e Agriculture Solutions Forum organized by FAO and ITU

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I will be moderating the session on E-agriculture challenges, opportunities & solutions – Global experiences at the e Agriculture Solutions Forum 2016 organized by FAO and ITU in Nonthaburi, outside Bangkok, August 29-31, 2016. The objective of the session is to share initiatives on e-agriculture – the challenges and opportunities from public and private sector. I believe the invitation stems ...

A Year of Political Rights and Economic Wrongs

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Photo courtesy International Business Times One year after winning the parliamentary election of August 2015, the government is on track politically. One year after winning the parliamentary election of August 2015, the government is straying economically. In the year gone by, Sri Lanka has moved towards greater democratisation and reconciliation. The pace may not be to everyone’s satisfaction; much remains ...

The quick rise of Quickee.lk

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You’ve just put in a full day’s work. Inching through peak time traffic, dodging the occasional skittish tuk-tuk, you’ve managed to pull-up at your gate. Just then you catch a glimpse of a grocery list you’ve completely zoned-out on. If the thought of pulling back out into traffic calls for uncontained colourful vocabulary, the folks at quickee.lk completely understand, which ...

How The Stock Market Performed In July 2016

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Another month has gone by, which means we’re now almost 60% through 2016. It is no secret that the CSE has been a relatively lacklustre performer this year. Around this time last year, the ASPI was trading at levels between 7,400-7,500 points. Fast forward to the present and it is trading firmly in the 6,500-point territory. Data courtesy The Wall ...

Island Of Spices ‒ Eight Of Sri Lanka’s Most Exotic Exports

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From time immemorial, Sri Lanka has been synonymous with spices. Of course, the little island is most famous for the unique variety of cinnamon grown on its shores. But make no mistake, the country also counts quite a few other spices among its agricultural exports. In 2015 alone, Sri Lanka’s spice exports amounted to USD 377 million, up from USD ...

Key points from GSMA’s Mobile Economy Report

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GSMA recently released their latest report on The Mobile Economy for 2016. It’s a massive report with a plethora of valuable information. However, the fact is that while the information is valuable, it’s still a massive and time-consuming read. So we decided to read it for you. Here’re the biggest things we learned from the report. A good place to ...

AIRMaker is coming to Sri Lanka to help IoT startups

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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, ...

The Plight of Modern Family; Gender Equality and contemporary changes

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The human society is comprised of men and women. The society has given specific roles based on the gender which has now changed dramatically. Both men and women go out for work and provide financial support for the family. This is mainly because of the economic conditions which force women to earn and the high educational and professional standards of ...

LIRNEasia at Seminar to modernise export agriculture

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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

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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

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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

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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? ...

Tourism in Sri Lanka: Catalyst for Peace & Development or Militarization & Dispossession?

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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

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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

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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 Juraa – the first enterprise social network

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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 ...