Columnists,Ajantha Dharmasiri,Opinion and Issues

Living the strategy: Lessons for Sri Lanka

Views - 388 Monday, 11 March 2019 00:00

Strategy is an often confusingly used term that may mean different things to different people. I have seen this happening in Sri Lanka, where crafting and executing strategy is cluttered by myriad jargons. We need clarity and commitment towards formu


Making way for a people’s constitution

Views - 130 Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:10

Presently, Sri Lanka is in a state of terrible confusion with no proper constitution. The second Republican constitution, due to continuous and haphazard amendments, has been rendered a frail and disorganised statute deprived of consistency and prope


Fear the pain, curse of the oppressed

Views - 137 Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:10

“The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them” – Karl Marx


Abolishing the Executive Presidency is dangerous if electoral system is not changed

Views - 661 Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:00

Only two out of seven times in the last Parliamentary Elections in Sri Lanka has a party or alliance won even a simple majority. Five out of Sri Lanka’s last seven parliaments have started out as hung parliaments. The only two exceptions were in 19


How women can build the future of business in Sri Lanka

Views - 93 Friday, 8 March 2019 15:01

Gender balance is not only a women’s issue, it is a business issue. A recent study from the McKinsey Global Institute estimates that women in Asia Pacific, if given equal opportunities at work, would create additional GDP, equivalent to an economy


Balancing for better, every day, at 99X Technology

Views - 54 Friday, 8 March 2019 14:58

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day ‘Balance for Better’ calls for the building of a gender balanced world. As humanity progresses in ever increasing strides, communities around the world are realising that gender balance is more


Women In Need, Sri Lanka: Protector of women and girls

Views - 469 Friday, 8 March 2019 14:46

Established in 1988, Women In Need (better known as WIN) is a recognised, non-governmental organisation trusted nationally and internationally in its role in protecting victims of domestic and all forms of sexual and gender-based violence in Sri Lank


Despite all odds: Climate resilient women

Views - 75 Friday, 8 March 2019 14:43

Time and time again, it has been proven that inclusion of women in development dialogues is essential to sustainable development. And it’s even more so relevant to Sri Lanka, as we battle the biggest existential threat that we’ve faced to date—


Brandix – Supporting the Hands that Inspire

Views - 56 Friday, 8 March 2019 14:35

For over 40 years, Brandix has been providing inspired solutions to renowned brands across the world. Our vertically integrated supply chain, expanding global network of manufacturing and operating locations, an inspired employee base, and technology


Why investing in women and girls will take off in 2019

Views - 54 Friday, 8 March 2019 14:33

I recently attended a meeting of investors, asset managers, foundations, family offices, and social entrepreneurs organised in New York by the Financial Times to explore “gender lens investing,” that is, investing in women and girls to boost over


Employing more women could boost economies by 35%, says IMF chief Christine Lagarde

Views - 55 Friday, 8 March 2019 14:30

Hiring more women and abolishing discriminatory laws would significantly boost the world economy, according to Christine Lagarde.


Nearly a quarter of lawmakers worldwide are women: study

Views - 13 Friday, 8 March 2019 14:15

GENEVA, AFP: Nearly a quarter of all lawmakers serving in national parliaments worldwide are women, after more progress towards gender parity was made in 2018, the International Parliamentary Union said Tuesday.


Want trillions of dollars injected into the economy? Pay women the same as men

Views - 19 Friday, 8 March 2019 13:43

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Developed countries could add trillions of dollars to their economies by increasing women’s participation in the workforce and ensuring they earn as much as men, global accounting firm PwC said in a study on Tuesday.


She’s Mercedes speaks out to empower women

Views - 45 Friday, 8 March 2019 13:39

Inspiring women all around the world, She’s Mercedes is a platform that was built to connect and empower women to unleash their fullest potential. Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO) introduces this platform to Sri Lanka as part of delivering Mer


Bio Foods aiming higher with true employee empowerment

Views - 37 Friday, 8 March 2019 13:33

Bio Foods Ltd., during its 26 years of operation, has set new trends for the local agriculture industry, starting out as a completely organic and fair trade business. Today, the company is one of the world leaders in bio dynamic, organic and fair-tra


Advancing gender equality in Sri Lanka: A crucial balancing act

Views - 88 Friday, 8 March 2019 13:24

Heralded by the hashtag #balanceforbetter, International Women’s Day 2019 arrives March 8 with the call to create a gender-balanced working world. While balance is important for all workers throughout an organisation, it is particularly relevant to


Sustainable and broad-minded solution for Colombo’s traffic

Views - 210 Friday, 8 March 2019 00:00

By Yasith Deshapriya Daily commuters travelling to Colombo from suburbs and beyond are struggling every day to reach their work or school or home on time. It’s been three months since I moved to Colombo to settle in after eight years of living abr


IPS staffers on Budget boost for female labour force participation

Views - 62 Friday, 8 March 2019 00:00

IPS Research Director Nisha Arunatilake The 2019 Budget proposes to improve female labour force participation through several approaches. First, it proposes to improve child and elderly care facilities. In addition, the Budget proposes for schools t


