An Eastminster for a New Sri Lanka: The First XI Institutional Reforms for a Parliamentary State Photograph courtesy Article 14 blog “Vous l’avez voulu [You asked for it], George Dandin” mischievously exclaimed the Soulbury Commission’s report 70 years ago implying that their recommendation of the British parliamentary system was at Ceylonese instigation if anything went wrong. The report quoted French playwright Molière’s 1668 comedy Dandin, and defended their counsel that Ceylon adopt a Westminster inspired ...

Muhunthan Canagey to Become New ICTA CEO We’ve been wondering what changes the new government would bring to the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA), especially since it was taken under the wing of the Foreign Ministry. Well, the biggest, and the most public, is here: Muhunthan Canagey, serial entrepreneur and current CEO of Duo Software, has been appointed the CEO of ICTA. Canagey will apparently displace Reshan ...

“I’m not Sinhala! I’m a Jaffna Tamil from my mother’s side. Yeah, I was born in Colombo, but, you know.” “My people are Portugeuse! My great-grandfather was Portugeuse. They’re my people.” “Schoolboy? Nonsense, man, I’m a Royalist.” “Hah! Them Royalists. Ponces. Isipathana! Green blood!” “We don’t talk to them. They’re Museities.” “Are you a Kandy Buddhist? Because you say “Appachchi” ...

It’s interesting that Chinese Internet users have to protest the blocking of what I thought would be illegal workarounds. But earlier this week, after a number of V.P.N. companies, including StrongVPN and Golden Frog, complained that the Chinese government had disrupted their services with unprecedented sophistication, a senior official for the first time acknowledged its hand in the attacks and ...

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The general tone of writing on the on-demand economy (much better term than the “sharing economy”) is one of regret about the demise of steady work with benefits, exemplified by Robert Reich: “I think it’s nonsense, utter nonsense. This on-demand economy means a work life that is unpredictable, doesn’t pay very well and is terribly insecure.” But we’re talking about ...

(From what I would know of SEO, I do write shitty titles. HAHA.) In general, I claim that I do not like to travel. This usually stems from my innate inability of not bringing myself to do things, like pack. Yes, I am lazy and I do avoid travelling due to the hassle involved in travelling. […]

I was reading the 2014 Annual Report of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, where on page 37 the PTA reports that international calls being terminated on Pakistani mobile networks has decreased dramatically since 2011-12, from 10.8 billion minutes to 5.6 billion minutes in 2013-14. The PTA even says that “one view is that this is due to the introduction of the ...

You throw your lasso clear and far It lands tight around my waist And try as I might to pull away You keep me in this place I’m trying hard to forget you I’m desperate to move on But you have this hold on me And so my heart is torn It isn’t fair – you chose her You left ...

Wisdom hides amongst the most mundane of things In a withering bush near a car park In a foolish movie for the masses In a cup of tea and an invisible storm Rising above the filthy mud Of day to day living

Hybrid prices will increase significantly after the budget According to the latest news the price of Hybrid vehicles will increase significantly. As per the sources AQUA will increase by Rs. 700000. While VEZEL by 800000. Below is the summery of new taxes. Fwd: Petrol below 1000CCFrom 172. 5% To 155. 25%Hybrid PetrolUp to 2000CC From 57.5% To 92%2000cc - 3000ccFrom 97.75% To 132.25%Above 3000ccFrom 115% To 184%Hybrid Diesel ...

Python For Beginners Python is an interpreted dynamically typed Language with very straightforward syntax. Python comes in two basic versions one in 2.x and 3.x and Python 2 and 3 are quite different. This post is bais for Python 2.x In Python 2, the "print" is keyword. In Python 3 "print" is a function, and must be invoked with parentheses. There are no ...

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Secrets and the city I met Mihir at one Mughal food dive in Colaba late on Friday evening as he was teaching a group of foreigners how to eat lime and raw onion at the beginning of their meal.  Oh my! I thought to myself – this is one of those India 101 food tours that only the greenhorn foreigners to the country should ...

Outing at Elephant Orphanage – Pinnawala My daughter who is now 3 and half years old is very fond of elephants though she had not seen them much in close proximity except once at Kandy when she was very young. Her fondness may be due to the fact that most stories that we tell her when she is fed or goes to bed featuring elephants , ...

As of last Australia Plus is back on Dialog TV, the channel returned after a lapse of several weeks. In other recent developments Locally operated Catholic TV channel Verbum TV is to hit the airwaves time shared with EWTN. The time sharing method isn't clear for this but it is probably 12 hours per channel, you can check the Verbum ...

Leadership Training Workshop for Community Leaders NAFSO conducted a training workshop for the community leaders with the objectives of Formation of campaign leaders’ team to address land issues and to facilitate the dialogue in the community level for educate people, and continue the campaign. Forming a network from the community leaders on land issues and Initiation the dialogue on land policy based on VGGT (Volunteer ...

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