It’s good that work has started on mapping out who will benefit by renting out excess capacity on assets controlled by consumers and small businesses. We have been kicking around these ideas within LIRNEasia for a while. Hopefully will get started on a project to understand how these things play out in the “real world,” as stated below. “I wasn’t ...

Sovereignty and Colombo Port City Image courtesy Yamu Throughout the world, the owning or holding of and that belongs to another sovereign nation, termed “territories held” have recently been largely returned. The Panama Canal was returned to Panama in January 2000, Hong Kong was returned to China by the United Kingdom in 1997, and Portugal returned Macau Island to China in 1999. The notable global ...

Post-war reconstruction and women: Has the Indian Housing Project become a debt trap? Photo courtesy Red Cross Following the end of the armed conflict, people returned to their areas of origin in the conflict affected areas with limited, and in some cases no resources, to re-build their lives. This forced them to access new and freely available credit to re-establish a habitable space and restart livelihoods. Due to inexperience managing debt, and ...

Presentation at University of Alberta Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences Today the research team had an opportunity to present findings from our work at a research colloquium hosted by the Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta. Here, Chandana Jayathilake is describing the campaigns conducted as part of the project. Original post at: http://mobilizingknowledge.blogspot.ca/2015/03/presentation-at-university-of-alberta.html  ...

Considerations for the Port City Image courtesy Yamu It is heartening to see our Government standing up for the rule of law and the protection of our rights and health in the face of corrupt deals made my shadowy individuals with no concern or love for this nation.  The Port City project has nothing to do with bi-lateral projects involving the government of China and ...

කලින් සටහන ඉදිරියට ගෙන යන්න සිතුනේ එයට ලැබුන ප්‍රතිචාර නිසා. ඔන්න දැන් ටිකක් සරල බවින් ඈතට යනවා. අපේ ගම් වල හිටපු මුදලාලිලා සේරම බඩ මහත කට්ටිය නොවේ. සමහරුන් හිටියා හීන්දෑරි මනුස්සයන්. කෙට්ටු හෝ හීන්දෑරි හෝ වේවා මේ පිරිස් අසීමිත කැපකිරීමක් තමන්ගේ ව්‍යාපාරය වෙනුවෙන් කරපු කට්ටියක්. දින හතේම ගොඩක් වෙලාවට කඩේ ඇරලා. සමහරුන් උදේ 5ට අරින කඩේ වහන්නේ, රෑ 10 ට. ...

In this week’s Ravaya column (in Sinhala, appearing in issue dated 8 March 2015), I revisit a public health emergency that I also commented on in August/Sept 2012: Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown/uncertain etiology (abbreviated as CKDu). CKDu was first reported in the early 1990s from a single Province in Sri Lanka’s heartland of rice […]

It’s under-reported, but in a recent bond issue the Central Bank Governor’s son-in-law made out like a bandit while everyone else bidding lost out. Arjun Aloysius and Perpetual Capital somehow ‘guessed’ the rates the Central Bank was going to issue while no one else did. It’s not proven that insider information was leaked, but it doesn’t look good. This government ...

A Fifty of a Hundred Days to Few, or too Many? Image courtesy Sri Lanka Guardian A former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson made the oft- quoted remark that a week is a long time in politics. What then of fifty days, not to mention a hundred? Half way into the government’s 100 -day governance reform programme, public reaction and that of some political actors in particular, appears to be ...

At the FAO-ITU e agriculture workshop that I am attending in Bangkok, I was asked to respond to a question on failure of ICT projects in agriculture and why. I responded, saying I will speak only about our activities. I said that the market information system Harsha de Silva started as an e Sri Lanka pilot project; kept going with ...

