The headline said that Bharti Airtel has now reached the exalted status of having the third largest number of mobile customers worldwide, after China Mobile and Vodafone Group. But as the writer concludes, the real challenge is going to be how new business models can be implemented to make Internet access as successful as voice access. As Reliance Jio gets ...

Uber, Microsoft And AOL: Map Wars And Advertsing Wars Uber is really making headlines. They have recently got their hands on a piece of technology that powers Bing Maps, along with a number of Microsoft employees. Think of it as part of the companies attempt to build up its own mapping tech. Image taken from http://www.theverge.com As part of the deal around 100 Microsoft employees will join Uber. The ...

Microsoft May Buy AMD Now here’s something to get those conspiracy juices flowing. Microsoft may acquire AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) in the not too distant future. Think of it as Microsoft’s attempt to bring around the company’s chip design operations. Image taken from http://www.vrworld.com Microsoft has been in the Game Console business for the last 10 years or so and even had their own ...

In the past 6 months Ravi Karunanayake and Harsha de Silva have managed to make sure that you and the whole country pays dearly. The mismanagement of the economy is evident in the recent foreign reserves data of $6.4 billion or 3.8 months of imports, rising external debt cost of 6.125%, domestic debt increase of $216 billion (in the first ...

The Hambantota port project was a long overdue long term investment. The investment in the southern port was done with the intention of providing employment and capturing of significant foreign exchange revenue from fuel bunkering and transhipment facilities. This was discussed and debated during the 2002 government of Chandrika and Ranil but it did not get the required leadership and ...

Colombo-Katunayake Expressway: Corruption at its finest In 1984, a feasibility study prepared by Japan International Cooperation Agency recommended the construction of an expressway to the east of the existing Colombo-Negombo road. The proposal was accepted for implementation by President Premadasa in 1989.Estimated cost: Rs. 5,544 million or $ 110 million in 1991. The route was finalised, designed, and ready to be commenced when President Premadasa’s demised ...

India’s seeing a lot of public involvement from the techscape these days. Microsoft, in a statement made on the 24th, stated that it’s looking at building three “hyper-scale” data centres in India. From these, they’re expecting to roll out services for sectors such as the government and finance industries. We’re not quite certain – the press releases carried by the Indian ...

  In Sri Lanka, there is an ancient folk tale call four laughs. One of those laughs is, how the land laugh at people who fight for the land. There's a short story call "How much land does a man require" by Leo Tolstoy. It beautifully elaborates about a man , in his lust for land, forfeits everything. Love for the ...

Tourism mega-development in Sri Lanka results in human rights violations Sri Lanka has an increasing number of tourist arrivals which could be very good for the development of the island. Therefore, of course, the local communities should benefit from the tourism above all. This does not seem to be always happening. The Society for Threatened People (STP) Switzerland, together with the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (NAFSO), published a report ...

THE THREAT TO LIFE Image via 350 dot org It is very gratifying to see Pope Francis declare in his encyclical that, in terms of the Earth,  “We have grown up thinking that we were her owners and dominators, authorized to loot her” he states that “The violence that exists in the human heart, wounded by sin, is also manifest in the symptoms ...

Google Wants To Buy Dunnhumby Image taken from http://www.cityam.com Google is contemplating teaming up with Permira, a British private equity firm and also the former owner of Hugo Boss, in order to launch a bid for Dunnhumby. For those not in the know, Dunnhumby is the force behind Tesco’s Clubcard. Dunnhumby basically goes through your shopping cart and by doing so can work out ...

Payment Gateways In Sri Lanka: What You Need To Know E-commerce startups seem like a really popular thing these days. Now plenty of people can tell you how to set up a great site, but there’re two things any e-commerce site needs: a payment gateway and a working search function. Search hasn’t been solved yet. As of the time of writing, Ikman’s search is horrible, and everything else is only ...

A volunteer’s story from post-tsunami Sri Lanka Just over ten years ago, a powerful undersea earthquake caused a devastating tsunami that rapped around two-thirds of Sri Lanka’s coastline on Boxing Day, at around 8:30am. Being a holiday, locals were fishing, bathing and playing on the beaches. Within a matter of minutes some 35,000 people were dead, thousands were missing and over half a million survivors would ...

The iPhone is actually a fairly multi-cultural device – designed in California, manufactured by Foxconn in China, coveted by high society in Sri Lanka. A small part of that equation might change in the not-too-distant future: Foxconn is checking out India as a place to set up manufacturing operations. Foxconn Group president Calvin Chin and Vincent Tong, Chairman of ...

Plantation Community: A status revisit Image via Wikipedia Disenfranchisement of the Indian Origin plantation workforce in the year 1948 after independence stalled the development of the ‘plantation community’ (PC) in contrast to other communities in the country. Memoirs and research papers on labour movement and Trade union struggle of Plantation workforce is not new and many have attempted to describe the disenfranchisement of the ...

WSIS is the is the UN’s annual gathering of ICT for Development stakeholders.  The main organisers are ITU, UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD, though there is significant participation from other agencies such as UNDESA, FAO, UNEP, WHO, UN Women, WIPO, WFP, ILO, WMO, UN, ITC, UPU, UNODC, UNICEF and UN Regional Commission .   The 2015 WSIS Forum, held in Geneva 25-29 May, was ...

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