Sunday, March 30, 2008

SimPhony Targets 70% of Sri Lankan Population

At present Sri Lanka has around 7.9 million mobile phone subscribers which is only a 30% of the total population. A major reason for this less mobile phone usage is the average cost of mobile phone is not feasible enough for a low income earners. As a solution SimPhony, a BOI approved joint venture between Cellnets Solutions (CNS) in Israel and CallONE Networks in Sri Lanka is planning to provide a much cheaper solution for mobile communication.
The idea behind SimPhony is simple, but very useful and convenient for those who are specially in rural areas where there is no enough GSM or CDMA connectivity. According to the company a plenty of public phones will be made available in the near future which can be used for SimPhony system. Customers will issue a subscribe identification module (SIM) which has it's own phone number along with some additional value added services(VAS) such as CLI and missed call alert. Customers will be able to use this sim card for making calls or even receiving calls from others.
According to the company they will use traditional GSM networks as well as CDMA networks for this SimPhony service in Sri Lanka.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Multilevel Marketing Campaigns Back In Action In Sri Lanka

Several years back a "easy money" making method became popular among Sri Lankans as well as some other Asian countries which was a multilevel marketing strategy based on a gold coin. Multilevel marketing is not a accepted method of investing and therefore central bank of Sri Lanka banned this multilevel marketing scheme. Later another money scam called Seagull Softwares was started to spread in Sri Lanka and later it was also banned and the owners were disappeared with about Rs 200 million of it's customers. As Sri Lankans are very quickly forgetting their past and very eager to earn "easy money" multilevel marketing schemes are becoming popular again in Sri Lanka although they are illegal. Central Bank earlier had a special unit to monitor and investigate these money scams and last year it was also closed. At present same company which sold gold coins is now selling a product called Bio Disk which they say uplifts healthiness and happiness of human life.
Multilevel marketing or network marketing is a marketing strategy where the mother company is on the top and all the other customers are arranged as a pyramid under the mother company. The major difference between a traditional company which sells products and a MLM company is in traditional method consumers just pay the mother company and buy a product and that's it. But in multi level marketing (MLM) initialy customers buy a product from the company by paying the amount and then customers them self become representatives of the company and start selling on behalf of mother company. As a return they will get incentives for each new customer they introduce. This is the most commonly used structure of multi level marketing (MLM) and there are several other structures such as Unilevel, Matrix, Binary and Elevator.
Await more information about this rising multilevel marketing scams (MLM) in Sri Lanka. As a respectable visitor you are highly encouraged to comment on this post, leave your valuable ideas about multilevel marketing and also past experience about MLM if any.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Five Mig-29 fighter Jets From Russia To Crack Down Final LTTE Strongholds

Last week Russia's officials revealed that they are ready to export five Mig-29 fighter jets to Sri Lanka as a help to counter LTTE terrorism. MiG-29 designed for the air superiority role in the is a 4th generation jet fighter aircraftSoviet Union. At present Russian Air Force, Ukrainian Air Force, Indian Air Force and Iranian Air Force are the top users of Mig-29 fighter air crafts.
These fighter jets are equipped with very latest armory such as1x 30 mm GSh-30-1 cannons,Up to 3,500 kg (7,720 lb) of weapons including 6 air-to-air missiles — a mix of semi-active radar homing (SARH) and AA-8 'Aphid', AA-10 'Alamo', AA-11 'Archer', AA-12 'Adder', FAB 500-M62, FAB-1000, TN-100, ECM Pods, S-24, AS-12, AS-14. These air-to-air missiles can be used to destroy LTTE light air crafts although a Mig-29 is more than enough to do that job.
Visit for more information about Mig-29 and other military aircrafts.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Arthur C. Clarke Passes Away

World famous science fiction writer Mr Arthur C. Clarke has passed away. Mr Clarke is an American who later choose this beautiful tiny island Sri Lanka as the second home. Mr Arthur C. Clarke recently celebrated his 90th B' Day.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Funerals of Sarath Munasinghe and Anura Bandaranayake - Rare Incidents

