My thoughts on the Presidential Election 2015, and an Open Letter to HE Maithripala Sirisena, our President

Here we are at the end of another presidential election, which should never have been called in the first place.  This was a colossal waste of money, since there were 2 more years to go.  It was a dirty battle and both sides dished out hits that were considered “below the belt”, but those who were in power did so with reckless abandon, and it seems that it has come full circle to bite them in the rear.

The Dirty Game

I generally do not get involved in politics, and I try to stay neutral even though I have a political affiliation.  I appreciate the good things that were done by the President, and all due credit should go to him for that.  But there were some rather unsavoury things that happened that should have been kept out.  Those that throw mud should have borne in mind that the same mud would tarnish them as well.

Things which I saw as standing out among the rest were:

  1. Tissa crossed over to the Government, and that was his right and there were so many that crossed over to the Opposition.  Tissa went one step further, and maybe one step too far by outing a fake agreement.  As soon as I read it I knew it was a fake because of the wording that was used in it, and also since it did not look like a legal agreement.  But not everyone would look at it like I did, and there would be people that would be fooled.
  2. SB showed some vulgar behaviour by saying that this is a good chance to strip Chandrika naked and make her run through the streets in madness and shame.  You do not talk like that about a lady.  He also used the ‘P’ word when describing MS.
  3. JF, PW, MA behaved poorly when participating in televised debates and tried to use thuggish behaviour to subdue the opposition when they saw that their political debating skills were lagging.
  4. WW consistently went on stage and slung mud for character assassination of MS and the people started to hate him for it
  5. Rupavahini and ITN and state newspapers broke most laws with regards to election propaganda and misuse of State resources and were continuously used for election propaganda and mud slinging.
  6. State employees such as ANC and PBJ did interviews on Rupavahini which turned out to be one sided political programmes where they forgot that they were State employees and not political party representatives
  7.  Day before the election there was a fake SMS supposedly from SP’s phone saying that he wanted UNP supporters to vote for MR, and on the day of the election there was the fake news report that SP had joined the Govt.
  8. The fake Sirisena from Polonnaruwa was brought to Medamulana dressed in a similar way to MS and was shown on TV standing next to MR.  MR made it a point to say on TV that “Sirisena came all the way from Polonnaruwa to support him” – was this not an attempt to mislead voters?

Both sides did bad things when it came to Social Media.  There were a lot of edited and doctored photographs such as the one that PCR showed about KP.  In his defence, he took this from the Internet and was mislead himself.  There was also a doctored photo of HF together with MR, which claimed that he had crossed over to the Govt.  Then there were the car photos that were shown by eloquent SS.  He should have checked before making those pictures public and should have know that he was being lead along.

Then there were the artists like IW who went beyond decency.  Having a political affiliation and sharing a few posts is quite okay, but he went beyond and faced a backlash from his own fans.  What he forgot was that his fans were from both sides.

Things to bear in mind

Let’s not make the same mistakes twice.

  1. Don’t call MS a King.  He is a democratically elected leader and he represents the people.  He was not born as a King, and he will not leave as a King, as shown by MR.
  2. MS has to keep in mind that he is President of the entire SL, and not just of the people that voted him in.  Show the proper leadership and earn the respect of the 47% that did not vote for you.
  3. Deliver what you promised.  You may not be able to do everything that was promised, within your first 100 days.  But, do the best and implement the most, and the people will trust you.

What needs to change?

Looking to the future of our Country, the new President should take immediate steps in these areas:

  1. The economy is one of the most important areas for consideration.  Let the experts handle that.  Make sure that the Minister of Finance, Secretary to the Treasury, and the Governor of the Central Bank are all capable people who see eye to eye.  Don’t massage the numbers.  Ensure that there is real economic growth where the people get the benefits.  Let them have a better home economy with more affordability and a better lifestyle.  Either bring down the cost of living or enhance their financial situation.  One recent cross over to the Govt said that if fuel prices are brought down, people will pump more fuel and waste money on frivolous trips.  Don’t give a place in your Government for people like that.  Give us our dignity.
  2. Don’t have development for the sake of development.  Instead, ensure that the right project is done in the right place, at the right time.  Hambantota saw a lot of development but compared to other regions of the country, the entire voter base there is around 450,000 which is just 3% of the registered voter base in Sri Lanka and a total population of 596,617.   Maybe the Sea Port was justified and will be useful in the future, but the Airport was a waste.  Decisions about major projects should be taken by appointed committees that have experts in them, and should not be based on populist politics.
  3. Cancel the 18th Amendment, and bring back the 17th Amendment to the constitution.  Make sure that the Police answer to the independent Police Commission and not to politicians.  Ensure that state employees are loyal to the State, and not to Ministers.  Ensure that there is a independent Bribery Commission with power to act.  Have an Independent Media Commission and make the State and Private media answerable to them.  Ensure the independence of the Judiciary, and ensure that no one is above the law.
  4. Remove the names of politicians and their pictures from projects that were funded by the state.  State establishments and Ministries should have the picture of the head of state, but should it be there on the buses that operate on the expressways?
  5. Review all wasteful projects and manage them accordingly.  Absorb the assets of Mihin Lanka into Sri Lankan Airlines.  Since Mihin Lanka was established with the stated motive of giving budget / affordable services to pilgrims, use some of that money to give subsidised air tickets to those that deserve them.  You can do this at less than 1/10th of the cost of running a separate airline.
  6. Plan for the future, and invest in the younger generation.  Invest in their education.  Create jobs for them by establishing new industries.
  7. Take out nepotism and cronyism and get rid of corrupt officials.  Let the rule of law prevail.
  8. Strengthen our foreign service and make sure that we have educated, eloquent, and capable people as High Commissioners and Diplomats, who are able to manage our international relations and demonstrate to the world that we are civilised and capable of managing our own affairs.  Show them that international investigations are not required, since we have the ability to manage things ourselves.  The UN and others cannot be overcome with intimidation.  Instead, we need sharp witted minds to handle them.
  9. Appoint the right people for the right ministries.  Even if the Minister knows nothing about the portfolio, ensure that he or she is a good administrator.  Appoint a subject matter expert as the Secretary to the Ministry, and let that person work with the Minister to do what is right.
  10. Appoint the right people as Advisers to the President and to the Ministries.  Get qualified, educated, forward thinking people.  Hint hint!
  11. You do not need to spend mega bucks for mega projects to win the people over.  Sometimes it is the smallest thing that garners the admiration of the people.  Get your priorities straight, and stick to your principles.

