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Foundation laid; time for other stakeholders to deliver: Godahewa

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Dr.Nalaka Godahewa, Chairman of the Securities and Exchange recently shared his thoughts with the Mirror Business about the year that ended and his expectations for the country’s capital market for the New Year. The following are excerpts.
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Manager’s essential power-toolbox Is diversification the right strategy for your business?

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Companies diversify for a host of reasons. In some cases, it’s a survival strategy. For instance, if your company makes the bulk of its sales at a particular time of year, it makes sense to consider diversification.
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Is your dream just a dream or a workable reality?

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Everyone dreams of that dream career or that dream-turned reality start up but it seems that for most, it stays what it was at the beginning – just a dream. Some of us have these fantasies, these visions about leaving the........
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Urgent need for e-waste management in Sri Lanka

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With the rapid developments in technology and the growing demand for new products, the production and consumption of more ‘electronic and electrical equipment’ (EEE) has significantly increased around the world.
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Developments in rubber diseases management

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Most of the major diseases of Hevea brasiliensis are of worldwide distribution (with the notable exception of South American leaf blight, against which strict quarantine regulations are enforced by rubber-growing countries outside the........
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Igniting customer service with a spark

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One morning on the way home after my regular walk at the park, I stopped as I regularly do, at the nearest branch of a supermarket chain, endorsed by a ‘celebrity’ of cricketing fame and his wife
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Sri Lanka’s trade liberalisation: What you see is NOT what you get

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Sri Lanka’s 2014 Budget claims a continuous commitment by the government to maintain a liberal, consistent and simple trade regime. The budget speech puts it this way: “A four band tariff structure presently in place is further consolidated aligned with simplicity to facilitate production and trade.”
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Your taxes, your enterprises and the politician

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Universally, parliaments are tasked with the role of making laws, approving taxation, and holding the executive arm of government accountable. That accountability extends to the performance of Public Enterprises that are often funded by or enjoy the patronage of,   the government.
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Manager’s essential power-toolbox Organisational culture could be changed if only leadership agrees

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Competing Values Framework (CVF), which we discussed last week, has been applied to a host of situations where organisational culture is a critical ingredient – leadership, management development and strategy implementation. But it is first and foremost known as ‘culture change’ tool.
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Unravelling stock market jargon

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The year 2013 has brought promising returns to individuals who invested in the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE). The impressive growth in the market might encourage further investment.
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Has your idea come of age in 2014?

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Another year dawns - as always, 2014 gives us the opportunity to look at the world with fresh perspectives. It will offer many new challenges along with new opportunities but just how will you make use of those opportunities?
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Changes to Condo Act will offer greater protection for residents Condominium concept should not be oversimplified

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When this concept is oversimplified so much, a distorted impression of it can be given to the buyers. This will be disastrous to condominium owners and to the industry in general.
Views: 1888

Five trends that will shape IT decisions in 2014

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What’s the next big IT trend? Customers want to know how they can leverage these trends, as well as how they can address any challenges. These trends, including the explosion of data,
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Plantations should go for multicropping systems

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Multiple cropping is not a new subject, although it is not popular in the plantation areas. It is the practice of growing two or more crops in the same space during a single growing season.
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A sweet Asian fruit tempts the troubled soft drink industry

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An obscure melon once cultivated by Buddhist monks in China to sweeten tea could give the US $ 8 billion U.S. diet soda industry a shot at winning back consumers concerned about artificial ingredients.
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Governance of financial institutions, key to governance architecture

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A few public policy issues have moved from the wings to centre stage as quickly and decisively as corporate governance. The regulators all over have made efforts in recent years to refine their views on how financial institutions should be organised and governed.
Views: 1321

Nurturing ethnic harmony for sustainable development

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Sri Lanka’s National Program for Ethnic Harmony, the most active program in Sri Lanka working towards nurturing harmony between ethnic groups launched a program on Sinhala –Muslim harmony recently.
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Backlash over India-US diplomat row fuels investment fears

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AFP: A furious anti-US backlash in India over the arrest and strip-search of one of its diplomats threatens to further scare off foreign investors already baulking at what they see as a hostile climate, analysts say.
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Understanding what makes ‘a good guest experience’

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The most recent probe on planet Mars by NASA reveals the existence of a dry lake that possibly held water thousands of years ago. Describing the findings as ‘extremely exciting’, a biologist when interviewed on.........
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Integrated tourism development is the way forward: CCI President

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Following are excerpts of  the speech made by Chamber of Construction Industry President Dr Surath Wickramasinghe  during the launch of the Build Sri Lanka 2014 and the Construction Industry Trade and Business Directory 2014 /2015 at Hotel Taj Samudra.
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US Federal Reserve tapering: A soft landing?

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The buying program (QE3) following a meeting of its Federal Open Markets Committee (FOMC) last week. Its purchase of US bonds ($40 billion) and mortgage-backed securities ($35 billion) has been reduced by $10 billion from $85 billion to $75 billion a month.
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