Special Report

“More people benefited from maritime trade in Indian Ocean than fabled Silk Route”: Singapore FM

Views - 13 Monday, 4 September 2017 00:00

First of all, in case you are wondering why Singapore is represented here, I just need to situate Singapore as the Southern-most tip of continental Asia, one and a half degrees north of equator. And if you try to connect the Indian Ocean to the Pacif


President emphasises importance of making Indian Ocean a zone of peace

Views - 35 Monday, 4 September 2017 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena says that the Indian Ocean Region must be transformed into a maritime zone of peace, to become a hub which functions for the advancement of the entire humankind.


India committed to ‘Security and Growth for All in the Region’

Views - 83 Monday, 4 September 2017 00:00

It gives me great pleasure to be here for the second Indian Ocean Conference. I was unable to attend the first conference last year, and was therefore looking forward to be amidst you today.


“United States is and will continue to be an Indo-Pacific power”

Views - 39 Monday, 4 September 2017 00:00

I want to acknowledge the India Foundation, and its partners in Singapore and Sri Lanka, for their leadership in organising this conference.


PM outlines Sri Lanka’s hub aspirations, emphasises on freedom of navigation

Views - 77 Monday, 4 September 2017 00:00

Just a few hundred metres from Temple Trees, is an Ocean that is destined to define the future of the world. Sri Lanka, located enviably in the centre of the Indian Ocean is well poised to play a significant role in determining this future.


CB Chief highlights key role of CIOs in managing disruptive technology and financial stability

Views - 809 Wednesday, 23 August 2017 00:00

  Technology and innovation guru Scott Bales says CIOs and CTOs will play the most critical role in banks in the future, replacing CEOs By Charumini de Silva With technological change accelerating at an exp


Ron Kaufman in Sri Lanka an unprecedented success: SLIM

Views - 807 Wednesday, 23 August 2017 00:00

  300 CEOs and 1,000 professionals captivated by service guru’s philosophy Kaufman says uplifting service a proven path to biz success SLIM, the national body for marketing in Sri Lanka, no


The ‘History of Ceylon Tea’ website, a Dilmah initiative

Views - 1985 Wednesday, 9 August 2017 00:00

By Anura Gunasekera In 1866, when Scotsman James Taylor planted 19 acres of Field no. 7 on Loolecondera Estate, Hewaheta, with a few tea seedlings, he would not have dreamt that he was also sowing the seed for an economic and social revoluti


CB Chief cracks whip!

Views - 2578 Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:15

  Central Bank Chief urges private sector to take strength from improving fundamentals than too much focus on negatives Lists what questions businesses should ask themselves and partner the future upside  S


Eran tells private sector Govt. will go the full term and beyond

Views - 2901 Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:02

  State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne yesterday sent an emphatic message to the private sector plagued with worry over politics, asserting that the coalition Government would serve the full term and beyond with progressive po


Kabir commits to make SL most competitive

Views - 2305 Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:02

By Charumini de Silva Acknowledging that the Government has strong fundamentals in place, Public Enterprises Development Minister Kabir Hashim yesterday insisted the next step was to make Sri Lanka the most competitive market for everyone to co


Reorienting economy to be export-focused critical for SL: Dr. Harsha de Silva

Views - 2002 Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:02

  National Policies and Economic Affairs Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva yesterday declared that the rapid export orientation of the economy was critical for the future success of Sri Lanka as the country has fallen behind conside


Create culture of innovation to go global 

Views - 1688 Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:01

  Sri Lankan ranks 90 on global innovation index Ecosystem already in place but disjointed Supra-ministerial approach recommended Technological innovation recommended for growth in fashion ind


SL trade at a crossroads?

Views - 1393 Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:01

By Madushka Balasuriya Domestic regulatory reforms, focused and strategic trade policies, increased Government engagement with the private sector and greater expertise in trade negotiations are the needs of the hour if Sri Lanka is to better it


CB Governor outlines new trade policy developments, way forward on FTAs

Views - 1356 Tuesday, 25 July 2017 00:05

The Government has formulated a Trade Policy Framework, Anti-Dumping Bill and a Trade Adjustment Package for local industrialists to upgrade their businesses and grab the new business opportunities which will facilitate the successful negotiation


DIMO sweeps CMA Excellence in Integrated Reporting Awards 2017

Views - 1428 Monday, 24 July 2017 00:05

The third ‘CMA Excellence in Integrated Reporting Awards – 2017’ awards presentation ceremony was held on 17 July at Cinnamon Lakeside, Colombo in line with CMA National Management Accounting Conference under the theme of ‘


Key role for Sri Lanka in China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Shanghai Institute of International Stud

Views - 1895 Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:05

By Nisthar Cassim Sri Lanka is uniquely located to play a very important role in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) hence greater bilateral economic cooperation is critical, a top Chinese think tank declared recently. “Sri Lanka enjoys s