Maybe I’ll add some more later, but I think this is good enough for a start.  Let’s work together to build a better, safer country.  30 years of war are over.  Let’s now declare war on our economic and social enemies.

Presidential Election 2014

Here we are, at the dawn of a new year, and unable to enjoy it fully as another election has been declared before it’s due.  For the politicians, election fever has set in.  For the common man, it is the one time at which they hold some real power.  Like colourful birds that strut around proudly puffing their chests to attract the attention of the female, so are our politicians.  They speak eloquently and promise us so much with the hope of getting our vote, but whether what is promised will turn into a reality is another game completely.

Many have asked from me as to who I would vote for.  Here’s my answer.

My vote is deserved by…

  1. The one that is not afraid to admit to his mistakes, because he is only human.
  2. The one that is not corrupt.
  3. The one that does not forget that he is elected from the people, by the people, for the people.
  4. The one that can garner enough votes to establish a stable government without needing a coalition so that the party with 3 seats does not control the party with 111 seats.
  5. The one that places the Judiciary above the legislature, so that even the rulers are answerable to the Law.
  6. The one that abolishes the Executive Presidency and transfers the authority to the Parliament duly composed of elected members.
  7. The one that strengthens democracy and encourages debate, rather than labeling the rulers as Patriots and the opposition as Traitors.  Instead we should have shadow ministers appointed from the opposition like they do in the United Kingdom.  They keep an eye on the Minister and point out any issues and keep things in check.  If the government were to change, the Shadow Minister would become the Minister.  He or she can easily take over and effectively manage matters.
  8. The one that reduces bribery and corruption from the top to the bottom, without just concentrating on the small Frye that accepts a Rs 500 bribe.
  9. The one that develops the infrastructure of the entire country, and not just in one area.
  10. The one that can build international relations with foreign governments so that we are respected even if we are small.  Sri Lanka has the potential to be a moderate to big player in the global village.
  11. The one that heads disciplined parliamentarians who answer questions with facts and figures rather than diverting the topic by saying “we are better compared to your time when you did x, y, and z…” and acting like young children in pre-school.
  12. The one with sound economic policies that will help steer Sri Lanka towards economic prosperity, using multiple pathways and not just singular pathways such as Tourism.  Emphasis should be put on manufacturing and related industries, knowledge workers, and more foreign direct investments in strategic areas.  Gone are the days where our major earners were tea, rubber, and coconuts.  Gone should be the days where our major export is labour.
  13. The one that instills discipline on the roads where the traffic rules are obeyed.  Building roads and highways and expressways is not enough when the people don’t know how to use them.
  14. The one that makes the Police force truly independent and only answerable to the Police Commission and the Courts.
  15. The one that ensures that true freedom of the press is maintained, and that they operate under a set of rules based on ethics, and answerable to the Media / Press Commission, which in turn answers to the judiciary.  This should not equate to a free license to insult someone with baseless facts.  Any defamations or libel would be handled via the Press Complaints Commission and the judiciary.
  16. The one that enforces the rule of law in the land.  Criminals and Terrorists should be punished, no matter who they are or who they know.
  17. The one that appoints Ministers and Secretaries and Diplomats based on their knowledge, qualifications, experience, and capability and not on personal ties and relationships.
  18. The one that ensures that State resources are not abused, and that projects are awarded rightly and justly by way of tenders and expert panels, and not based on friendship.
  19. The one that ensures that Politicians and their families understand that they are not above the Citizens, but equals.  They are not entitled to use emergency flashers and sirens that are reserved for emergency vehicles such as ambulances, fire brigade, and police and cannot travel on the wrong side of the road.
  20. The one that takes the bold move to abolish the private bus system which has lead to unhealthy competition and bus races, leading to unsafe roadways.  Instead, the buses can be leased and operated by the SLTB under a common scheme with a time table.

These are my reasonable expectations from the next Head of State.  Now then…. Who would like my vote…?

What’s up with Tsu?

Tsu is one of the newer additions to the social networking landscape and already seems to be generating some hype.  What’s different in Tsu?  The main selling point is that they say they share 90% of the revenue with the content creators (that means us).

Facebook and similar sites simply give us a platform to either create our own content, or share content of others, thereby creating an audience for them.  They then provide the opportunity for others to advertise to this audience and thereby make their money.  Facebook has already passed one billion in users and generates five billion in revenue, all of which stays with them.  We do the hard work and waste our time on the site, and what do we get?  Nothing!

Tsu on the other hand says that 90% of the revenue will be shared with the users.  The more friends you have in the network, and the more content and engagement that you create, the bigger the share of money that you get.

How do you get people to join?  Simply, they cannot see any content unless they sign up via an invite or link from an existing user.  If they want to engage with you, they have to register.  Registration is pretty simple and straightforward and takes a minute or two and needs a basic email verification only.

After that, fill up a bit of profile information and start inviting your friends to join, and go about creating the content, pretty much the same way that you would do for your other social networks.

Do they really pay?  Only time will tell.  It’s too soon to say, since they launched only in October 2014, and as of now, there really isn’t anyone who has received a payment.  So, fingers crossed, and start creating content!

