Special Report

Customer-centric technology crucial for growth

Views - 136 Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:00

Despite the rapid advance of technology, customers remain at the centre of companies, driving innovation by demanding to have their needs met, a top expert said, insisting that businesses need to remain engaged with their consumers. Giving the key


Defining disruption for growth

Views - 258 Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:00

By Divya Thotawatte Professionals will not fear technology if companies work to proactively reskill employees, thereby giving them the opportunity to increase productivity through greater interpretation and communication of their roles within respect


Confluence 2018 sheds insights into ‘Digital Transformation: Making Banking Invisible’

Views - 223 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:00

By Charumini de Silva The CIO Confluence 2018 titled ‘Digital Transformation: Making Banking Invisible’ concluded on a high note, with experts sharing insights on reinventing the customer journey, leveraging the power of data, redefining operati


Colombo Defence Seminar 2018: Security in an era of global disruptions

Views - 212 Wednesday, 5 September 2018 00:00

By Shanika Sriyananda No country will be able to survive without national security intact and the absence of security would definitely push the entire population into a state of horror and anarchy, President Maithripala Sirisena said at the Colombo D


MJF Centre for Dignified Empowerment and Sustainable Development inaugurated in Kalkudah

Views - 381 Tuesday, 4 September 2018 00:15

Dilmah Founder Merrill J. Fernando was joined by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his sons Dilhan and Malik in inaugurating the 23 acre centre for empowerment, inspiration, community development and climate change in Kalkudah. The facility ha


From impoverished to empowered: Sri Lankan women adopt modern biomass technologies

Views - 316 Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:00

By Sampath Ranasinghe In developing countries some 2.5 billion people are forced to rely on biomass—fuelwood, charcoal and animal dung—to meet their energy needs. These people are energy poor, in that they have an absence of choice in the energy


International Conference on Compliance Trends for Financial Institutions 2018 & Beyond

Views - 646 Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka Association of Australia Awards Alumni (SLAAAA) held its second annual conference ‘The International Conference on Compliance Trends for Financial Institutions 2018 & Beyond’ on 12 July, at Galle Face Hotel, Colombo. More than 120 c


Top women entrepreneurs share insights into empowering women for next wave of growth

Views - 1158 Friday, 17 August 2018 00:10

With a view to enhance the participation of women entrepreneurs in business and particularly in the exports sector, the National Chamber of Exporters (NCE) recently held a forum titled ‘Women to the Fore in Exports’ to e


Speaker calls for greater opportunity for rural female entrepreneurs, exporters

Views - 38 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya believes that given adequate opportunity and proper training, women operating at the grassroots level can be successful entrepreneurs and exporters who can contribute substantially to creating inclusive economic development in


Rohantha calls on women to be voice for business

Views - 22 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

Congratulating the top 50 award winners, Panel of Judges Chair Dr.Rohantha Athukorala called on the women, who represent the majority of the consumers in Sri Lanka, to be the voice for businesses.


Lack of women leadership major cause for country’s downturn: WIM chairperson

Views - 177 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

WIM Founder and Chairperson Dr. Sulochana Segera said lack of women leadership in economic, political, social and religious fronts has been a major cause for the downturn the country has experienced.


Sri Lanka must up the game to reach economic gender equality: IFC Country Manager Arif

Views - 226 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

Speaking on women’s economic and social empowerment, IFC Country Manager Sri Lanka and Maldives Amena Arif said that even after decades of discussion and some progress toward making women equal partners with men in the economy and society, not one


Top levels of industry, government stubbornly male: Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls

Views - 153 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

Delivering the keynote address, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls Dr. Sharman Stone said that despite the many gains noticed for women in educational advancement during the past decade, it has not necessarily translated into greater employ


‘Top 50’ Professional and Career Women Awards 2018 by WIM-IFC

Views - 403 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

The ‘Top 50’ Professional and Career Women Awards 2018, organised by Women in Management (WIM) and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, was held last week under the patronage of S


Pro-Am Serendib shares success story of first-ever Ironman 70.3 Colombo

Views - 233 Tuesday, 7 August 2018 00:00

By Charumini de Silva Following the success of hosing the first-ever Ironman 70.3 in Colombo, the event organisers recently announced the second edition of the triathlon, which will be held on 24 February 2019, while highlighting that this world-clas


Robust economic plans to offer new opportunities for women entrepreneurs

Views - 136 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

“Sri Lanka has come a long way in a short space of time. With an economy that is growing and a robust economic plan


UNFPA private sector partnership strengthens gender-focused corporate culture at MAS Holdings

Views - 191 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

Marking International Women’s Day last year in March 2017, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) signed an MOU


