Our colleague Sunil Abraham had the following to say about Digital India: What do you think of the government’s Digital India plan? The government can use the billions from the Universal Service Obligation fund for broadband connectivity. The markets cannot handle back haul infrastructure and in most countries, some amount of state investment is necessary. Some of the open access ...

Another side of the story which involved a shooting inside the Canadian parliament.. Nathan Cirillo who was slain by the gunman, (who now happens to be a jihadist..surprise!) had been an animal lover and his two pet dogs are seen waiting for him to return home. Sad isn’t it? Two things which caught my eye, … Continue reading →

A place that shows many dimensions of emotions. Hope overflows. Prayers get louder. Souls struggle to find peace. Some want their wishes to come true. Others come to thank for the wishes that came true. Some others, just struggle to find inner peace and end their suffering. They do their best. Act their best. Pray their best. But who listens ...

Bledisloe 3 was a game for the ages. It’s the stuff that kids will remember for ages and older fans will talk about over numerous beers for time immemorial. It’s superb television. But I would be very unhappy if Steve Hansen wasn’t very unhappy at that last performance. Twice in a row now the All Blacks have been vulnerable against ...

Except for our work on agriculture, most of our activities contribute to the development of the service sector. This is partly because it is the sector that is most dependent on ICT services and because that’s where the investment and growth is, in the countries that we work in. But every so often, industrial policy, or the notion that governments ...

Inter-group Dialogue is an interactive and facilitated learning experience that brings together twelve to eighteen students from two or more social identity groups over a sustained period to explore commonalities and differences, examine the nature and consequences of systems of power and privilege, and find ways to work together to promote social justice (Zuniga et al. 2011). My interest as ...

By Lakshan Dias The right to seek asylum and the principle of non refoulement (the prohibition on returning a victim of persecution to their persecutor) is enshrined in the United Nations Convention Against Torture, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, all of which Sri Lanka is party to. Since June 2014 ...

On a Street Art Trail in Colombo Chulie de Silva:A side of Colombo I didn’t know — fascinating a must read! Originally posted on A Life of Saturdays: A man (Gihan, he tells me his name later) catches sight of me surveying a stencil of a smiling child sandwiched between a photocopy shop and a dilapidated building on Dawson Street, and signals from across the road: “There’s ...

Last afternoon, I was on the land phone talking to a colleague who sits a few seats away from me. I have a terrible habit of sitting at the edge of my chair, which has wheels at the bottom. Suddenly, while laughing over something my colleague said, I could feel the chair slipping away from my behind…. It kept slipping.. ...

Advocates of Internet’s freedom have overwhelmingly supported the U.S. government before WCIT 2012 in Dubai. Thereafter one obscure Mr. Snowden has narrowed, if not collapsed, the floodgate of support for America’s doctrine of Internet. Washington’s army of diplomats has now thronged in Busan to prevent any voting on ITR issue in the Plenipotentiary Conference of ITU. In short, the State ...

Dearest Chubbiness, I know you’re only 16 as you read this but trust me, you won’t imagine what life will be like 10 years down the line. You’ve probably been through more schools than anyone can ever imagine but trust me, you will pass everything just fine. You may not get to pursue the higher education dream that you want, ...

In Pakistan, they are asking for fingerprints. In India, Aadhaar: ET has learnt that the security establishment is now veering towards the view that since Unique Identification Authority of India ( UIDAI) claims that it has back-end data of most of Aadhaar recipients in the form of address proof document submitted by them while applying for an UID number, Aadhaar ...

Professor Ali Mazrui, originally of Makarere University in East Africa, has passed away. Eulogies are coming out fast and furious, among them this: There is one crucial similarity between prophets on the one hand and public intellectuals on the other. Both seek to define the terms of the debate in an argument. But the terms of a debate cannot be ...

Every toe curling fist clenching moment I’m reminded that we are completely ablaze & alive. Still.

The recently released report on the State of Broadband 2014 declares specific targets; Advocacy Target 1: Making broadband policy universal – by 2015, all countries should have a national broadband plan or strategy or include broadband in UAS Definitions Advocacy Target 2: Making broadband affordable – by 2015, entry-level broadband services should be made affordable in developing countries through adequate regulation and market forces ...

I have a 4 inch platformish shoe/sandalish thing that I wear to office on and off when I’m in Jeans. Shorties like me like to feel like we’re on top of the world on and off. There is this air of confidence and authority that swooshes around my head when I’m in heels and feel taller around others. Anyhoo, 2 ...

My Hobby – Reading I have many hobbies. They are gardening, reading and watching cartoons. Out of them, reading is my favorite hobby. I read novels, magazine and news pepper. I read during my leisure. Reading is an important hobby. I read novels and magazines on Saturdays and Sundays. And I also read newspapers every day. My father buys me books. I have ...

…so often than not, when we meet new people one of the first questions that we ask them is “So…what do you do?”. And they answer comprehensively with little or no hesitation whatsoever. But ask someone “So…who ARE you?” and they pause, hesitate and even assume that you are a whacko! We have defined ourselves based on what we do, ...

My Favorite Game – Volleyballl There are many games in the world. Some of them are volleyball, football, cricket and netball. My favorite game is volleyball. It is a very famous game in the world. It is the national game of Sri Lanka. A volleyball team has 6 players. It has two captains for the two teams. And also it has vice captains. It is ...

YOUR GUIDE TO HAVING A DHAMAKEDAR DIWALI Not quite had the time to plan your Diwali holidays but still, want to make sure it’s not spent in front of the telly with a bowl of chips? Read on to know what you can do in and around the city this festive season TRAVEL If you feel that the real essence of Diwali is lost in its crass ...

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