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De-synchronisation effect

Views - 1254 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 - 1218 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 - 1916 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 - 1720 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 - 4126 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 - 3111 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 - 1532 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 - 1662 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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In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Saturday, 22 September 2018

‘Indian Film,’ first published in 1963 and co-authored by former Columbia University Professor Erik Barnouw and his student Dr. Subrahmanyam Krishnaswamy, is considered a seminal study of the evolution and growth of Indian cinema. The book is cit


Imran may turn blind eye to blasphemy law and persecution of Ahmadiyyas

Saturday, 22 September 2018

There are clear signs that Pakistan’s freshly minted Prime Minister, Imran Khan, will make a sincere effort to reduce corruption and maladministration in the domestic sphere. In foreign affairs he is likely to make a brave attempt to mend fences wi


The rate of exchange, capital flight and the Central Bank

Friday, 21 September 2018

The Central Bank (CBSL) exists for the sole purpose of price stability. Its controls on the financial system and monetary policy exist to maintain price stability. As put forth many times by the Governor, the failing of the CBSL to control inflation


Red flag over the Sri Lankan Navy

Friday, 21 September 2018

Shocking story Rusiripala, a former banker in Sri Lanka, who has taken to writing in Daily FT, is perturbed by the red flag I have raised (Daily FT article 18 September) over the shocking charge that our Navy had operated a ransom gang that had abduc


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