Special Report

Experts implore Government to prioritise water security

Views - 443 Thursday, 13 September 2018 00:00

Natural resources, such as water, are under extreme pressure in contemporary times. As the effects of global warming and climate variability become more evident, water takes centre stage as an unfolding global crisis. Increasingly, we hear of cities


Disruption is a small organisation overtaking incumbents

Views - 128 Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:00

Any technology has the potential to be disruptive, when it is used creatively to narrow the gap between a fresh product or service and an established business, which motivates customers to move to the disruptors’ products. N-Able Managing Direct


Customer-centric technology crucial for growth

Views - 150 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 - 286 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 - 250 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 - 269 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 - 417 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 - 396 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 - 733 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 - 2265 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 - 45 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 - 27 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 - 195 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 - 305 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 - 172 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 - 473 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 - 343 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 - 159 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 - 223 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 - 184 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 - 857 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 - 252 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 - 493 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 - 570 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 - 750 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 - 641 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 - 328 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 - 247 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 - 530 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 - 1346 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


Today's Columnists

Difference between a woman and a man (yin and yang) and finding solutions to violence in society

Thursday, 18 July 2019

This is not at all a philosophical discourse on gender differences, or the complementary roles of yin and yang (women and men) in social or biological formation. This is also not to speak about who is superior among the two. This is just an observati


I wish Sajith Premadasa had taken up a challenging ministry to showcase his prowess

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Expectations, father and son Sajith Premadasa has put his hands up for leadership in the party and for nomination by the United National Party in the forthcoming presidential elections. I wish Sajith had tested himself, and had given the public a cha


Foreign Affairs and Defence to be one portfolio?

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Unless we are all suffering from dementia, the last experience with a foreign military on our soil should be very clear in our heads. The Indian Peace Keeping Force landed in Sri Lanka to supposedly bring peace to the war-torn country when the LTTE t


Federer lessons for Sri Lanka tourism

Thursday, 18 July 2019

The Wimbledon Men’s Final in 2008 was termed as the best match the world has seen between the two arch rivals Federer and Nadal. But, what we saw last Sunday between the two of them after 11 years sure shocked the world. Many just asked the questio


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