Although Myanmar’s Parliament had approved the imposition of a 5% commercial telecom tax on mobile phone top ups last year, the Government hadn’t previously enforced it due to the rapid sector expansion that occurred in the last 12 months. According to a press release from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), this exemption is to come to an ...

LIRNEasia Founding Chair, Professor Rohan Samarajiva’s comments that Sri Lanka should facilitate an open data culture were highlighted in a recent issue of the Sunday Times Sri Lanka (Business Times section).  These comments were made at a Business Times panel discussion on ICT innovation and awareness held on Wednesday 13th May at the newspaper office auditorium. The article notes Professor ...

Kashmi – A mobile payment platform developed in Sri Lanka to transform Singapore’s Market Singapore just got a taste of Sri Lanka, well Sri Lanka’s software to be more precise. Kashmi (pronounced Cash-Me) is a mobile peer-to-peer payment platform developed by a team of Sri Lankans for Singapore’s digital payment landscape. The application enables users to transfer money immediately with no costs incurred via their smartphone. The platform has already attracted the attention of ...

West Indies Women’s tour of Sri Lanka 2015 – T20 Squad Adhering to the 3-1 loss in the 4 match One Day International series, the selection committee had to re-think before finalizing the players for the shorter version of the game. Despite the fact that the West Indian women were a strong opponent, the Sri Lankans should have performed better, playing in home soil. Changes made to the T20 line up ...

Will she ever let me know what freedom feels like? Will she ever let me take my own decisions whenever I want? Will she ever let me live my life the way I want to live it? Will she ever let me work as late as I want to without worrying about her worrying me? Will she ever understand me ...

Sangakkara ton secures draw A draw was always in the cards as the rain kept pouring continuously during the first two days of the four-day test match at Northampton. With Day One being totally washed off, Northamptonshire only managed to score 107 for the loss of 2 wickets on Day 2. Northamptonshire gained a little momentum as Stephen Peters and Rob Newton consolidated the ...

I’m in Jaffna today for consultations around the World Bank’s SCD study, and I am reminded of a groundbreaking paper by Paul Collier et al. It was a unique joint report by the World Bank and UN Peace Keeping Operations . In it, the author’s argue that country’s that have faced a conflict in the past […]

Lamudi wants to become the leading property portal in the Philippines; Acquires MyProperty You may or may not have heard of Rocket Internet. They are a German internet company headquartered in Berlin that build and fund online startups. In addition, they also own shares in numerous companies such as Dafiti, Foodpanda and HelloFresh. They even have a presence here in Sri Lanka with Carmudi and Lamudi. Image taken from http://www.techinasia.com Speaking of Lamudi, ...

The dimensions of success and failure Eduardo Galeano is one of my favourite authors. He writes things that can be read over and over again. They are always fresh and they always offer new perspectives. ‘Walking words’ is one that I particular like. I’ve not read it ‘cover-to-cover’. Some books are not meant to be read like that. I read it random-page by random-page. Last night’s ...

It was all that I needed A crescendo of events one after another It didn’t give me time to think But I felt I was in a place I belong I felt it was like heaven Devoted love, gushing through the veins like water Devoid of emotional intelligence Just a dreamland of joy and pleasure.. If only time won’t change and stay still forever? The joy from it would not be able to comprehend

We Like What Microsoft Is Doing With Its New Outlook.com Update Earlier yesterday, Microsoft made an announcement. OK, it’s not that important these days, but then again maybe it is. The announcement revolves around their Outlook.com product which apparently has undergone quite a large number of changes with regard to its Inbox, an overhaul to the calendar and the addition of new collaboration features. Though the update is slated to roll ...

Political Principles and their Practice in Sri Lanka – Avoiding Majoritarianism Finally, in this Chapter on Democracy and Representation, I look at how countries can avoid the impression that their governments look after only particular sections of society. Making it clear that government is inclusive, and bears equal responsibility for all groups in a country is an important part of ensuring the unity and thus the sovereignty of any country. Avoiding ...

Image of the Week THARINDU AMUNUGAMA   Waves of sea, Break one upon the other, Rise again without a break. It opens the mind to Sansara,where birth is followed by death, In a continuous chain… May your mind in meditation, Seek to break this painful chain, Attaining Nibbana. Shanthini Amunugama Tharindu Amunugama captured this at panchakapa duwa,a monastery on a rocky islet off bentota river mouth. ...

Doing Social Media Marketing the Right Way At this stage every business knows that they need to have a social media presence, but simply opening up accounts on all the major platforms is not going to result in instant success. In order to reap the benefits of social media for marketing it has to done the right way. Here are 5 things all business owners should know ...

There was once a little girl who thought the world was a place where only her parents and sister, pet dogs, cats and duckies existed. No one else was needed or to be trusted. Her love was fully reserved for the family and all things yummy. As she grew (in height, weight and wisdom), her circle of friends grew bigger. ...

* Sri Lanka's elderly politician Vasudewa speaks filthy words in parliament Sri Lanka's veteran leftist and leader of Democratic Left Front Vasudewa Nanayakkara used filthy Sinhala language words in parliament to blame Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe.Vasudewa called the Prime Minister 'Pakaya.'Pakaya in Sinhala language is similar to fucker.However, the word literally meant fruit in old Sinhala literature.Seventy-six years old Vasudewa Nanayakkara is a former Minister of National Languages.Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa warned ...

Yoshio Utsumi should know what he speaks of. He was elected as Secretary General in 1998. I remember casting the vote on behalf of Sri Lanka in Minneapolis. He served two terms and was succeeded by Hamadoun Toure, who was elected as Director of ITU-D also in 1998. Utsumi served two terms and stepped down in 2007. Now Toure has ...

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