indian higher education. Coinciding with the university’s anniversary, the Diplomania Society of the Jindal School of Internati


Has Karu gained slight edge over Sajith in the presidential race?

Views - 15 Monday, 16 September 2019 00:00

By A. Ranasinghe The Financial Times in its issue of 11 September has given publicity to the results of a survey carried out by a retired Professor of Peradeniya in which the survey has revealed that Speaker Karu Jayasuriya (KJ) has a slight edge ove


Gotabaya: The same old wine in a new bottle

Views - 27 Monday, 16 September 2019 00:00

By Ashoka Mihindu Gotabaya Rajapaksa last week addressed a packed audience of prominent businessmen in the country under a theme titled – Viyathmaga. Many of his fans claim that once he comes into power, our economy will grow by leaps and bounds.


Not good news!

Views - 589 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:30

THERE ARE THREE KINDS OF PEOPLE: those who make things happen; those who watch while things happen; and those who wonder what happened! The first of these are perhaps evenly split between the best and worst of them… while most of us fall squarely i


Gotabaya – A breath of fresh air at Viyathmaga anniversary celebration

Views - 734 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:19

The strategic direction for Sri Lanka that presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa announced at the Viyathmaga anniversary celebration is both a breath of fresh air in a stale, directionless economic and social environment, and also an elevation of


UN Human Rights Council 42 UK delivers core group statement on Sri Lanka

Views - 142 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:18

UK’s International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French on Tuesday outlined that the UK remains steadfast in its commitment to help Sri Lanka deliver peace, reconciliation and prosperity for all communities. Her statement was on behalf of Canad


Violence against children, through their eyes

Views - 47 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:00

A new global survey conducted by ChildFund Alliance of nearly 5,500 children from 15 countries reveals children feel poorly protected and believe the adults in their lives do not listen to them. Small Voices Big Dreams 2019, released this month, sha


Law and compassion

Views - 269 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:00

It is agreed that all LTTEers were Tamils and not the other way. The same can be applied to the then JVP in 1971 and 1988 because not all Sinhalese were JVPers. Extreme ideologies and Muslim faith in general need to be understood before pointing fing


With over one million, are they three-wheelers or wheels of death?

Views - 195 Wednesday, 11 September 2019 00:00

By Dyan Seneviratne These ubiquitous contraptions, aka three-wheelers or ‘trishaws’ are not designed in any way to speed and/or withstand impact of any significance – those within die or are maimed for life in each high speed accident, being re


Gotabaya whitewashed himself

Views - 1326 Wednesday, 11 September 2019 00:00

Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s recent speech at the Viyathmaga Convention is incredible (‘Gotabaya on democracy, rule of law and justice’). Rajapaksa says things like “[t]he rule of law is critical to any discussion of national security.” And he rem


No good reason to back out of the $ 480 m MCC grant

Views - 206 Tuesday, 10 September 2019 00:07

Sri Lanka could lose out on interest-free aid to develop transportation infrastructure and improve land management, if the Cabinet delays decision on the MCC grant By Advocata Institute Sri Lanka is at risk of losing a $ 480 million Millennium Ch


The irresponsive 119

Views - 73 Tuesday, 10 September 2019 00:06

I called 119 at 11:08 p.m. It was engaged. I continued dialing for five minutes until 11:13. At 11:14 p.m. I called Police Headquarters who advised me to dial 281-0180. I tried it for two minutes and gave up at 11:17 p.m. and once again dialed 119 at


Flooding due to blockage of drain

Views - 32 Tuesday, 10 September 2019 00:05

Under the Gamperaliya program, interlocking paving stones have been fixed in our garden and even the drain was made larger than what it was. In spite of the renovation which would have cost the Municipality a colossal sum, the entrance to this garden


Three cheers for Lakshman Kiriella! What a showdown!

Views - 328 Tuesday, 10 September 2019 00:00

If he has anything in the name of dignity, Kabir Hashim should resign both from his position of party Chairman and Minister. Announcement But, first some related preliminaries. Upon hearing that the Sajith faction’s intimidatory campaign for nomin


Perplexity regarding the delay in Provincial Council Elections

Views - 104 Tuesday, 10 September 2019 00:00

When an Act is passed by Parliament it becomes Law. Everyone has to abide by it. The Parliament of Sri Lanka passed the Provincial Councils Elections (Amendment) Act, No. 17 of 2017, which was certified on 22 September 2017. This was an amendment to


Lakshman Tilakaratna (1947-2019): Gentleman and engineer

Views - 19 Tuesday, 10 September 2019 00:00

By Rajan Philips Engineer Lakshman Tilakaratna passed away quite suddenly more than month ago, on Tuesday, 16 July. For nearly 35 years, Lakshman was associated with Eastern Merchants, a Colombo public limited company and a major trading house, as Di