You can signup for your own Tsu account via http://www.tsu.co/nishanrs 

Sri Lanka: a nation suffering from ‘Enforced’ Poverty

It is now 66 years since we gained independence, and what do we have to show for it?  Nothing much, really.  In part, this is due to a bloody war that lasted for 27 years and brought development to a standstill. No one in their right mind would invest in this country.  Those days are now behind us and we are on the path of development with foreign investments tricking in.  But, I opine that we could do much, much better as a Nation.

What is Enforced Poverty?  It is a phrase that I coined whereby the masses of the country have been indoctrinated by those in power into believing that the life they lead is unchangeable and that their younger generation will have a greener, more luxurious, brighter future.  They will strive on, firmly entrenched in poverty or the borderlines of it and will not challenge the status-quo.

Let us take as an example the typical family.  The father is a teacher or a government servant.  The mother is a housewife.  They have a son and a daughter who are both schooling.  Let us say one is studying for the ordinary level exam, and the other for the advanced level exam.  Let’s estimate the monthly household income to be Rs. 40,000.

With the cost of living as it is, rent and electricity would be at least 10,000 for someone in a suburban area. Monthly bill for essential groceries would be at least 7,500. Milk powder alone is now 386 for a 400 gram packet.  Fees for extra classes for the kids would be another 5,000 and transport for the kids and the parents via bus and the occasional three wheeled taxi would be another 4,000 maybe?  Father would probably have a mobile phone for emergencies and would cost him at least 500 a month.  A gas cylinder for the kitchen would be 2,500 every two months, and the miscellaneous expenses would also add up such as clothing and shoes, medical bills, and etc.

Buying a motor cycle let alone a car for this family is all but a dream. An average motor cycle is 150,000 and the cheapest car would be the Tata Nano, and it costs 1,400,000 here in this country.

Now we get to my point about enforced poverty.  Even if this family earns just 40,000 does that mean that they cannot have a reasonable quality of life? Poverty is enforced on them simply because of our notion of the greater good. More on that later.

Let’s see if we can get this family to buy a Tata Nano.  The cost is 1,400,000. Assume the upfront payment is 200,000 and that the balance 1,200,000 goes on a lease.  Car leases are on average 2250 per 100,000 borrowed over 5 years, which comes to 27,000 per month.  Insurance would be 20,000 per year, and we would have to add on the cost of fuel and maintenance as well.  As you can see, our teacher cannot afford this, due to enforced poverty, due to government policy.

A brand new Tata Nano 2014 model costs 234,000 in India. At an exchange rate of 2.08 that comes to 486,720 locally.  A Maruti 800 costs 238,000 in India, which is 495,040 locally.  A Fiat Punto is 500,000 and a Fiat Linea is 600,000.

Tata Nano, Starting at 100,000 when launched

Tata Nano, Starting at 100,000 when launched

Fiat Linea, Starting at 599,000 INR

Fiat Linea, Starting at 599,000 INR

If the Indian price were to be taken for the calculation above, the Tata Nano could be bought for a 100,000 down payment and the balance as 8720 in 60 months.  Wouldn’t that enhance the quality of life, and also lead to a happier nation? Now for what I said about the “greater good”.  There would be those that counter my argument by saying reduced taxes and duties resulting in lower prices for vehicles will mean more congestion on the roads and more pollution.  Maybe.  But where’s the alternative in that case? Has adequate planning and funding gone into our public transport system? Going in the morning and coming in the evening via the bus is a circus act and a battle with death, when we see the people packed in and also hanging from the foot-boards and doorways of the buses.  Do the buses run on time and as scheduled? Let’s not even talk about the mess with private and public buses operating on the same roads therefore resulting in deadly races.

If vehicle prices are being kept at these extraordinarily high levels for the sake of reducing pollution and congestion as suggested by some, then why is it that Vehicle Permits are issued to politicians, ministry secretaries, doctors, etc?  Why should they receive a benefit that the common citizen does not?  Don’t they work as hard? Don’t they pay their taxes too? Isn’t that considered to be discrimination and a violation of their fundamental rights?

Let’s take another example.  In the beginning of February we saw the price of Dhal coming down due to the reduction of import duty of Rs. 15 per kilo.  Few days later, import duty on Potatoes were increased by Rs 15 per kilo.  Powdered milk was in short supply in January as the importers were saying that the duties are too high and that they cannot sell and make a profit.  The Government is refusing to reduce the taxes and duties and allowed the prices to be hiked up.  The justification given by the Minister of Consumer Affairs was that the duties are kept at a high level to protect the local milk farmers.  But, do we have an effective mechanism to distribute fresh milk in this country?  Can’t we be self sufficient in milk without having to import from New Zealand?

Here’s another example.  The leader of the JVP, Anura Dissanayake was recently giving an example and stating that construction of the Mattala Airport took 25000 Million Sri Lankan Rupees, which is 25 billion Rupees, or 209 million USD.  The cost to maintain our world record setting battalion of Ministers is 27 billion Rupees per year!  There are 67 Cabinet Ministers and 37 Deputy Ministers which is a total of 104 for a population of 22 million.

India with a population of 1.1 billion people has got a cabinet of just 35 ministers.  China with a population of 1.3 billion has just 20 ministries.

Just imagine the type of development that could take place in Sri Lanka each year if we cut the number of ministers by half.

I’m not a professor of economics, nor do I pretend to know everything there is to know in finance, but I do believe that there is a lot of room for improvement in our country and in our quality of life.  Meanwhile, the teacher in my story and his family are destined for a life of hardship.  The mother and father will accept their standard of living and strive to give a better education to their children with the hope that they will have a better life than them.

Why Sri Lanka will not be a Developed Nation even by 2030

Sri Lanka has ambitious plans for development and we see many infrastructure projects either completed or nearing completion or planned for the near future.

So why do I say that we will not be a developed nation in the 1st world?  Simply because it is not only the infrastructure that makes a country and her people developed, but the attitudes and actions of them as well.

Let’s examine the factors against us.

Road Use

We have well constructed roads for the most part when you consider the major highways, but the way we use them leaves a lot to be desired.

