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Kanishka appointed to SLT Board

Views - 41 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka Telecom PLC has appointed Kanishka Senanayake to its Board as a Non-Executive Independent Director. Senanayake holds a B.Sc. in Finance from the University of Tampa, USA, and also holds a Foundation Degree in Law from the University of Warw

‘Blockchain Sri Lanka 2018’ to boost country’s journey towards Distributed Ledger Technology

Views - 43 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

By Shannon Jayawardena ‘Blockchain Sri Lanka 2018’ is to take place from 25-26 September at Cinnamon Grand with the aim of boosting the country’s journey towards Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) which is currently growing at a rapid pace.

Bangladesh passes controversial digital security law despite protests

Views - 24 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

DHAKA, AFP: Bangladesh’s parliament on Wednesday passed a controversial digital security act despite protests by journalists who say the law will severely curb media freedom in the country. The new law, which according to a draft carries heavy jai

Japan hit by another cryptocurrency heist, $60 million stolen

Views - 24 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese cryptocurrency firm Tech Bureau Corp said about $60 million in digital currencies were stolen from its exchange, highlighting the industry’s vulnerability despite recent efforts by authorities to make it more secure. Tech

Why now could be a good time to fortify your Android defences

Views - 24 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

By Tomáš Foltýn Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Avoid installing apps from outside Google Play. But what if you’re itching to battle it out in Fortnite? First, a quick recap: Epic Games has decided to eschew distributing the Android versi

Mitigating cyber threats: The never-ending battle between defenders and attackers

Views - 62 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

By Hiyal Biyagamage It is no secret that the global business community is witnessing a significant rise in cyber threats; often times being targeted by sophisticated hacker groups where the cost of cybercrimes to businesses has grown rapidly. Juniper

Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works selects IFS Applications 10 to achieve process visibility

Views - 33 Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:00

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announces that Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works Ltd.(KS&EW) will deploy IFS Applications 10 as its ERP backbone for managing core business processes such as project management, manufacturing, mai

Pyxle celebrates 15 years with new brand identity

Views - 43 Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:00

By Divya Thotawatte Enterprise technology solution provider Pyxle recently celebrated its 15th anniversary with the launch of Pyxle 2.0, its new workspace and brand identity. Pyxle 2.0 is a vision for the company’s next decade of growth, reflected

Cyber attacks cost German industry almost $ 50 b: Study

Views - 31 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

BERLIN (Reuters): Two thirds of Germany’s manufacturers have been hit by cyber-crime attacks, costing industry in Europe’s largest economy some 43 billion euros ($50 billion), according to a survey published by Germany’s IT sector association l

InfoWatch and Tufin co-sponsor Cyber Security Summit

Views - 32 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

Two global brands in cyber security – InfoWatch and Tufin – have partnered Sri Lanka’s premier sixth annual Cyber Security Summit as co-sponsors, the event’s organisers said yesterday. InfoWatch is a leading data loss prevention (DLP) solutio

Altaba settles cases related to 2014 Yahoo breach for $47 m

Views - 13 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

Reuters: Altaba Inc, formerly known as Yahoo! Inc, said on Monday it expects to incur a total of $47 million in litigation expenses to settle the three cases for failing to disclose the 2014 cyber security breach. Yahoo’s information security team

Axiata scraps $ 940 m Pakistan deal after regulatory issues

Views - 22 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

KUALA LUMPUR/SINGAPORE (Reuters): A unit of Malaysian telecoms firm Axiata Group has called off a $ 940 million deal to buy 13,000 telecoms towers in Pakistan after regulators there failed to provide all approvals for the transaction announced a year announces new Head of Operations

Views - 136 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:00

Akmal Latiff was recently appointed as the new Head of Operations for, Sri Lanka’s first digital procurement solution provider. Elevated to this position from being the Head of Business Development at, during which time he i

NMRA to partner with Epic Technology Group to Automate Operations and Services

Views - 178 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:00

The National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) of Sri Lanka has announced an innovative partnership with tech giant Epic Technology Group, supported by the Information & Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka to streamline its operat

OPPO kicks off first sale for F9 across Sri Lanka

Views - 30 Monday, 17 September 2018 00:00

OPPO, the selfie expert and leader, kicked off first sale for the recently launched breakthrough offering, OPPO F9, on 8 August at the Liberty Plaza.

New Vivo smartphone debuts in Sri Lanka

Views - 23 Monday, 17 September 2018 00:00

Introducing In-Display fingerprint scanning technology to the V series for the first time together with an Artificial Intelligence (AI) camera, Halo FullView display and AI assistant Jovi the Vivo unveiled V11Pro to the Sri Lankan market on Tuesday,

Dialog Telecommunication Partner for Cyber Security Summit 2018

Views - 48 Monday, 17 September 2018 00:00

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider partnered with the 6th annual Cyber Security Summit as the Telecommunication Partner.

ICTA joins National IT Conference 2018 as National Partner

Views - 88 Monday, 17 September 2018 00:00

ICT Agency of Sri Lanka has joined hands with Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL) as the National Partner of National IT Conference 2018 (NITC 2018), scheduled to be held from 2-4 October at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo Sri Lanka.

