W. A. Wijewardena

Techno City is the first step in the right direction but there is much more to be done to attain the final goal

/ Monday, 26 September 2016 00:02

Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe signs on the digital drawing of the Techno City during its launch yesterday while Megapolis and Western Devel...


Sri Lanka’s bloodless revolution on 8 January: Malith Jayathilake has now spoken out

/ Monday, 19 September 2016 00:02

Malith Jayathilake presenting the book to President Maithripala Sirisena  Architects of 8 January revolution are speaking out...


Fear of ETCA: Is it Davids fearing to fight Goliaths?

/ Tuesday, 13 September 2016 00:05

Small fellows can beat big fellows through proper brain power Malcolm Gladwell’s 2013 book ‘David and Goliath: Underdog...


The falling education and healthcare expenditure ratios should worry the Yahapalana Government

/ Monday, 5 September 2016 00:01

The promise to increase the expenditure on education and healthcare services University academics had agitated from around 2012, coupling with t...


Economics of A.S Jayawardena Part III: AS’s short spell as Central Bank’s Economic Research Director

/ Monday, 29 August 2016 00:10

The summary of the episodes so far The first part of this series looked at how AS, a radical socialist economist in his young days, was converted...


Be warned! Monetary Board is losing its powers as well as its independence

/ Monday, 22 August 2016 00:02

   Two ominous measures by the Ministry of Finance Two disturbing news items that appeared in the press last week portended tha...


Economics of A.S. Jayawardena Part II: Our man in the Bank of Ceylon

/ Monday, 15 August 2016 00:01

   A.S. Jayawardena   The story so far In Part I of this series we looked at how AS was transformed from a...


Economics of A.S. Jayawardena 1: The birth of an extraordinary economist

/ Monday, 8 August 2016 00:00

   Many Faceted ASJ Amarananda Somasiri Jayawardena, fondly addressed as AS by his friends, celebrated his 80th birthday last w...


Good sign that the Monetary Board has finally risen to discharge its obligation to the nation

/ Monday, 1 August 2016 00:01

   The Monetary Board decides to tighten monetary policy The Monetary Board in its latest monetary policy review done last...


Students’ troubles in universities: A question of misconceived cultural property rights?

/ Monday, 25 July 2016 00:01

   Being the hotbed of trouble in the correct direction is a must Sri Lanka’s state-owned universities have alwa...


Prema-chandra Athukorala Chinthana: Joining production sharing chain is the way out for Sri Lanka

/ Monday, 18 July 2016 00:00

  Sharing production with the rest of the world The Sri Lankan-born economist of international repute and Australian National Universit...


Direct sale of government securities: Demon or servant?

/ Monday, 11 July 2016 00:00

  The demonised direct sales of Treasury bonds The Central Bank has been telling the public again and again since March 2015 that the s...


The dream of a train enthusiast: Ride a Viceroy Special to the moon

/ Monday, 4 July 2016 00:10

  A railway enthusiast to a fault Hemasiri Fernando is known in Sri Lanka and abroad as a sports administrator, bureaucrat, banker and ...


Brexit: Are the UK Universities and the research sector the biggest casualty?

/ Monday, 27 June 2016 00:10

Ryan Randall plays the bagpipes outside a polling station in Edinburgh, Scotland, in this Reuters picture. Brexit was fought on emotional ...


Cherry Blossoms – When an economist becomes a creative writer: That is the wonder of Sriyani Hulugalle

/ Monday, 20 June 2016 00:10

   The cover of Sriyani Hulugalle’s collection of short stories and poems ‘Cherry Blossoms’   ...


Bond fiasco and confronting the Auditor General: Monetary Board should be more mindful of its obligations

/ Monday, 13 June 2016 00:00

   COPE directing the Central Bank to cooperate with AG A recent news item has reported that the parliamentary watchdog, the Co...


Monetary Board’s latest statement on ‘bond fiascos’: A step backward and waking-up from a demonic dream

/ Monday, 6 June 2016 00:20

 Implicit admission of guilt The Monetary Board of the Central Bank has at last chosen to break its stoic silence over allegations against t...


Handagama’s latest indictment: Fantasising educated middle class should wake up from their dreams

/ Monday, 30 May 2016 00:10

   A film director famous for indicting others Asoka Handagama, an award-winning film director of international repute, has bee...


Coming out of the economic crisis: Time is running out for Sri Lanka

/ Tuesday, 24 May 2016 00:10

For Sri Lanka to attain its goal, it is of utmost importance to consolidate the budget which has gone out of control due to falling revenue and soa...


Wisdom of a Monetary Board impassively watching over a fast declining capital base

/ Monday, 16 May 2016 00:00

 Central Bank’s response is a salutary development A response issued by the Central Bank (available at: http://www.ft.lk/article/54058...


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Techno City is the first step in the right direction but there is much more to be done to attain the final goal

26 September 2016

Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe signs on the digital drawing of the Techno City during its launch yesterday while Megapolis and Western Development Minister Champika Ranawaka and Science, Technology and Research Minister Susil Premajayantha ...


Collapse of Hanjin, cross border insolvency and maritime claims

26 September 2016

  The entire shipping industry witnessed the long-awaited turn in business environment with last week’s news that Hanjin Shipping, a South Korean shipping giant which is considered as the seventh largest container carrier in th...


Ten Commandments for talent developers

26 September 2016

  Talent is in high demand both locally and globally. We saw a wave of writings such as ‘Winning the War for Talent’ spreading the word. We have witnessed the dire consequences of not having the right talent in the right p...


People’s representatives as a workforce in power

23 September 2016

Awake, O sleepers, the time to do some real work has come! Admit it. The headline floored you. There you were on a Friday morning muttering “TGIF!” loudly and fervently if you’re the boss… or furtively und...


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