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Last update 21.11.2012
(ognp) Sri Lanka first communication satellite, Supreme SAT I will be launched tomorrow from ‘Xi Chang’ launch centre in China. The satellite built by French manufacturer, Thales will be positioned over Sri Lanka.
With tomorrow’s launch Sri Lanka becomes the third country in the SAARC region to possess satellite technology and own a satellite. It will be a joint launch by the Supreme Group of Sri Lanka and China Satellite Communications Company Limited, a state-owned venture of China.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s youngest son Mr. Rohita Rajapaksa has said that having received the required expertise as well as training in China, Spain and Russia, he joined the Supreme Group or Supreme Sat as a technical advisor/engineer.
He has said that he was based in China for several months, and he joined the Supreme Sat project after completing his Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering degree. He has also said that felt he should be involved in the SupremeSAT project though he earlier wanted to become the world’s youngest astronaut.
(ognp) The 2013 budget proposal to set up 14,000 Nenasala ICT centers will be implemented within three years' time, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga said.
The 2013 budget has allocated 750 million rupees to set up an ICT center in each of 14,000 Grama Niladari areas of the country.
Such centers will be setup by rehabilitating abandoned schools and other public buildings such as places of worship Secretary Weeratunga said. So far 691 Nenasala ICT centers have been established in 350 Divisional Secretariat areas. They are to be equipped with modern computers and internet facilities and will be open to public for free use.
(dn) All measure are in place to construct 200 mini-hydro power projects in Sri Lanka with the aim of making the national electricity grid a system where electricity is provided by the public, Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said.
Various countries operate mini-hydro power projects. Sri Lanka is the only country which operates such power projects in a successful manner, the minister said. He said the private sector implemented around 100 mini-hydro power projects in the country and measures are in place to implement another 200 in the future.
“Building small scale hydro power projects is very complicated. But they provide great assistance by adding to the national grid to supply electricity to rural areas. There are several instances where those in villages generate power on their own and in an environment friendly manner for their day-to-day activities setting an example to the country,” Ranawaka said.The minister was addressing the opening ceremony of Sri Lanka's first community hydro power plant in Kaduaruwandola, Athuraliya.
(ognp) Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) in collaboration with the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Dubai organized a Country Pavilion at GITEX 2012. This year, 10 Sri Lankan software companies exhibited their software solutions at GITEX Technology Week held in Dubai World Trade Centre from October 14-18, 2012.
Sri Lankan software has been exported to regions such as North America, EU, Australasia, East Asia and Middle East. Several fortune 500 companies from the USA, Ireland, U.K., Australia etc. and joint venture development companies from Sweden, Norway, USA, Japan etc. have chosen Sri Lanka as an offshore development centre.
AccSoft Solutions (Pvt) Ltd, Axienta (Pvt) Limited, Data Management Systems (Pvt) Ltd, Evolve Technologies (Pvt) Limited, Eyepax IT Consulting (Pvt) Ltd, hSenid Business Solutions (Pvt) Ltd, IronOne Technologies (Pvt) Ltd., John Keells Computers (Pvt) Ltd, Just In Time Technologies (Pvt) Ltd, Pristine Solution (Pvt) Ltd were housed in the Sri Lankan Pavilion.
(so) The Ministry of Power and Energy will provide solar and wind power to the Delft, Nainathivu, Nagadeepa, Analathivu and Elivathivu islands from January next year.
Initial work on these power projects has already commenced and will be completed by the end of next year. The power supply will benefit over 3,500 families in these islands.
At present only 22 percent, 28 percent, 45 percent and 55 percent families in Delft, Analativu, Elavativu and the Nagadeepa islands receive thermal power and with the solar and wind power they could be provided electrically.
(ognp) Strategists and regulators in telecommunications and ICT should think of ways to prevent this great technology being used to sow hatred and examine how to avoid the advances of instant communication being the source and cause of violence against faiths, cultures and traditions that need respect and protection, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.
"ICT must not be the tool of societies that pay homage to material values and pay no heed to the values of decency, tolerance and humanity, President Rajapaksa said addressing the Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR) in Colombo this morning.
