Microsoft unveils the Microsoft Customer Immersion Experience On the 28th of January 2016, Microsoft introduced the Microsoft Customer Immersion Experience (CIE) facility. This newly revealed facility by Microsoft creates a platform for businesses and IT facilitators. This platform allows them to have the opportunity to interact themselves and come across instances which they will confront in the real world along with the required tools. In other words, ...

Helani Galpaya, CEO of LIRNEasia presented ongoing work on “Open Data & Agriculture” at the “Workshop on data system processing”, held at Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute (HARTI) on 29th January 2016. The meeting, chaired by the Minister of Agriculture, Hon Duminda Dissanayake, was organized under the National Food Security Program. The main objective of the discussion was ...

The Sunday Times carries an expose on railway toilets that are reserved exclusively for tourists. I guess the problem arises from a well-meaning but misguided attempt to make the railway more tourist friendly. There is a problem of dirty toilets and the railway probably lacks funds to employ enough people to keep the toilets clean.The solution would be to introduce ...

What is ETCA and the impact on our IT industry ETCA has suddenly become the focal point of social media jokes and serious discussions alike. Although it has been seen in many lights by different parties, an agreement of such nature and its impact on us cannot be taken lightly. This is our attempt to break down the effects of this agreement. Which is easier said than done since no ...

People are freaking out about a trade agreement with India that would allow IT professionals to work (relatively) freely across the border. The main argument seems to be that INDIANS ARE COMING and that they’ll steal our jobs. I think they’re wrong. Open borders and immigration are an ethical and economic good. If we want Sri Lanka to be globally ...

Online Life; Is it safe? It is true to say that we now live in a global village thanks to enhanced communication links, powerful computers and the internet. Information and communication technology helps man to connect to one another in every aspect of life today from financial transactions to meeting friends. This interlinked world may appear to be fast and convenient but have we ever ...

The fabrications of Yahapalanaya: 65,000 metal houses for the North & East Photograph courtesy Reuters In late December 2014, the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs opened bids from various contractors to build 65,000 houses in the Northern and Eastern Provinces over the next four years.  A statement (available here) issued by a group of civil society organisations raises important concerns about this project but there are ...

Culture happens. No matter what. Image via NKAR Currently there is an initiative to draft a National Cultural Policy for Sri Lanka – which will look at bringing arts, culture and creative thinking into the heart of local life and nation building. I have, consequently, spent much time thinking about and reflecting on this elusive concept of ‘culture’ – what does it encompass?  What ...

Youth Unemployment, the Unsolved Problem. Youth unemployment is an increasing problem in the world. More and more youth are out of jobs and it is increasingly difficult to find a job if not hold it for some time. We tend to neglect and put a blind eye to it because there are little statistical help to indicate the growing youth unemployment. Since the situation is ...

Your Cell Electronic mail Advertising Guidelines You’ve scoured the web for something designed for you…software that lets you ship personalized e-mail campaigns to the fitting individual at exactly the fitting time. Whereas this is a step in the fitting route, e-mail marketers didn’t absolutely anticipate how simply subscribers could turn these alerts off. When walking previous a store, it is too easy for consumers to disregard ...

Making Sense Of The Immediate Desktop Sender Program As a way to construct a worthwhile electronic mail advertising and marketing contact list you should reach a focused viewers. Your focused viewers is the heartbeat of your enterprise. They are your present customers/shoppers in addition to qualified prospects. Certified prospects are these with shopping for potential. Whereas it relies on the content material (discussed below), emailing greater than a ...

On 8 – 9 December 2015, I attended and spoke at the Asian Regional Workshop on “SHER (Science, Health, Environment & Risk) Communication: Role of S&T Communication in Disaster Management and Community Preparedness” held in Jakarta, Indonesia. It was organised by the Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA) in collaboration with […]

Building Colombo into a Globally Competitive City As Sri Lanka transitions towards peace, it’s time to discuss what cities of the future will look like. Colombo has numerous problems caused by urban sprawl – flooding and traffic congestion being some of them. How will these issues be addressed by the Government? Groundviews explores this using the immersive platform Sway. View the story directly on Sway here:

“In an increasingly volatile world, flexibility in government policy is essential” argued Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, the respected Indian economist and former World Banker, at an event in Colombo yesterday. That was my main takeaway from his one-hour long tour de force on undertaking economic policy reforms in a country. He argued that flexibility in policymaking […]

Forest adjoining Yala saved from Gliricidia treat Right of animals to roam free in forest restored  Environmentalists often have to fight losing battles but they have recently won a battle against a company clearing a forest where elephant, leopard and bear roam in order to grow gliricidia, a biofuel crop. The land being cleared in Amarawewa The problem emerged in 2012, when environmentalists noted a large ...

Previous Page