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Propagation Of IT In Sri Lanka

Weak Rupee Enemy No. 1 The biggest enemy in the propagation of computer penetration in Sri Lanka is a weak exchange rate, an IT vendor told this reporter in Colombo on Thursday (August 22). The exchange rate from Rs. 111 to the US dollar ($) last year has since depreciated by nearly 20% to Rs. [...]

Living With Conspiracies

By Vijitha Herath, MP The Commonwealth that is made up of countries that were colonies of the British Empire consists of 54 countries including Sri Lanka. The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will be held this time in Sri Lanka in November. President Mahinda Rajapaksa is to receive the leadership of the Commonwealth for two years [...]

Striking & Modern

By Raisa Wickrematunge Jaish Parathalingam has always loved fashion. The student of Ladies College would often delight in picking out trendy things to wear from a young age. At 22 years old, she designed her first look and hasn’t looked back since. Jaish started making clothes for herself and her friends. In 2006, she opened [...]

Leader Journalist Attacked

By Easwaran Rutnam A group of men with knives threatened The Sunday Leader Associate Editor Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema at her Bambalapitiya residence early last morning in what the police claimed was a failed robbery attempt. The men had forced their way into the house while her husband Romesh Abeywickrema was out and she was at [...]

Elections: Free And Fair Or Win At Any Cost

Each time an election comes around the Commissioner of Elections announces the Do’s and Don’ts to candidates, informs them of the rules and regulations and ensures them of a free and fair election. Quite often after the election there are protests, particularly by the losers which at times are quite justifiable. The faults are not [...]

Pillay To Get Input For Report

By Easwaran Rutnam The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay will receive input from relevant special procedures mandate holders for her oral report on Sri Lanka to be made at the UN Human Rights Council in September. Pillay’s office said that the oral report will be made based on ‘Resolution 22/1’ on Sri [...]

Falling In To The Ditch Of No Return

Elsewhere on these pages is an article quoting a computer vendor, who runs a billion rupee operation. He has said that the biggest stumbling block in regard to the growth of IT penetration is an unstable rupee. His comments come in the backdrop of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in his ‘Mahinda Chinthana’ policy document having identified [...]

A Fresh Face Ishara Jayathilake

One of Ishara Jayathilake’s earliest childhood memories involves standing in front of an unfinished dress. Her fascination with design was passed down from mother to daughter; her mother is a skilled dressmaker. “It was a wonderful feeling going in to the sewing room… I would stand on tiptoe to watch the sewing needle going up [...]

Provincial Council Elections 2013

By Nirmala Kanangara -In Putalam and Kurunegala districts Pictures by Lalith Perera In the run up to the North Western (Wayamba) Provincial Council elections next month, people in both Kurunegala and Puttalam districts are yet to show any interest in elections. This was clearly evident when travelling in both districts last week. For them canvassing [...]

Digiliya – A Village That Politicos Forgot

Politics supersedes people every time By Camelia Nathaniel - Reporting from Digiliya in the Kurunegala district While millions of rupees are being wasted on posters, banners and other election propaganda paraphernalia in the Kurunegala district, there are still areas that have not seen any development and do not even have the most basic human requirement, water. [...]

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