Category Archives: Business & Commerce

When Worlds Collide #119: Long way to lowering Lanka’s Deadly Diesel Hazard

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today newspaper on 29 August 2014 Progress is slow and incremental. Those who take all-or-nothing positions often end up with…nothing. So let’s hail Sri Lanka’s leading petroleum distributor introducing a … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #118: Astrology in Sri Lanka – Are we leaving it all to the stars?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today newspaper on 22 August 2014 “Sri Lanka has many persons claiming to practise astrology with its professed powers of predicting the future. However, not one of them anticipated the … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #117: Once and Future Organics in Sri Lanka

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today newspaper on 15 August 2014 It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong, cautioned the French writer and philosopher François-Marie Arouet (1694 – 1778), better known … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #109: Huffing and puffing over Tobacco in Sri Lanka

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today newspaper on 31 May 2014 Tobacco control presents formidable policy dilemmas. It isn’t a simple or simplistic battle between ‘good’ and ‘evil’ as anti-tobacco activists would make us believe. … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #107: Climate Reporting from ‘Ground Zero’

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today ay newspaper on 16 May 2014 Can journalists save the planet? I posed this question in a column nearly two years ago, in June 2012. During the early years … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #100: Seeds of Discord over Lanka’s new Seeds Act

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today broadsheet newspaper on 14 March 2014 Is the Department of Agriculture (DoA) the biggest impediment to our pursuing sustainable agriculture in Sri Lanka? I once posed this question to the … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #97: Living on the Edge – South Asia’s Coastal Scramble

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today broadsheet newspaper on 14 February 2014 Many different worlds collide on the coast – both literally and metaphorically. Coasts are where land meets the sea. A precise coastline cannot be … Continue reading

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