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Innovation conundrum: We do or don’t do!

Views - 8 Thursday, 17 October 2019 01:08

It is perhaps important to highlight the need for seriously considering an aspect that we need to embrace and embed if we are ever to transform our economy from a dependent deprived status to a one worthy of emulation. The aspect in question is innov


Muslim voters want a national leader who will eliminate extremism amongst all communities

Views - 4 Thursday, 17 October 2019 01:00

Conscious of the security concerns in the country, the nearly 1.4 million Muslim voters of Sri Lanka will be strongly influenced this time by the election manifestos as well as the ‘promise-upholding’ credentials of the presidential candidates, w


Will Gotabaya Rajapaksa suffer the same fate as Hillary Clinton?

Views - 10 Thursday, 17 October 2019 01:00

By Vidushan Premathiratne, CFA It is just about a month for the people to select their next leader. In that contest, it seems more or less evident that Gotabaya Rajapaksa remains far ahead of his closest rival from the United National Party (UNP), Mi


The Jaffna International Airport: Fulfilling Sri Lankan aspirations

Views - 7 Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:56

By N. Lohathayalan The Palaly Airport was opened on 359 acres of land by the British Armed Forces, with the first flight to India being made on 10 December 1947. As of today, it will function as the Jaffna International Airport. The ceremonial openin


Palaly comes to life again

Views - 5 Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:54

Today, 17 October, Sri Lanka is scheduled to re-open the Palaly Airport as its third international aerodrome. There will be many who will applaud and give praise for the refurbishment and upgrading of the new airport; and there will be others who wil


Who would match promises with current reality?

Views - 6 Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:50

The time for promises has started. Everybody utters how they will make Sri Lanka a better place. But have they learnt anything from the previous election manifestos? Has the public learnt from the great difference between the election manifesto and t


Ceylon Chamber of Commerce’s key recommendations on legislation, regulations and governance

Views - 5 Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:47

Lead: Dilani Alagaratnam – President, Group Legal & HR, John Keells Holdings Members of the working group: Prof. Rohan Samarajiva – Founding Chair, LIRNEasia & Chairman, ICTA Dr. J.C. Swaminathan – Partner, Julius & Creasy Dr. Arittha Wikrama


Why Turkey took the fight to Syria

Views - 3 Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:00

By Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu ANKARA, Turkey: It is dismaying that Turkey’s military operation in northeastern Syria is being spun in the American news media as an attack on Kurds, as weakening the fight against the remnants of Daesh (or the so-called I


The Milky Way

Views - 4 Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:00

When Rathinam Jenaka first began working at YARLCO, she was only allowed to boil the milk. As she stood stirring the pot, she would glance over to the other women on the factory floor. “Some girls were doing skilled work, and people would come and


UN Secretary-General’s message

Views - 2 Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:00

Ending extreme poverty is at the heart of the world’s efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and build a sustainable future for all. But success in leaving no one behind will remain elusive if we do not target the people who are fart


Ministry of Higher Education: A nation rich in human capital

Views - 268 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 01:50

This series is based on business leader Dhammika Perera’s recently revealed ‘Economic Growth Strategy and Action Plan to increase GDP Per Capita from $ 4,000 to $ 12,000’. The document outlines goals and action plans for 23 ministries and today


MMDA, niqab, ACJU and a monk

Views - 123 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 00:56

MMDA saga continues without an end. After nine years of gestation, the Justice Saleem Marsoof (JSM) Committee which, for the first time in Sri Lankan Muslim history, lent an ear to the voice of Muslim women on a matter that affects their lives direct


An appeal to fair and impartial posterity

Views - 34 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 00:53

By Zulkifli Nazim Gautama Buddha in one of his discourses stated: “The wheel of life and death is kept turning by the three poisons of greed, hatred, and stupidity. By cutting off the three poisons, we can escape the wheel and become enlightened.


Cigarette smuggling in Sri Lanka: Hype vs. reality

Views - 135 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 00:50

In the run-up to elections, Sri Lanka is once again witnessing various news activities highlighting how the Government is losing revenue due to increased consumption of illicit cigarettes and beedi. However, the wider Government policy on tobacco con


Dramas and dilemmas of political marketing during Presidential Elections

Views - 41 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 00:45

The Presidential race is taking momentum, which is further intensified by the eagerness to see what would be the role of the new President elected under the 19th Amendment of the Constitution. Of course, the Presidential race has only two possible p


Sajith Premadasa last hope for the downtrodden

Views - 95 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 00:43

Minister of Housing and Construction Sajith Premadasa is clearly a man who has declared war on poverty. If he becomes the seventh elected President on 17 November, he will hopefully liberate the downtrodden citizens of our nation. Many of the lower


Free and Open Indo-Pacific Vision and Belt and Road Initiative: Can they coexist?

