Around the World in Eight Photos Join us as we explore the world through the street photography tag on WordPress.com. Here you’ll find no airport lineups, no grumpy customs agents, and you never get the middle seat. On belgianstreets, photographer Andy Townend recently shot “stripfeest,” an annual comics festival held in Brussels, Belgium. We loved how Andy captures this young reader fully ensconced in his comic ...

Independence Referendum: The Morning After First published here. A win for independence in Scotland would have led to drastic changes to parliament in the UK including the short-to-medium term irrelevance of Labour A little over half of those who went to bed last Thursday in Scotland, wondering what Friday will hold, woke up to the news that the United Kingdom will remain as it ...

The Uva results and implications for the Presidential Poll Photo courtesy The Republic Square The UPFA barely hung on in Uva. Grimly winning a narrow victory, that saw a significant dent in voter support for the ruling Rajapakse Administration. The UPFA Uva campaign was led by a presidential nephew, incumbent chief minister Shasendra Rajapakse being the son of Speaker Chamal Rajapakse. The decline in voter support was quite ...

ඌවේ හූව කාටද...? - Uva Election Results ඌවේ රිසල්ට්ස් ඇවිල්ලාය. නයි ටී ඇන් එකේ හා රූපවාහිනියේ හතර වරම් බයිලා ගැහුවාට, ආන්ඩුව නූලෙන් ජාම බේරගෙන ඇත්තේය. හරි විදියට බැලුවොත් නම් ආන්ඩුව පරාදය. එජාපේ උඩින්ම දිණුම්ය. ජෙප්පෝ එතනමය. ජනරාල් ඉවරය. ආන්ඩුව කෑවේ, අද උදේ නෙමේය. මිනිස්සු ඡන්දේ දාන වෙලාවෙත් ආන්ඩුව කෑවේය. ඒ චන්ඩි පාට් දාන්න ගිහිල්ලාය. පොලිසිය ඇතුලේ නගරාධිපතිට ගහලා එලියට ආපු ආන්ඩුවේ චන්ඩින්ට, ගමේ උන් එකතුවෙලා ඇති නොකියන්න ...

Last week I met a long lost friend of mine. Currently he is working at the Human Resources department of one of the biggest business groups in Sri Lanka. So what are you up to now? I asked. He is a social media analytic. He apparently handles social media research and analysis of the candidates and potential candidates. What the hell is that now? Well its the next level of human resource

Urban Warfare and the Sounds of Silence Photo courtesy Maatram I was sitting at my desk in Colombo 08 yesterday and all of a sudden, a somewhat loud but also muffled ‘boom’ broke the usual afternoon sounds of traffic on the road to Parliament. My first thought was a memory from December 2006, a much louder BOOM from two blocks away that marked the assassination attempt in ...

සුන්දර ජයසුන්දර සිහිනයේ යථාර්ථය - Is PBJ a dreamer? - චානුක වත්තේගම -අපේ රට ආයතනයක් වී නම් එහි 'චීෆ් ඉකොනොමිස්ට්' හෙවත් මුඛ්‍යාර්ථික විශේෂඥයා සේ සැලකිය හැක්කේ මුදල් හා සැලසුම්කරණ අමාත්‍යාංශ ලේකම් ආචාර්ය පී. බී. ජයසුන්දරයි. රාජ්‍ය නායකයාගෙන් පරිබාහිර මුදල් අමාත්‍යවරයකු නැති රටක ඔහුගේ වගකීම් එක්තරා මට්ටමකට එක්සත් රාජධානියේ මුදල් අමාත්‍ය 'චාන්සලර් ඔෆ් ද එක්ස්චෙකර්' ගේ වගකීමට සමානය. එසේම රාජ්‍ය බල පිරමීඩයේ ඉහළින්ම සිටින ආර්ථික විද්‍යාඥයා ඔහුයි. (මහ බැංකු අධිපති ...

INFOGRAPHIC: Views From Uva With the Uva Provincial Council elections taking place tomorrow, Social Indicator, the survey research unit of the Centre for Policy Alternatives has analysed data from field work conducted in May and June 2014 to get a sense of the issues and priorities of the people of Uva as they go to vote. The current state of the economy has ...

And they all fall down This afternoon, the remaining residents of 34 watta in Wanathamulla had surprise visitors. Brigadier Samarasinghe who is the Project Director of the UDA’s Urban Regeneration Programme, accompanied by several other UDA officials, police and demolition equipment turned up at 34 watta and informed the residents of imminent evictions and the destruction of their homes. Most of the residents of ...

INFOGRAPHIC: Military Presence in the North of Sri Lanka Five years since the end of the war, a significant military presence still remains in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. This despite repeated assurances by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) that the military presence is, and will be phased out in order to pave way for post-war reconciliation efforts. In a context of increased militarization, the Centre ...