Shanghai Institute of International Studies delegation to visit Sri Lanka

Views - 1533 Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:01

The Shanghai Institute of International Studies has forged a partnership with the Pathfinder Foundation to foster greater Sri Lanka-China collaboration.  A team from SIIS will be in Sri Lanka later this year as part of a fact-finding missio


GE in search of new partnerships

Views - 1998 Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:00

Global multination General Electric (GE) is implementing its slogan ‘Imagination at Work’ in Sri Lanka searching for new investment opportunities and engagement with the Government including pushing for the finalising of a dragging loc


A new breed of accountants

Views - 1720 Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:28

  By Uditha Jayasinghe  Management accountants have to keep up with rapidly evolving technology by transforming themselves into prophets who can understand future trends in a global marketplace or risk becoming dinosau


17th CIM Annual Conference kicks off to embrace ‘Digital Transformation’

Views - 1762 Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:27

    By Charumini de Silva The Chartered Institute of Marketers’ flagship event, the CIM Annual Conference 2017 kicked off last night to drive home the importance of ‘Digital Transformation’


Sri Lanka, Bangladesh issue joint statement

Views - 1541 Monday, 17 July 2017 00:06

Following is the joint statement issued by Sri Lanka and Bangladesh following the successful conclusion of the State Visit of Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to the People’s Republic of Bangl


The world’s invisible water crisis

Views - 2734 Monday, 10 July 2017 00:12

By Madushka Balasuriya ​What is the biggest crisis facing the world today? War? Famine? Global warming? A sound case could be made for each, but in terms of immediacy and across the board impact, they all pale in comparison to the loomin


Trinity Steel takes off

Views - 2648 Friday, 7 July 2017 00:00

Following is the address by Deshabandu Tilak de Zoysa at the launch of Trinity Steel on 22 June   Hon. Minister Daya Gamage, Mr. Upul Jayasooriya, the Chairman of the BOI, Mr. Arindam Bagchi – Deputy High Commissioner fo


Fundamental rights of Sri Lankans violated as decision makers profit from Uma Oya commissions

Views - 2369 Tuesday, 4 July 2017 00:00

  Text and pix by P.D. De Silva “The fundamental rights and fundamental duties of Sri Lankans are violated by decision makers to profit from commissions doled out for disastrous projects like Uma Oya,” said Sama


Binod Chaudhary’s words of wisdom for private sector and Sri Lanka

Views - 2545 Monday, 3 July 2017 00:00

Following is the address delivered by CG Corp Global Chairman Binod K. Chaudhary at the 178th AGM of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce on 29 June At the head table from left: CCC Deputy Vice Chairman Vish Govindasamy, CCC Vice Chairm


CNN journalists resign over retracted story about Trump-Russia ties

Views - 2078 Friday, 30 June 2017 00:00

Los Angeles (Variety.com): Three CNN editorial staffers have resigned in the wake of last week’s retracted story that suggested a questionable link between an ally of President Trump and a Russian investment fund. Thomas Frank, Eric Lichtb


Populism, ‘fake news’ dominate DW’s 10th Global Media Forum

Views - 1582 Friday, 30 June 2017 00:00

Journalists, politicians and activists debated issues of identity and diversity for three days in Bonn last week at the Deutsche Welle 2017 Global Media Forum.  “Ten years ago, we held the first Global Media Forum (GMF) here in Bonn


The dawn of the smartphone-savvy ‘jeans journalist’

Views - 955 Friday, 30 June 2017 00:00

Most journalism discussions today include a debate on the merits and disadvantages of social media. The inaugural day of DW’s Global Media Forum last week was similarly steeped in a discussion about social networks. CNN journalist Yusuf Om


Freedom of speech is stronger than all despots: DW Director General Limbourg

Views - 872 Friday, 30 June 2017 00:00

“I have a message for all despots, autocrats and dictators: You will not oppress freedom of speech forever. Freedom of speech is stronger than you.” With these words, DW Director General Peter Limbourg opened the GMF. Nearly 2,000 ex


Today's Columnists

Constitutional reform – A reply to Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The lengthy article by Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe PC on constitutional reform published in the newspapers recently appears to contain several errors of fact and of law


Ranil’s reluctant tryst with truth

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Twenty years ago in 1998, Dr. Jayadeva Uyangoda writing in the periodical ‘Frontline’ traced our peculiar path of progress in the 50 years of independence


Omni-Channel Synchroniser for banks and financial institutions: An vision to simplify banking

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Today, as a society we are noticing a historical shift from cash-based transactions to digitisation of financial transactions, and from the use of traditional banking channels to e-channels.


Extending the net of AML/CFT: The need for public awareness

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

By Press Notice, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) through its Financial Intelligence Unit(FIU), has drawn the attention of the public to “Extraordinary Gazette Notification No. 2015/56 dated April 21, 2017 prescribing


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