Tag Archives: Ray Wijewardene

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 #79: SALT can Save Lanka’s Upcountry Land and Soil

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 18 August 2013 “If this flight is a waste of my time, you’re going to pay for it,” Julian Manning, managing director of Ceylon Tobacco … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #59: Seeking Clarity in Murky Waters

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 24 March 2013 When it comes to collectively and rationally managing our freshwater, many Lankans seem to suspend their good judgement. Any passing conspiracy theory, no … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #52: From Independence to Non-dependence

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 3 February 2013 “How did you come here?” This was a question that the late Ray Wijewardene – maverick engineer, agronomist and inventor – frequently asked … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #39: Creating Innovative Ripples without Waves…

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 28 October 2012 I S W Karunathilaka, inventor of a wave/wakeless boat design, recently won the inaugural Ray Award for excellence in innovation and enterprise in … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #16: Meet ELCA, Lanka’s own zero emission electric car!

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 20 May 2012 What’s the worst human invention of all time? The answer depends on whom we ask. As a cheer-leader of innovation and currently host … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #4: Riding into Healthy Cities, or Dreaming of SUVs?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 26 Feb 2012 The late — and great – innovator Ray Wijewardene was best known for building and flying ultra-light aircraft. But he was also interested … Continue reading

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