Shear madness!

A couple of weeks ago, I had a problem recognising someone I knew quite well. I’ve known this lady over some years but suddenly when I ran into her in unfamiliar surroundings it all went embarrassingly blank for a little while.

Was it some kind of face recognition problem that I had or something else? I later put it down to the fact that she was probably not wearing any make up. Do women look drastically different with and without make up? I would venture to say yes.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

No stereotyping the Bollywood women!

Anushka Sharma and Sunny Leone are probably two obscure names to the Daily FT reader. I must admit this was true for me too until very recently when I had the opportunity to view a programme on Star Movies called ‘Front Row,’ a talk show hosted by Indian national award winning author and film critic Anupama Chopra, who interviews both Hollywood and Bollywood movie stars on her show.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Copy of Cyberwar – Is the corporate world ready?

There are some in the world of IT who predict that we are poised to enter a new age - the age of cyberwar. It may sound quite dramatic, but it’s also quite apocalyptic, since we are after all in the year of 2012.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Cyberwar – Is the corporate world ready?

There are some in the world of IT who predict that we are poised to enter a new age - the age of cyberwar. It may sound quite dramatic, but it’s also quite apocalyptic, since we are after all in the year of 2012.

What defines an act of cyberwar? An article written in the CSO magazine by its Managing Editor Bill Brenner says, “Is it a sophisticated hack from China or Russia that shuts down the U.S. power grid? Is it a rogue group like Anonymous breaking into government sites? Is it all the spying China has been doing for several years now? And what about Stuxnet and Duqu? Were those creations an act of war by the U.S. and Israel against Iran? Does a cyberwar involve government and military sites only or does it include the networks of private enterprise as well?”

Friday, 13 January 2012

‘Disconnect’ the new buzzword of 2012

This is probably not a trend only in Sri Lanka and would probably also be true of the West, where there is a distinct distance between the main-street and Wall Street. Therefore the question now is, if the Colombo Stock Exchange really wants to maintain a strategic position in the economy of Sri Lanka, and if so what should it do?

This is a question asked by the UK- based publicationMindful Money, which describes itself as ‘the social news and knowledge network for the investment community’.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Cheap Pharmaceuticals: Who will pay the price?

The recent fiasco in Pakistan where free heart medicines caused the death of over 100 heart patients has been dominating the news these days. According to reports, the deaths were caused by the suspected failure of a drug (generic name IsosorbiteMononitrate), prescribed to patients suffering from heart ailments such as angina. A common prescription that is sold under several brand names, this drug acts by dilating the blood vessels in order to relieve blood pressure.

Subsequent to the reported drug failure, Sri Lanka’s Cosmetic Drugs & Devices Authority (CDDA) took immediate action to stop one of the medicinal drugs that was being imported from Pakistan, as a precautionary measure.

Friday, 24 April 2015

New synergies in telecommunications

Digital technology is pushing the frontiers of communication to new heights, blurring the lines between merely making a telephone call to actually being able to communicate with another individual through various other methods.

Being sociable has taken on a whole new meaning through the technology available to us, whether it is Facebook and Twitter or SMS.

Given this scenario, telco operators have to see far beyond the mundane telephone call towards offering other services, and tying up with other service providers, which previously would have been seen as competition. For example, there were the days when telephone companies feared Internet-based services such as Skype, but not anymore. Some mobile telcos are now gearing towards actually offering this kind of service as a part of their package.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Managing Under Performing Companies the South Asian Way

The Kingfisher story stinks of a game played by the corporate sector in the West; they topple and expect a bail out from taxpayer’s money.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Zero Specialist doctors for elderly in health sector

Here are some interesting statistics about our aging population. The Department of Census and Statistics says that we have about 2.7 million who are above the age of 60. The projections are that by 2012, the figure will be close on 4 million with a further addition of another million to that number in the next 10 years.

Friday, 30 March 2012
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