It is timely that this Symposium with focus on ICT takes place the day after the International Day of the Child because it is a technology that has great attraction and meaning to children. It can take their thinking and skills to new heights of achievement. It can promise them a great new world of ideas and innovation. But, it can also lead them to dangerous influences draw them away from tolerance and towards extremism of many kinds, he added.
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(ognp) Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the country’s national telecommunications provider, hosted an event recently to showcase how their technology supports IT professionals to revolutionize their businesses by empowering them with a superior range of Intelligent Solutions.
Greg Young, Chief Executive Officer, SLT commented: “SLT’s Intelligent Solutions are aimed at equipping local businesses with the full range of ICT solutions to help succeed in the global arena. Speed, connectivity and security are key demands businesses make and SLT’s wide portfolio of services is perfectly poised to meet and exceed these expectations. Our comprehensive array of services is helping organisations to blaze ahead with stronger convergence capabilities, extended reliability, improved scalability, flexibility and cost effective implementation.”
Kiththi Perera, Chief Enterprise and Wholesale Officer, SLT, commenting on the event said, “Our rich portfolio of flexible hosting solutions offers businesses the assurance that their mission critical Infrastructure is safe under SLT’s expertise. From web hosting, e-mail hosting to database hosting, SLT offer partition based server space to operate websites, mail servers and databases.”
(so) Candela, an innovative new interactive education tool, is to be launched at the Colombo International Book Fair at the BMICH next week.
This is a product that is available in CD form, which can be loaded on to any computer to provide children with a learning experience and can be used as a tool by tutors whilst giving parents the opportunity to track their child's performance.
"Candela Learning Technologies (Pvt) Ltd. is a learner-centric education solutions provider which provides students and teachers with cost effective learning and teaching tools that make the process of learning science more engaging and entertaining," a spokesman for Candela said.
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His expertise and commitment has resulted in eMarketingEye becoming an Asian leader in online marketing with several awards and accolades from the company’s inception. Today Rajitha talks about himself, online marketing industry, eMarketignEye presence in the market and the future prospects for the company, country and industry.
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(itprolk) Asurumuni Didula Loliya, a grade 6 student of St Mary's College, Matugama has invented a mobile colour light stand. He operated the mobile colour light stand at an auspicious time opposite his school with the participation of a large gathering. Asurumuni is also the inventor of an echo- friendly chalk duster.
Describing how he invented the mobile colour light stand, Asurumuni said: "I saw on television how a man was knocked down by a vehicle while crossing the road at a pedestrian crossing in the presence of traffic police. "This compelled me to invent the mobile colour light stand.
The boy said he used only discarded material such as used paint containers, old torch parts, a part of a fan, a remote control of a toy car, a plastic box, conduit pipes etc to make the mobile colour light stand.
The mobile colour light stand enables traffic police to operate it from a distance. This allows him or her to be away from the traffic floor which might put him or her in danger. The hands fixed in the stand give clear signals with an alarm. Even the blind can cross the road safely when the alarm is on, he said.
(dn) At the international THINK QUEST 2012 competition, two student PCJT Software Engineers aged 17 from the Java Institute Sri Lanka, who developed an innovative software based on mobile technology achieved second place.
The competition was organized by the world renowned Oracle Corporation, which targeted software developers.
At this competition, which had the participation of software developers from 6,203 teams belonging to 59 countries, two students of the Java Institute, namely, Chamath Palihawadana and Roshnal Lihinikadu were able to succeed in achieving honour.
They were rewarded with a cash prize from the Oracle Corporation and granted the opportunity to participate at the annual awards ceremony of the company. Java Institute chairman Dr. Ishantha Siribaddana said this is the first instance a Java Software Developer from Sri Lanka could regester such a unique international achievement.
(dn) Dialog Television (DTV), Sri Lanka’s leading Direct-to-Home (DTH) Digital Satellite TV service recently announced the introduction of the country’s first HD (High Definition) broadcast, leading Sri Lanka into the era of advance digital media.