Even the first expressway to be opened has seen more than a 1000 accidents since it opened little more than a year ago, and many have died.  Most are due to use of non-roadworthy vehicles and also excessive speeding.  Only a few travel at the stipulated speed of 100 KPH, and most go at 120 to 150.

On the highways, we don’t stick to the lanes, we regularly run the red lights when the cops are not watching, the infernal three wheelers and other slow movers are always on the right lane or on the middle of both lanes and will unhappily move out of your way and give you a dirty glare after we blast our horns.  Most of these three wheelers do not have working lamps at the rear and even if they did, they do not use the turn signals.  Motorcyclists also do not believe in lighting at the rear, and they don’t believe in helmets for their passengers either.  Mom and Dad are often seen with helmets but their kids have nothing.  Can this be explained in any sensible way?  Safety of your loved ones should be the supreme requirement.  Then we have the private buses that go on their races.  Horns blaring, swerving from side to side, cutting into traffic all of a sudden, or suddenly stopping in the middle of the road when they see a passenger.

India also has a public and private transport mechanism which has lead to very unsafe roads.  Countries like Singapore and Malaysia on the other hand, do not have this.  Having private bus operators creates unnecessary competition which ultimately results in unsafe conditions.  Lease the buses from their owners and take them into state control.  This will definitely improve the standards and the people’s confidence in them as well.

The non-roadworthy three wheelers should also be removed from the roads and shipped off to Africa where there is still a heavy demand for them.  They can be replaced with small cars which are equally economical.

Use of the roads should then be policed according to the law.  An article I wrote previously would be applicable here, and the Police department could have a good revenue generation as well.

Rule of Law

A pick-pocket or drug dealer or other criminal that is caught is swiftly taken in to custody and swiftly prosecuted with the heavy hand of the Law thrown at them and they either pay fines or land in jail, or both. Those with connections either avoid arrest all together, or end up in the hospital without going to Jail.  There are several notable incidents that most will remember.

What about the drug lords that supply the dealers?  Why can’t we go after them, the big killer whales rather than going after the small-fry?  What about all of the corruption that we see all around us?  Public Money being wasted on unnecessary and frivolous things which could have been used in a much more productive manner?  Why does this happen? Simply because we do not have accountability and they enjoy immunity and selective prosecution.

Politics & Accountability

The political system we have here is a right royal farce which gives us some entertaining moments but sadly at what cost?  Each party that comes into power plays the blame game for all the problems, and takes the credit for all the achievements.  Notable countries have minimum requirements for politicians such as a basic Graduate qualification and Post-graduate qualifications in your specialisation area.  I’ve heard, but not verified, that most of our politicians are just O/L or A/L qualified.

In the UK, some MP’s travel via the bus and train and walk among the common man.  They have the finger on the pulse.  In our country, how easy is it for you to meet your local political representative?  In the UK, the Government appoints the Ministers, and the Opposition appoints Shadow Ministers.  The Shadow Minister’s job is to monitor all the activities of the Minister and report and point out via parliament if there are any issues.  If any serious issues are uncovered, the Minister takes responsibility and resigns.  If not, the oversight committee of the parliament will impeach you.

In the UK Parliament, they still boo and jeer once in a while but everyone talks with respect. When answering a question, they refer to each other as “As my Right Honourable Member of Parliament pointed out, …” whereas here in Sri Lanka we avoid answering the question and say something else and make sure to call the other person MODAYA (Fool), GONA / HARAKA (Bull, Cow), THAKATHEERUWA (Imbecile), and other colourful words not uttered by civilised people.  If you don’t believe me, go to YouTube and search for “Sri Lanka Parliament”.

Over Taxation & Waste

Government coffers are supplemented with taxation on pretty much everything, and the people have a massive burden on them.  Basic commodities are also taxed heavily resulting in a high cost of living.  Vehicles are taxed anywhere from 100% to 300% on their value making a vehicle just a dream for many.  A basic Toyota Corolla starts at $12,500 in the US which is approx 1.6 million rupees.  The selling price in Sri Lanka is over 7 million due to taxation, which is more than $50,000 – for that price I could buy a pretty good Mercedes or BMW or Audi.  The cheapest car in the world is the Tata Nano which is approx $1000 or 125,000 Indian Rupees.  It costs 1.2 Million here (more than $9000).

Doesn’t the average Sri Lankan family deserve the opportunity to have a better quality of life rather than risking life and limb trying to balance a family of four on a motor cycle, simply because that is all you can afford?  The high taxation is justified by the people that control it, saying that it helps curb the outflow of foreign currency, and reduces the stress on the roads due to congestion.  In that case, why give Permits to government officials to import these vehicles at a lower cost?  Why should government officials travel in better and safer vehicles whilst the common man is condemned to hardship?  Our mindset is also manipulated by calling the classier vehicles as “Super Luxury” whereas in Europe even the taxis and police cars are Mercedes E Class and BMW 5 series.

Mihin Air has been a financial disaster from day one, and the time is right to admit we made a mistake.  It should be scrapped and merged with SriLankan.  If the requirement is to offer budget air travel to the average Sri Lankan traveler, they could be given subsidised tickets on the national carrier.  It could be a CSR project of SriLankan Airlines and it would still not cost as much as having another airline.  Tickets to pilgrims could be allocated on a quota basis much like the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca which is based on quotas.

Religious Tension

A point that is unfortunately exploited when attention needs to be diverted away from more pressing issues, much like the Grease Yaka which appeared when necessary and then disappeared with a simple explanation when not required anymore.  People of Sri Lanka have lived as a mix of religions for generations and although we have had a few hiccups along the way, in general we live peacefully.  Unfortunately, we have some “buttons” that are masterfully pressed by a few.  Unverified statements are enough for us to go on a rampage and destroy everything.  We hire people for picketing campaigns and agitations by paying a daily fee and giving food and drink, and they know not what they are shouting for.

