Articles Posted in the Agenda Category

  • Trishaw-story

    WHO’S AFRAID OF HUMBLE TRISHAWS?

    Due to their novelty and ‘foreign’ nature, each one elicited mixed reactions from Lankan society. I still remember some self-appointed ‘guardians of culture’ proclaiming how TV could herald the ‘end of our proud heritage’. Well, some of them have evolved into ‘TV pundits’ now… Two-wheeled and…

  • Mudith-October-2015-APPROVED

    Media Industry’s Murky Ad Free Future

    Much has changed since the dotcom bubble, but advertising still remains the bread and butter of the internet. Free content sites rely almost exclusively on advertising and even the most established media sites rely mainly…

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    Can the ‘Right to Recall’ empower lankan Voters?

    By the time you read this, Sri Lanka’s new Parliament would have been elected at the general election held on 17 August 2015. The new 225 Members of Parliament (MPs) – both first-timers and re-elected…

  • Mudith-July-2015

    E-commerce in Sri Lanka

    The Indian e-commerce boom is trickling down to Sri Lanka, resulting in a sudden explosion of interest in the sector. In addition to the numerous local e-commerce sites, many brick and mortar companies are jumping on the bandwagon. A majority of such traditional brick…

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    Kidney Disease Needs ‘Heart and Mind’ Solutions

    If bans and prohibitions were a measure of good governance, Sri Lanka would probably score well in global rankings. Successive governments have shown a penchant for banning – usually without much evidence or debate.The latest such ban concerns glyphosate –…

  • Mudith-June-2015-Approved

    The Next Chapter of Finance

    The financial turmoil of 2008 was a rude eye opener to many who had taken the stability of the established banking and financial system for granted. The strict regulations and checks on risk taking, use of leverage etc. once thought to provide…

  • Nalaka-June-2015-Approved

    Sri Lanka: Unclear on Nuclear

    This has been debated for years in scientific and policy circles. It has come into sharp focus again after Sri Lanka signed a bilateral agreement with India “to cooperate in peaceful uses of nuclear energy”. Under the agreement, signed in New Delhi…

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    Managing the Demographic Transition: The ‘Silver Dividend’

    Its editors made the final choices based on hundreds of ideas received. Predictably enough, the list was dominated by high tech developments like the Human Genome Project, the Internet and micro-manufacturing. With remarkable foresight, they…

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    No More Disruption, No More Ads?

    Advertising has traditionally relied on a simple strategy – find a newspaper article or TV or radio show that will attract target consumers and disrupt them with ads while they consume the content. This was a simple and efficient model which…

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    Beyond RTI: Towards Open Government

    With that, we will at last catch up with nearly 100 countries that have introduced such progressive laws. Better late than never – but passing the law is only a beginning. Institutionalising it requires effort and funds. Continued vigilance…