With enhanced picture quality, vivid colours, sharper images and Dolby digital surround sound; the HD service will enable DTV subscribers to enjoy a breathtaking home entertainment experience. HD channels broadcast by DTV will bring world class content spanning Movies, Sports, Action, Drama, Edutainment and Nature to Sri Lankan homes complete with HD 1080i Resolution and Dolby Digital surround sound.
The HD package which features National Geographic, Star Movies, AXN and Ten Sports in full HD, also includes Ten Action, BBC Entertainment, Fashion TV and The History TV18 in Standard Definition format at no extra charge. Customers can avail themselves of the HD service at a monthly fee of Rs 990 rupees as an add on to their basic DTV subscription. The HD start up fee of Rs 2,990 rupees inclusive of taxes will be waived off for DTV’s Gold Package customers until the 15th of July.
(ognp) Sri Lanka Telecom, the nation’s number one integrated communications service provider and the leading broadband & backbone infrastructure services provider, is proud to announce the successful implementation of the 1st phase of its ultra-high speed Broadband Network under its nation-wide network modernization project “i-Sri Lanka” which has already driven an increase of 40,000 new broadband connections to the network.
The i-Sri Lanka project is due to be fully completed within a period of 18 months, at which time it will provide ultra-high speed broadband 20Mbps service to more than 90% of SLT customers by adding capacity for 600,000 new broadband customers to the network. Through the completion of the i-Sri Lanka project, SLT plans to increase the existing customer base of 300,000 customers to 600,000 over the next couple of years to ensure the 1 million SLT Megaline customers can enjoy broadband and PeoTV (triple play) services.
The i-Sri Lanka project was kicked-off in 2011 to enhance and upgrade SLT's existing fixed network, by expanding the fibre network to bring it closer to customers through Fibre-to-the-Node (FTTN) deployment of Multi-Service Access Nodes (MSANs), located within short distances from customers. This reduces the length of the copper connection with a resultant significant increase in reliability, quality and broadband data speeds. Reducing the copper cable lengths not only improves reliability, but will reduce maintenance and replacement costs. Through this programme SLT has already brought ultra high speed broadband connectivity at speeds of up to 20Mbps for many of its fixed customers. This programme is fully integrated with the company's Next Generation Network (NGN) modernization project. In addition, most importantly, this expansion will bring SLT's interactive PeoTV, the multi channel TV network to all Megaline customers for the first time.
(dn) There is a possibility of Sri Lanka sending an astronaut into space in less than four years. This historic task has been undertaken by the Sri Lankan company SupremeSAT and China’s state- owned biggest satellite manufacturing institution, Great Wall Corporation (CGWIC).
The agreement will be signed in Beijing where the Chinese company is based.
SupremeSAT Managing Director R M Manivannan said SupremeSAT has already written a new chapter in Sri Lankan history by becoming the first institution in Sri Lanka to own a satellite. Only 44 countries own a satellite outright or in partnerships of three or fewer.“We have a co-branded satellite with the Chinese company in orbit from last month.
Our next step is the building of our own company satellite at the Great Wall Corporation facility. This would be ready in two years and then it would be the first Sri Lankan owned satellite," he said. The total investment for this would be around US $ 300 million.
Satellites have a typical life time of 15 years. Manivannan said their next aim is to train Sri Lankan youths with space technology and this would be initially done in China. "We will soon call for applications for 'would be astronauts'. After going through their records , we will send them for training to China," he said.
(dn) A spokesman for Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Response Team (SLCERT) said they have received over 350 complaints within the past five months regarding various illegal acts carried out by persons using the social networking website, Facebook.
The majority of complaints are regarding fake Facebook accounts. Fake Facebook accounts are made by persons while using others' information without their knowledge. It has become a threat to society, he said.
SLCERT had deactivated most fake Facebook accounts after clarifying the identification of those persons, the spokesman said. Complaints are also made regarding the hacking of passwords. Some tend to hack others passwords and try to get a ransom, he said. All measures have been taken to cancel these fake accounts, the spokesman said.
(lbo) Sri Lanka’s amateur radio operators have renewed their call to be included in communication work during national disasters, after the defence authorities relaxed rules on clearing equipment.
