Thursday, January 31, 2008

Internet Cripple in Sri Lanka, India and Middle East

A breakdown in an international undersea cable network (SE-ME-WE) has badly disrupted Internet links to India and Egypt on Wednesday. As a result most of the Sri Lankan internet users also experiencing a Internet slowdown since last Tuesday. India reported serious disruptions to its services and one Indian Internet service provider linked the problem to the Egyptian outage. "There has been a cable cut on several cable systems in Alexandria, Egypt which has impacted Internet connectivity in India," Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd (VSNL), an Internet service provider, said in a statement. VSNL said its service had been "largely restored" by diverting to another cable. India said it had lost more than half of its capacity. "There has been a 50 to 60 percent cut in bandwidth," Rajesh Chharia, president of the Internet Service Providers' Association of India, told Reuters. He told the Headlines Today news channel that a "degraded" service would be activated by Wednesday night, but full restoration will take 10 to 15 days. Chharia said companies, including some of India's many outsourcing businesses, had been affected.

Sri Lanka Telecom, the largest Internet services provider in Sri Lanka maintain a direct undersea link between Sri Lanka and India which is highly utilized for Internet connectivity and voice. Therefore most of the SLT services have also been disrupted.
Some of the following incidents may take effect.
  • Web pages may take more than 35 seconds to load.
  • Distrutions in streams of even 64 kbps radio station from London.
  • Failure of most IM protocols such as JabberLive and AIM fail (with random socket errors)
  • Failure of HTTPS authentication servers(timeout).
  • Dial-up speeds when accessing European servers.
It was not known how the cable was cut but that services would probably take several days to return to normal.

[Source: IBN Live]

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

LTTE Front Defence Line Falls in Muhamalai and Nagarkovil

Sri Lanka army launched a surprise attack on LTTE front defence line in Muhamalai and Nagarkovil this morning(30 th January, 2008). An army group of about 100 soldiers were involved in this attack and they were able to overun the LTTE front defence line around 12.45 am destroying about 35 LTTE underground bunkers and killing more than 10 LTTE cadres .
A RPG launcher, 60mm mortar bomb and a stock of ammo were recovered at the search operations.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Digital TV Launched in Sri Lanka by Dialog Telekom

Sri Lanka's largest mobile network Dialog Telekom launched a pilot project on Terrestrial Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB-T) a digital television transmission system. With this new technology more television channels can be transmitted using a single UHF band.
At present Dialog's digital broadcasting service covers up to Kaluthara along the southern coastal belt and up to Wattala, north of the Colombo. This digital television service can be received with a normal TV antenna and a special set-top box which is similar to a normal booster.
As Sri Lanka is the first country in south Asia to launch a pilot for DVB-T, Dialog's new digital television service carries 6 Sri Lankan television channels and three foreign channels.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Sun to Acquire MySQL

Sun Micro systems inventors of world famous and powerful programming language Java recently announced that they are willing to acquire open source database system MySQL. Sun is currently a leading provider of enterprise software solutions,high end servers web solutions etc. With this take over of ownership of MySQL Sun Micro systems will be able to gain a competitive advantage in database market worth $15 billion.

Galle Literary Festival Opens

Galle International Literary Festival was started with a large gathering of international and local authors, dramatists, poets, historians and architects.
This Gall Fort based festival will be a five day program with discussions, topical debates on climate change and feature cultural and educational events including films, dramas, and architectural tours, workshops on creative writing, literary lunches and photo exhibitions.
This will be a great event that can be used to measure the attitude of foreign community about Sri Lanka.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Tamil Tigers are among the Most Dangerous and Deadly Extremists in the World - FBI

US top intelligence agency FBI recently announced that LTTE is the most deadly and extremist terrorist organisation in the world. A long research article ( on LTTE including forcibly recruitment of child soldiers, suicide bombers, weapon smuggling was published as the top story of FBI's website on January 08th.
FBI has stated that LTTE is even more dangerous than Al-Qaeda, HAMAS or Hezbollah. They have also requested from the public to be on alert about various charity organisations which will be used to raise funds for terrorist organizations.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Urgent:O Positive and O Negative Blood Needed

Donors who are willing to donate blood to those who were injured by the claymore attack this morning are requested to come to Badulla general hospital. More than 66 were injured from this incident and medical officials has informed that they are running out of O negative and O positive blood.

Another Claymore Attack on a Army Bus at Buttala-Katharagama Road

Another claymore explosion has been taken place at Buttala-Katharagama road on a soldier carrying bus. Several soldiers has been injured by this incident. Those who were injured from this incident were rushed to Hambanthota hospital
Schools belongs to Uva province has been closed for three days until required security mesures are taken.

LTTE Claymore Targets School Children at Butthala-Monaragala

23 died and more than 60 injured by a LTTE claymore attack on school children carrying bus at Butthala.
A passenger carrying bus was targeted by a LTTEclaymore bomb around 7.40 am. A special team including doctors, nurses along with all required medical equipments were set off from Colombo by a special helicopter.
Following pictures of LTTE claymore attack on a bus carrying civillians were taken fron MCNS website.

