Special Report

Eran says rubber industry has highest potential over conventional exports

Views - 160 Monday, 22 January 2018 00:43

State Finance Minister Eran Wickramaratne last week said the rubber industry had much greater potential in the long haul over other conventional exports that the country had often been focusing on.

Lanka Rubber Global Consortium aims to boost exports

Views - 86 Monday, 22 January 2018 00:35

A unique Lanka Rubber Global Consortium was launched last week to boost the industry’s exports under a groundbreaking multi-stakeholder initiative. Incorporated as a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), the consortium aims to engage collaboratively in bu

Global natural rubber production up 7% in 2017 but consumption dips

Views - 90 Monday, 22 January 2018 00:31

Kuala Lumpur: Global production of natural rubber (NR) was up in 2017, but global consumption of NR dropped during the same time period. According to a recent release from the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC), NR production r

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Key expose into controversial Treasury bond issuance

Views - 558 Friday, 19 January 2018 00:02

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: A Report of this nature does not lend itself easily to be summarised in a brief but still comprehensive way.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Key expose into controversial Treasury bond issuance

Views - 139 Friday, 19 January 2018 00:01

The Presidential Warrant dated 27 January 2017 issued to us, requires us to make recommendations with regard to the matters we have investigated and inquired into and reported on.

Merrill J. Fernando Charitable Foundation: Restoring ex-prisoners’ dignity

Views - 321 Wednesday, 3 January 2018 00:00

Their eyes are filled with hope for a better future where they regain their lost dignity and respect.

P. de S. Kularatne: Intrepid educationist 100 years on

Views - 250 Monday, 1 January 2018 00:00

100 years ago, on 1 January 1918, an unknown young man was appointed as Principal of Ananda College. Patrick de Silva Kularatne, barely 25 years old, had just graduated from the University of London and had no working experience whatsoever.

Political, civil society, religious leaders sign resolution supporting Palestine stand against Trump

Views - 172 Friday, 29 December 2017 00:00

The Sri Lanka-Palestine Parliamentary Friendship Association (SLPPFA) last week held a rally in support of the State of Palestine and opposing moves by US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Sri Lanka sinks in water safety; over 1,100 deaths by drowning each year

Views - 603 Tuesday, 26 December 2017 00:00

Surrounded by the sea and boasting an impressive number of waterways inland, Sri Lanka is blessed abundantly in terms of water. But when it comes to water safety, we sink. With a staggering 1,100 deaths (estimated) a year by drowning, Sri Lanka has f

Financial sector experts share insights at Asia Securities’ Investment Conference

Views - 330 Friday, 22 December 2017 00:01

Sri Lanka’s leading independent equity brokerage firm Asia Securities recently hosted its inaugural Financial Sector Investment Conference in Colombo

Association of Professional Bankers Sri Lanka (APB)

Views - 107 Friday, 22 December 2017 00:00

In early 1988, a group of enthusiastic senior bankers saw the need to form an association to promote

Association of Professional Bankers holds 29th Anniversary Convention

Views - 92 Friday, 22 December 2017 00:00

The Association of Professional Bankers – Sri Lanka, held its 29th Anniversary Convention on 21 and 22 November at Cinnamon Grand, Colombo on the theme ‘Changing Dynamics – Bank of the Future’.

Bringing the robustness of the Sri Lankan investor landscape under the microscope: A perspective of

Views - 347 Wednesday, 20 December 2017 00:00

The Sri Lanka Economic and Investment Conclave (SEIC 2017), brainchild of Dr. Palitha Kohona, reached its finale to the rave review of participants, speakers, investors both local and international alike

5 Golds, 6 Silvers and 2 Bronze medals for young Lankan inventors at Kaohsiung International Inventi

Views - 117 Wednesday, 20 December 2017 00:00

Thirteen Sri Lankan inventions which have been awarded under School category at ‘Sahasak Nimavum – 2017’ National Exhibition for Inventions and Innovations organised by Sri Lanka Inventors Commission participated at the

Grand finale of Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2017

Views - 63 Wednesday, 20 December 2017 00:00

The grand finale of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2017 organised by IET Young Professionals (YP) network Sri Lanka was held on 4 December.