Views - 33 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 00:37

Internationally-renowned Japanese Professor of Contemporary Chinese Politics at the Graduate School for Law and Politics and Dean of the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo, Akio Takahara, delivered a thought-provoking lecture


Amended Land (Restrictions on Alienation) Act No. 38 of 2014: Challenge for Gotabaya and Sajith

Views - 121 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00

“First, the US and the MCC will not buy, own any land under this agreement. It is illegal under Sri Lankan law for foreigners including Americans to buy or own land here. Second, MCC compact has no connection with US military,” MCC Sri Lanka Resi


If Sajith wants to win

Views - 2379 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00

Presidential Elections are more about candidate and less about the party. That explains the curious, yet familiar process that we have witnessed in recent weeks; would-be candidate refashioning the party structures in his own image or attempting to d


Ceylon Chamber of Commerce’s key recommendations on trade

Views - 77 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce recently launched a working draft of ‘Sri Lanka Economic Acceleration Framework 2020-25’ towards building a $ 135 billion economy by 2025. Today we feature the Trade Working Group proposals from the document


Crumbling courts, rumbling sentiments

Views - 427 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00

The High Court and District Court premises in Colombo were built about 300 years ago during the Dutch period, at Hulftsdorp which is named after the Dutch General Hulft who died in 1656 by a bullet, fired by a Portuguese soldier while besieging the P


BOC refuses to accept water bill payment over the counter?

Views - 293 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00

When I visited the Bank of Ceylon, 94, Main Street, Pettah last Thursday to settle the  water bill, the young lady teller refused point-blank to accept  the payment (please note that all three tellers were free as there wasn’t a queue at all)


Ceylon Tea: Not an adoption driver?

Views - 293 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00

The latest research study done using Artificial Intelligence (AI) on consumer perceptions on a sample market like ‘Australia’ reveal that, the key attributes that a consumer looks for when selecting tea are: quality of tea, type of tea and tea fl


Condottieri contesting for presidency?

Views - 108 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00

Condottieri is the plural for condottiere, which is Italian in origin, meaning the leader or captain of a mercenary army. They are hirelings bought for money or other rewards by a resourceful party. How and whys of a war or struggle is not their conc


Urgent attention required against threats faced by two civil society activists

Views - 495 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00

We, the undersigned concerned about democracy, justice and rule of law in Sri Lanka, are alarmed at the threats made against two senior civil society activists for filing an application in the Court of Appeal (CA) challenging the validity of the dual


Peer-to-peer advocacy on sexual and reproductive health rights is the need of the hour

Views - 56 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00

Project ‘Safe Space,’ an initiative by the Society for Health Education (SHE – a member association of International Planned Parenthood Federation) is positively changing the recreational spaces in Maldives as a platform for youth to initiate


Ministry of Education: A nation rich in human capital

Views - 314 Monday, 14 October 2019 00:40

lIncrease the current number of students doing A/L from 218,191 to 300,000 and ensure majority of A/L students do STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects. lEnsure 360,000 students per annum sit for O/Ls. lDevelop 771 schools u


South Asia’s trajectory through innovations and disruptions in the 4IR

Views - 17 Monday, 14 October 2019 00:00

By Harini Weerasekera The primary issue that arose at the plenary on ‘Promoting Innovation and Disruption in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)’, at the 12th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES XII), organised by the IPS, was the role of disrupt


First 100 days action plan of the next President of Sri Lanka (V1.0)

Views - 204 Monday, 14 October 2019 00:00

There is a popular trend among presidential candidates to present an action plan for their first 100 days in office. Although I used to think that it was just an election gimmick, I am now beginning to think it is a good way to think through the imme


Bankrupt Sri Lanka Incorporated: Prospective rescuers should come up with a common policy

Views - 5243 Monday, 14 October 2019 00:00

The case of a bankrupt company What do you think of a private company which is indebted to the hilt, does not earn enough to repay its debt and experiences a low sales growth which is declining year after year? Surely, it is a problem company needing


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Facing the chill wind: Decline in agricultural exports in Sri Lanka

Thursday, 17 October 2019

During the past two years, there is a marked increase in the export revenue as indicated in table 1. The export earnings from January to July 2019 also grew by 2.8% compared to the corresponding period of the previous year, despite the uncertainties


The ‘Strategic Blueprint’ of your firm: Articulating your competitive strategy

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Why do many firms fail to achieve their ambitions and growth targets in revenue and profitability? Several reasons can be found and one of the fundamental issues lies with the firm’s leadership not being able to articulate its competitive strategy


Innovation conundrum: We do or don’t do!

Thursday, 17 October 2019

It is perhaps important to highlight the need for seriously considering an aspect that we need to embrace and embed if we are ever to transform our economy from a dependent deprived status to a one worthy of emulation. The aspect in question is innov


Palaly comes to life again

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Today, 17 October, Sri Lanka is scheduled to re-open the Palaly Airport as its third international aerodrome. There will be many who will applaud and give praise for the refurbishment and upgrading of the new airport; and there will be others who wil


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