Sri Lanka to digitalise TV broadcasting

Published : 4:20 am  October 3, 2014  |  Category: Opinion and Issues  |  Leave a Comment  |  745 views  |  

The Digital Revolution, also called the Third Industrial Revolution, is the change from analogue, mechanical, and electronic technology to digital technology which began anywhere from the late 1950s to the late 1970s with the adoption and proliferation of digital computers and digital record keeping that continues to the present day. Implicitly, the term also refers to the sweeping changes brought about by digital computing and communication technology during (and after) the latter half of the 20th century. Analogous to the Agricultural Revolution and Industrial Revolution, the Digital Revolution marked the beginning of the Information Age.   Digitisation of terrestrial television broadcasting In... 


Is this the tariff reduction as envisaged by the President?

Published : 4:20 am  October 3, 2014  |  Category: Opinion and Issues  |  1 Comment  |  588 views  |  

When the President announced the 25 % tariff reduction, what the public expected was reduction in the unit rate applicable per kWh consumption and the fixed charge as well as a waiver of the Fuel Adjustment Charge (FAC). On perusal of the above tabulations, we find that the FAC has been waived but both the unit rate and the fixed charged has been increased. Is the CEB trying to take the President and the consumers for a ride by manipulating the tariff to give only a flat rebate of 25% off the previous rupee value of the consumption? Over to the Minister for Power and Energy for a response for fleecing the electricity consumers. Mohamed Zahran Colombo 3  Read More →


Abolish the Preferential Voting system without legalising wasteful practices

Published : 12:27 am  October 2, 2014  |  Category: Opinion and Issues  |  Leave a Comment  |  832 views  |  

By J.B.V. Fernando Recently, it was highlighted in the national press that polls laws are to be amended with the limited objective of relaxing provisions related to campaigning. Our immediate response to this exercise is, why not legalise ‘kasippu’ (Illicit liquor) also at the same time because the Police is unable to eradicate the menace? As we know, the existing election laws pertaining to curtailment of propaganda campaigns by candidates are the result of a very democratic and a collective effort by the Legislature, mainly to make available a ‘level playing’ field to the candidates of all parties irrespective of their varying financial capabilities to meet enormous propaganda costs. In... 


A renewed US-India partnership for the 21st century

Published : 12:00 am  October 2, 2014  |  Category: Opinion and Issues  |  Leave a Comment  |  346 views  |  

By Narendra Modi and Barack Obama www.washingtonpost.com: As nations committed to democracy, liberty, diversity and enterprise, India and the United States are bound by common values and mutual interests. We have each shaped the positive trajectory of human history, and through our joint efforts, our natural and unique partnership can help shape international security and peace for years to come. Ties between the United States and India are rooted in the shared desire of our citizens for justice and equality. When Swami Vivekananda presented Hinduism as a world religion, he did so at the 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago. When Martin Luther King Jr. sought to end discrimination... 


Sad plight of underfunded education and health sectors

Published : 12:00 am  October 2, 2014  |  Category: Opinion and Issues  |  Leave a Comment  |  453 views  |  

By Economicus Two salient characteristics appear in the Sri Lankan fiscal scenario. First, the necessity to keep budget deficits very low, which is often mandated by multilateral financial institutions; and second, a revenue structure that does not expand with the requirements of the economy. When these two constraints are already imposed on the equation, the only opportunity left is in cutting expenditure. With capital expenditure at perhaps the lowest levels that can be justified, the present trend is to cut current expenditure. Within current expenditure the axe falls differently on each sector. Table 1 indicates the movements of current and capital expenditure over the period 2009 to 2013... 


“We are sitting on a social time bomb”: CSR Lanka Chairman

Published : 2:36 am  October 1, 2014  |  Category: Opinion and Issues, Other Sectors  |  1 Comment  |  1,055 views  |  

Chairman of the newly-formed CSR Lanka Ltd. Chandula Abeywickrema says that Sri Lanka is sitting on a social time bomb, and it is only a matter of time before there is youth unrest due to unemployment. What is worse is that the corporate sector, which would be most affected by this, seems to be sitting pretty, without understanding what lies in the future. Abeywickrema is strongly of the belief that Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) must be looked at from a different perspective than what it is now. “We are at present looking at our social responsibility projects on a very ad hoc basis. Every year, close to three to four billion rupees is spent collectively by the corporate sector of our... 


Getting the FTAs right: Benefiting from both China and India

Published : 1:32 am  October 1, 2014  |  Category: Opinion and Issues  |  1 Comment  |  701 views  |  

A winning combination The combination of Sri Lanka’s geographical proximity and multifaceted ties with India which stretch back millennia, not least through Buddhism, and the close all-weather friendship with the People’s Republic of China, which spans over six decades, creates an unprecedented development opportunity. Maximising commercial opportunities with both countries are not mutually-exclusive objectives. Sino-Indian economic ties were given a major boost during President Xi’s recent visit to India. This will inevitably generate new opportunities for Sri Lanka as well (see previous Pathfinder Alert 64 at www.pathfinderfoundation.org). This poses the question as to what would be the... 


Sad plight of underfunded education and health sectors

Published : 1:30 am  October 1, 2014  |  Category: Opinion and Issues  |  1 Comment  |  454 views  |  

By Economicus Two salient characteristics appear in the Sri Lankan fiscal scenario. First, the necessity to keep budget deficits very low, which is often mandated by multilateral financial institutions; and second, a revenue structure that does not expand with the requirements of the economy. When these two constraints are already imposed on the equation, the only opportunity left is in cutting expenditure. With capital expenditure at perhaps the lowest levels that can be justified, the present trend is to cut current expenditure. Within current expenditure the axe falls differently on each sector. Table 1 indicates the movements of current and capital expenditure over the period 2009 to 2013... 


Garbage transformation from liability to an asset

Published : 12:00 am  October 1, 2014  |  Category: Columnists, Opinion and Issues  |  4 Comments  |  1,316 views  |  
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Recently, the Sri Lankan Government announced that the Cabinet has approved an environmentally-acceptable and economically-feasible solid waste management project to dispose of the solid waste collected in Colombo City and its suburbs. The proposal envisages the transport of collected garbage by train to a sanitary land-fill in Arukkalu in Puttalam District, to be buried in existing pits formed by the extraction of lime for the Puttalam cement factory. In addition, part of the waste would be used as fuel for the cement factory; what percentages would be used in each section was not indicated. Over the past years, residents of Meetotamulla and Kolonnawa took to the streets with their struggle... 


Modi jabs at Pakistan, encourages yoga in UN address

Published : 12:01 am  September 29, 2014  |  Category: Opinion and Issues  |  Leave a Comment  |  489 views  |  

Reuters: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday he wants to hold bilateral talks with neighboring Pakistan “without a shadow of terrorism,” a day after Pakistan’s prime minister expressed frustration with stalled talks over Kashmir. In his first address to the UN General Assembly since his resounding election victory in May, Modi also invoked India’s Hindu and ascetic traditions, saying they might provide answers to climate change and called for an International Yoga Day. Modi appeared to chastise Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who had used his own General Assembly address on Friday to blame India for the collapse of the latest talks over Kashmir, the Himalayan region... 


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