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My favourite memory of travel is walking in Tibet with dad in the middle of the night. High altitude and freezing cold. I was shivering under my winter clothes but could feel his warmth while standing next to him. The first night there was terrible as I wasn’t used to being at such high altitude. I was vomiting the whole ...

The Public Utility Commission of Sri Lanka was established to serve as regulator for any of the hard infrastructure industries that needed regulation as a result of reform. All this time, all it was given was electricity. Now, there is a possibility that downstream petroleum will also be brought under its authority. So they had a workshop where I was ...

I realized  that I know too many people who don’t know what its like to be in a crowed bus. The thought scared me more than the bus ride itself and those bus rides have me praying and preparing to meet my maker at times. So let’s take a moment to reflect on the daily joys of public transport, especially ...

the art of killling time and counting days yeah, you guessed it, like the heading say’s , some people in this world have no choice but to wait for this date or wait till this is completed, or wait for that goal to be accomplished. This may take hours, days, weeks, months, years and even bloody decades sometimes. In my case, it’s taken a bit of a decade, ...

We’ve been tracking Facebook’s transition from the desktop to mobile for a while. In 2012 the process was just beginning. But now, with 3/4ths of its revenues coming from mobile, it looks like the transition is complete. The world’s largest social network reported on Wednesday that almost three-quarters of its advertising revenue and most of its 1.44 billion users came ...

Richard Texier is an internationally renowned French painter and sculptor, whom we had the pleasure to meet at the informal gathering organized by the Embassy of France when he visited Colombo recently. Richard began painting at the age of 12 and developed an interest in the history of astronomy, which is evidently reflected in most of his artwork even today. ...

The Theertha International Artists Collective launched a mini performance festival in Sri Lanka for the first time which took place from the 13th to the 16th of March. The Theertha Performance Platform is an artistic initiative, in many ways, focusing on the history, learning and practice of performance arts. It created a space for sharing this practice with students, young ...

winding down another april evening hey look at the time, 5.56 pm and i am going home in 30 minutes. I got plans for a game of badminton tonight with a buddy I met on craigslist. You know, all part of the big plan to get in shape, hold it, at least I am trying aren’t  I and that deserves some credit. In case your wondering, I ...

It’s interesting that Viet Nam’s Communist Party does not prohibit social media unlike its counterpart in China: In January Nguyen Tan Dung, Vietnam’s prime minister, told senior members of the Communist Party that it was “impossible” to block social media, and that the government should make more effort to put out “correct” information through them. Vietnam’s 40m internet-users live in ...

The news reports suggest that TRAI has already received nearly 1 million submissions to its recent “Consultation Paper on Regulatory Framework for Over-the-top (OTT) services” that has sparked a heated debate on net neutrality. In addition to drafting a response ourselves, we also turned our attention to the problem of analyzing such a large volume of responses. Significant amount of ...

The youngest son of Elizabeth Moir MBE and the late Kesang Tenduf-La, Chhimi is half Tibetan and half English but has been in Sri Lanka since 1982, except when he was studying at Eton College and Durham University or working for Ernst & Young in London. He said of his writing, ‘Although I am an avid reader, I am not a particularly intellectual one. What I ...

As LIRNEasia Senior Research Fellow, Payal Malik has made significant contributions to Indian telecom policy and regulation over the years. She also brings to bear a unique perspective because of her experience in implementing competition law. Going beyond the emotive, she has co-authored a thoughtful op-ed that all who engage in the net neutrality debate in India should pay attention ...

The most current draft of the the Sri Lanka Freedom of Information bill that is about to be presented to Cabinet has removed Parliament and Cabinet from its purview. They were included in the definition of “public authorities” who were bound to respond to information requests by citizens in the previous draft (at that time the Law was called the ...

Hang on it’s 1.24 pm and I feel encircled in a sea of gloom and resilience, I think we can safely put that aside to lack of sleep after having been part of the employment force all night, putting in my share of the modern day slavery just so I could scrape by with a decent living. Recently I watched Liam Neeson’s new ...

So, what’s going on in your head son? still waiting I suppose, what are we waiting for ..Money, a miracle, a new opportunity…….” I will take either of the three from where I sit today “….. I’ve been staring at the clouds for a few minutes now, I suppose I am planning on moving to the universe beyond the solar ...

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