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De-synchronisation effect

Views - 1238 Wednesday, 15 December 2010 00:01

American writer, futurist and the author of ‘Third Wave,’ Alvin Toffler said in his book ‘Revolutionary Wealth’ (2006) that world economies like the USA, Japan, China and the European Union are heading for a crisis none of the


Going West in education

Views - 1202 Wednesday, 8 December 2010 00:08

Brain drain. This is a situation we don’t fear in our country. The media does not write about it, our policymakers don’t talk about it and our families don’t think about it. It’s probably because as Asians we are in some wa


Lessons for corporates from Victor Ivan’s book

Views - 1893 Wednesday, 1 December 2010 00:01

Investigative journalism is a particular type of reporting in the media that can usually drive fear into the hearts of the subject of investigation.   In my early days as a journalist I have worked on the investigation desk of many newspapers.


Human development indicators

Views - 1703 Wednesday, 17 November 2010 00:14

I was recently reading the International Human Development Indicators (HDI), an index created by the UNDP, which had marked out Sri Lanka as the 91st out of the 169 countries on their list. The top country gaining the highest marks in this index w


Being the opposite of Bollywood

Views - 4109 Tuesday, 2 November 2010 23:29

Last week I was at a fashion show. My first, meaning that I have seen models, on the ramp on FTV, but this was the first time in real life. For me watching a fashion show is as boring as watching formula 1 racing — apparently excellent design m


Fake, counterfeit and unregistered drugs

Views - 3073 Tuesday, 26 October 2010 22:38

Recently somebody I know was prescribed a drug by a leading doctor for an intestinal problem. This drug was prescribed after a colonoscopy exam done after an overnight stay at one of the many private hospitals in Colombo. But it was later found out t


Third World America

Views - 1521 Tuesday, 12 October 2010 22:54

The words United States of America (USA) and Third World are two that I never expected to see side by side in my lifetime. But that changes with Arianna Huffington, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated co


Time to unlearn the West?

Views - 1646 Tuesday, 5 October 2010 22:18

Recently, I overheard the conversation between two people, who were of European origin. They were planning to meet socially, and the line used was “let’s meet for dinner and drinks”. In Sri Lanka we would never do that; i.e. meet f


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Bringing beedi into tax net can yield Rs. 40 b in revenue

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Last week, the Financial Times quoted an AFP article that stated Sri Lanka will start regulating the toddy industry to boost tax revenues from the informal sector. This same principle should be applied to the beedi trade, which has also grown unabate


Grade 5 Scholarship examination and the future of the country

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The Grade 5 scholarship examination results have been released recently. Although this is known as the “Mothers’ exam,” the mentality of the children can be well articulated when children come from the examination halls after the exams. Today w


Need for tax reforms: Government should not lose it this time but go for them early

Monday, 23 October 2017

In the first economic policy statement, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe made a number of pledges related to taxes and tax reforms. One was that the Government would review whether the tax concessions given to investors have really delivered the e


Lessons from Geneva

Saturday, 21 October 2017

‘Mission Impossible – Geneva’ is an inspiring account of developments at the Human Rights Council in Geneva when Dayan Jayatilleka was our Permanent Representative there. It is written by his wife Sanja, which provides for fascinating insights


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