Popularly known as “ham radio” enthusiasts, amateur radio operators use a designated radio frequency spectrum to communicate non-commercial messages, private recreation, wireless experiments and emergency communication.
“We would like to join-up with the National Disaster Management Centre in some small way, to help them with emergency communication work,” Radio Society of Sri Lanka official, Victor Goonetilleke said during Tuesday’s public lecture on Disaster Risk Reduction, organised by LIRNEasia, a regional ICT think-tank. With some 200 members under its umbrella, the Radio Society of Sri Lanka is not new to disaster communications in the island.
(dn) Kitchen waste with its high water content is an ideal carrier of disease and odour, but, Bio Fuels Lanka, solves these problems by converting food waste to energy in the form of biogas.
The BFL CSTR AD biogas plant or the Continuous–Flow Stirring Tank Reactor is a unit which operates at maximum efficiency, reducing waste volumes to energy, thereby curtailing labour and energy costs. It also reduces costs associated with waste transportation, disposal and pest control and the time and efforts needed for trash removal. The BFL CSTR AD bio-gas plant which is easy to operate is clean and almost maintenance free.
The CSTR AD bio-gas plant (CSTR) is a vertical, cylindrical digester, the first ever CSTR bio-gas plant in Sri Lanka. Mixing of its contents is by a centered vertical low-speed agitator, characterized by a high circulation rate where the digester content is perfectly mixed, while the low rotation speed guarantees gentle treatment of the anaerobic micro-organisms. Due to the continuous mixing, it provides an optimal substrate transport for the bacteriological degradation of the organic substances into biogas. The CSTR digester is suitable for the treatment of high solid materials such as bio waste and sludge as well as for scum developing material. Sediments can be easily removed during operation. It is specially suited as a large scale bio-gas plant.
Presently BFL converts food waste into bio-gas while using it only as a form of heat for cooking purposes, replacing LPG. BFL has successfully used biogas for lighting purposes as well, by using bio-gas lamp. On a small scale, we also generate power, using biogas generators. However, BFL is now looking at using biogas to fuel gas operated commercial laundry machines, boilers and larger generators.
(st) Google will be the key marketing tool for Sri Lanka Tourism that is expected to put the country on the map for the next best tourist destination from June 15, SLT officials said. The campaign would enhance visibility to bring new tourists by end 2012, develop a number one online marketing campaign globally and reach untapped demand, the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) said.
In this respect, the Bureau expects to attract high net worth tourists from new markets in the Middle East, Russia, Japan, Korea and India. In addition they intend on attracting repeat business from established markets like the US and the EU.
Google’s key options of search and display platforms would be widely used in this regard, with the former expected to expose advertisements to travellers checking for Sri Lanka related keywords. This would highlight the country’s unique selling points namely the diverse wildlife, mountains, waterfalls and tea estates, the release said.
Text advertisements and banners on Sri Lanka would be displayed on tourist related content and websites for example Lonely Planet, BBC, TripAdvisor among many others. Moreover, the release notes that this is likely to trigger the much earned media coverage worldwide, expected to propel a word of mouth effect, driving increased coverage, recognition and attracting more visitors to the island nation.
(rl) A 26 year old from Sri Lanka named Nilanga Senevirathne has been successful in designing a fully electric turbo car. The youngster, an entrepreneur technologist by profession, designed this vehicle which he has called Elca (Electric Car). Elca has been built at a cost of LKR 3 million ($22,853).
This car is likely to be seen not only in local but even in international markets. The car is totally environment friendly and has been devised, constructed and commissioned by Nilanga alone out of 60% of the materials which were available in local markets.
The car is economical both where purchase and running costs are concerned and is a showcase of Nilanga's love for nature as it is 100% eco friendly.
Nilanga was interviewed by The Business Times at his residence. He told them that Elca would be reasonably priced and with low running costs, this car should be an instant hit across the globe. Normallyfour seater cars are priced at around LKR 1.4 million ($10,665) in Sri Lanka while the Elca would cost only LKR 600,000 ($4,571), once it goes into production. Cost per km would be approximately LKR 3 as against other cars which cost LKR 11, according to Nilanga.