Child Soldiers, a Stolen Innocence “When I’m gone, release me. Let me go. I have so many things to see and do.” – Excerpt from ‘Butterfly’ Even today too little is been said about them. Yet, they lived as fighters and died as children in a war they knew nothing about, in a war they had nothing to do with in the first place. ...

AVG Internet Security 2015 Serial Key සමගින් සල්ලි සල්ලි කියල බලන්නේ නැතුව ඔන්න අද අරගෙන ආවා ඔයාලට ලෝකේ තියෙන පට්ට Virus Gurd එකක්. වෙනදා මම හැම සොෆ්ට්වෙයා එකක්ම දුන්නේ 32 BIT බාවිතා කරන අපේ කොල්ලන්ට විතරනේ, එත් ඔන්න අද ඔය දෙගොල්ලන්ටම දාගන්න පුළුවන් විදියේ එකක් ඒ කිවුවේ 32BIT-64BIT. ඔය දෙපාර්ශවයටම ලේසියට Version දෙකම දෙන්නම්කො, එහෙනම් ලොකු , පොඩි , මහලු සේරටම ඉතින් මගේ ගානේ දෙන්නම් කෝ.26th ...

Technology: Progress and Potential An article I wrote for Alliance for Peacebuilding’s Building Peace magazine is now up on the web. In it, I look at both the significant progress around technologies to share vital information before and during a conflict or disaster, and also how much more needs to be done in this regard. I end by asking, The progress, potential, and ...

Technology: Progress and Potential An article I wrote for Alliance for Peacebuilding’s Building Peace magazine is now up on the web. In it, I look at both the significant progress around technologies to share vital information before and during a conflict or disaster, and also how much more needs to be done in this regard. I end by asking, The progress, potential, and ...

Android Browser flaw a “privacy disaster” for half of Android users ඇන්ඩ්‍රොයිඩ් උපාංග සදහා මේ වනවිට තරමක් අවධානම් තත්ත්වයක් පැමිණ ඇතැයි වාර්තා වෙනවා. Android Open Source Platform browser එක භාවිත කරන උපාංග මෙම අවධානමට ගොදුරු වන අතර ඇන්ඩ්‍රොයිඩ් 4.4 භාවිතා නොවන සියලු ඇන්ඩ්‍රොයිඩ් උපාංග සදහා මෙම අවධානම යෙදි ඇති බවටයි සදහන් වන්නේ. මෙයට හේතුව වන්නේ “privacy disaster” නමැති bug එකක් ඔස්සේ ඇන්ඩ්‍රොයිඩ් උපාංග වල සුරක්ෂිත දත්ත (උදා- ඔබේ ගිණුම් වල පාස්වර්ඩ්..) ...

WordPressers Making a Splash We might think of the end of summer as a slow news season. Not so for the authors and bloggers we feature today, who’ve been hard at work on some exciting projects recently. Rebecca Hains Writer, professor, and media scholar Rebecca Hains often shares thoughtful posts on her blog, especially on topics revolving around gender and discrimination. Earlier this month, she celebrated the release ...

Engaging with Civil Society Photo courtesy Business Today Recently, the media reported that the Defence Secretary held a meeting in the Defence Ministry with a number of NGOs who had worked with the GOSL and the Commonwealth Foundation on the Peoples” Forum which was part of the activities of the 2013 Colombo CHOGM.  These NGOs included representatives from the National Peace Council, the ...

ශක්තිමත් මුරපදයක් Softwear නැතුව අපිම හදාගමු එදිනෙදා ජීවිතයේදී අන්තර්ජාලය භාවිතා කරන ඔබට password එකක් යනු නුහුරු දෙයක් නොවේ. නමුත් ඔබ භාවිතා කරන facebook, Gmail ගිනුම් මෙන්ම ඉතා ඉහල ආරක්ෂාවක් අවශ්‍ය වන ඔබගේ පෞද්ගලික බැංකු ගිනුම පවා වෙනත් පුද්ගලයෙකුගේ අනවසර ඇතුල්වීමකට ලක්වීම සඳහා ඔබ ඊට යොදා ඇති මුර පදය ඍජුවම බලපාන බව ඔබ දන්නවාද?ඔබගේ නිවසේ, වාහනයේ හෝ මුදල් සේප්පුවේ භෞතික යතුරටත් වඩා ඉහල වටිනාකමක් ඔබේ අන්තර්ජාල ගිනුමේ ...

According to a report in today's Sunday Times:The management of tourist resorts countrywide is now required to report to the Police Station in their area whenever bookings are made by local guests. Besides their names, the address, the date of arrival and departure are among the data sought.The report goes on to elaborate that: such data were often transmitted by ...

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