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Upgrading livelihood strategies and the redeployment of three-wheeler drivers in Sri Lanka

Views - 181 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

Three-wheelers have become a popular mode of transport in the urban, rural and state sectors of the country. This informal transport sector has boomed throughout both the developed and developing worlds, bridging the gap of inadequate, inefficient an

Nature of circumstances in business – yet unforeseen

Views - 106 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

The academic teachings in business expressly or impliedly advocate the notion of correlation between knowledge and outcome in which there is some belief that knowledge through futuristic models in business and strategies recommended may result in suc

Follow the leader: Management by Walking Around

Views - 532 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

Management by Walking Around (MBWA) has received prominence due to the leadership of the country President Gotabaya Rajapaksa making surprise visits to some of the important Government departments to observe the workings and efficiency of the public

Central Bank’s Road Map for 2020 and Beyond: Government’s full cooperation is needed to realise targets

Views - 5160 Monday, 13 January 2020 09:40

Last week, the new Governor of the Central Bank, Prof. W.D. Lakshman, unveiled the Central Bank’s Road Map for 2020 and Beyond before a select audience. The speech delivered by Lakshman can be accessed at .

Way forward to success

Views - 159 Monday, 13 January 2020 09:35

People/politicians of the country are famous for talking of the past. Yes this country was strong at independence. 72 years later we have come a long way with +/-. Now let’s forget the past and march towards the future. To be a great country once a

The assassination of an Iranian General

Views - 118 Monday, 13 January 2020 09:34

General Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s greatest military general, was assassinated by an American drone strike near Baghdad International Airport on 3 January 2020.

The R&R Supernova

Views - 634 Monday, 13 January 2020 09:31

by Tisaranee Gunasekara “The obstinacy on which power is based is never so fragile as in the moment of its triumph.” Italo Calvino (A King Listens) On 7 December 2019, the Government of Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Mahinda Rajapaksa issued a circular

Ranjan’s whirlpool and National Anthem

Views - 2106 Friday, 10 January 2020 00:00

The police had taken into custody, 338 CDs containing recordings of telephone conversations, found in the residence of MP Ranjan Ramanayake. The number of telephone conversations recorded in them is more than 13,000. Ranjan Ramanayake had followed a

Battle of Stalingrad, the turning point of World War II

Views - 349 Friday, 10 January 2020 00:00

“We have opponents. There can be no mercy allowed them. On the contrary, there is only one possibility: either we fall, or our opponent falls. We are aware of that, and we are men enough to look this knowledge straight in the eye, cool as ice. And

Let’s go trilingual, nay, quadrilingual with the national anthem!

Views - 160 Thursday, 9 January 2020 00:15

It was reported in the newspapers that the National Anthem will be sung only in Sinhala at the 72nd Independence Day celebrations to be held on 4 February at the Independence Square. This is to request that the anthem be sung in at least three langua

Language of the national anthem

Views - 996 Thursday, 9 January 2020 00:11

I was studying in Grade Seven when I joined the Scout Association at my school. Scouts have a list of tasks to complete. When you complete them successively, you are given various badges and promotions. One of the very first tasks was to sing the nat

Sri Lanka needs more education entrepreneurs

Views - 588 Thursday, 9 January 2020 00:04

The Government has said that it will take steps to provide every student an opportunity to receive university education in the future. In the last decade global HR thought leaders have created a very powerful human capital view, that if you invest in

EPF needs a review and revision

Views - 410 Thursday, 9 January 2020 00:00

All countries need to address the social security of their subjects who need to be supported. Social security is asserted in Article 22 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, stated as follows: “Everyone, as a member of society, has the rig

End of a decade: where liberalism, capitalism and cultural values are no more in the same basket

Views - 130 Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:30

Talent is the deciding factor when hiring they said, but they ended-up backing the most anti-liberal and protectionist candidate. The mere reason was evident with the quick plunge in the stock market, due to the promised tax cuts and favourable busin

Reformatting Government operating system

Views - 261 Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:00

Sri Lanka has a newly-elected President and an interim group of Ministers, Deputy Ministers and State Ministers. The Secretaries to the Ministries have already been appointed and the Chairpersons and Board of Directors are being progressively appoint

Gota’s vision and Muslim leadership

Views - 1219 Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:00

During the presidential campaign, Colombo Telegraph (1 November 2019) carried a column, ‘Muslims Must Turn Left’, to which one commentator responded, “Not left or right but straight”. I am not sure what that commentator meant by ‘straight

Tobacco smoking in Sri Lanka: Going the last mile

Views - 494 Tuesday, 7 January 2020 00:47

By Chathurga Karunanayake and Chamini Thilanka Despite multiple measures by successive governments to bring down tobacco prevalence in Sri Lanka, still more than one in four males use tobacco. Reducing smoking prevalence is also identified as one of