Now for the factors in our favour.

Literacy and Skills

Sri Lanka has enjoyed a high literacy rate over the years and our labour force has the ability to learn and adapt quickly.  However, we should minimise focus on domestic workers and machine operators, and instead focus on knowledge based workers who are capable of generating greater inflows of cash.  We cannot and should not stop the other fields, but we should throttle it down.  Sri Lanka should not be known as a nation of servants and maids.

Perseverance

Sri Lankans are a strong nation with the capability to bear a lot of hurt and discomfort and persevere.  Surely we can use this to our advantage and shift the direction and speed of our country’s development.

Strategic Location

Sri Lanka is ideally situated a midst major shipping lines and the new Harbour and Airport should help convert us into a major trans-shipment hub in the future.  Expanding the Colombo port to be able to cater for Class E Ships was a major step in the right direction, and hats off to the government for having got that implemented.

Practice has shown us that simply having the new ports does not work and there needs to be better policy and fiscal management to attract major players.  Emirates is a major player in the airline industry and we should try and get them to setup a base of operations at Mattala. They have A380 aircraft that could use this facility.  If they are unwilling, due to the bad experience they had with the SriLankan (Air Lanka) partnership, we could invite Lufthansa which is the largest airline in Europe.  They recently placed the largest single order for new aircraft and said that their emphasis is to break into more of the long haul Asian routes.  Air Asia is one of the best budget airlines in the world and operates from Malaysia.  Mattala in Sri Lanka could be a regional hub for them as well.

Tourism Hub

One thing that the Government has properly identified is that Tourism is a key income earner for Sri Lanka.  More will come, but we have to ensure that we encourage the proper type of visitor to come.  Most of our numbers are now Indian and Chinese, but these are not the big spenders.  They come mostly for business, and a few come as tourists.  Then there are those westerners who come and stay in small joints at Negombo and Hikkaduwa.  They are also not spenders.  What we need are high spending tourists.  They have certain requirements that we need to fulfill.

  1. They require daytime activities such as sightseeing and shopping.  There are plenty of sights to see, but the shopping centres need improvement.  More shops and more choices and less prices are needed.  Theme parks such as Disney World, Universal Studio, and etc are required.  Just putting a park will not attract customers.  The big brands have the ability to draw visitors.  Set it up outside of Colombo on cheap land and setup a high speed rail network to link it to the major cities, like Sentosa in Singapore or Genting in Malaysia
  2. They require nightlife activities such as Casinos and Clubs, which should be regulated and safely maintained.
  3. Transport – Have a monorail network in and around Colombo which can act as a sightseeing tour by itself, or which lets the people access the main places of interest and shopping areas.  A subway is too costly and time consuming to construct.  A monorail suspended above the roads would be attractive and efficient.  Again, we can learn and borrow technology from Singapore and Malaysia.

A Friendly Nation

We are known world over as a hospitable nation with a friendly personality.  If someone comes to your home we always offer a drink and a bite to eat.  if you come during a meal time, we would offer you lunch or dinner, even if we have only a little for ourselves.

We will go out of our way to help someone, you ask us about a place, we might take you there.  You stop us on the road and ask for money or food, and we will oblige.  If you ask us something and we don’t know, we will ask someone else and tell you.

Can we develop as a nation? – I see the potential. Do you?

Ode to Fart

Saw this on Facebook. Author unknown – if anyone knows who, let me know and due credit will be given

Fart
A fart can be quiet,
A fart can be loud,
Some leave a powerful,
Poisonous cloud.

A fart can be short,
Or a fart can be long,
Some farts have been known,
To sound just like a song.

Some farts do not smell,
While others are vile,
A fart may pass quickly,
Or linger awhile.

A fart can create
A most-curious medley,
A fart can be harmless,
Or silent, but deadly.

A fart can occur
In a number of places,
And leave everyone
With strange looks on their faces.

From wide-open prairies,
To small elevators,
A fart will find all of us
Sooner or later.

So be not afraid
Of the invisible gas,
For always remember,
That farts, too, shall pass.

Known Spammers in Sri Lanka

The following is a list of spammers that I have identified for sending unsolicited email to my domains.  This list is updated up to the 16th of September 2013.  You can configure this SPAM list via your server settings by using a SPAM filter.

Hope this makes your life easier.  For me, this has helped remove more than a hundred spam mails that come to my office mail PER DAY!

There are 1000+ entries here, and some of them are identified by IP address.  These are spammers who do not even use a domain, or spammers that use a domain that routes back to a single IP (not shared), meaning that we can safely blacklist that IP address.  Enjoy