Rear wheel driven Elca weighs 600 kgs, of which batteries weigh 240 kgs. It has a capacity to travel 80 - 100 kms on a single full charge. Elca has a topspeed of 60 kmph and its batteries needs 8 hours to charge fully. Elca needs to be replaced every 50,000 kms and cost LKR 200,000 ($1,523). If everything goes accordingly, Elca could be seen on roads by 2013.
(st) How does the Olympic flame stay alight on the torch relay around Britain? That's the burning question we've been asking.
The Olympic flame began its mammoth tour round Britain on Friday May 18, 2012 and ends in London for the opening ceremony on July 27. But how will it stay alight for all those trips round the country, whizzing on zip-wires, braving whitewater rapids, and being taken up windy mountains?
How's the flame kept alight on planes?
It will be kept in a lantern, which has been allowed to go on a plane. It'll have two seats to itself, accompanied by a police officer who has been trained in firefighting.
What's the fuel used to keep it burning? It's gas – a mixture of two-thirds propane and one-third butane.
How is the flame passed from torch to torch?
One torchbearer will put their torch near that of the next torchbearer, and the fuel in each torch will allow the flame to pass from one to the other.
What happens if it gets blown out by the wind?
The flame has been tested to be weather proof. It works in temperatures between -5C to 40C, as well as in 95% humidity, rain, snow, and wind gusts of up to 50mph. It was even taken up Mount Snowdon, and the flame didn't go out.
What if it rains or there's a thunderstorm?
The torch can survive rain as long as it's not "bucketfuls" of water – rain simply evaporates off. If the torch was dropped into water off the side of a boat it would go out but the Torch Team have spares. If there was lightning, the relay might be stopped for safety reasons.
What happens if a torch is dropped?
Torches have been 'drop-tested' to a height of three metres to make sure they are safe.
OK – but what if the flame goes out, despite all this? A 'mother flame' is always kept in a lantern along the Torch Relay. A spare torch is within 30 seconds' reach. It can then be re-lit from the mother flame which is 'descended' from the real Olympic flame in Athens, Greece.
(so) Liyanadura Nipunika Vimanthi Silva and Liyanadura Nipun Kavishka Silva of De Mazenod College, Sri Lanka were winners of a team that won the second award in the Computer Science category .
Each team member won $400 from the IEEE Computer Society for their project titled ‘NP System’ – a computer program for the blind and visually impaired at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of the Society for Science and the Public.
The NP System is a software program that assists the blind and visually impaired to use computers by providing voice instructions. The program can assist with a variety of tasks such as guiding the user through the basic functions of a computer including sending an e-mail, crafting a word document, analysing images, providing verbal descriptions and responding to audio commands by the user.
This year, more than 1,500 young scientists were chosen to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. They were selected from 446 affiliate fairs in approximately 70 countries, regions and territories. More than 400 finalists received awards and prizes for their groundbreaking work. Awards included 17 “Best of Category” winners who received $5,000 each. Intel Foundation also awarded a $1,000 grant to each winner’s school.
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(dn) The Institute of Fundamental Studies has introduced a programme to make the Sri Lankan public aware of the most important scientific information through short message services (SMS).
The service was commenced in January as a pilot project. “The project was a success. That is why the IFS is planning to extend this service as a countrywide programme,” IFS Project Department coordinator Dr Kumari Thilakeratne said.
Any individual wishing to know and reach scientific concepts and new information, can activate this SMS service on their telephone network. It will be activated in Sinhala language but in English characters. The service has been named Vidu Nena Hawula SMS Service. Anybody can obtain this service by entering the www.ifs.ac.lkwebsite. They have to fill the form and need to provide details as well as the name, address and telephone number for the information. In the alternative, they can obtain this service by providing the details to 0777600845.
(ft) Team V360 from the Moratuwa University emerged victorious at the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2012 competition.
Held at the Sri Lanka Institute for Information Technology (SLIIT) Malabe on 27th April, Microsoft Imagine Cup is the premier global student technology competition, where student innovators around the world use their creativity and the power of technology, to build ground-breaking solutions that transform the world we live in.
