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Ranil and Dhammika heat up Fireside Chat

Views - 1130 Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:20

By Uditha Jayasinghe and Charumini de Silva Progressive policy making requires both political will and innovative thinking. Bringing these two aspects together, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and business leader Dhammika Perera gave insights o


Diplomatic discourse on Sri Lanka’s way forward

Views - 220 Monday, 25 March 2019 00:00

Growth in a globalised world requires working with partners, learning from others and adapting international best practices. Insights and recommendations from a wide variety of country representatives were showcased recently at Fireside Chat 2019, wi


‘Balancing for better beyond International Women’s Day’ – Amanda Murphy, HSBC

Views - 7 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

This year’s International Women’s Day theme “Balance for Better” was a focal point of conversation when HSBC Group General Manager and HSBC UK Head of Commercial Banking Amanda Murphy visited the HSBC Main Office in Colombo 01. As an energet


‘SheLeads’ IWD event by Google’s Womenwill to focus on leadership and gender balance

Views - 72 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

A balanced world is a better world. This is the idea behind this year’s International Women’s Day, which was celebrated on 8 March. In celebrating this annual event, Google’s Womenwill program focuses on the idea that bringing about gender equ


Auxenta champions its female employees on International Women’s Day

Views - 21 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Sri Lankan Silicon Valley tech firm Auxenta is commemorati


WIM empowers next generation workforce with career awareness in Ampara

Views - 30 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Women in Management, always leading change for women and youth, celebrated International Women’s day by taking traditional women’s forums out of Colombo. Under the theme of #Betterforbalance i.e. gender balance in the workplace, they focused on t


Innovating for change: The European Union hosts a gender forum in celebration of IWD 2019

Views - 16 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Aiming to ‘think equal, build smart, and innovate for change,’ the Delegation of the European Union (EU) hosted a gender forum titled “Sharing gender-transformative approaches to peace-building in Sri Lanka” in celebration of International Wo


Ladies VIP Night partnering HSBC to celebrate International Women’s Week 2019 a resounding success

Views - 51 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:33

Sources cite that women’s equality is still a long way off. There is a strong call-to-action to press forward and continue to progress gender parity. People around the world are mobilising for a future that is more equal, working relentlessly to cl


Budget 2019 and impact on listed companies

Views - 123 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:00

INCOME TAX (INLAND REVENUE ACT NO. 24 OF 2017) AMENDMENTS W.E.F. 1 APR 2019 Proposals Exempt earnings by any non-resident person on any sovereign bond denominated in local or foreign currency Exempt interest income earned by any resident person on


Business leaders, professionals have their say on Budget 2019

Views - 874 Tuesday, 12 March 2019 00:55

The 9th consecutive annual post Budget Forum 2019 organised by Daily FT and the Colombo University MBA Alumni Association brought together a host of business leaders and professionals to dissect Budget 2019 and share key insights on its impact on the


First Capital reviews Budget 2019

Views - 303 Thursday, 7 March 2019 00:00

The Budget for 2019 focused on continuing its reform agenda though with a much slower liberalisation policy framework while taking measures to revive and strengthen the local entrepreneur. Heavy focus has been laid on promoting tourism together with


V-Awards 2018: 14 finalists honoured for serving Sri Lanka

Views - 312 Wednesday, 6 March 2019 00:00

After months of nominations and thorough selection, Sri Lanka’s 14 most inspiring individuals were acknowledged at the V-Awards 2018 on 20 February at Nelum Pokuna Theatre. They were recognised for their selfless deeds and special contribution to p


‘Aarth’ to wow audiences at SAARC Woman Entrepreneur Awards

Views - 107 Monday, 25 February 2019 00:00

Women fashion entrepreneurs from SAARC countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, India and Sri Lanka – will together display their art and designs that symbolise the cultural heritage of each of their coun


Ladies VIP Night in partnership with HSBC celebrate International Women’s Week 2019 at Shangri-La

Views - 418 Monday, 25 February 2019 00:00

Ladies VIP Night in partnership with HSBC will celebrate the International Women’s Week 2019 on 6 March at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo under the theme ‘Women to unite, to empower, inspire and help make a change for a better future’. Sources cite


What it takes for Sri Lanka to achieve 5 million tourists by 2021

Views - 2103 Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:00

Doubling of tourist arrivals to five million in three years requires Sri Lanka to take some bold and innovative measures apart from effective marketing of a more organised tourism destination, a top expert opined.


If God deleted Sri Lanka, who would notice and why?

Views - 3142 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 00:22

Professor Simon Anholt, who coined the term ‘nation brand’, once asked, “If the hand of God should accidentally slip on the celestial keyboard tomorrow and hit delete and Britain went, who would notice and why?” I would like to ask the same


Sri Lanka-Philippines commit to bolster bilateral ties

Views - 182 Wednesday, 23 January 2019 00:00

Upon the invitation of His Excellency Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of the Republic of the Philippines, His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, undertook a State Visit to the Philippines from


Sri Lanka Outlook 2019: Challenges and opportunities

Views - 2216 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:00

The Sri Lankan stock market witnessed a decline in 2018, with the ASPI declining -5% to 6,052 points , whilst the more liquid S&P SL20 fell -15% to 3,135 points - steepest decline since 2011 (vs. gains of +2% and +5% respectively in 2017). Downward m


Lasantha did not die in vain

Views - 423 Wednesday, 9 January 2019 00:00

A decade is a long time to grieve, too long to solve a murder. Too long to come to terms that no one cares but for their benefit which does not include the aggrieved. Sad though, this seems to be the reality. Lasantha certainly did not die in vain.