Through the lens: Celebrating women at work on International Women’s Day

Views - 92 Friday, 8 March 2019 00:00

When Nayomi Thomas, one of the winners of the photography competition, stepped into the room at the Old Town Hall, she was surrounded by photographs of Sri Lankan women: women in agriculture and industry, women who plucked tea leaves and others who s


Japan provides $ 500,000 grant aid for empowered women, peaceful communities

Views - 26 Friday, 8 March 2019 00:00

The Government of Japan has decided to provide a grant aid worth $ 500,000 (approximately Rs. 87 million) for the project of ‘Empowered Women, Peaceful Communities: Promoting Peace and Preventing Intolerance in Sri Lanka,’ implemented by the Unit


The power women of the apparel industry who drive Sri Lanka’s economy

Views - 331 Friday, 8 March 2019 00:00

South Asia is the fastest growing region in the world according to a 2018 study conducted by the World Bank. However, employment growth has not increased in proportion to the fast GDP growth experienced in the region. In fact, employment rates have


Women’s bodies as tools of State control

Views - 348 Friday, 8 March 2019 00:00

Last week men on social media celebrated Women Police Constables (WPCs) being the barrier between student protesters. This was apparently an achievement for gender equality. It is commonplace for Male Police Constables (MPCs) to get all the ‘actio


Planning sans science and technology: Life for us is going to be costly if not painful!

Views - 195 Thursday, 7 March 2019 00:55

Sri Lanka is in a period of extreme challenge and the reasons are manifold – However, I really do not see whether we understand the way out! ‘Sri Lanka: A country trapped in debt’ and ‘Repayment of debt – the biggest nightmare for Sri Lank


Making sure she travels safe

Views - 108 Thursday, 7 March 2019 00:39

Bringing sexual harassment in public transport to the fore, the ‘Does she travel safe?’ campaign, an initiative to generate awareness on norms and attitudes discriminating against women and girls, was launched last Friday in an attempt to put a h


Rev. Pitiduwe Samanthabhadra: Pretender or savant?

Views - 324 Thursday, 7 March 2019 00:34

Judging by the crowds he is gathering around him, this latest monk-sensation in Sri Lanka is on a success tide. Thousands pilgrimage to him at home. The rich and the poor liberally donate pirikara or gifts. Ambitious politicians flock around hoping f


Absolute power corrupts absolutely

Views - 140 Thursday, 7 March 2019 00:23

Advocacy of a system of government according to constitutional principles and the rule of law are the central features of any political democracy that respects human rights. An independent judiciary, the essential guardian of the rule of law, is the


Democracy and development: Sri Lankan style – Part II

Views - 230 Thursday, 7 March 2019 00:00

The Government is keen to expand the Cabinet to accommodate those who shifted allegiance to the new Government. Do we need more of the above people? Certainly not. An increase in the size of the Cabinet is totally unnecessary and could only lead to t


Construction industry in a crisis

Views - 506 Wednesday, 6 March 2019 00:00

In any country, the performance of the construction industry is often considered as a barometer of economic development. At present, our construction industry is plagued by low construction volume, skilled worker shortage, high construction costs, an


Secretary-General: Promoting inclusive trade ‘key’ to economic prosperity

Views - 40 Wednesday, 6 March 2019 00:00

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has reaffirmed the Commonwealth’s collective commitment to an inclusive, fair and open rules-based multilateral trading system which drives growth, productivity, innovation and employability. She was speaking at


Are Colombo malls listening to consumers’ pulse?

Views - 139 Wednesday, 6 March 2019 00:00

Retail stores inside the malls were empty with few shoppers even when its common spaces like the lobby areas, food courts, etc. bustled with people. Mall-going culture the very essence of urban living has not been norm in Colombo so far due to the la


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Wounding the social psyche

Friday, 19 April 2019

In this article, I intend to discuss the serious wounds inflicted on the psyche of Sri Lankan society, which have not received adequate attention, but need immediate cure, for they might develop into a dangerous cancer if not treated without further


No more stones to break Sri Lankan bones

Friday, 19 April 2019

Trial by fire is not a new ordeal to Christian community. It predates Notre Dame and Nazism by millennia. In fact, a decade or so before Nero torched believers to light Roman avenues, Jewish religious leaders put Jesus-followers to the test as the Ch


What 5G could be to Game of Thrones (and vice versa)

Friday, 19 April 2019

We will be hearing a lot about these two seemingly unrelated topics this month. In a hurriedly but meticulously organised event, Dialog Axiata recently demonstrated 5G applications for the first time in South Asia. 5G will be commercially available


On time – Only for a week! A must-change!

Thursday, 18 April 2019

We are in April and the month where we witness the declaration of a new year as per our traditional practice. It is that period of time when a huge majority of our population, which certainly can be counted in millions, intends to act in unison and q


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