The V360 team which won for their project ‘Back2Earth’, was selected from 6 semi finalists who made their presentations to an elite team of judges comprising of Greg Young – CEO of Sri Lanka Telecom, FaiqFasiz – Executive Vice President of Millennium Information Technologies, Padman De Silva, Chief Executive Officer, MS Technologies and Imran Vilcasim – EPG Director of Microsoft Sri Lanka.
Thurupathan Vijayakumar, Malin De Silva and Rukshan Lakshitha Dangalle of the V360 Team won for their technology solution to ‘aid and support’ the progress of achieving the 7th Millennium Development Goal through a one-of-a-kind interactive experience to create awareness and enthusiasm amongst public, by educating and actively engaging them in contributing to Environmental Sustainability.
Teams CR Coderz from Informatics Institute of Technology won 1st runner up for their project ‘Value Live’ while Team ‘Sharks’ also from the Moratuwa University came 2nd runner up for their project ‘vLearn’. Team Invictus from the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka and teams ‘Dot’ and ‘Casper Creations’ from the Informatics Institute of Technology walked away with the ‘finalist’ awards.
The two teams that were named runners up and the winning team, received awards from Microsoft Sri Lanka and the winners will head to Australia to participate in the international Imagine Cup 2012 held in July this year.
(dn) Marking another landmark occasion for Etisalat as well as Sri Lanka's publishing history ,Sri Lanka's first ebook store, 'BookHUB', was officially opened recently to readers worldwide in collaboration with Etisalat, Microimage and Gunasena and Company (Private) Limited .The BookHUB website www.thebookhub.lk and the reader for Android smart devices and PCs were launched at a ceremony at the Hilton Residence.
The eBook store was launched with over 25 titles and intend to reach 100 in a month .With the launch this , reading enthusiasts will have the opportunity to buy books from the online store and the price of the books would be lower than the physical version of it.
Readers will be able to purchase books using Etisalat preloaded cards and credit cards˙ despite the their mobile service provider or Internet provider. On global basis , EBooks has earned an immense popularity as a result of the rise in smart phones and PCs. Speaking at the launch, Etisalat's CEO, Dumindra Ratnayaka said this innovation will help distribute, more reading and preserve Sri Lanka's Literature and also ˙benefit the local authors, as well.
(dn) “Can you email those photos today?”, “Ohh yesterday I forgot to e-mail you even though I was planning to do so, really sorry, a silly mistake” This is a snapshot of a heard (not listened) conversation of two young guys in the bus that I was travelling few days ago….During my school days there were e-mails but they were not so popular among us.
We had limited access to the internet, hence we knew very little about e-mails. However, time has changed rapidly and now it is hard to find a youngster who does not have an e-mail address. E-mail has simply become the most widely used communication methodology over the internet. Since there are many free e-mail services provided by Google, Yahoo, Hotmail and so on many people have e-mail accounts which have storage around 2 giga bites (GBs). So, in this article I thought to give a basic overview of e-mails and also provide some vital facts on protecting your e-mail account from hackers.
(dn) Sri Lanka's first green energy system was launched by Agrarian Services and Wild Life Minister S.N.Chandrasena on Wednesday at Buthawa Wild Life bungalow in the Yala national park, with the partnership of Korea. .
Two street lamps were installed with separate solar panels which change its direction according to the movement of the Sun so that regular solar power can be absorbed to the panels without interruption. These street lamps react to the heat of the body and the movement of the objects to give a brighter light automatically if a vehicle or a wild elephant comes within 10 metre radius of the lamps. The street lamps automatically switch on at the dusk and switch off at the dawn.
The solar panels of the street lamps come to a vertical position in the night allowing dust collected in the day time to be cleaned up by the overnight falling of dew drops in the night.
(lb) The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) has been able to manufacture an aircraft to engage in spying missions which can also fly on autopilot over a distance of 100 kilometres.
SLAF had also manufactured another aircraft which could be sent on short distance spying missions covering a distance between five to 10 kilometres.