From death to a larger liberty

Views - 383 Wednesday, 9 January 2019 00:00

Why are they all here? The mournful friends and grief-stricken family. That sly fox of a phoenix-like politico. Those happy humbugs. These hysterical hyenas with their hopeful platitudes. Their hypocrisy hamstrung only by the disbelieving silence of


The importance of being Lasantha

Views - 380 Wednesday, 9 January 2019 00:00

The family and friends of Lasantha Wickrematunge have gathered on the morning of January 8th for the past 10 years to say a prayer and light candles by the side of his grave. It has also been an occasion to share memories, recall his contribution to


Central Bank Road Map 2019

Views - 1434 Thursday, 3 January 2019 01:44

Your Excellencies, members of the Monetary Board, Senior Deputy Governor, Deputy Governors, Assistant Governors and officials of the Central bank, distinguished invitees, ladies and gentlemen, it is a pleasure for me to warmly welcome you to the pres


Sri Lanka Prosperity Index 2017 shows progress from preceding year

Views - 559 Tuesday, 20 November 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka Prosperity Index (SLPI) increased to 0.771 in 2017 from the 0.661 recorded in 2016, mainly due to improvements in the Economy and Business Climate and Socio-Economic Infrastructure sub-indices.


Sri Lanka hosts international seminar: ‘BRI at Five Years – Regional and Global Dimensions’

Views - 829 Monday, 19 November 2018 00:36

An international seminar under the theme of ‘BRI at Five Years – Regional and Global Dimensions’ jointly organised by the Chinese Embassy and the Bandaranaike Center for International Studies (BCIS) was successfully held in Colombo on 16 Novemb


Cyber security experts on paradigm shift and challenges in digital forensics

Views - 1076 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:00

By Hiyal Biyagamage In one of its blog posts, Cellebrite, the global leader in the digital intelligence market, states that between 1 January and 14 June this year, there were 3,056 fatalities and 584 attacks. By the end of 2018, terrorists will have


CSE-SEC Investor Forum in UK, Scotland a success

Views - 408 Monday, 29 October 2018 00:00

The Colombo Stock Exchange and the Securities and Exchange Commission successfully concluded the Invest Sri Lanka Forums in London, UK and Edinburgh, Scotland recently. Separately presentations were made to Sri Lankan diaspora in London as well, host


Sri Lanka Banking Sector: Status quo as of June 2018

Views - 5957 Tuesday, 16 October 2018 00:15

KPMG Sri Lanka has come out with its second report on the country’s banking sector incorporating the performance up to June 2018. This is a follow up to the first report which captured performance and challenges up to March 2018. KPMG Partner and


Taking accountancy into the digital age

Views - 695 Tuesday, 9 October 2018 09:52

An accountant is one of the main players in any business, be it at a large corporation or a small to medium enterprise. While in the past this role has seen them primarily involved in the monitoring and recording of transactions through an organisati


Top woman professionals and entrepreneurs speak up ahead of 2019 Budget

Views - 1614 Tuesday, 9 October 2018 00:20

In a first-of-its-kind forum, 26 top female professionals were given the opportunity to voice their opinion on a multitude of issues confronting them and the economy and shared their ideas and recommendations for the Government to consider ahead of n


SLCJF celebrates 69th Anniversary of founding of the People’s Republic of China

Views - 249 Tuesday, 9 October 2018 00:00

Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said that the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), along with the China Merchant Port (CMPort) which invested in the Hambantota Port, are looking at going at the third phase of the Hambantota port develop


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Making Sri Lanka go to the ‘MICE’

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Whilst Sri Lanka continues to show a year-on-year growth in tourists, the focus thus far has only been on the number of tourists coming in, instead of the cash inflow and subsequent economic development. As of 2018, the local tourism sector is said t


Govt.’s 2019 Budget proposals are detrimental to women and children

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

The focus and attempt to create a gender-progressive Budget this fiscal year is indeed welcome. However, reading through the Budget proposals, it is alarming to see how many of its allocations to address women’s issues tend to further discriminate


AI and political marketing

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Artificial Intelligence has become a hot topic in the recent past in Sri Lanka, with an eminent business personality explaining how his companies like Singer and HAYLEYS are using this technology to better serve the customers. Let me do a deep dive i


Worms destroying agriculture

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

By mid-March the majority of paddy farmers have completed harvesting their Maha crop; some with financial issues have already disposed their stocks to middlemen. Others are fighting to get a reasonable price for their stocks. The Paddy Marketing Boa


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