LTTE Wants More Violations - Claymore Attack On Civilians

A passenger carrying bus was targeted by a LTTE claymore bomb this morning. According to the available information the bomb has been set inside the bus. The explosion has taken place around 7.40 am. More than50 civilians were injured and rushed to Monaragala hospital.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Richard Stallman To Deliver a Speech at SLIIT

Richard Matthew Stallman often code names as "RMS", is an American software freedom activist, software developer and a hacker is visiting Sri Lanka for two speeches at Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) and Peradeniya University. RMS launched the GNU Project to create a free operating system which is similar to Unix, and has been the project's lead architect and organizer. With the launch of the GNU Project he started the free software movement, and in October 1985 set up the Free Software Foundation.

Stallman was a key inventor of the concept of copyleft and also the main author of several copyleft licenses including the GNU General Public License, the most widely used free software license . Stallman has spent most of his time advocating for free software, as well as campaigning against both software patents and what he sees as excessive extension of copyright laws. Stallman has also developed a number of pieces of widely used software, including the original Emacs, the GNU Compiler Collection, and the GNU Debugger. He co-founded the League for Programming Freedom in 1989.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Revolutionary Post Paid Packages From Tigo With Lowest Call Rates

Sri Lanka's third largest mobile phone operator Tigo has introduced three revolutionary post paid packages to celebrate their first year anniversary. Sri Lanka's first mobile telephone operator Celltel was re branded to Tigo last January.

These three packages are bundled with the lowest outgoing call rates up to date among all mobile phone operators in Sri Lanka. These Tigo post paid packages are code named as t1, t2 and t3.

Outgoing (any network) - Rs.3
Outgoing (Tigo) - Rs.1
SMS (any network) - Rs.1
Minimum usage/month - Rs. 1000
(No rentals)
Incoming - FREE

Outgoing (any network) - Rs.3
Outgoing (Tigo) - Rs.2
SMS (Tigo) - Rs.1
SMS (non Tigo) - Rs.2
Minimum usage/month - Rs. 750
(No rentals)
Incoming - FREE

Outgoing (any network) - Rs.3
Outgoing (Tigo) - Rs.3
SMS (Tigo) - Rs.1
SMS (non Tigo) - Rs.2
Minimum usage/month - Rs. 1000
(No rentals)
Incoming - FREE

The advantage is there are no fixed rentals in these three packages.Therefore we need to spend only for calls and sms while incoming is totally free. But in all other networks we need to pay at least Rs 200 per month to make packages incoming free.It is a wastage because we cannot use that amount for making calls or sms.
However we need to concern about the coverage of Tigo all around Sri Lanka.Although they have not revealed the number of towers that Tigo maintain, I have noticed that now Tigo is eager to setup their own towers where ever Mobitel and Dialog already installed towers as a result of their recent investment in Sri Lanka.
What do you feel?Send us a feedback.

Friday, January 11, 2008

No Disruption To Railway Services by Bomb Blast

Sri Lanka railway control room has confirmed that all railway operations are now continuing as scheduled. A bomb blast has been taken place today evening around 7.35 p.m at Colombo Fort railway station which injured one civilian.

However search operations are in progress inside as well as outside the railway station.

LTTE Bomb Explosion in Colombo Fort Railway Station

Suspected LTTE bomb explosion has taken place inside the Colombo fort railway station around 7.35 this evening. The explosion has occurred on the fourth platform. According to the available information only one civilian is injured from this incident.
However Colombo general hospital staff is on alert for any kind of emergency situation. According to Police this is also a parcel bomb which is similar to one which blasted near Lack House roundabout.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

M Tunes from Mobitel

Sri Lanka’s second largest mobile network Mobitel recently introduced “MTunes” a ringin tone service for Mobitel customers. With M Tunes calling party will be able to listen to a music track while the caller hangs up the phone.

Mobitel users can dial 777 to activate M Tunes, add/modify songs and also to disconnect this service. There will be a charge of Rs 4.00 + taxes per minute for calling 777 and also Rs 5.00 + taxes per day for the M Tunes service.

However Mobitel is the final network which introduced this service in Sri Lanka.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

No Severe Damages from Lakehouse Bomb Blast

Suspected LTTE bomb explosion has taken place for the second time within same day. News sources has revield that bomb has been exploded near Lake House roudabout around 7.50 p.m.

However no severe casualities has not been reported yet.
Search operations are underway.

Bomb Explosion Near Colombo Fort by LTTE

A large explotion has taken place near Colombo Fort - Capital of Sri Lanka. Await more details...

Sri Lankan Government Minister D.M Dassanayake Passed Away.

Non-cabinet Nation Building Minister of Sri Lanka, D.M Dassanayake passed away due to severe injuries caused by a suspected LTTE claymore explosion which took place at Ja-Ela this morning. Personal body guard of the minister also died from this incident.

Monday, January 07, 2008

A new IT park for Sri Lanka within SLIIT Campus

A new IT park will be established in Malabe under the joint collaboration of the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) and Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT). This IT Park will be equipped with all modern facilities and services for promoting Information Technology, IT Enabled Services, Business Process Outsourcing and other knowledge based industries in the country.

The project would be implemented as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) venture. The IT Park will be constructed on a 15-acre land within the SLIIT campus in Malabe. It will primarily cater to the growing demand in Sri Lanka for high quality dedicated Information Technology space. It would be providing high-speed data communication services including lease line connectivity and fibre optic networks. In addition, the park will also provide infrastructure facilities such as uninterrupted quality power, water supply, air conditioning facilities and parking facilities.

Comforts and amenities for those working at the IT Park will include Banking and ATM facilities and a Cafeteria within the IT Park. Furthermore they would also provide a high quality 24-hour security and maintenance services.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

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