Stories about Sri Lanka from November, 2009
Sri Lanka: Future Of Freedom And Democracy
Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe at Groundviews discusses the fate of the internally detained persons and the future of freedom and democracy in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka: Transformation Of Buddhism
Daya Dissanayake at Groundviews opines: “In Sri Lanka, the Dhamma preached by the Buddha has gone through many transformations.”
Sri Lanka: Potentials Of Fishing Industry
Serendipity comments that after the devastation of the 2004 Tsunami and the restrictions during the war against the LTTE, the Sri Lankan fishing industry is poised to take off provided there is necessary support from the government.
Sri Lanka: The ‘Dear 16 Year Old’ Meme
London, Lanka & Drums started a blog meme which went like this: “write a post, a letter to your sixteen year old self and tag two people”. The blog has done an audit trail to see how this meme has taken over the Sri Lankan blogopshere.
Sri Lanka: Learning To Let Go
Roshanthi Lucas at Random Thoughts tells why it is important to learn “to let go of things that are not necessary”.
Sri Lanka: What Is Your Race?
Mahesan Niranjan at Groundviews shares a personal story depicting how race & nationality is perceived in Sri Lanka leading to further divide.
Australia: Asylum Seekers test tough but humane approach
There has been a spike in asylum seekers coming to Australia by boat following the increasing violence in Afghanistan and the defeat of the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka. The Australian government has been heavily criticised for both its handling of the Oceanic Viking incident and refugee policy in general.
Sri Lanka: The Mighty Multinationals
Serendipity from Minneriya, Sri Lanka believes that a level playing field is essential to protect the local industry from the mighty multinationals who have competitive advantage and “it is the duty of the Government to level it”.
Sri Lanka: Militarization And Politicization
In Sri Lanka, the former army chief is poised to wage an electoral battle against his former commander in chief, the incumbent president. D.B.S. Jeyaraj comments that: “the current situation is (also) the culmination of a long process of militarization of Sri Lankan society and a gradual politicization of the...
Sri Lanka: The General Resigns
The Chief of Defence Staff of Sri Lanka General Sarath Fonseka has resigned today and speculations are high that he will run for presidency in the next election as a candidate of a newly formed opposition alliance. Sri Lankan Bloggers weigh in on the situation.
Sri Lanka: E-Swabhimani Awards
Chulie de Silva writes about the E-Swabhimani awards organized by the Information Communication Agency (ICTA), which honors Sri Lanka’s digital content developers/producers. The blogger also highlights some of the nominated projects.
Sri Lanka: Support The IDPs
V.V. at Sepia Mutiny writes about an initiative of a Sri Lankan diaspora group in the USA who are organizing a fund raising event. The fund will support two charities which are working in the Sri Lankan IDP camps, where approximately 200,000 people are detained.
Sri Lanka: Tariff Protection
Going Global criticizes Sri Lankan government's protective tariff on some agricultural items which are increasing the prices and the cost of living.
Sri Lanka: Going Green
Beyond Borders writes about the launch of Project Act, an environmental initiative in Sri Lanka “to promote a sustainable, environmentally-friendly ‘green’ living community”. The program consisted of a clean-up of Wellawatte beach, and a demonstration “showing Sri Lanka’s support towards effective policy changes on climate change in Copenhagen, December 2009″.
Sri Lanka: Blogger Arrested?
Indi.ca wonders about the authenticity of a news report that a netizen named Gayan Rajapakse was arrested in Sri Lanka for ‘web comments’.
The future of ICT4D: How soon is now?
In the final of three posts on the future of ICTs for development, we examine a few projects that could change the way people leverage technology in rural areas.