AIRMaker is coming to Sri Lanka to help IoT startups The Internet of Things or IoT is one of the many buzzwords thrown around in the world of tech. However, to ignore this particular buzzword would be a grave mistake. This is because the Internet of Things is projected to be a massive market worth $14.4 Trillion in the coming decade. With so much money up for grabs, it’s no ...

The Annual Registration Levy: More Questions Than Answers It has been three months since we last touched on the subject of the Annual Registration Levy (ARL), and several weeks since the lapse of the extension of the deadline (June 30) for payment of the ARL by companies. However, the public, and more specifically, the business community, continues to have many questions which remain unanswered up to date. With ...

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

LIRNEasia at Seminar to modernise export agriculture 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 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 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 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? ...

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 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 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 ...

hSenid introduces Jura – the first enterprise social network 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 Juraa – the first enterprise social network 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

How Does Sri Lanka Compare With Lower Middle-Income Economies? Sri Lanka’s growing economy has helped it go from being a low-income economy to a lower middle-income economy (LMIE), as observed by The World Bank. But where does Sri Lanka stand when compared to other countries in its new peer group? We sifted through the data, and here’s what we learned. (We used World Bank data from 2014, since those ...

Featured image courtesy TamilGuardian The Sampur power plant project has come under further scrutiny, following a project synopsis released by the Public Information Officer of NTPC Ltd, India’s largest energy conglomerate. Among other things, it was revealed that environmental clearance for the project was still awaited as late as February 2015. Clearance has been given to the project to proceed despite ...

Google Success Stories is back in Sri Lanka for 2016 It’s been absent for a year but now it’s back. The Google Success Stories competition has returned! Once again, Google and GBG Colombo are looking for the greatest success stories of startups in Sri Lanka to compete with other competitors from all over the world. In case you’re lost, the Google Success Stories is a global competition organized by Google. Every year it ...

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