Sender IP
*@sribiz.info *.*.*.*
*@boxbe.com *.*.*.*
listmaster@salpila.com *.*.*.*
*@epromolk.biz *.*.*.*
*@epromolk.org *.*.*.*
*@srilankamails.com *.*.*.*
*@mydailyflogmail.com *.*.*.*
*@lanka-hitads.biz *.*.*.*
*@dealslk.info *.*.*.*
*@eflyer.asia *.*.*.*
*@campaigner.asia *.*.*.*
enet.promo@gmail.com *.*.*.*
*@ebrandinglk.com *.*.*.*
*@lemworld.net *.*.*.*
*@emarketinglk.com *.*.*.*
*@yourfanbox.com *.*.*.*
*@eflyer.name *.*.*.*
*@cpromotion.info *.*.*.*
*@ebrandinglk.info *.*.*.*
*@lankaemarketingking.info *.*.*.*
*@onlineLanka.info *.*.*.*
*@brlanka.info *.*.*.*
*@smartquest.lk *.*.*.*
*@siracreations.com *.*.*.*
*@180click.com *.*.*.*
*@rslanka.info *.*.*.*
*@theeventslk.com *.*.*.*
*@yourfanbox.com *.*.*.*
*@epromolanka.com *.*.*.*
*@idealk.biz *.*.*.*
*@lanka-hitads.biz *.*.*.*
*@roomsnet.com *.*.*.*
*@lankaemarketingking.info *.*.*.*
lanka.training@gmail.com *.*.*.*
*@mjads.info *.*.*.*
*@emarketinglk.com *.*.*.*
*@kandypromo.com *.*.*.*
*@srifly.info *.*.*.*
*@mailladder.info *.*.*.*
*@eadvertising.asia *.*.*.*
*@theslupdater.info *.*.*.*
*@maillankasl.info *.*.*.*
*@srifly.info *.*.*.*
*@thelankaclassi.info *.*.*.*
*@enetlanka.info *.*.*.*
*@lankamails.info *.*.*.*
*@mjads.info *.*.*.*
*@mailladder.com *.*.*.*
*@proemailflyer.com *.*.*.*
*@divanewsletter.info *.*.*.*
*@slmailmarketing.info *.*.*.*
*@lemworld.net *.*.*.*
*@wa.lk *.*.*.*
*@enetmail.info *.*.*.*
*@nslmail.info *.*.*.*
*@eemymails.info *.*.*.*
*@islandpromotion.info *.*.*.*
*@brserver.info *.*.*.*
*@perfecteads.com *.*.*.*
*@mailcampainer.com *.*.*.*
*@eflyer.name *.*.*.*
*@kandymail.info *.*.*.*
*@rocketmaiserverl.com *.*.*.*
*@senkadagala.com *.*.*.*
*@serendip.lk *.*.*.*
*@ebrandlanka.com *.*.*.*
*@lemporomoone.info *.*.*.*
*@lankamarketing.info *.*.*.*
*@flimarketing.com *.*.*.*
*@eegun.info *.*.*.*
*@ceylonmarketing.info *.*.*.*
*@lankaealert.info *.*.*.*
*@lemporomofive.info *.*.*.*
*@smartemarketing.lk *.*.*.*
*@welcomelanka.info *.*.*.*
*@srilankanewsletters.info *.*.*.*
*@goodmorniglanka.info *.*.*.*
*@lkadz.com *.*.*.*
*@hillcity.info *.*.*.*
*@citydeals.lk *.*.*.*
*@islandpromotion.info *.*.*.*
*@kandy-promo.info *.*.*.*
*@rocketfly.info *.*.*.*
*@sothernlanka.info *.*.*.*
*@campaigner.asia *.*.*.*
*@thelankaclassifieds.net *.*.*.*
*@islandpromotionlk.net *.*.*.*
*@offerberrym1.com *.*.*.*
*@srilankaweddingphotography.com *.*.*.*
*@lemporomothree.info *.*.*.*
*@offerberrym5.com *.*.*.*
*@lankangate.com *.*.*.*
*@leemamail.com *.*.*.*
*@maillankasl.info *.*.*.*
*@samanews.com *.*.*.*
*@enaada.info *.*.*.*
*@foursquare.com *.*.*.*
*@middletownlk.info *.*.*.*
*@sothernlanka.info *.*.*.*
*@leemanews.info *.*.*.*
*@eadver.info *.*.*.*
*@wavefly.com.lk *.*.*.*
*@ceydilon.net *.*.*.*
*@sendsmart.biz *.*.*.*
*@epromolanka.org *.*.*.*
*@wavepromo.asia *.*.*.*
*@enspireolutions.com *.*.*.*
*@lemporomosix.info *.*.*.*
*@evoyagelanka.com *.*.*.*
*@e-biznessworld.com *.*.*.*
*@smartemartketing.lk *.*.*.*
*@lankaemail.info *.*.*.*
*@greenwindpromo.info *.*.*.*
*@lankaelegance.com *.*.*.*
*@ceylonexplore.com *.*.*.*
*@lkpost.info *.*.*.*
*@wearelankan.com *.*.*.*
*@mysrilanka.biz *.*.*.*
*@lankabrain.info *.*.*.*
*@lemporomoeight.info *.*.*.*
*@epromolanka.info *.*.*.*
*@lankaworks.com *.*.*.*
*@ebizengine.info *.*.*.*
*@ethala.info *.*.*.*
*@marhabadeal.com *.*.*.*
*@lemporomonine.info *.*.*.*
*@diallankaadvertising.com *.*.*.*
*@lankangate.com *.*.*.*
*@lankatop.com *.*.*.*
*@cloudlanka.info *.*.*.*
*@lemporomoeight.info *.*.*.*
*@lankanad.info *.*.*.*
*@lionslk.com *.*.*.*
*@perfecteads.us *.*.*.*
*@cpromotion.info *.*.*.*
*@addnprolanka21.info *.*.*.*
*@goodmorniglanka.info *.*.*.*
*@addnprolanka37.info *.*.*.*
*@welcomelanka.info *.*.*.*
*@usafis.ccemails.net *.*.*.*
*@addnprolanka20.info *.*.*.*
*@lankacars.net *.*.*.*
*@pfaubert.com *.*.*.*
*@eflylankas.biz *.*.*.*
*@news2.neteotamail.info *.*.*.*
*@bleacherreport.com *.*.*.*