Meanwhile, SLAF has also built a modern laboratory with the latest technology through which any hacking of the country’s computer systems and cyber-space could be monitored and countered.
For the first time in the world, a Sri Lankan entrepreneur has designed an instant hot and cold tea portable vending machine capable of pouring hot and cold tea via SMS. This model will be exported to Dubai, Korea, Japan, India and the Maldives and other neighbouring countries early next year.
A group of researchers at the Ruhuna University has been able to extract bio-fuel from micro algae. According to their study, the Nanachloropsis sp, one of the algae species, has high potential to extract algae oil which can be utilized to produce bio-diesel. Information in this regard will be provided at the 16th International Forestry and Environment Symposium organized by the Department of Forestry, and Environment Science of the University of Sri Jayewardenapura held from October 28-29, 2011 said Head of the Department Prof Hiran Amarasekera.
Sri Lanka's unit of Microsoft says it will donate software worth Rs 1.5 billion to NGOs, universities and other educational institutions in Sri Lanka in the next three to four years.
Even though Sri Lanka is small in size , the country is blessed with knowledgeable and skilled inventors who can make a positive change in the lives of people through their inventions.
The Networked Readiness Index (NRI) for Sri Lanka has been elevated from 72 percent to 48 during the last five years indicating a major improvement in the industry, Sri Lanka ranks fifth in the world in development in the ICT sector.
The National Transport Commission together with Dialog Axiata present the future of public transportation services in Sri Lanka with the introduction of the Mobile Bus Ticketing facility, allowing passengers to pre-book and purchase tickets through the mobile phone.
International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank group financing the private sector investment, is investing $3.8 million in Sri Lanka's SENOK Group to help the company diversify its portfolio to include wind-power projects.
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Team ‘PeraSoft’ from the University of Peradeniya emerged as the winner in the Software Design category of Imagine Cup 2011 Sri Lanka Finals. The winners, Team PeraSoft comprising of N.D.M. Samarakoon, S.A.L.D. Senadheera, H.M.P.L. Herath and J.M.M.U. Dasanayake will go down in history as this is the first time they have won in the competition making it a truly celebratory moment for the University of Peradeniya. They will represent Sri Lanka at the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals to be held in New York in June 2011, where they will face off with competitors from around the world.
“Software solutions of Microsoft have created a revolutionary change on the lifestyles of the Sri Lankan people making businesses and interaction easier and convenient”, said EPG Director of Microsoft Sri Lanka Imran Vilcassim.
Sri Lanka’s first ever highly sophisticated WiMAX 802.16e (mobile-ready) wireless broadband service launched by Sky Network, a subsidiary of Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) is initially set to cover nine districts and would be available in 31 locations in the island through a highly viable eco system.
"Microsoft Corporation is looking forward to assist Sri Lanka to adopt cloud computing to help the government to lower cost and help to change Colombo's administrative work" said Corporate Vice President, Chairman Emerging Markets, Chief Advisor to the Chief Operating Officer Microsoft Corporation, Orlando Ayala.
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The Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Response Team (SLCERT) of Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) has come forward to guarantee Cyber security.
The Arthur C Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies (ACCIMT) calls for applications from aspired individuals who are keen to study micro controller. This course will be conducted for those who have knowledge and employed in electronic and IT sectors.
The new equipment that can filter lime from water has been developed by a group of scientists of the Institute of fundamental Studies in Kandy.
Mini-hydro power contribution to the national grid will be the cheapest source of power to the country compared to other renewable energy sources. The total installed capacity of the mini-hydro power plants to the national grid is 181 megawatts. It contributed 546 giga watt hours (GWH) which is four percent of the national demand as at December 31 last year, a Small Hydropower Developers Association official told Daily News Business. There was a 20 megawatts increase in the total contribution to the national grid from the mini-hydro power sector.
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Pyxle, a top ranking Software and Web Development Company based in Sri Lanka proved yet again their competency in Internet Marketing solutions when their Search Engine Optimization (SEO) project for Galle Fort Hotel, resulted in a traffic increase of 470% for Galle Fort Hotel within just 3-4 months of optimization. This success was far above the desired objectives and targeted deadlines of the project.
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