There have been a number of articles on the urban redevelopment that is taking place at break-neck speed in Colombo. Many of these have focused on the human aspects: the plight of evicted residents, the loss of a certain way of life or the change in the character of the city.There are many positive things that can come from urban ...

As urban regeneration continues at a dizzying pace in Colombo, it was the focus of the opening technical session of a recent forum on ‘Sri Lanka’s Road to Sustainable Development’ organised by the Law and Society Trust (August 22nd 2014). I was a panelist at this event, along with Eran Wickramaratne (MP) and a consultant to the UDA, and was […]

As urban regeneration continues at a dizzying pace in Colombo, it was the focus of the opening technical session of a recent forum on ‘Sri Lanka’s Road to Sustainable Development’ organised by the Law and Society Trust (August 22nd 2014). I was a panelist at this event, along with Eran Wickramaratne (MP) and a consultant to the UDA, and was […]

Slums, shanties or stories? Image courtesy Sharni Jayawardena and Tarika Wickremeratne, Walkabout: Slave Island An article titled A slum and shanties free Colombo by 2020 recently published on the infamous defence.lk site notes that, “Our effort is to see a slums and shanties free Colombo in year 2020″ said Mr. Weerasena Adikari, Senior Consultant of Urban Development Authority speaking at the weekly media ...

Recent weeks have seen much controversy over the performance of the Mattala Airport, stemming from an interaction in Parliament between opposition MP Dr Harsha De Silva and Minister for Civil Aviation MP Priyankara Jayarathna. Linked to this, the BBC’s Sinhala service ‘Sandeshaya’ wanted to explore the success or failure of mega infrastructure projects like Mattala (and others […] ...

Recent weeks have seen much controversy over the performance of the Mattala Airport, stemming from an interaction in Parliament between opposition MP Dr Harsha De Silva and Minister for Civil Aviation MP Priyankara Jayarathna. Linked to this, the BBC’s Sinhala service ‘Sandeshaya’ wanted to explore the success or failure of mega infrastructure projects like Mattala (and others […] ...

The Sunday Times has published a report on the EPF that gave me an unpleasant shock. The fund does not appear to have the money to repay it's members.Before getting into the details, lets understand what the fund is and what it is supposed to do. The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) was established under Act No. 15 of 1958 and ...

A fascinating interview with the Chinese financier Zhang Lei by the Financial Times highlights the need to learn about and keep up with China’s ICT industry. Now Zhang is taking the Chinese template offshore. “The Chinese model, which is mobile-driven, is more suited to emerging markets than the US model, which is desktop driven,” he says. “The socio-economic profile is ...

LIRNEasia research is extensively quoted in this Sunday Times article by Nalaka Gunawardene. The past decade has seen the highest number of telephone connections being given out across South Asia. It happened thanks to what researchers call the ‘budget telecom model’, where low cost technologies coupled with business process innovations helped telecom operators to reduce costs. First, regulatory reforms lowered ...

Google I/O Extended 2014 – Highlights The Show starts with a big bang and starting the show with Hi to UK I participant Nigeria and Brazil.  This time Female developer, join  in the part by 20%, that’s increasing by 14% from last  year. Google is encouraging the female developer in the Google IO 14, Even we cover the show in Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka got a small number of Google Staff but the ...

From shanty to home : Myth vs reality of Colombo’s Urban Regeneration Project Photo by Abdul-Halik Azeez, courtesy The Picture Press The ambitious Urban Regeneration Project (URP) launched by the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development aims to transform Colombo into a world-class destination for tourism and investment. Central to this eliminating “shanties, slums and other dilapidated housing from the city of Colombo by resettlement of the families presently living under unhygienic ...

“Where are the Sri Lankan Female Scientists?” A Case of Democratizing Science Photo by Reuters, courtesy International Business Times In recent decades, many researchers, education specialists and policy advocates have paid increasing attention to the issue of gender bias in science. While several successful attempts have been made to increase female participation in science, a dearth of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields still remains around the world. ...

The overt hostility among European opinion leaders to attention-economy companies such as Google and Facebook is not translated into use behavior. Their policy makers do everything in their power to slow down the attention economy. And they still wonder why their companies can’t cut it. Google now has an 85 percent market share for search in the region’s five largest ...

We’ve been arguing that electricity is up for a major change and that the change is going to be driven by the infusion of ICTs into all aspects of electricity generation, transmission, distribution and supply. Here’s another example. Hopefully this does not require smart meters and that high consumption devices in our countries can work with the gizmo. IT’S July, ...

Elusive Economic Peace Dividend in Sri Lanka:  ALL that glitters is not gold Photo courtesy IPS Prof. N.Balakrishnan Memorial Oration delivered in Colombo on 21st June 2014 Introduction It is five years since the decisive end of the civil war in May 2009. The government’s approach to resolving the long festering ethnic conflict in the country has been reconciliation and peace through economic development. Although I do have reservations about the validity ...

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