*@lankamail.info *.*.*.*
*@ethala.info *.*.*.*
*@rslanka.info *.*.*.*
*@lkenet.com *.*.*.*
*@news2.servereotamail.info *.*.*.*
*@cyln.net *.*.*.*
*@rslanka.info *.*.*.*
*@emailstou.info *.*.*.*
*@ceylonexplore.com *.*.*.*
*@lankangate.com *.*.*.*
*@sribiz.info *.*.*.*
*@beemail.asia *.*.*.*
*@sri.lanka.net *.*.*.*
*@epromolanka.info *.*.*.*
*@cpromotion.info *.*.*.*
*@slforever.info *.*.*.*
*@bremailer.info *.*.*.*
*@proemailflyer.com *.*.*.*
*@addnprolanka23.info *.*.*.*
*@ebrandinglk.com *.*.*.*
*@colombotown.com *.*.*.*
*@advertisinghouse.org *.*.*.*
*@eflylankas.biz *.*.*.*
*@infoaxe.net *.*.*.*
*@srimailsead.info *.*.*.*
*@mailer.smartemarketer.info *.*.*.*
*@addnprolanka7.info *.*.*.*
*@addnprolanka8.info *.*.*.*
*@addnprolanka20.info *.*.*.*
*@beemail.asia *.*.*.*
*@newsemails.info *.*.*.*
*@proemailflyer.com *.*.*.*
*@mailer.surrexitravels.com *.*.*.*
samiroos@mbc.maharaja.lk *.*.*.*
seocurix@gmail.com *.*.*.*
addnpro@gmail.com *.*.*.*
*@lankan.asia *.*.*.*
eebrochure0014@gmail.com *.*.*.*
nerolanka1@gmail.com *.*.*.*
*@addnprolanka30.info *.*.*.*
*@islandpromotion.us *.*.*.*
*@leemamails.com *.*.*.*
*@lee.leemamails.com *.*.*.*
*@news3.eotamails.com *.*.*.*
*@bremailing.info *.*.*.*
*@host.ethapal.info *.*.*.*
*@cloudlanka.info *.*.*.*
sales@targetstorage.com.hk *.*.*.*
*@lankapropertymarketing.com *.*.*.*
*@lkenet.com *.*.*.*
*@emailstou.info *.*.*.*
*@news3.servereotamail.info *.*.*.*
*@theslupdater.info *.*.*.*
*@emailmarketingsrilanka.info *.*.*.*
syzy1@aol.com *.*.*.*
*@rocketflyer3.info *.*.*.*
*@news3.neteotamail.info *.*.*.*
programbrochure24@gmail.com *.*.*.*
gripel.events@gmail.com *.*.*.*
*@news2.eotamails.com *.*.*.*
*@ethala.info *.*.*.*
*@ethapal.info *.*.*.*
*@cloudlanka.net *.*.*.*
*@leemanews.com *.*.*.*
info@vommex.info *.*.*.*
agent@lankan.asia *.*.*.*
*@addnprolanka38.info *.*.*.*
*@addnprolanka17.info *.*.*.*
*@addnprolanka18.info *.*.*.*
*@addnprolanka40.info *.*.*.*
bounce@bremailing.info *.*.*.*
*@news1.servereotamail.info *.*.*.*
*@news2.servereotamail.info *.*.*.*
*@news3.servereotamail.info *.*.*.*
* 74.208.104.196
* 64.31.17.166
* 69.57.164.222
* 174.121.23.180
* 184.82.201.55
* 174.121.48.148
* 67.222.152.232
* 108.160.154.119
* 174.121.27.83
* 174.121.27.85
*@mailer.smartemarketer.info *.*.*.*
nerolanka1@gmail.com *.*.*.*
* 184.22.181.165
* 109.169.77.149
rtn@proemailflyer.com *.*.*.*
tech@techpromos.info *.*.*.*
*@ggglanka.info *.*.*.*
*@brmailer.info *.*.*.*
* 216.244.87.9
*@mjads.net *.*.*.*
*@eadvertiser.info *.*.*.*
*@sticksports.com *.*.*.*
*@advertisinghouse.net *.*.*.*
*@5.elankabera.info *.*.*.*
*@lankabottom.com *.*.*.*
*@brmailing.info *.*.*.*
*@bremail.info *.*.*.*
radomarketing@yahoo.com *.*.*.*
efumedia@sltnet.lk *.*.*.*
*@b.bm324.com *.*.*.*
*@server.brserver.info *.*.*.*
info@info-emailer.com *.*.*.*
gaminifresh@yahoo.com *.*.*.*
*@1.elankabera.info *.*.*.*
*@2.elankabera.info *.*.*.*
*@5.elankabera.info *.*.*.*
*@6.elankabera.info *.*.*.*
*@7.elankabera.info *.*.*.*
bounce@bremail.info *.*.*.*
*@rocketflyer3.info *.*.*.*
* 208.116.16.146
* 91.211.240.181
* 67.222.156.102
*@lankabottom.com *.*.*.*
ranbima.international@gmail.com *.*.*.*
*@radomailbox.info *.*.*.*
hot_donz@hotmail.com *.*.*.*
*@whitepeaksfineart.co.uk *.*.*.*
*@freelancinghome.com *.*.*.*
*@addnprolanka39.info *.*.*.*
*@brmachine.info *.*.*.*
*@whitepeaksfineart.co.uk *.*.*.*
radomarketing@yahoo.com *.*.*.*
*@emessenger.co *.*.*.*
*@ebizserver.info *.*.*.*
*@flimarketing.info *.*.*.*
*@throweway.com *.*.*.*
*@inventum.net *.*.*.*
ranbima.international@gmail.com *.*.*.*
*@leemamails.com *.*.*.*
*@sri.lanka.net *.*.*.*
*@enetlk.info *.*.*.*
*@queenbeesl.com *.*.*.*
*@enetlk.info *.*.*.*
*@dictate2us-students.co.uk *.*.*.*
*@cpromotion.info *.*.*.*
*@evoyagelanka.com *.*.*.*
*@enetlk.info *.*.*.*
*@m8.myzamana.ne *.*.*.*
*@sticksports.com *.*.*.*
*@news2.neteotamail.info *.*.*.*
gtcnconsultants@gmail.com *.*.*.*
