India: Jeevika Empowers Women in Rural Bihar through New Livelihoods “We went to sleep hungry.” Women in rural Bihar, India, home to over 100 million people living in poverty, had a difficult time meeting basic needs. A project called Jeevika is organizing these women into self-help groups where they decide how to invest funds, distribute staples, learn basic banking ...

Thoughts with Hughes – Cook England Cricket Captain Alastair Cook expressed his wishes to Australian Batsman Phil Hughes who was hit by a short ball in a sheffield shield match in Sydney this morning. Speaking at the press conference in Colombo ahead of the first One Day International against Sri Lanka Cook said “we have played a lot of cricket with him and the ...

Final ODI home series for seniors Sri Lanka and England, who have been at the receiving end of World Cup champions India will front up for a seven-match one-day international series with both sides wanting a win badly to boost their morale ahead of the 2015 World Cup. The first match of a series is usually important to any side for it’s always nice to ...

Technology and theatre in a library When I read Where Humbert Humbert Might Whisper in Your Ear in the New York Times on a flight back to Colombo from the US, I immediately thought of doing something along the same lines in Sri Lanka to explore to what degree, post-war, we were still under invisible frameworks of control and censorship. Upon my return, I emailed the ...

Gen-X, organized by SLIIT Colombo was held on the 21st & 22nd of November. It was the second year of Gen-X, and it was preceded by hype train that managed to bring some of the best names in Sri Lankan eSports to battle. The titles included COD4, DOTA 2, NFS Most Wanted, TrackMania, FIFA 11, Tekken, Mortal Kombat, along with Sri ...

Bangladesh has not done too well in the IDI rankings, but a Bangladesh newspaper has been fast off the mark. On a global ranking of ICT usage, Bangladesh falls at 145 among a total of 166 countries, according to the latest report published by the International Telecommunication Union today. In Measuring the Information Society (MIS) report, Bangladesh has also ranked ...

A bit of both actually. The good thing is that selection changes have been made. And that was necessary because the squad that went to India certainly wasn’t going to win us a world cup. It’s good to see that as much as I’ve been banging on about it for 18 months now, it needed a debacle for any action ...

We deal with a a subset of ASEAN countries, the most prosperous among them being Thailand. So I looked at the performance of the not-so-rich ASEAN in the ICT Development Index. Thailand has advanced from 91st place in 2012 to 81st in 2013. Very significant. Then comes Viet Nam (101; down two places from 2012), Philippines (103, down one place), ...

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