And they all fall down This afternoon, the remaining residents of 34 watta in Wanathamulla had surprise visitors. Brigadier Samarasinghe who is the Project Director of the UDA’s Urban Regeneration Programme, accompanied by several other UDA officials, police and demolition equipment turned up at 34 watta and informed the residents of imminent evictions and the destruction of their homes. Most of the residents of ...

INFOGRAPHIC: Military Presence in the North of Sri Lanka Five years since the end of the war, a significant military presence still remains in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. This despite repeated assurances by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) that the military presence is, and will be phased out in order to pave way for post-war reconciliation efforts. In a context of increased militarization, the Centre ...

Child Soldiers, a Stolen Innocence “When I’m gone, release me. Let me go. I have so many things to see and do.” – Excerpt from ‘Butterfly’ Even today too little is been said about them. Yet, they lived as fighters and died as children in a war they knew nothing about, in a war they had nothing to do with in the first place. ...

Yarl Geek Challenge – Season 3: A Million Bucks to Win The Yarl Geek Challenge is back! This venerable event is one of the oldest meeting collisions between investors, competition and pitching opportunity. The entrepreneurial minded get team up, build a prototype of their product or solution and pitch in front of investors, and during the course of the program they will be mentored and guided by technical experts, entrepreneurs, academics and angel ...

Urban Warfare and the Sounds of Silence Photo courtesy Maatram I was sitting at my desk in Colombo 08 yesterday and all of a sudden, a somewhat loud but also muffled ‘boom’ broke the usual afternoon sounds of traffic on the road to Parliament. My first thought was a memory from December 2006, a much louder BOOM from two blocks away that marked the assassination attempt in ...

INFOGRAPHIC: Views From Uva With the Uva Provincial Council elections taking place tomorrow, Social Indicator, the survey research unit of the Centre for Policy Alternatives has analysed data from field work conducted in May and June 2014 to get a sense of the issues and priorities of the people of Uva as they go to vote. The current state of the economy has ...

The Move to Open Data: What the Government is Giving Us Open data has always been a hugely contended issue-especially with governments. The idea is simple: that certain datasets should be freely available for every citizen to use as they wish, free of copyrights, patents and means of legal control.  Needless to say, the open data movement was initially met with resistance from a great many governments. However, times are changing. Great ...

In the design of India’s broadband initiative, it was said that one thing was non-negotiable: the work had to be done by state-owned enterprises. Knowledgeable people advised the government that this would slow down implementation. And so it happened. Now the new Minister is hiring 10 CIOs to push implementation (including much of the eco system), setting realistic time targets ...

WhatsApp to Bring Voice Calls To Android, iOS You have 225 messages from 5 conversations! That is a common sight in the morning when turning on your phone. WhatsApp, the world’s most popular messaging app, seems to be getting more popular by the day. The only drawback it has had – especially compared to Viber – is the lack of voice calls. But no more, WhatsApp is finally bringing the ...

If I had a face worth a dime I would melt it, Mold it to a masterpiece and then second guess it. Nothing is as beautiful as the person how did mold it, No that can’t be, now tell me what you make of it.

In May 2007, I made a presentation to high-level committee appointed by the government of Bangladesh to recommend reforms to the way international telecom traffic was handled. I neglected to spell out what BPO stood for. “What is BPO” was the question from the audience. Seven years later, Bangladesh is ranked 26th in the AT Kearney Global Services Location Index. ...

Incumbent telcos see competition as an unmitigated evil. But what happens is that competition energizes the market and creates new demand. If the incumbent is decently managed, it can catch some (and possibly most) of this demand. After all, it is the known brand. And competitors have their own problems in the start-up phase. Looks like Myanmar is demonstrating these ...

What is Can-Fi? Can-Fi is a community based initiative through which funds are raised in aid of the Maharagama Cancer Hospital. for more info click either – website / fan page  What’s really going on? A walk  Canfi 2014 – Walk against cancer will be commenced from Main office of Wisdom Business Academy at station road, Colombo 03 to Kollupitiya ...

Curio, the Dj/Producer who’s always known for pairing up with Flippy has been busy remixing this unreleased single by a new name in the scene – Deen. This btw is only unmastered preview, cant wait for the final product.

Paddy Cultivation A paddyfield in Sri Lanka Paddy is a main crop in Sri Lanka. The most people of Sri Lanka are farmers. Farmers grow paddy in different ways. They grow vegetables, fruits and grains. The most farmers grow paddy in Sri Lanka. They can grow paddy well. They got water from tank. There are many tanks in Sri Lanka. Some of ...

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