Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do in the community. This week, we share our experience at the Podcast Movement 2016 conference. People use WordPress.com to share many types of stories, from written essays and photo galleries to podcasts. Podcast Movement has ...

Sri Lanka U19’s on the back foot on day 1 England U19’s post 355 for 4 at stumps on day 1 of the first youth test against Sri Lanka at Cambridge. It’s an exciting week for Sri Lanka cricket as the national side, the U19’s and the development team kick start their tours. U19’s started off their England tour at Cambridge today. Unfortunately It wasn’t an ideal start for youngsters. ...

Photo courtesy Tamil Guardian “What we must pursue…is not a competitive bruising arena for the claims of ideology or religion, but an open marketplace for both ideas and faiths.” Wole Soyinka (Convocation Address, Wake Forest University – 1999) July 2016 could have become a very small-scale reproduction of July 1983, attacks and counterattacks, panicky actions and fear-filled reactions, hysteria, mayhem ...

July 23. The date has an awful significance for some, and has been blotted out by time for others. On that date, in 1983, a group of LTTE militants killed 13 Army soldiers. The attack brought simmering tensions between the Sinhalese and Tamils bubbling to the surface. The result: mobs of Sinhalese set upon and brutally attacked hundreds of Tamil ...

The Annual Registration Levy: More Questions Than Answers It has been three months since we last touched on the subject of the Annual Registration Levy (ARL), and several weeks since the lapse of the extension of the deadline (June 30) for payment of the ARL by companies. However, the public, and more specifically, the business community, continues to have many questions which remain unanswered up to date. With ...

Is the Air Pollution Analysis for the Sampur Coal Plant Credible? Featured image courtesy Tamil Guardian From Lareef Zubair, with contributors Shashini Rathnayake, Janan Vishwanathan and Zeenas Yahiya of the Foundation for Environment, Climate and Technology Where does the Wind take pollutants from Sampur? As per modern myth, school texts, national atlases, and indigenous forecasters, the wind blows from the North-East over Sri Lanka at the turn of the calendar year. ...

Sri Lanka’s Brain Drain And The Looming Talent Shortage People leaving their lands of birth in search of adventure, and better economic prospects is nothing new. It is the basic phenomenon behind the birth of many of today’s most advanced economies, the United States being, perhaps, the foremost example of this. The ability to go where one’s skills are rewarded the most is also a basic human right, and ...

Featured image courtesy The Wire/Ishara K The topic of international involvement in Sri Lanka’s accountability process, specifically the participation of foreign judges, is controversial and hotly contested. The UNHRC resolution, co-sponsored by Sri Lanka in October 2015, called for “a credible accountability process” which “should include independent judicial and prosecutorial institutions… and further affirms in this regard the importance of participation ...

Photo courtesy James Morgan Text of the presentation at the seminar on “Peace and Reconciliation & Nation-Building”, organized by the Association for Social Development and held at Organization of professional Associations Auditorium, Colombo, on July 10, 2016. I share the basic premise on which the theme of this seminar seems to have been constructed, that is, “peace and reconciliation are ...

As part of our effort to build a localized Spanish-speaking support team, the Happiness Hiring team at Automattic recently had the opportunity to connect with WordPress communities in Argentina and Spain. From speaking engagements to networking events, our trip was a great way to meet local communities that are passionate about WordPress and exemplary customer support. Last year at Automattic, we built a localized ...

Photo captures the first Cabinet of independent Ceylon. Suntharalingam is on the far left. Via Wikipedia. Text of the Speech on the release of the book, Grandfather’s Letters by C. Anjalendran, at Barefoot Gallery, July 12, 2016. This delightful little book is a selection of letters written by Mr. C. Suntharalingam to his grandchildren. C. Anjalendran, a grandson, has put them ...

INFOGRAPHIC: Opportunity Costs – What Rs. 1 Billion Can Buy Featured image courtesy Asian Mirror On June 7, a supplementary estimate was submitted to Parliament for the import of luxury vehicles for Ministers and their deputies. Rs. 1.17 billion was sought, with several, including Joint Cabinet Spokesmen Ministers Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and Deputy Minister Karunaratne Paranawithana defending the estimate. This is very saddening. How can Govt justify this Rajapaksa-esque spending? ...

Sinhalese tourists visit the underground bunker of LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran in Mullaitivu district. The completion of the northbound A9 road and the opening up of the north of Sri Lanka has bought with it a booming domestic ‘war tourism’ industry. Sinhalese people from Colombo are coming in their hundreds to see memorials to their fallen soldiers and to visit ...

CSE Monthly Analysis: June 2016 Last month saw small retailers around the country protest against the VAT hike, while investors found very little to cheer about. There was some rejoicing in the markets after the IMF granted approval for a 3 year, USD 1.5 billion loan under the lender’s Extended Fund Facility (EFF). However, concerns over rising interest rates continue to dampen activity in the ...

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