The Sunday Times has published a report on the EPF that gave me an unpleasant shock. The fund does not appear to have the money to repay it's members.Before getting into the details, lets understand what the fund is and what it is supposed to do. The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) was established under Act No. 15 of 1958 and ...

මේ තියෙන්නේ පසුගිය දවසක පැරකුම් ලියුව දෙයක් //ලංකාවේ ළමා පොත් ලියන අය ගොතන ගොන් කතා කියවන ළමා පරපුර කතාවක් රස විඳිය හැකි වැඩිහිටියන් ලෙස වැඩෙනවා ද යන්නත් ප්‍රශ්නයකි// මෙයට මගේ අදහස එකතු කරන්න හිතුනත්, අප වාගේ “විදේශිකයන්” එම කතෘතුමාට අරහං නිසා, මා මොකුත් එහි ලියන්න යන්නේ නැහැ. ලෝකේ කොහේ සිටියත් දරුවන්ව කියවන්නට යොමු කරවීම ගැන මා කලින් සරලව ලියා තියනවා. ...

මේ තියෙන්නේ පසුගිය දවසක පැරකුම් ලියුව දෙයක් //ලංකාවේ ළමා පොත් ලියන අය ගොතන ගොන් කතා කියවන ළමා පරපුර කතාවක් රස විඳිය හැකි වැඩිහිටියන් ලෙස වැඩෙනවා ද යන්නත් ප්‍රශ්නයකි// මෙයට මගේ අදහස එකතු කරන්න හිතුනත්, අප වාගේ “විදේශිකයන්” එම කතෘතුමාට අරහං නිසා, මා මොකුත් එහි ලියන්න යන්නේ නැහැ. ලෝකේ කොහේ සිටියත් දරුවන්ව කියවන්නට යොමු කරවීම ගැන මා කලින් සරලව ලියා තියනවා. ...

A fascinating interview with the Chinese financier Zhang Lei by the Financial Times highlights the need to learn about and keep up with China’s ICT industry. Now Zhang is taking the Chinese template offshore. “The Chinese model, which is mobile-driven, is more suited to emerging markets than the US model, which is desktop driven,” he says. “The socio-economic profile is ...

LIRNEasia research is extensively quoted in this Sunday Times article by Nalaka Gunawardene. The past decade has seen the highest number of telephone connections being given out across South Asia. It happened thanks to what researchers call the ‘budget telecom model’, where low cost technologies coupled with business process innovations helped telecom operators to reduce costs. First, regulatory reforms lowered ...

Google I/O Extended 2014 – Highlights The Show starts with a big bang and starting the show with Hi to UK I participant Nigeria and Brazil.  This time Female developer, join  in the part by 20%, that’s increasing by 14% from last  year. Google is encouraging the female developer in the Google IO 14, Even we cover the show in Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka got a small number of Google Staff but the ...

From shanty to home : Myth vs reality of Colombo’s Urban Regeneration Project Photo by Abdul-Halik Azeez, courtesy The Picture Press The ambitious Urban Regeneration Project (URP) launched by the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development aims to transform Colombo into a world-class destination for tourism and investment. Central to this eliminating “shanties, slums and other dilapidated housing from the city of Colombo by resettlement of the families presently living under unhygienic ...

“Where are the Sri Lankan Female Scientists?” A Case of Democratizing Science Photo by Reuters, courtesy International Business Times In recent decades, many researchers, education specialists and policy advocates have paid increasing attention to the issue of gender bias in science. While several successful attempts have been made to increase female participation in science, a dearth of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields still remains around the world. ...

The overt hostility among European opinion leaders to attention-economy companies such as Google and Facebook is not translated into use behavior. Their policy makers do everything in their power to slow down the attention economy. And they still wonder why their companies can’t cut it. Google now has an 85 percent market share for search in the region’s five largest ...

We’ve been arguing that electricity is up for a major change and that the change is going to be driven by the infusion of ICTs into all aspects of electricity generation, transmission, distribution and supply. Here’s another example. Hopefully this does not require smart meters and that high consumption devices in our countries can work with the gizmo. IT’S July, ...

Elusive Economic Peace Dividend in Sri Lanka:  ALL that glitters is not gold Photo courtesy IPS Prof. N.Balakrishnan Memorial Oration delivered in Colombo on 21st June 2014 Introduction It is five years since the decisive end of the civil war in May 2009. The government’s approach to resolving the long festering ethnic conflict in the country has been reconciliation and peace through economic development. Although I do have reservations about the validity ...

Switching Activities in Android (tutorial 03) New activity when the user clicks the button. Here I will improve last sample code 1. Create a new activity 2. You can see new UI for 2nd activity and then we change string value as below 3. In MainActivity.java we can added below line to switch activity. (there are few ways to achieve it, this only one way) 1 ...

Android Applications Development in 15min  (tutorial 02) Last Post (tutorial 01) was on Android Software Stack and Terminology[1]. This post will for beginner on Android applications, This post will teach you fast mobile application development from Android Developer Tools (ADT) are based on the Eclipse IDE. 1. Start ADT and then go file—> new –> Android Applications Project 2. Follow the wizard with give project name (other ...

Android Software Stack and Terminology (tutorial 01) Android system software full stack Android system software stack is typically divided into the four areas as following graphic Terminology Android Software Development Kit (Android SDK) contains the necessary tools to create, compile and package Android applications Android debug bridge (adb), which is a tool that allows you to connect to a virtual or real Android device Google provides two ...

Academic publication moves at a snail’s pace. A chapter that I wrote for a futures book that came out in 2013 was actually written in 2010. This is what I said about agriculture: The move to a knowledge-based economy did not mean the end of agriculture, but the blending of agriculture and knowledge. The massive computing power agglomerated in the ...

Tiananmen Square, Egg Wash and Tank Man: Reflections after 25 years AP Photo/Jeff Widener, courtesy The Atlantic‘s terrific photo essay ‘Tiananmen Square, Then and Now‘ In 2009, Canadian author Denise Chong published a book called “Egg on Mao: The Story of an Ordinary Man Who Defaced an Icon and Unmasked a Dictatorship”. The main subject of the book is a friend of mine, exiled Chinese dissident Lu Decheng. Our friendship ...

තොටිලි වැටෙන් පනින පුතා.. කාලෙකට පස්සේ ඔන්න ඉරිදා දවසක් නිදහසේ ගෙවන්න ලැබුනා. ඔන්න ක්‍රීඩා පිටිය පැත්තේ එහෙමත් ගිහින් ඇවිදින් සින්දුවකට හිත යොමු කරන්න කියලා හිතුවා. ඒ අතර අහම්බෙන වගේ මගේ සවනට වැ‍ටුන සුපුරුදු ගීතයකි. “තොටිල්ලෙහී වැටෙන් එහා- තවවැටවල් ගොඩක් ඇතේ තොටිලි වැටෙන් පනින පුතා- ඒ වැටවල් බිඳිනු ලැබේ ” මා මේ ගීතය අසන්නේ මා ඉතා කුඩා කාලයේ සිටය. කෙසේ නමුදු වෙනද නොවු කල්පනා ...

The Colombo Port City Development Project An artist’s impression of the proposed port city at Galle Face, via Wikipedia Paving paradise to put up a parking lot with a pink hotel, a boutique, and a swingin’ hot spot? In the words of Nobel laureate and economist, Amartya Sen, freedom is the primary goal of development; freedom is also the principal means of development. Yet, the ...

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