As urban regeneration continues at a dizzying pace in Colombo, it was the focus of the opening technical session of a recent forum on ‘Sri Lanka’s Road to Sustainable Development’ organised by the Law and Society Trust (August 22nd 2014). I was a panelist at this event, along with Eran Wickramaratne (MP) and a consultant to the UDA, and was […]

As urban regeneration continues at a dizzying pace in Colombo, it was the focus of the opening technical session of a recent forum on ‘Sri Lanka’s Road to Sustainable Development’ organised by the Law and Society Trust (August 22nd 2014). I was a panelist at this event, along with Eran Wickramaratne (MP) and a consultant to the UDA, and was […]

So aside from today being International Youth Day, apparently it’s also ‘World Elephant Day’! Elephants have strong historic and cultural ties in Sri Lanka – from working elephants that carried logs or fought alongside kings in ancient Sri Lanka, to the present day parading of them in elaborate costumes at Buddhist peraheras. So on ‘World […]

So aside from today being International Youth Day, apparently it’s also ‘World Elephant Day’! Elephants have strong historic and cultural ties in Sri Lanka – from working elephants that carried logs or fought alongside kings in ancient Sri Lanka, to the present day parading of them in elaborate costumes at Buddhist peraheras. So on ‘World […]

Apparently Japanese Sake brewers are gradually letting loose their ultra-traditional stance and looking for new ways to push their products in foreign markets. According to an article in the New York Times titled ‘Sake With Your Burger? Japan is Looking West to Save a Tradition’, Japanese Sake brewers are partnering with restaurants in cities like New York to […]

Apparently Japanese Sake brewers are gradually letting loose their ultra-traditional stance and looking for new ways to push their products in foreign markets. According to an article in the New York Times titled ‘Sake With Your Burger? Japan is Looking West to Save a Tradition’, Japanese Sake brewers are partnering with restaurants in cities like New York to […]

This review originally appears in the Daily Mirror of Monday 4th August 2014.   Minister Ranawaka’s new book is a formidable look at the nexus between energy, economics and politics   Amidst the aggressive and polarizing late-night political shows on television, the mediocre debates in poorly attended parliamentary sittings, and lofty pronouncements in public rallies, Minister […] ...

I was invited to write an English review of the Sinhala edition of Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka’s new book බලය හා බලය (‘Balaya Saha Balaya’). The review, which I reproduce here, originally appeared in the Daily Mirror of Monday 4th August 2014. In it, I argue that Minister Ranawaka’s book is a formidable look at the nexus between […]

Recent weeks have seen much controversy over the performance of the Mattala Airport, stemming from an interaction in Parliament between opposition MP Dr Harsha De Silva and Minister for Civil Aviation MP Priyankara Jayarathna. Linked to this, the BBC’s Sinhala service ‘Sandeshaya’ wanted to explore the success or failure of mega infrastructure projects like Mattala (and others […] ...

Recent weeks have seen much controversy over the performance of the Mattala Airport, stemming from an interaction in Parliament between opposition MP Dr Harsha De Silva and Minister for Civil Aviation MP Priyankara Jayarathna. Linked to this, the BBC’s Sinhala service ‘Sandeshaya’ wanted to explore the success or failure of mega infrastructure projects like Mattala (and others […] ...

The Pathfinder Foundation held an interesting discussion last Friday (27th) on Sri Lanka’s ‘Government Enterprises’ as they called it, and what needs to be done about them. I chaired the session, and delivered some concluding remarks. Let me recap some of those views here. ‘Government’ enterprises are called different things at different times – State-owned […] ...

The Pathfinder Foundation held an interesting discussion last Friday (27th) on Sri Lanka’s ‘Government Enterprises’ as they called it, and what needs to be done about them. I chaired the session, and delivered some concluding remarks. Let me recap some of those views here. ‘Government’ enterprises are called different things at different times – State-owned […] ...

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