Four PCs from Bank of Ceylon Horizon Lanka students using PCs donated by Bank of Ceylon Horizon Lanka is in need of computers. It has only 4 used PCs. So, Mr. Kularathna Rajapaksha, one of the directors of HLF, informed one of his friends, Mr. Priyantha Rathnayake, a Quantity Surveyor in Qatar about the need. Then Priyantha contacted Bank of Ceylon Head Quarters and the BoC ...

ShipXpress to Expand Offshore Engineering Team in Colombo ShipXpress Inc., a Florida based company that is one of the leading providers of cloud-based supply chain management software solutions, has announced a major expansion plan for its offshore engineering team based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. “We started back in 2000 with the vision that rail shippers could significantly improve the performance of their supply chains through reliable rail shipment ...

A Presidential visit up North Photo courtesy Yahoo By all accounts, President Rajapakse’s unprecedented and rather controversial third term re-election campaign, though unofficial, has begun in earnest. Last week he presented the Cabinet of Ministers with a proposal to increase communal harmony in the country and implement the LLRC proposals, though a few weeks earlier the defense establishment, had facilitated a convention of an ...

Liberia, Ebola, Firestone and a Rubber Farm Liberia and Ebola is in the News. A Rubber Farm (Estate for us Sri Lankans) leased by Firestone is also in the news as one of the few places where Ebola has been stopped from spreading.What the articles dont mention about the Rubber Farm is that it is a million acres (4% of the land in Liberia), and in 2005 ...

Advertising is a weird business model. It’s not killing the golden goose, but it’s right on that edge. The proper metaphor might be goose-based autoerotic asphyxiation. You’re trying to balance money and fun without killing the whole thing. In order to sustain content, you need to stuff it as much as possible with distractions, but not so much that people ...

Today (October 13th), the President is scheduled to re-commision the Colombo-Jaffna Yal Devi rail link all the way to Jaffna – a route not travelled for decades. I have always believed that transport connectivity and the resultant people-to-people connectivity is an integral part of reaching national harmony. The Yal Devi re-commissioning has strong economic implications too, […]

In Business: 99X wins Gold, Sri Lanka’s Data Center Specialist On the business front, 99X Technology, a local software product company that mostly caters to a European market, was lauded for its notable contribution to the Sri Lankan economy when it cinched a Gold Award in the Export of Business and Professional Services Sector (large category) at the 22nd Export Awards for 2013. The annual Export Awards, for those not in ...

I don't often listen to the radio but a friend of mine rang me yesterday and told me to listen to 97.8 FM - he said it was a new Chinese station.I tuned in briefly today and it does seem to be manned by Chinese (judging by the accents) and it seemed to carry some news about Chine. According to ...

On Restoring Forests It is rumored that the Government will set about the task of having 35% of Sri Lanka covered with forest.  If so, that is a laudable goal. But one hopes that this activity will be framed by the knowledge that allowed Sri Lanka to make the following statement at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) COP III, in Buenos ...

Last week I met a long lost friend of mine. Currently he is working at the Human Resources department of one of the biggest business groups in Sri Lanka. So what are you up to now? I asked. He is a social media analytic. He apparently handles social media research and analysis of the candidates and potential candidates. What the hell is that now? Well its the next level of human resource

Urban Warfare and the Sounds of Silence Photo courtesy Maatram I was sitting at my desk in Colombo 08 yesterday and all of a sudden, a somewhat loud but also muffled ‘boom’ broke the usual afternoon sounds of traffic on the road to Parliament. My first thought was a memory from December 2006, a much louder BOOM from two blocks away that marked the assassination attempt in ...

INFOGRAPHIC: Views From Uva With the Uva Provincial Council elections taking place tomorrow, Social Indicator, the survey research unit of the Centre for Policy Alternatives has analysed data from field work conducted in May and June 2014 to get a sense of the issues and priorities of the people of Uva as they go to vote. The current state of the economy has ...

And they all fall down This afternoon, the remaining residents of 34 watta in Wanathamulla had surprise visitors. Brigadier Samarasinghe who is the Project Director of the UDA’s Urban Regeneration Programme, accompanied by several other UDA officials, police and demolition equipment turned up at 34 watta and informed the residents of imminent evictions and the destruction of their homes. Most of the residents of ...

Seaweed Cultivation: Unlocking the Potential of the Oceans Earlier this year the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (UN FAO) organized a field visit for the United Nations Youth Advisory Panel (UNYAP) to the Northern Province to observe the various agricultural practices currently in function there.On the second day we drove up to Pooneryn to meet two young men who showed us the seaweed cultivation that has been ...

Post-War Development in Nepal and Sri Lanka: A Comparison Image courtesy Wikipedia This is an abridged version of a paper presented at the Annual Symposium of the Centre for Poverty Analysis on Post War Development in Africa and Asia in Colombo on 01 September 2014 Introduction Both in Nepal and Sri Lanka the transition from war to durable peace has been painful and is ongoing and not devoid ...

IKEA has a wonderful new ad poking fun at Apple by marketing their print catalog in the same breathless style. It’s a charming take on the merits of a book (no charging required, high resolution photos, instant loading) and really quite smart advertising. That said, it’s also a bit ironic. Don’t you think? 75% of the product images in this ...

Comrade Bala Tampoe, the Legend Is No More! Photography by Kannan Arunasalam, via i.am Meeting with comrade Bala Tampoe at the Ceylon Mercantile Union (CMU) office in Colombo had been a tradition I looked forward to whenever I visited Sri Lanka. At the end of July, after attending my mother’s funeral in Sri Lanka, I paid a courtesy call to comrade Bala at his house in Ratmalana. ...

At YAMU we develop apps but they’re nowhere near as popular as our website or print productions. They are however A) cool B) necessary and C) part of our customer lifecycle. We do, however, face some unique issues developing apps in the developing world. 1. Payments Don’t Work We can’t process in-app payments, at all. None of the app stores ...

Last week I met three science graduates. One person was talking about the issue where even the science graduates do not have proper jobs. Second person told me that now she regret for selecting science as her field. She said, “If I manage to do a MSc, maybe I will get a university lecturer job. Third person was talking about a different issue on our mothers and sisters moving to Middle

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