NATA Chairman enthuses over tobacco control efforts

Views - 95 Tuesday, 7 January 2020 00:46

Sri Lanka’s National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA) is tasked with regulating and preventing harm from tobacco and alcohol products. Speaking to Daily FT its Chairman Dr. Palitha Abeykoon states that the situation with respect to tobacco i

Expediting judicial process to deliver judgments within 1,000 days and enhancing economic growth: Part 2

Views - 89 Tuesday, 7 January 2020 00:10

Why has the judicial system become so unfocussed, lethargic and unpopular and take time to deliver judgment after more than 25 years? There are more than 25 reasons for the above situation, and those 25 reasons considered to be significant are given

Electricity crisis and Gotabaya’s proposals

Views - 1259 Tuesday, 7 January 2020 00:00

The last Presidential Election was held under precarious electricity supply conditions to citizens, after power-cuts in March/April. Easter Sunday attacks reduced tourist arrivals and heavy rainfall from July to Christmas filled the country’s reser

Winds of change a positive sign for 2020 and beyond?

Views - 250 Tuesday, 7 January 2020 00:00

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa outlined his and his Government’s policies during the opening of the Parliament on 3 January. He emphasised on the need for transformation of all segments of the society with a singular focus on economic transformation

Appreciation: Deivanayagam Eassuwaren

Views - 608 Monday, 6 January 2020 00:20

By Baladeva Kospattadeniya Today (6 January) marks the second death anniversary of Devanayagam Eassuwaren, a very successful businessman, who had contributed much to the Sri Lankan business community, a well-respected and recognised social worker, wh

Ocean University of Sri Lanka and potential contributions to national development

Views - 327 Monday, 6 January 2020 00:18

Post-independent Sri Lanka inherited an archaic system of limited vision and productivity within the fisheries and national aquatic resources exploitation policies of Sri Lanka. While there were support agencies such as the Fisheries Department, the

Expediting judicial process to deliver judgments within 1,000 days and enhancing economic growth: Part 1

Views - 141 Monday, 6 January 2020 00:15

Sri Lanka, having an economy of $ 89 billion in 2018, is facing several challenges to resurrect the economy, mainly due to the dismal economic performance in the recent past. During the last four years growth rate of Gross Domestic Production has dec

Gota’s economic war: Ferocity of the enemy makes the challenge frightening

Views - 7683 Monday, 6 January 2020 00:00

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa – now fondly called Gota by everyone – inherited an underperforming economy. It was just like the economy which the previous administration had inherited from his brother some five years ago. As I had presented in thi

Incumbent President of Sri Lanka must enforce domestic discipline

Views - 245 Monday, 6 January 2020 00:00

The incumbent President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in his dedicatory maiden speech on the fourth session of the eighth Parliament, said that electoral reforms were needed to ensure the stability of Parliament. He also stated this Parliament should become an

President outlines vision for Sri Lanka in Parliament

Views - 280 Saturday, 4 January 2020 00:11

Following is President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s inaugural speech in Parliament yesterday

Dirty little secret: The enslaved hands behind the clean wheel

Views - 248 Saturday, 4 January 2020 00:05

An article by Forbes in June 2019 titled ‘Electric Models to dominate car sales by 2040, wiping out 13 m barrels a day of oil demand’ made headlines as the demand for electric cars continues to rise exponentially, in most

CEMSL calls upon Government to abolish MMDA and establish only one law for all

Views - 206 Saturday, 4 January 2020 00:04

Council of Ex-Muslims of Sri Lanka (CEMSL) celebrated its third anniversary and held the Annual General Meeting on 26 December 2019 in Colombo. CEMSL was founded in 2016. The prime objective of CEMSL is to establish a community, provide emotional and

A new ‘sun of righteousness’ over a ‘thrice-blessed isle’?

Views - 600 Friday, 3 January 2020 00:30

I didn’t get a new year’s greeting from the President this year. But I’m not complaining because it’s rather reassuring that our Chief Executive won’t stoop to conquer, unlike many of his presidential predecessors. Since our new Head of Sta

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Strategies towards the vision of ‘Clean Country – Green Environment’

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Sri Lanka is a small island in South Asia. In early times, it was named the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. But what is happening to the pearl now? As a result of urbanisation and increase of population, environmental issues related to solid waste are inc

Has Sri Lanka really understood India’s economic potential?

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

India, a land with a diverse culture and heritage, is no doubt the centre of the South Asia that can take rest of the countries surrounding it to greater economic prosperity within the next few decades. This article is not a technical analysis of Ind

A challenge for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa: The societal, economic and political debt

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

The challenges before President Rajapaksa in balancing and striving towards balancing the societal, economic and political balance sheets is enormous. Although shown separately, these three are interconnected and interdependent, therefore requiring a

Gota’s ‘Viyathmaga’ to the future

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Any critical assessment of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa must take into consideration the salient characteristics that make him stand out from the run-of-the-mill politicians who had occupied the peaks of power.

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