Deshamanya M.A. Bakeer Markar left his mark in every Sri Lankan’s heart

Views - 212 Tuesday, 10 September 2019 00:00

Passionate in his noble thoughts with an undying belief in unity for the sake of peace, coexistence and above all the development of the nation, Deshamanya Al Haj Mohammed Abdul Bakeer Markar was a prominent lawyer, a formidable politician and a lovi


Easter Sunday event and concessions to the tourism industry

Views - 160 Tuesday, 10 September 2019 00:00

The Easter Sunday event had a catastrophic impact on the tourism industry in Sri Lanka, with many businesses and individuals highly exposed to the industry facing severe hardship by way of a significant impact on revenues resulting in a cashflow cris


Ravindra Fernando does it again: Releasing two books on forensic analyses of crime and torture

Views - 3365 Monday, 9 September 2019 00:25

Perhaps, it is only the LSE based economics don – the late Harry G. Johnson – who might have beaten Ravindra Fernando, emeritus professor of forensic medicine and toxicology of the Colombo Medical School, off his book publishing track. Johnson wa


Sumithrayo at hand to prevent despair via befriending and empowering

Views - 20 Monday, 9 September 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka can be held up as an example of working towards suicide prevention. In 1995, it was reported the country has the highest rates in the world. However, due to timely interventions by stakeholders such as Sumithrayo, the country has made major


“Navajeevana”: a place where life finds a way

Views - 74 Monday, 9 September 2019 00:00

By Aysha Maryam Cassim Navajeevana is a charity approved by Parliament, based in the Hambantota district of southern Sri Lanka, working to rehabilitate people with disabilities as equal and participating members of a non-discriminatory society. In 19


SOS Children’s Village celebrates 100th birth anniversary of founder

Views - 13 Monday, 9 September 2019 00:00

On 23 June, SOS Children’s Villages Sri Lanka celebrated ‘SOS Day’ honouring the 100th birth anniversary of their founder Dr. Hermann Gmeiner. ‘SOS Day’ is celebrated annually during the month of June to memorialise the globally-renowned hu


Is a ‘new face’ in executive governance the answer to all our woes?

Views - 154 Monday, 9 September 2019 00:00

I haven’t written to the print media for a while now, mostly out of sheer disgust at what is displayed daily, rapid decline in all spheres of Government and for the same reason have also limited my airtime on electronic media to once-a-month now; I


Economics of elections and electioneering

Views - 84 Monday, 9 September 2019 00:00

Conducting elections for the presidency or Parliament or Provincial Councils is a hugely expensive affair. The Chief Financial Officer of Sri Lanka’s Election Commission recently reported that it would cost an estimated Rs. 4 billion to conduct any


How do the poor pay for the national debt and corruption?

Views - 21 Monday, 9 September 2019 00:00

One of the most frequent practices in the public hospitals now is that patients have to pay for everything. For example, a patient undergoing an operation has to buy everything from outside shops, even the plaster that is used to cover the wound caus


Bangladesh: Approaching the Indian Ocean

Views - 265 Monday, 9 September 2019 00:00

For ages, Bangladesh has been a maritime nation. With around 700 long coastlines, traversed by over 200 rivers and 29 coastal islands and an even gradient to the coastal shelf, Bangladesh people have dynamic engagements with blue waters. With contem


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Industry 4.0, disruptive technology and MAS Matrix: An example for way forward in Sri Lanka

Monday, 16 September 2019

Technology has always been disruptive. When a new technology is introduced, it changes the way the humankind lives, behaves, earns, interacts and communicates. Some 10,000 years ago, when agriculture and animal breeding were domesticated through the


Radically reinvented reality: Relevance to Sri Lanka

Monday, 16 September 2019

I am delighted to be involved in the National HR Conference 2019, the largest HR event in South Asia. This time it is on the theme ‘Radically Reinvented Reality’. We need to take another look at the way we act institutionally and nationally, in u


Boeing in MAX-imum trouble

Monday, 16 September 2019

Boeing, America’s mighty aircraft manufacturer, is in deep trouble. The controversy surrounding the best-selling 737 MAX has refused to go away. The Federal Aviation Administration, the US aviation regulator, has spent over 110,000 hours addressing


Gotabaya Rajapaksa at Viyathmaga: Vision with an authoritarian zeal!

Monday, 16 September 2019

Gotabaya Rajapaksa has unveiled his national strategy or vision as a presidential candidate with an authoritarian zeal. This is clear from his Viyathmaga speech. He should be commended however for his fairly clear expression of views and objectives.


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