The Finance Minister’s Vision in Today’s Lankadeepa. (MAGE DAKMA)

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As Edited by Chaminda Munasinghe of Lankadeepa! The Finance Minister has a weekly column in the Lankadeepa, and I presume as he is short of time to write it himself. He could be making a call to the journalist about what he wants to say, and the journalist writes it with the FM not knowing what was written under his ...

The OLYMPIC SPIRIT – A lesson for our Youth

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The Rio Olympics were over this morning our time here in SL, at the closing ceremony, that was televised live on Channel EYE.In my view the significance is that 87 Countries won medals, with 10 Countries winning Gold for the first time, and included, Fiji for Rugby sevens and Puerto Rico for the women’s singles in Tennis, a wholly unexpected ...

The misconceptions of our youth – we can change their mindset – let us try

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I spent a whole day on Saturday on the Liya Diriya program, which is a women’s empowerment program to assist women in achieving their individual life goals, by identifying what it is they want, and showing them a path on how they should go about achieving them. We visited 8 of our Societies in this Divisional Secretariat Area. One of ...

Personal power generation and sharing with others is ILLEGAL! Time to change

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We need NEW thinking in power generation especially in renewable. The world is changing, and the developed countries, the worst culprits in using fossil fuels are rapidly changing their power generation to renewable, so much so that ALL future development will ONLY be on renewable.In contrast, Sri Lanka, led by the fossils called the CEB Engineers, they will NOT hear ...

New Procedure IS REQUIRED for issue of Death Certificates

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It is farcical to know that here in Sri Lanka, that you cannot bury or cremate without a death certificate, and worse, you cannot do the normal procedures of handling the affairs of the deceased until the death certificate is obtained.http://www.sundaytimes.lk/160814/news/govt-analyst-bottleneck-frustrates-law-and-loved-ones-204895.htmlIf one reads the link, if the Government Analyst has NOT been able to ascertain the cause of death, a ...

AIRBNB – The largest HOTEL CHAIN IN THE WORLD that does not own any hotels!

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Sri Lanka is JUST waking up to the existence of Airbnb, which is a tourist accommodation site on the internet, that is sufficiently sophisticated that those seeking relatively low cost accommodation on their visits are able to sift through the alternatives, to make a determination on the likelihood of acceptability for the price offered, and make a visit, to a ...

The marriage made in heaven in now not even one of Convenience!

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We who were involved in working very hard to overturn a ruthless, and lawless regime, where all wealth created were directed at the hands of a few, believed that when the YAHAPALANAYA govt. came to power, there would be a new beginning, a new DAWN if you will, which has failed to materialize.Professor Razeen Sally outlines the factors that have ...

The Prime Minister is putting the cart before the horse! – Human Capital

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So what is this horse I am talking about? It is the basic foundation for Education which he did not even allude to in his speech at the Human Capital Summit, and nothing will come of it unless this most important area is tackled, if we are EVER to achieve the sensible goals the PM has set for himself.I will ...

Finding a job on your own or asking your parents to find you a job!!!

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DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHICH IS BETTER?As if you have to ask! However you will be surprised which way it works, and why it is NOT good, both for the job seeker and for the person who has agreed to help the job seeker, to ask someone else to fix you with one!I am constantly involved in assisting people find jobs, ...

Education – what is the objective? We should redefine what we mean by it!

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Each day we have numerous articles on what is wrong with the Education System, and I attach a link to an article which is the most common analysis of what is wrong, namely that “Children must be taught how to think, NOT what to think”http://www.dailymirror.lk/113759/-Children-must-be-taught-how-to-think-not-what-to-think-Frankly this has been the broken record for 70 years since the Kannangara Education reforms, making ...

Pep Talk to a recent graduate from the State University System - actual letter just sent!

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Kumbuk Pokuna Ratmale Minneriya8th August 2016Dear XXXXXXXXXXLet me first congratulate you on obtaining your Management Degree from Japura University, which you collected last week. I sincerely trust that you were able to have your parents from your home in Mahavillachchiya, with you to attend your degree awarding ceremony, so they would see that their sacrifice has begun to show ...

Over 316,000 students begin their A level Examinations today. What future do they have in store for them?

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Sri Lanka does a huge disservice to its students, whose whole goal of achievement is to obtain a good Z score and go into University, as they have been lead to believe that a degree from a state university is a ticket out of hell!http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=149618This notion, which I have broadly generalized is the WRONG way to go, as it completely ...

Ajantha Dharmasiri on Uditha Liyanage: PIM and the reality within SL!

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I refer to the article in the FT by Professor Uditha Liyanage’s successor at the PIM about his mentor, and the person synonymous with PIM which enters its 30th year.http://www.ft.lk/article/558360/Remembering-a-management-sage--One-year-laterIt was good article of the student in honoring his teacher, in memory of his life, and in remembrance of his untimely demise a year ago.I know many people who have ...

Ceylon Tobacco – Are we about to see the import of all our cigarettes? After the Govt. intentionally destroys the Tobacco Industry!

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The Double Whammy to the Tobacco Industry, A death defying tax increase, and the ban on growing tobacco by 2020! Will see the end of this Industry that employs 50,000 outgrower farmers, that indirectly feed 250,000 people.I don’t smoke and I have never smoked. However the usual Sri Lankan practice of putting the cart before the horse, takes yet another ...

Child Care – Critical need of the hour to fill the skills and labor shortage

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Make no bones about it, Sri Lanka has a huge skill shortage, and there are particularly skilled women who have decided to start a family and are staying at home, and who do not have the means to pay for carers in order that they may return to work.https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/government-encourages-women-to-work-issues-comprehensive-guidelines-for-day-care-centres/I am currently trying to help a highly skilled mental health counselor ...

Free Education @ Tertiary level is only for 5% of eligible in Sri Lanka

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Following on from earlier blog a few days ago, which was galvanized due to an article I read, by a PhD student from Sri Lanka that implied, Sri Lanka has free education and it was immensely superior to the US model where they have to pay for education at the Tertiary level, I am writing a follow to completely debunk ...

Free Education up to what level? Certainly NOT AT UNIVERSITY SURELY - Geethika Dharmasinghe~

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Reading the attached article in the link referred to here, where a successful product of Sri Lanka’s free education system received a Fulbright Scholarship and is pursuing further education in the US, comments on the advantages of free education over that of private education in the US without really understanding the pros and cons, and is truly reflective of the ...