Web Design ඉගන ගන්න කැමති අය දිනෙන් දින වැඩි වෙනවා. Web Design සිංහලෙන් ඉගන ගන්න කැමති අයට උදව්වක් විදියට ඒ සම්බන්ද වෙනම Video කිහිපයක් ඉදිරියේදී අපි පල කරන්නම්. අද ලිපිය වෙන්... Read more » The post Web Design පහසුවෙන් ඉක්මනට කරන්න Bootstrap Framework එක භාවිතා කරන්නේ කොහමද? appeared first on . ...

මා මෙය කලින් ලියා තිබෙනවා. අපගේ ජීවිතය සරල එකක්. එය රඳා පවතින්නේ අනුන් මොනවාද කරන්නේ කියන එක මත නොවේ, අපට මොනවාද කරන්න පුළුවන් හා අපට මොනවාද අවශ්‍ය කියන එක මත. මේ පාරිභෝගික ලෝකය අපව පාලනය කරනවා යයි කියන කෙඳිරි ගෑම් එතරම් ඇත්ත නොවේ. වෙළඳ පොළ මගින් පාළනය නොවන මිනිසෙකු අපට ධනපති ක්‍රමය තුල බිහි කරන්න පුළුවන්. එයට ඉගෙනීම් (සහතික නොවේ) ...

Questions For the IT Industry: Why Jaffna? As of a year ago, the Sri Lankan IT industry has been on the receiving end of a small, but very insistent – and widely publicized – push towards the North. We’ve seen speeches made, proposals put forth, ideals advocated over dinner. And, as a result, we’ve seen mass workshops by SLASSCOM, where students thronged in the thousands to learn ...

ලක්මාල්ට ලියූ පිළිතුර සටහනක් ලෙසින්! මොකදැයි කියන්න දන්නේ නැහැ ලක්මාල්, ඔබගේ මේ කොමෙන්ටුව තිබුනේ ස්පෑම් ගොඩේ. තවමත් ඔබත් කියවන වග දැන ගැනීමට ලැබීම සතුටක්. මෙහෙමයි ලක්මාල් කතන්දරේ. දැන් නිවුඩ්ඩ හැරපු සුදු හාල් හා රතු හාල් තියනවනේ. මෝලේදී අනුගමනය කරණ පාහින ක්‍රමය අනුව, නිවුඩ්ඩ සම්පුර්ණයෙන් ඉවත් කරන්න, බාගෙට ඉවත් කරන්න හෝ සම්පුර්ණයෙන් තියා ගන්නත් පුළුවන්. ඇත්තටම නිවුඩ්ඩ කියන්නේ වී පොත්ත හා ඇටය අතර තවත් පොඩි ...

One of the most important ways by which research influences policy is for the researcher to become a policy maker. In 2006-07 Harsha de Silva was leading LIRNEasia’s ag info research. This is what he’s telling audiences now: Farmers are not poor because they don’t get the subsidy, farmers are poor because their agricultural markets are not working. There is ...

In this week’s Ravaya column (in Sinhala), I discuss the history and current state of play in relation to right to information (RTI). This is in the context of the new Lankan government planning to introduce an RTI law. To review the work of government at all levels, citizens/voters need to access public sector information […]

Open Letter to the Government of Sri Lanka: On the Port City Review Image courtesy Yamu Prime Minister Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe Minister Hon. Rajitha Senaratne Minister Hon Lakshman Kiriella Dear Sirs, On the Port City Review I am writing this open letter to you all as I have doubts that you might receive it through the layers of bureaucracy and entrenched interests that support the proposed ‘Port City’ project. A recent news ...

I found some interesting articles in the days following my article last week on tax reform, related to taxation/revenue/fiscal issues. It’s always encouraging to see more opinion pieces as well as news articles on tax. It’s especially encouraging to see journey covering tax issues. I thought it would be useful to capture them here, as […]

I am not a public health or environmental expert, but have long covered related topics as a science journalist. Among my long-standing interests are the downstream health and environmental effects agrochemicals – both chemical fertilizers and farm chemicals applied against pests and weeds. Parallel to this, I have also been covering chronic kidney disease of […]

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