Special Report

Hirdaramani employee wins first-ever ‘Diriya Kanthawa’ for apparel sector

Views - 99 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

The ‘Diriya Kanthawa’ award, which celebrates the contribution of female workers across various industries, has become a pinnacle recognition, because it is a decisive endorsement of the invaluable contribution made by female workers towards the


Zone24x7 and SLASSCOM hosts ‘Challenges faced by Women in Engineering’ forum

Views - 155 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

Women are already making important contributions across all key spheres of our society. The field of engineering is one such major beneficiary. In the midst of these changes, there has always been the conundrum of harmonising the workplace with domes


Committed to gender equality and empowerment of women, Sri Lanka tells UN

Views - 309 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

Ambassador and Permanent Representative Dr. Amrith Rohan Perera, speaking during the Sixty-Third Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, noted that in the past four years, the Government has accelerated the implementation of its programs, p


IFC’s SheWorks partnership completes a year of big strides to increase role of women in business

Views - 568 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, brought together CEOs of leading companies to mark the anniversary of SheWorks partnership in Sri Lanka. The partnership, supported by the Australian government, works with 18 leading employers that have pledged


Women’s empowerment: The right and smart thing to do

Views - 301 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland received a Distinguished Champion Award in Washington DC on 1 April for her services to women’s equality. Here she explains why promoting women’s empowerment is not just the right thing to do, but


Ranil and Dhammika heat up Fireside Chat

Views - 3086 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 - 467 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 - 114 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 - 219 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 - 123 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 - 149 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 - 160 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 - 186 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 - 1016 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 - 1052 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 - 691 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 - 493 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 - 162 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 - 565 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 - 3210 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 - 3356 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 - 247 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 - 6509 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 - 474 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 - 423 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 - 436 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 - 1987 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 - 647 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 - 878 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 - 1169 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


Today's Columnists

An efficient energy sector for economic growth

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

When I saw the advertisement about an Energy Forum organised by PUCSL for a Policy Dialogue on the importance of an efficient energy sector for economic and investment growth, I was very happy as I have been interested in this relationship for more t


Will the rule of law, ethics, and morality be above family rule and crony rule?

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

The two main contenders for the Presidency of Sri Lanka are Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Sajith Premadasa. That is stating the obvious. No doubt, some others may have a limited impact on the outcome. Minority votes may benefit Premadasa, while the Sinhala


Addressing past harm

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

The approach towards an inclusive and equal society, where all human beings are to be treated equally before the eye of law and every human being should have the right to remedy for the harm done to them, seems nothing but a façade when our memories


Jaffna International Airport

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

17 October was a great day for residents of Jaffna and for all Sri Lankans, when an ATR-72 turboprop airliner of Alliance Air (a regional subsidiary of Air India) landed at the brand-new Jaffna International Airport (JIA), the first international fli


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