Is the Air Pollution Analysis for the Sampur Coal Plant Credible?

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Featured image courtesy Tamil Guardian From Lareef Zubair, with contributors Shashini Rathnayake, Janan Vishwanathan and Zeenas Yahiya of the Foundation for Environment, Climate and Technology Where does the Wind take pollutants from Sampur? As per modern myth, school texts, national atlases, and indigenous forecasters, the wind blows from the North-East over Sri Lanka at the turn of the calendar year. ...

Sri Lanka’s Brain Drain And The Looming Talent Shortage

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People leaving their lands of birth in search of adventure, and better economic prospects is nothing new. It is the basic phenomenon behind the birth of many of today’s most advanced economies, the United States being, perhaps, the foremost example of this. The ability to go where one’s skills are rewarded the most is also a basic human right, and ...

Go Ahead, Hire1: the lankan courier app

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Making your way around Colombo is becoming increasingly easy. Ask anyone who has intrepidly stuck out a hand in traffic to have at least two tuk-tuks veer to a halt. There’re even more digital options like Uber and PickMe for when your trip is slightly less impulsive. But what if you need to transport something that isn’t an inanimate object, ...

සිවුමංසල කොලූගැටයා #275: විද්‍යුත් හැඳුනුම්පත (eNIC) ගැන විවෘත සංවාදයක් ඕනෑ!

Moving Images, Moving People!
In this week’s Ravaya column (appearing in the print issue of 17 July 2016), I discuss Sri Lanka govermment’s recently announced plans to introduce an electronic National Identity Card (e-NIC) replacing the current, mandatory NIC based on a system that was launched in 1971. The Department of Registration of Persons (the ID card office) is […]

The Plight of Modern Family; Gender Equality and contemporary changes

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The human society is comprised of men and women. The society has given specific roles based on the gender which has now changed dramatically. Both men and women go out for work and provide financial support for the family. This is mainly because of the economic conditions which force women to earn and the high educational and professional standards of ...

LIRNEasia at Seminar to modernise export agriculture

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The National Chamber of Exporters (NCE) in collaboration with the Ministry of Primary Industries organized a seminar on 5th of July at the Galadhari Hotel, Colombo to discuss the ways to become “Export Giants Through Modernization”. The seminar comprised of more than 30 leading exporters of export agriculture crops, fruits and vegetables. An Expert panel was set up to have ...

Chronicling the Great Place To Work Sri Lanka 2016 Conference

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Swanky lounge music floated out of Cinnamon Grand’s Oak Room. In the opulent foyer, alphabetically marked registration counters warmly received senior management representing some of the trendiest offices in the country. For the team amicably handing out delegate packs to the professionals it was time to get this year’s edition of the Great Place To Work Sri Lanka Conference off the ...

Chronicling the Great Place To Work Sri Lanka 2016 Conference

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Swanky lounge music floated out of Cinnamon Grand’s Oak Room. In the opulent foyer, alphabetically marked registration counters warmly received senior management representing some of the trendiest offices in the country. For the team amicably handing out delegate packs to the professionals it was time to get this year’s edition of the Great Place To Work Sri Lanka Conference off the ...

INFOGRAPHIC: Opportunity Costs – What Rs. 1 Billion Can Buy

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Featured image courtesy Asian Mirror On June 7, a supplementary estimate was submitted to Parliament for the import of luxury vehicles for Ministers and their deputies. Rs. 1.17 billion was sought, with several, including Joint Cabinet Spokesmen Ministers Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and Deputy Minister Karunaratne Paranawithana defending the estimate. This is very saddening. How can Govt justify this Rajapaksa-esque spending? ...

Tourism in Sri Lanka: Catalyst for Peace & Development or Militarization & Dispossession?

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Sinhalese tourists visit the underground bunker of LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran in Mullaitivu district. The completion of the northbound A9 road and the opening up of the north of Sri Lanka has bought with it a booming domestic ‘war tourism’ industry. Sinhalese people from Colombo are coming in their hundreds to see memorials to their fallen soldiers and to visit ...

CSE Monthly Analysis: June 2016

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Last month saw small retailers around the country protest against the VAT hike, while investors found very little to cheer about. There was some rejoicing in the markets after the IMF granted approval for a 3 year, USD 1.5 billion loan under the lender’s Extended Fund Facility (EFF). However, concerns over rising interest rates continue to dampen activity in the ...