Dialog and Stelacom launch commercial smartphone trade-in platform

Views - 32 Monday, 17 September 2018 00:00

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, in partnership with Stelacom Ltd., launched Sri Lanka’s first ever commercial smartphone trade-in platform,, which closely integrates distributors and retail partners to

Damro joins Samsung dealer network

Views - 18 Friday, 14 September 2018 12:47

The first customer of the Galaxy J7 Duo, Mahesh Hettiarachchi, being presented with the device by Samsung Director Mobile Yong-Keun Hwang. Samsung Sri Lanka opened its latest store at the newly opened Damro Marino Mall recently

Digital Forensic Dynamics to be explored at Cyber Security Summit 2018

Views - 22 Friday, 14 September 2018 12:16

The sixth annual Cyber Security Summit on 20 September will have a deep discussion session on digital forensic dynamics, organisers said yesterday.

Reasons why you should buy iPhone X from Abans

Views - 58 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

Representing the next generation of smartphones, the iPhone X generated an immense wave of excitement when Abans, Apple’s authorised distributor and importer, introduced it in 2017. Its sleek futuristic features earned rave reviews amongst Sri Lank

Special session on ‘Prevention of Data Leakages’ at Cyber Security Summit 2018

Views - 110 Thursday, 13 September 2018 00:00

The sixth annual Cyber Security Summit on 20 September will have a dedicated session on ‘Prevention of Data Leakages,’ organisers said yesterday. Keynote speaker of the session is Nikita Zaychikov, Senior Manager, InfoWatch, Russia while Vishak R

Samsung unveils Galaxy J2 Core with Android Oreo (Go Edition)

Views - 27 Thursday, 13 September 2018 00:00

Samsung, Sri Lanka’s preferred smartphone brand, has unveiled Galaxy J2 Core, the latest addition to its best-selling Galaxy J smartphones. Galaxy J2 Core will further consolidate Samsung’s smartphone leadership in Sri Lanka and as the winner of

Award-winning BoardPAC sponsors premier South African Corporate Governance Conference 2018

Views - 22 Thursday, 13 September 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s award-winning board management solution provider BoardPAC was the proud sponsor of the annual 10th Premier Corporate Governance Conference 2018 held in South Africa recently. Organised by the Chartered Secretaries South Africa (CSSA),

Mobitel designs pioneering Mission Critical Service for South Asia Gateway Terminals

Views - 100 Thursday, 13 September 2018 00:00

Mobitel, the National Mobile Service Provider was selected by the South Asia Gateway Terminals Ltd. (SAGT), a leading container terminal operator in Sri Lanka, as its trusted provider of mission critical communications. This collaboration is even mo

Infosys to expand in SE Asia with Temasek JV

Views - 47 Monday, 10 September 2018 01:18

Reuters: India’s second-largest software services exporter Infosys Ltd. said on Friday it formed a joint venture with Singapore state investor Temasek as it expands its presence in Southeast Asia. Temasek looks to enhance its IT services through th

Apple to provide online tool for police to request data

Views - 39 Monday, 10 September 2018 01:18

Reuters: Apple Inc (AAPL.O) plans to create an online tool for police to formally request data about its users and to assemble a team to train police about what data can and cannot be obtained from the iPhone maker, according to a company letter seen

Pearson Lanka to inspire quality through innovation

Views - 305 Monday, 10 September 2018 01:17

Pearson Lanka is the largest Pearson-owned technology delivery centre, employing over 850 IT professionals. It is a leading provider of software development and remote infrastructure management services, to multiple technology groups across Pearson.

Trump tells Apple to make products in US to avoid China tariffs

Views - 39 Monday, 10 September 2018 01:16

(Reuters) - U.S. President Trump tweeted on Saturday that Apple Inc should make products inside the United States if it wants to avoid tariffs on Chinese imports. The company told trade officials in a letter on Friday that the proposed tariffs would

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In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Saturday, 22 September 2018

‘Indian Film,’ first published in 1963 and co-authored by former Columbia University Professor Erik Barnouw and his student Dr. Subrahmanyam Krishnaswamy, is considered a seminal study of the evolution and growth of Indian cinema. The book is cit

Imran may turn blind eye to blasphemy law and persecution of Ahmadiyyas

Saturday, 22 September 2018

There are clear signs that Pakistan’s freshly minted Prime Minister, Imran Khan, will make a sincere effort to reduce corruption and maladministration in the domestic sphere. In foreign affairs he is likely to make a brave attempt to mend fences wi

The rate of exchange, capital flight and the Central Bank

Friday, 21 September 2018

The Central Bank (CBSL) exists for the sole purpose of price stability. Its controls on the financial system and monetary policy exist to maintain price stability. As put forth many times by the Governor, the failing of the CBSL to control inflation

Red flag over the Sri Lankan Navy

Friday, 21 September 2018

Shocking story Rusiripala, a former banker in Sri Lanka, who has taken to writing in Daily FT, is perturbed by the red flag I have raised (Daily FT article 18 September) over the shocking charge that our Navy had operated a ransom gang that had abduc

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