Women In Management Awards in Maldives

Views - 163 Wednesday, 25 July 2018 00:00

The second edition of the Women In Management Awards staged at the Jen-Shangri La Hotel with the Chief Guest being


Judging begins for ‘Top 50’ Professional and Career Women Awards 2018

Views - 749 Wednesday, 25 July 2018 00:00

With nominations closed for the ‘Top 50’ Professional and Career Women Awards 2018, organised by Women in Management


Top women entrepreneurs, exporters meet today at ‘Women to the Fore in Exports’forum by NCE

Views - 216 Wednesday, 25 July 2018 00:00

The above forum conducted today, 25 July at the Galle Face Hotel Colombo, underlines the endeavour of the Chamber


Gayani de Alwis appointed as WiLAT Global Vice Chairperson

Views - 355 Wednesday, 25 July 2018 00:00

CILT Sri Lanka Chairperson Gayani de Alwis was recently appointed as the Vice Chairperson and member of the Global


Sri Lanka to play key role in defusing tension in Indian Ocean: PM

Views - 514 Thursday, 19 July 2018 00:00

As the political interplay in the Indian Ocean intensifies, Sri Lanka has an important role to play in providing the space for discussions and consensus building, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said, speaking at the Bandaranaike International Di


Empowering the future generation with cyber security insights

Views - 638 Wednesday, 11 July 2018 00:00

In an effort to facilitate the growing need for cyber security specialists in Sri Lanka, the Centre for Integrated Communication


IBM’s Summit becomes world’s fastest supercomputer beating China’s Sunway TaihuLight

Views - 428 Thursday, 5 July 2018 00:00

IBM’s supercomputer Summit overtook China’s Sunway TaihuLight to become the world’s fastest supercomputer, according to a biannual ranking of the world’s 500 fastest supercomputers, or the Top500, published Monday. Summit, recently unveiled a


Tech giants tap into AI health care market

Views - 312 Thursday, 5 July 2018 00:00

Before 2017, gastroenterologist Cheng Chunsheng had to inspect over 1,000 gastroscopy pictures to search for possible oesophageal cancer symptoms, a cancer which appears in the food pipe. However, this painstaking process is no longer needed since th


China’s economic confidence stays strong

Views - 234 Thursday, 5 July 2018 00:00

With growth resilient and progress made in the pursuit of high-quality development, economic confidence remains positive in China. In the second quarter, business confidence among Chinese entrepreneurs continued to improve, according to a central ban


Private sector call to action ‘Tourism Workforce Competitiveness Roadmap 2018-2023’ debuts

Views - 462 Wednesday, 4 July 2018 00:00

Leading the effort towards youth employment, the Private Sector Tourism Skills Committee (TSC) last week embarked


How China got Sri Lanka to cough up a port

Views - 1262 Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:00

By Maria Abi-Habib The New York Times: Every time Sri Lanka’s President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, turned to his Chinese allies for loans and assistance with an ambitious port project, the answer was yes. Yes, though feasibility studies said the port woul


Local biz should not fear competition

Views - 297 Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:00

By Uditha Jayasinghe Sri Lanka’s private sector has a stronger role to play in increasing competitiveness, improving corporate governance and supporting the Government to implement economic structural reforms, a top official said this week. Bri


Malik calls on investors to take advantage of SL growth story

Views - 348 Thursday, 21 June 2018 00:00

Following is the address delivered by Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama at the Ceylon Chamber’s Sri Lanka Investment and Business Conclave 2018, at the Oak Room, Cinnamon Grand on 19 June


Today's Columnists

MMDA, ACJU, politicians and women

Saturday, 16 February 2019

It is 10 years since Justice Saleem Marsoof (JSM) and his committee was appointed to review and make recommendations to reform the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), passed originally in 1951 and amended in 1954, 1955, 1965 and 1969 before becom


President Trump looked for the failed idea of a wall

Saturday, 16 February 2019

The talks over the “Wall of Trump” between the US-Mexico Border Security broke down with Congressional leaders over the weekend. After the renewed call for a wall at his second State of the Union, President Donald Trump attended a political rally


‘The Man Who Would Be King’: Remembering Anura Bandaranaike on his 70th birth anniversary

Friday, 15 February 2019

‘The Man Who Would Be King’ is the title of a long tale written by Rudyard Kipling in 1888. This very popular story was made into a successful film starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer by the well-known director John Husto


Of pseudo-democrats, discipline and the coming death of liberty?

Friday, 15 February 2019

I despair of our politicos and would-be politicians. Not that they are not all honourable men. From the honourable prime minister to the former defence secretary discharging his duty honourably after premature retirement! But that honour often dresse


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