The New Central Bank Governor And His Plans For Sri Lanka

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Renowned economist Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy was appointed the new Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka last week, following weeks of speculation, controversy, and indecision. You’ve probably already heard everything there is to know about the man, so the following is an attempt to look at what his appointment means in the grand scheme of things. We also had ...

දවසකට 2% කියන්නේ කොච්චරක්ද?

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අපි හැමෝටම බැලූ බැල්මට හිතෙන්නේ දවසකට 2% කියන්නේ හෙණ පොඩි ගාණක් කියලා නේ. ඒ නිසාම තමයි අපේ ගොඩක් දෙනෙක් දවසකට 10%-20% ගෙවන සෝඩා බෝතල් පස්සෙම දුවන්නේ. [මගේ නම් TSG තමයි අන්තිම එක

දවසකට 2% කියන්නේ කොච්චරක්ද?

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අපි හැමෝටම බැලූ බැල්මට හිතෙන්නේ දවසකට 2% කියන්නේ හෙණ පොඩි ගාණක් කියලා නේ. ඒ නිසාම තමයි අපේ ගොඩක් දෙනෙක් දවසකට 10%-20% ගෙවන සෝඩා බෝතල් පස්සෙම දුවන්නේ. ඒත් පොඩ්ඩක් නැවතිලා හොඳට හිතලා බලන්න. බැංකුවේ FD එකකට වුණත් අවුරුද්දකටම ගෙවන්නේ 12% ක් විතර. අපි FutureAdPro වගේ හොඳ Stable RevShare එකකින් දවසකට 1% ක් හෙව්වත් අවුරුද්දකට 365% කට වඩා […] The post දවසකට 2% ...

hSenid introduces Juraa – the first enterprise social network

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Social networking has had a rocky relationship with the corporate world. Initially, Facebook and Twitter, although practical methods of communication were deemed taboo in certain workplace cultures. We’ve come a long way since then as offices have now evolved into comfort and convenience friendly atmospheres. The change is so far upon us that hSenid Business Solutions has gone to the ...

hSenid introduces Jura – the first enterprise social network

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Social networking has had a rocky relationship with the corporate world. Initially, Facebook and Twitter, although practical methods of communication were deemed taboo in certain workplace cultures. We’ve come a long way since then as offices have now evolved into comfort and convenience friendly atmospheres. The change is so far upon us that hSenid Business Solutions has gone to the ...

ඔයාගේ මහත්තයට නම් මා කැමතියි! Parochial Thinking (4)

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ගොඩක් දෙනා නිදහස් වෙළඳපොළක් ගැන කතා කරනවනේ. ඇත්තටම එහෙම එකක් තියනවද? ඔව් තියනවා. හැබැයි ඒ තව එකක් එක්ක සංසන්දනය කර, මෙය අරිට වඩා හොඳයි කියනවා වගේ තමා. නැතුව නිදහසම නිදහස් මොනම දෙයක් වත් මේ ලෝකේ නැහැ. ඔන්න ඔය නිසා රටවල් … Continue reading → ...

ඔයාගේ මහත්තයට නම් මා කැමතියි! Parochial Thinking (3)

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මේ සතියේ ඒබීසී ෆෝ කෝනර්ස් වලට ගියේ ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාවේ රැකියා වල අනාගතය ගැන. මා ලියමින් හිටිය දෙයට සම්බන්ද නිසා එයින් ගත්තු දත්ත ටිකක් මෙහි දමනවා. මා දමන්න හිටිය මුලාශ්‍රයට  යනවට වඩා එය ලෙහෙසියි. එහි කියපු එක කරුණක් තමා දැන් අප කරන … Continue reading → ...

The Indrajit Coomaraswamy Issue: A matter of decency

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Featured image courtesy Sri Lanka Mirror The issue of the appointment of Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy as the Governor of the Central Bank is a defining one. It is an issue on which one has to stand up and be counted. It is a moral issue; one which concerns the kind of Sri Lanka one wishes to have. It is also ...

Culture and Poverty in our Neo Liberal Economy

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Photo courtesy Amantha Perera/IPS news In this neo liberal or free market global economy, Sri Lanka was counted as a country moving into the middle income group with an annual per capita income of 3,230 US dollars by the of the year 2014. It was expected to reach 4,400 US dollars by the end of this year (2016). In 2014 ...