Wijith DeChickera

‘Humbugstota’ and more humbling happenings: Moral fable sans morale

/ Friday, 13 January 2017 00:00

The sun rises in the south. While Colombo sleeps peacefully and the rest of Sri Lanka slumbers fitfully. Many times before, the first stirrings of ...


An Epiphany for Egregious Governance

/ Friday, 6 January 2017 00:00

THE USUAL SUSPECTS – While those who committed the media crime of the century still skulk about, an unhappy band of pilgrims continu...


The Grinch that stole Good Government’s Christmas gift

/ Thursday, 29 December 2016 08:15

GOOD GOVERNANCE GIVETH, AND GOOD GOVERNANCE TAKETH AWAY – The unspeakable, unutterable, unfathomable gift was the focus of Christmas...


A voice from the past

/ Thursday, 22 December 2016 00:00

A DEAD RINGER FOR DUPLICITY – While the republic reels under the regime-normalising deceptiveness of realpolitik, voices from the pa...


Is the Ship of State listing to Port?

/ Friday, 16 December 2016 00:05

SHIPWRECK? – Between the Scylla of statesmanship turned sour and the Charybdis of allegations of corruption and politicisation, the ...


Governance: On the bus! Or has it missed the bus?

/ Friday, 9 December 2016 00:01

‘ISSARAHA BAHINAWAA’ – civil society’s proclivity is bow out of a crowded bus when private interests and partisan ...


Plod, Goon, and other PG-rated plug-uglies

/ Friday, 2 December 2016 00:01

I have a confession to make. A visit to the local constabulary reduces me – never the bravest of scribes, anyway (because I have far too much...


State monies and shadow missions

/ Tuesday, 29 November 2016 00:01

My wife earns more than I do. I sometimes feel a worm on account of it. And other times I rationalise the income disparity. To each their own. We a...


We all live in a Whitened Submarine

/ Thursday, 24 November 2016 00:01

CROSSING GUARD – Perhaps we don’t need to enact new legislation to curb the free flow of dangerous chauvinist traffic into the...


The last trump, the last trick

/ Friday, 18 November 2016 00:00

Some men lead lives of quiet desperation. Poets, philosophers, people in the street or on plebeian public transport, taxpaying citizens hard-presse...


Jackboot off Journalism?

/ Tuesday, 8 November 2016 00:01

DEAD AND ALIVE – The ghosts of a generation of lost journalists still haunt the corridors of power today. Their deaths, or abduction...


COPEing with the fallout

/ Tuesday, 1 November 2016 00:01

The COPE report on the CBSL imbroglio was a shower of blessings. In the end, it was evidently unbiased and unabridged. It looked the chief suspects...


Who will guard the guards, when the wardens ward off the law for friends?

/ Friday, 28 October 2016 00:01

  SIT IT OUT, NOT QUIT IT!? – Concur or conquer, the machinery of state as in CIABOC as much as the engine of legislative oversi...


Aiyo, sirrah! The last hurrah?

/ Thursday, 20 October 2016 00:00

While you were sleeping, some of us dreaming, the world of words changed overnight. Quietly, while almost no one was watching, a superb Sri Lankan ...


Brats 3.0 and acting the goat

/ Wednesday, 12 October 2016 00:01

BOYS WILL BE BOYS? – was once the war-cry of a plethora of pestilential political progeny – it seems the plague isn’t ov...


Heroes and zeroes who write history

/ Friday, 7 October 2016 00:40

History is not what happened. History is what you can – or choose to –remember. However our local history these days is being written b...


Bringing up the bodies – again

/ Wednesday, 28 September 2016 00:01

One government cruelly executes bothersome editors acting as the gadfly conscience of a war-wracked country. Another government carefully ...


People’s representatives as a workforce in power

/ Friday, 23 September 2016 00:01

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 ...


Give me liberty, or give me death! (or better yet, at least a cool beer at day’s end)

/ Thursday, 15 September 2016 00:00

One thing you can count on to see our island-race through some tough times is our legendary sense of resilience. (I’m going to ignore the rac...


To Ban or not to Ban, that is key to ‘truth’

/ Thursday, 8 September 2016 00:06

THERE’S A NEW MOON – it’s once in a blue moon that the stars align in Sri Lanka’s favour; and now that the star pl...


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BPM – finance and accounting: Sri Lankan perspective

18 January 2017

Overview  BPM or Business Process Management, FAO or Finance Accounting Outsourcing, and HRO or Human Resource Outsourcing are a few of the acronyms that getbandiedabout in relation to the Outsourcing industry. The potenti...


How has the drought affected retailers and farmers in Sri Lanka?

18 January 2017

In Sri Lanka, drought is looming into a larger issue as one-third of the population is engaged in agriculture-related activities. According to the Department of Agriculture, 1.8 million farming households across the island are engaged i...


Fighters with no arms, no legs

17 January 2017

    Lessons they teach all of us Life without limbs yet without limits; changing obstacles into opportunities. The only person keeping us from reaching our full potential is our own self as False Evide...


CTF report and the Raviraj case judgement

17 January 2017

    The Report of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms was handed over to former President Chandrika Kumaratunga by Task Force Chairperson Manouri Muttetuwegama on 3 January.  The Consultation T...


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