Sitting on top of a six billion rupee empire extending to several spheres, he is easily one of Sri Lanka's top notch business entrepreneurs. Apparel, sugar, electronics, computer software, aviation and construction are just a few among them.
"Thaaththa," Bindu Udagedera asked, "what is happening to all the cricketers in Pakistan?"
"Well," Bindu's father Percy said, "they are doing rather well, aren't they?"
"Why do you say that?" Bindu was puzzled.
Pragmatism, the President told an Australian business audience, was a fundamental approach of the government's economic policies. This is indeed how it should be in a world that is constantly changing and a country that has to face fresh global challenges continuously.
Continuing the discussion on the vexed question as to what accountability means to Sri Lanka which was focused on in last week's column, it needs to be emphasized that ultimately the truth as to what happened in Nandikadal in May 2009 has to be part of a larger and more inclusive process of justice in Sri Lanka based on the Rule of Law and seen to be equal in effect to all Sri Lankans.
External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris has described the just-concluded Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth as having been "an unqualified triumph for Sri Lanka." The minister's jubilant attitude was based on three developments at the conference which no doubt won him diplomatic points, in the light of the ongoing western assault on Sri Lanka based on human rights and accountability.
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