Special Report

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

Views - 801 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 - 228 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 - 390 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 - 541 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 - 664 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 - 487 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 - 316 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 - 237 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 - 481 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 - 1295 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 - 300 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 - 351 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


Mangala outlines way forward for economy

Views - 614 Thursday, 21 June 2018 00:00

Following is the address delivered by Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka Investment and Business Conclave 2018, held at the Oak Room, Cinnamon Grand on 19 June


Boosting Sri Lanka-China trade and investment

Views - 1243 Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:00

In a fresh bid to enhance exports to China and attract investment, industry professionals gathered for a discussion last week


Sri Lanka can seize ASEAN as next big opportunity

Views - 1002 Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:00

With Sri Lanka pursuing an aggressive trade liberalisation and greater facilitation strategy to diversify exports to lure more foreign direct investments (FDIs), key insights from global and local experts came under the spotlight at the ‘ASEAN: Sri


Do we need gender quotas? Problem or solution?

Views - 651 Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:00

In Sri Lanka we take pride in our women. Girls are educated on par with boys. Women are welcome in most careers and the pathway up in terms of promotions and achievements is open. Women dominate our professions, academia, and the Judiciary. Over the


Sri Lanka’s medium-term outlook in JKH’s view

Views - 286 Thursday, 7 June 2018 00:00

The World Bank projects global growth to edge up to 3.1% in 2018, aided by a rebound in manufacturing, investment and trade, against the backdrop of benign financing conditions, generally accommodative policies, improved confidence, and the dissipati


JKH gears for next wave of growth via new 5-year strategy

Views - 2873 Thursday, 7 June 2018 00:00

Premier blue chip John Keells Holdings Plc (JKH) which posted its best-ever results in FY18 is bracing for next wave of growth following the completion of a new five-year strategy. During FY18, in liaison with international industry experts, where ap


TEDx Kandy, realising Sri Lanka’s untapped potential

Views - 902 Thursday, 7 June 2018 00:00

The recently concluded second edition of TEDx Kandy was held at the historic Queen’s Hotel, in Kandy on 26 May. The event attracted a diverse audience; from university students to leading businessmen, from activists to seasoned political figures, f


Sri Lanka Sustainable Banking Initiative

Views - 431 Monday, 28 May 2018 00:00

Financial institutions around the globe are taking proactive steps to address Environmental and Social (E&S) risks within their business operations.


30 years of APB 

Views - 101 Monday, 28 May 2018 00:00

A few pioneering, foresighted bankers laid the foundation as sponsors and founder members of the Association of Professional Bankers – Sri Lanka (APB) and held its inaugural meeting in Colombo on 20 July 1988.


Bankers Evening Forum

Views - 226 Monday, 28 May 2018 00:00

The Association of Professional Bankers – Sri Lanka (APB) held a Bankers Evening Forum on Thursday, 17 May.


Association of Professional Bankers Sri Lanka Office Bearers – 2018/2019

Views - 320 Monday, 28 May 2018 00:00

Association of Professional Bankers of Sri Lanka (APBSL) at its 29th Annual General Meeting held on 21 March, elected its new Council for the year 2018/2019.


Lankan talent of IFS take centre stage at Atlanta

Views - 827 Thursday, 24 May 2018 12:00

At the 2018 World Conference in Atlanta attended by around 1,500 of IFS customers and partners, Sri Lanka’s talent was on centre stage. Almost all keynotes figured qualified Sri Lankans whilst several Lankan experts were part of resources for knowl


Sri Lanka an innovation hub for IFS

Views - 627 Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

IFS Managing Director Middle East, Africa and South Asia Luis Ortega says Sri Lanka as an innovation hub is fundamental for the success of the leading Sweden-based global enterprise applications company. In an interview with the Daily FT on the sidel


SL a key part of our global success; more expansion in the offing: IFS CEO

Views - 722 Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

By Nisthar Cassim IFS, a leading global enterprise applications company, is committed to further expand investments in Sri Lanka, which plays a critical role in its growing international success.


China committed to a new era of cooperation with Sri Lanka

Views - 401 Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan pledges support to jointly build the Belt and Road with Sri Lanka, thereby boost mutually-beneficial socio-economic development Following is the keynote delivered by Ambassador of China Cheng Xueyuan yesterday at a sym


Undergrads did it ‘their way’: Unique joint New Year celebrations in Jaffna

Views - 465 Tuesday, 22 May 2018 00:00

Yal-Payanam (Journey to Jaffna) was meant to promote national unity and reconciliation


Jim Bagnola shares mantra for transformative leadership

Views - 367 Monday, 21 May 2018 00:10

Sri Lanka’s first integrated entrepreneurship platform, Venture Frontier Lanka, in association with the Daily FT and Ovibees Ventures, recently held a CEO’s Breakfast Forum on ‘Transforming Sri Lanka with private sector leadership and entrepren


Startup boot camps inspire young entrepreneurs in Jaffna

Views - 590 Monday, 21 May 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s supply of entrepreneurs is relatively short, and it’s only hindering the economic growth of the country.


Today's Columnists

M.N. Nambiar: Birth centenary of Tamil cinema’s greatest screen villain

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Thursday 7 March this year was the birth centenary of Indian film actor Manjeri Narayanan Nambiar known to the world at large as M.N. Nambiar. The great Thespian who made a name for himself by acting in negative roles was hailed by many as the greate


An innocent utopian dream

Saturday, 23 March 2019

In an article published in the Daily FT on 19 February 2015, I predicted the trajectory of the ‘Yahapalana’ Government. In that piece of conjecture captioned ‘Maithri’s Mandate and Ranil’s Royalist Regency’ I said that Sri Lanka was witne


Historic betrayal of SLMC and ACMC

Saturday, 23 March 2019

It appears, according to a news report that the leaders of SLMC, ACMC and DPF during a meeting with President Sirisena to discuss constitutional reforms have “reneged on their promise to back the ongoing efforts to abolish the executive presidency


Playing with history

Friday, 22 March 2019

First of all, I was delighted to note a counter criticism ‘A reply to Victor Ivan’s ‘What went wrong with Sri Lanka?’ published in the Financial Times on 11 March in response to my article which appeared in the same newspaper on 22 February.


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