Sunday, August 31, 2008

Her Week With Out Water

Good practical lesson for people to understand the value of water

Sunday, August 24, 2008

No Plug - No Deal

Electric vehicles are one of best alternatives for petroleum price hike. If the barrier for popularization of it, is unavailability of charging stations; this is the solution.

Sustainability of Carbon Credit Trading

We can simply describe the "Carbon Credit Trading" the newest global social business as follows.

"It is a deal to reduce greenhouse gases that cause dangerous climate change, major polluters can now buy carbon credits that allow them to pay someone else to reduce emissions instead of cutting their own pollution."

According to this method an industrialist in Scotland in oil industry will pay a so called green business in Brazil. But do you ever think about people in the vicinity of both projects.

Following story is such an occasion. This is a story which shows an another view of "Carbon Credit Trading"

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Team Work... worth to take a print out and paste on your room

It is worthwhile to paste some informative posters on your office room, site room or in work place. Because it will help a visitor not to waste his or her time once he or she got a chance to meet you. This picture is worth for taking a print out and paste on your walls.

Safety @ work place presentation

This presentation will be a wonderful tool to start your presentation sessions on work place safety. As engineers we have to increase the awareness of people working with us. So this presentation will be very helpful to impress the audience on the subject.

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What is Love? & What is Marrage?

This story is extracted from my mail box and I thought that it is nice to share with my readers.

What is Love?

A student asks a teacher: What is love?

The teacher said: in order to answer your question, go to the paddy field and choose the biggest paddy and come back.

But the rule is: you can go through them only once and cannot turn back to pick.

The student went to the field, go thru first row, he saw one big paddy, but he wonders....may be there is a bigger one later. Then he saw another bigger one... but may be there is an even bigger one waiting for him.
Later, when he finished more than half of the paddy field, he start to realize that the paddy is not as big as the previous one he saw, he know he has missed the biggest one, and he regretted. So, he ended up went back to the teacher with empty hand.
The teacher told him, this is love... you keep looking for a better one, but when later you realize, you have already miss the person

What is Marrage?

The student asked: What is marriage then?

The teacher said: In order to answer your question, go to the corn field and choose the biggest corn and come back.

But the rule is: you can go through them only once and cannot turn back to pick.

The student went to the corn field, this time he is careful not to repeat the previous mistake, when he reach the middle of the field, he has picked one medium corn that he feel satisfied, and came back to the teacher.
The teacher told him, this time you bring back a corn.... you look for one that is just nice, and you have faith and believe this is the best one you get.... this is marriage.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Innovation, the key to face “GSP + challenge”

The apparel industry is one of leading export revenue earner and it is employing over 300000 people and majority of them from rural community. The Sri Lankan apparel giant MAS Holdings is itself employing 45000 people. Apparel industry can be considered as one of women empowering mechanism due to high female worker involvement. It is employing over 80 % women in various positions and this can be considered as a good option to empower women. Recently I read a “MAS women go beyond” project magazine and it shows how apparel industry has helped them to go beyond their challenges.

However, the apparel industry is facing a big challenge these days. In the end of this year EU will take a crucial decision over GSP + benefits by referring outstanding human right reports of government of Sri Lanka, report of the international Group of Eminent persons and many human right documentations. These reports will be key parameters of evaluation process of renewing GSP + benefits. The GSP + benefits are crucial for development and continuity of apparel industry. Unfortunately above parameters are not under control of apparel industry.

However in the end of this year we must be in a position to accept the decision of EU on GSP + benefits whatever it will be positive or negative. Increasing strength and identifying opportunities are the best way to over come challenges of corporate sector. Increasing profit margins with innovative steps will reduce the effect of any kind of challenge.

Innovations in production, planning, finance, marketing, enterprise resource handling, sourcing and many more key areas will enhance the strength of industry to face any kind of challenge including GSP plus. As an independent nation we can not except subsidies forever from developed nations because they often use that as a tool to control developing nations.

So it is time optimize our apparel industry in order to face any global challenge. We must develop our industry in every dimension. This kind of multi dimensional approach towards development of industry with dramatically reduces cost of production. Through less cost of production, we can go to international market with more competitive prices. If we can embed unique quality and tag reasonable price on our product; any kind of barriers will not affect the industry.

We do not want to worry about uncontrollable parameters. Apparel industrialists or employees are not responsible or not in a position to control and maintain human rights in Sri Lanka. However, control over apparel process is on their hand. Quality and cost of production is in their control.

A sustainable human resource policy, waste minimization, operational time reductions, eliminating non-value adding functions, new production technologies, improved and in built quality are some of key areas to increase quality and reduce cost of production.

One of leading apparel industry in Sri Lanka, MAS holdings produces 300 million garments products per annum. Can you think about the effect of a cost reduction of one rupee on every product through multi dimensional approach? It will save 300 million rupees for company. It will lead the company into a sustainable and strong business environment. Normally an apparel company consists of various divisions to produce complete garments. So a few cents saving per each unit in each department will finally end up with rupee or more cost reduction per each unit. . Any industry can do such thing and achieve unbelievable cost reduction. We can take Toyota’s Camry 600 $ reduction effort which ended up in 800 $ cost saving per each unit as an example.

To Be continued ...........................