IESL-UTE Engineering Raspberry Pi Challenge showcases next generation of innovators

Views - 63 Wednesday, 20 December 2017 00:00

The IESL-UTE Engineering Raspberry Pi Challenge 2017, organised by UTE Engineering division of United Tractor & Equipment Ltd., and the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka,

SL needs top political leadership committed to reconciliation: Ajit Kanagasundram

Views - 393 Thursday, 14 December 2017 00:00

The Sri Lankan Government needs to be more serious on reconciliation like the Singaporean Government

Branding to take on the world

Views - 447 Wednesday, 13 December 2017 00:05

Top brands are synonymous with successful companies and Sri Lanka’s private sector showed its mettle at the inaugural Best Sri Lankan Brands

Inevitable transformation, winning the future, and how Sri Lanka can grow towards a sustainable futu

Views - 82 Wednesday, 13 December 2017 00:00

Honoured guests, ladies and gentlemen, it is an honour and delight to speak to you this evening. I had hoped to come to a cricket-mad country and enjoy an England recovery in the Ashes. Instead,

Branding and competition key to SL’s survival: PM

Views - 65 Wednesday, 13 December 2017 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe struck an optimistic note, throwing his support behind the private sector by insisting that local companies had the capacity to compete and win globally

Sri Lanka’s Best of the Best!

Views - 164 Wednesday, 13 December 2017 00:00

The winners of the inaugural Best Sri Lankan Brand Awards by Interbrand

2018 Budget will empower Sri Lankans to take control of their own destiny

Views - 223 Monday, 11 December 2017 00:00

Hon. Chairman,I am delighted to begin my speech with the good news that today we received $ 292 million as the first tranche of the Hambantota Port PPP joint venture.

SDGs to be bedrock for future policies, investments: UNDP Country Director

Views - 114 Monday, 11 December 2017 00:00

United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Sri Lanka Country Director Jorn Sorensen said the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the bedrock for future regulations and policies that inform and channel investment into priority sectors and rest

Sri Lanka delegation at UNEA highlight Blue Green Enterprise Sri Lanka

Views - 227 Monday, 11 December 2017 00:00

The 3rd Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) held from 4 to 6 December unanimously approved two important resolutions co-sponsored by Sri Lanka that called upon the global community to reduce toxic pollution sources that impact n

Can Sri Lanka’s railway sector gear up to serve the future?

Views - 367 Monday, 11 December 2017 00:00

Few will disagree that Sri Lanka Railways (SLR) has enormous potential to contribute more to developing and uniting the country today than when the Railway Ordinance in 1902 formalised the Ceylon Railways for that very reason.

Best Sri Lankan Brands: Bringing global benchmarking to brands to boost business

Views - 574 Tuesday, 5 December 2017 00:00

By Charumini de Silva The prelaunch of Best Sri Lankan Brands 2017, organised by Interbrand in partnership with the Daily FT, was held last week at Hilton Colombo with an invitation-only forum featuring top chief marketing officers, chief financial o

SL and South Korea deepen friendship, discuss enhancing bilateral relations

Views - 82 Monday, 4 December 2017 00:00

In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, President Maithripala Sirisena of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka made a State visit to the Republic of Korea from 28 to

“Competition breeds success, it tests our limits and forces innovation”: Mangala

Views - 120 Thursday, 30 November 2017 01:00

It gives me great pleasure to address you at the AGM of the Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association. This association has played a key role in the apparel industry, contributing immensely towards making apparel the top export of the country. To the

Former Finance Secretary of India speaks on India-SL economic relations at LKI-IPS lecture

Views - 100 Thursday, 30 November 2017 00:56

The Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKI) and the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) hosted their first joint lecture, featuring Dr. S. Narayan, former Finance Secretary of India, who spoke o

Tackling employer-supported childcare

Views - 187 Tuesday, 28 November 2017 00:00

By Shanika Sriyananda Iresha Perera (name changed) was a senior supervisor who had a promising future with her job at a food processing company off Colombo. Worked in the factory for over 15 years, she got her promotions soon and had a decent salary

Today's Columnists

The country needs more Ironmen (and women)

Monday, 26 February 2018

Commendation to Yasas, Julian and the team for a world class event that will have far-reaching positives for Brand Sri Lanka.

Failure at Local Elections: Inability of the Govt. to care for needs of the people

Monday, 26 February 2018

The purpose of this article is to discuss the causes of the massive failure of the Government at the local government elections held on 10 February 2018 and their impact on the economy.

Lessons from LG ElectionsPart 1 Number-twisting game may be self-pleasing but not in accord with eco

Monday, 26 February 2018

The local government elections that concluded on 10 February 2018 have shaken the ruling United National Party(UNP)to its foundation.

Tamil actor Kamal Haasan stars in new role as political leader

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Srinivasan Kamal Haasan is one of India’s foremost film actors. Known popularly as Kamal, the talented and versatile thespian has not only excelled as an actor onscreen, but has successfully engaged in other cinematic spheres too. The multi-faceted

Columnists More