Rajapaksa announces latest sequel – ‘Mahinda 3: Hairier and Scarier’ Bowing to fan pressure, political auteur Percival Rajapaksa announced yet another sequel in his ‘Mahinda’ series; ‘Mahinda 3: Hairier and Scarier”. Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Mr. Rajapaksa said, ‘As you know, the original plan was to do keep doing sequels forever but then my funding was cut. Well now I’m here to tell you that we are back and bigger than ever! ...

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 ...

“People tend to become what you tell them they are” There was an inmate at a certain prison who had been given a death sentence for a crime commited. The doctors there used to place a tablet beneath his tongue daily, promising him every single day that on the 30th day this tablet would cause his death.The doctors, however, were flabbergasted when the inmate, as promised immediately died on ...

The beauty of ACGT s…. Enter into the world of tiny little sparkling particles , bonding with each other bringing the world into life. Look at the way they evolve, making thousands and thousands of bonds spreading the life all over. See that small kid, playing with his mom in the ground? Doesn’t he have the eyes as twinkling as his mother’s? They made ...

Only 23 years? It’s now in decline, but the idea of sending short text messages will live for ever. Matti Makkonen, the reluctant “father of SMS”, has died at the age of 63. Makkonen pitched the original idea for SMS in 1984, while working as a civil servant, over a pizza at a telecoms conference in Copenhagen. His work is ...

Twenty years of internet in Sri Lanka The event ‘Twenty years of Internet in Sri Lanka’ was organized by the Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter recently. The event was organized to look back at the achievements which established the internet in Sri Lanka over the last twenty years and to honour the pioneers who made this a reality in Sri Lanka. Professor Rohan Samarajiva, Founding Chair LIRNEasia ...

In the context of LIRNEasia’s work, connectivity is usually understood as electronic connectivity. But as the quote below exemplifies, in most contexts it means everything other than electronic. It is our challenge to merge these two conceptions. It is now normal in road design to include conduits for fiber. We hope that this will be written into the Asian Highway ...

UNP to contest general elections alone Leader of the UNP, Ranil Wickremasinghe, confirmed today that the UNP would contest the upcoming General Elections alone, i.e. without the coalition partners that had banded together to gain victory in January’s Presidential election. Speaking to reporters, Mr. Wickremasinghe said, ‘The UNP is definitely contesting the elections by ourselves – it’s worked so well for us in the past, ...

Monkfish eaten by fishy monk BBS strongman Gnanasara Thero’s penchant for controversy resurfaced yesterday when the Thero ordered and consumed a dish of ‘Pan-Fried Monkfish’ at the Barefoot restaurant in Colombo. The BBS has denied media reports that the monk’s consumption of monkfish was a veiled threat towards to the coastal branches of the Sangha. When reached for comment on his choice of dish, Gnanasara ...

Gnanasara Thero consumes Pan-Fried Monkfish BBS strongman Gnanasara Thero’s penchant for controversy resurfaced yesterday when the Thero ordered and consumed a dish of ‘Pan-Fried Monkfish’ at the Barefoot restaurant in Colombo. The BBS has denied media reports that the monk’s consumption of monkfish was a veiled threat towards to the coastal branches of the Sangha. When reached for comment on his choice of dish, Gnanasara ...

At the age of 6, I was pretty sure that I wanted to be a doctor. At the age of 12, I wanted to be an author. Write adventure stories. At the age of 15, I wanted to be a corporate lawyer and study a Dual Honours degree in Accounting & Law. At the age of 18, I was the ...

Cabinet Spokesman’s statement on contradictions, contradicted At a briefing today, Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne vehemently countered the negative rumours surrounding his role, stating that ‘It is absolutely not true that all of my official statements are immediately contradicted by the Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremasinghe’. The statement was immediately contradicted by the Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremasinghe, who said ‘It is true – in fact, I go out of my ...

Fish first Fish first ROYSTON REPORTS, Number 261 Sunday 28 June 2015. Welcome to this week’s newsletter heralding a newly opened old restaurant. For the cognoscenti. Last week I was delighted to be invited to the opening of the revamped Sea Fish restaurant. I first began popping into the original Sea Fish about 30 years ago (it was founded in 1969) because ...

Amendment 20 to the Constitution sought to introduce a mixed member method of electing parliamentarians. Few people seem to be aware that we already have a mixed member electoral system in place for local government. An Act to amend the local government elections using a mixed member method was passed in 2012, largely away from the eyes of media and ...

Fifteen years ago, 2G was still the new, new thing. I recall asking the engineers at the TRC to present a comparative assessment of 2G and CDMA. Who would have thought it would outlast 3G? All thanks to M2M. Tommi Uitto, SVP, global mobile broadband sales at Nokia, noted that operators are – even now – calling for an evolution ...

America legalized gay marriage today, in a historic ruling. God bless them. Why is gay marriage good for everyone? Just read this beautiful paragraph from Justice Anthony Kennedy: No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once ...

Manila keeps leading as BPO destination Manila retains its second position among the top-ten BPO destinations worldwide. It remains ahead of Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune but ranks behind Bangalore, according to consultancy Tholons. The rapidly growing BPO industry now represents 6% of Philippines’ GDP and rivals remittances from migrant workers as the country’s largest revenue generator. BPO sector employs more than 1m people and ...

Gib stared at the swirls of pink and orange tinged with gold against a pale blue background in amazement. He sank his feet deeper into the soft and slightly moist stuff he was standing on. His uncut mop of hair flew in the air, each strand playing ‘tangles’ with the others. The strong, unruly body of water in front of ...

Royal are crowned Champions of the Singer League 2015, and deservedly so. When I saw them play S. Thomas’ for the first time, I had already seen Isipatana a few times for the season. I remember saying on commentary that this was the best Royal side since 2009, and in terms of complete performance, they were more of a title ...

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