Former deputy speaker of Sri Lanka Parliament and also a Major General of Sri Lanka Army Mr Sarath Munasinghe passed away this morning due to critical illness. Mr Munasinghe was the organizer of United National Party Polgahawela branch at the time of his death.
Surprisingly Mr Sarath Munasinghe was the deputy speaker when Mr Anura Bandaranayake who died yesterday, was the speaker of the Parliament.And also both of them were passed away at age 59.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Funeral of Anura Bandaranayaka At Horagolla

Sri Lanka former minister and also the brother of former Sri Lanka Precedent Chandrika Bandaranakaa Kumaranathunga, Mr Anura Bandaranakaya passed away yesterday due to prolonged illness. Body was kept in the Sri Lanka Parliamentary complex this morning for last respects by MPs and later taken to "Horagolla Walauwa" the home of Bandaranayakas'. The funeral will be held on 19th of March 2008 at Horaolla.
Mr Bandaranayka was actively participated in Sri Lankan politics for 35 years and from which he was a member of Parliament for 31 years. Anura Bandaranayaka lost his ministry of Tourism and National Heritage last year after the pre-budget crossover.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Former Minister Anura Bandaranayake passed away

Former Minister Anura Bandaranayake passed away at his Colombo residence on Sunday, 16 March 2008. The former Speaker and Opposition had been suffering a prolonged illness.

Mr. Bandaranayake, son of two Prime Ministers, S.W. R.D. Bandaranaike and Sirimavo Bandaranaike and the brother of Sri Lanka's first woman President, Chandrika Kumaratunga was a colourful politician who was first elected to Parliament in 1977 at the age of 27.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Heavy Rains To Eastern Sri Lanka

It is reported the Eastern province of Sri Lanka is getting heavy rains for several days. Heavy rain partially disturbed the eastern province election also which was held yesterday. It is reported that Trincomale town, Kinniya and also Gomarankadawala. According to Disaster Management Centre of Sri Lanka, it has not yet received reports of any displaced people.
In the meantime six gates of Parakrama Samudraya have also opened.

Monday, March 10, 2008

An Explosion In Wellawattha - Sri Lanka [Update 2]

An explosion has occur ed near Roxy cinema in Wellawattha this morning. According to the military spokesman, one person has died and four other have injured from the bomb blast. According to the available information, those who have injured are school children and they have been taken to Kalubowila Teaching Hospital.
It is suspcted that LTTE is the responsible group for this bomb blast also.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Sri Lanka Receives Hair Relic Of Lord Buddha From Bangaladesh

Chthagong temple of Bangaladesh has gifted a rare hair relic of Lord Buddha to Sri Lanka. A special expotion of this hair relic of Lord Buddha was held recently at the patronage of president Mahinda Rajapakshe. Later the hair relic was taken to Kataragama for a public exposition. The lock of hair of the Buddha, who lived more than 2550 years ago in ancient India, was brought to temple trees at the Bangladesh in the 1930’s by a Tibetan monk.

Sri Lanka possesses the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha, the most venerated object of worship for Buddhists. Its present house, the Dalada Maligawa (Temple of Tooth) in Kandy is considered to be the foremost sacred place of worship in the Buddhist world.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

TNA MP Sivanesan Dies In A Bomb Blast

Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian Mr Sivanesan died in a bomb blast this afternoon (6th). Bomb blast had been took around 2.00pm in a LTTE controlled area in the northern province of Sri Lanka. He has been travelling in his vehicle with his driver at the time of blast and reports claim that he has been travelling to Mulathive from Colombo. Mr. Sivanesan's driver was also died from the blast.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Another Breaking SMS News Service For Mobitel Users

Mobitel announced their second SMS news service to it's customers today. At present Mobitel offers SMS news in co-operation with Jasmine News also. Lankapuvath is the Sri Lanka’s National News Agency which extracts news from Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC), Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), the Independent Television Network (ITN), and the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited (ANCL).
Mobitel Lankapuvath SMS News facility can be activated by typing REG and sending it to 2277. This service also charges Rs 30+VAT per month.

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