*@brsender.info *.*.*.*
magictouchsrilanka@gmail.com *.*.*.*
misholdings12@gmail.com *.*.*.*
*@brlisting.info *.*.*.*
upaliananda@ymail.com *.*.*.*
lanka.training5@gmail.com *.*.*.*
*@4.elankabera.info *.*.*.*
*@addnprolanka28.info *.*.*.*
d-onit@live.com *.*.*.*
*@addnprolanka36.info *.*.*.*
*@brmachine.info *.*.*.*
*@brlisting.info *.*.*.*
*@cenmetrix.lk *.*.*.*
*@ceymails.biz *.*.*.*
*@csbllk.info *.*.*.*
*@dealslk.info *.*.*.*
*@ebrandinglk.biz *.*.*.*
d-onit@live.com *.*.*.*
bsvasee@gmail.com *.*.*.*
emessennger@gmail.com *.*.*.*
krish_f@yahoo.com *.*.*.*
mails@ceymails.biz *.*.*.*
nifra_iqbal@yahoo.com *.*.*.*
ranbima.international@gmail.com *.*.*.*
emessenger.fazly@gmail.com *.*.*.*
*@zorpia.com *.*.*.*
*@epromolanka.org *.*.*.*
*@enetlk.info *.*.*.*
*@ebrandinglk.biz *.*.*.*
*@elanka.info *.*.*.*
*@throweway.com *.*.*.*
*@wavefly.com.lk *.*.*.*
*@rslanka.info *.*.*.*
*@news1.neteotamail.info *.*.*.*
*@mtmail1.info *.*.*.*
*@lemmarketing.com *.*.*.*
*@lakmails.biz *.*.*.*
*@flimarketing.info *.*.*.*
*@lankaelegance.com *.*.*.*
*@lankangate.com *.*.*.*
*@addnprolanka5.info *.*.*.*
*@brsending.info *.*.*.*
*@brengine.biz *.*.*.*
*@landpromo.com *.*.*.*
journals@sltnet.lk *.*.*.*
*@mysrilankajobs.com *.*.*.*
mufassirh@hotmail.com *.*.*.*
shoba@mtv.maharaja.lk *.*.*.*
*@bounces.fanbridge.com *.*.*.*
*@evo.evoyagelanka.com *.*.*.*
*@1.elankabera.info *.*.*.*
*@addnprolanka22.info *.*.*.*
*@addnprolanka5.info *.*.*.*
* 108.163.247.252
* 108.163.193.98
* 108.163.247.250
* 184.154.107.13
* 107.6.159.157
* 108.163.232.173
* 69.175.62.165
* 108.163.193.82
* 184.154.107.10
*@361edge.lk *.*.*.*
addgowest123@gmail.com *.*.*.*
*@brmailer.biz *.*.*.*
*@addnprolanka4.info *.*.*.*
cav.libellula@alice.it *.*.*.*
unhiru@yahoo.com *.*.*.*
*@techtools.lk *.*.*.*
*@mydailyflog.com *.*.*.*
ranbima.international@gmail.com *.*.*.*
*@insta-group.com *.*.*.*
*@lkagent.com *.*.*.*
abouthell@yahoo.com *.*.*.*
*@lkbox.com *.*.*.*
*@m8.myzamana.net *.*.*.*
international@lifetimencl.com *.*.*.*
*@news2.neteotamail.info *.*.*.*
*@addnprolanka29a.info *.*.*.*
wilbows@gmail.com *.*.*.*
*@wishmailslk.com *.*.*.*
*@mailer.lkagent.com *.*.*.*
*@insta-group.com *.*.*.*
ranbima.international@gmail.com *.*.*.*
srilionstours@yahoo.com *.*.*.*
lanka.training1@gmail.com *.*.*.*
ranasinghemahinda@gmail.com *.*.*.*
gaya_2511@yahoo.com *.*.*.*
roecielts@gmail.com *.*.*.*
*@pms3.epromolanka.com *.*.*.*
*@ribelz.com *.*.*.*
ranbima.international@gmail.com *.*.*.*
imgobouncee@gmail.com *.*.*.*
*@dailymail.com.lk *.*.*.*
*@click2drive.lk *.*.*.*
*@aliyun.com *.*.*.*
*@cey.ceylonexplore.com *.*.*.*
ebrochure0013@gmail.com *.*.*.*
ebrochure0007@gmail.com *.*.*.*
*@freelancinghome.com *.*.*.*
*@gzsportequipment.com *.*.*.*
lanka.training3@gmail.com *.*.*.*
lanka.training10@gmail.com *.*.*.*
programbrochure19@gmail.com *.*.*.*
programbrochure16@gmail.com *.*.*.*
ijrcm761@gmail.com *.*.*.*
*@col2.surrexitravels.com *.*.*.*
*@ceylonexplore.com *.*.*.*
*@rslanka.info *.*.*.*
*@epromolk.com *.*.*.*
*@jinasenainfotech.com *.*.*.*
*@addnprolanka32.info *.*.*.*
*@epromolk.com *.*.*.*
lanka.training4@gmail.com *.*.*.*
*@elcomleno.com *.*.*.*
*@mailer6.surrexitravels.com *.*.*.*
*@omglank.info *.*.*.*
*@asianpromotions.asia *.*.*.*
*@shippersacademy.lk *.*.*.*
prasiddha@sri.lanka.net *.*.*.*
*@arixsta.us *.*.*.*
*@4.lankamailads.net *.*.*.*
*@8.lankamailads.net *.*.*.*
*@chambermarketing.lk *.*.*.*
*@m2.myzamana.net *.*.*.*
*@elankafriends.info *.*.*.*
*@180click.com *.*.*.*
*@emessenger.co *.*.*.*
*@omglank.info *.*.*.*
diligroup@sltnet.lk *.*.*.*
*@7.lankamailads.info *.*.*.*
*@7.lankamailads.co *.*.*.*
*@lankaepromo.biz *.*.*.*
*@sur.surgenetwork.net *.*.*.*
*@accsoft.lk *.*.*.*
ipe.srilanka@gmail.com *.*.*.*
*@4.lankamailads.info *.*.*.*
*@8.lankamailads.co *.*.*.*
fastforward@live.com *.*.*.*
*@lankanewseye.com *.*.*.*
*@4.lankamailads.info *.*.*.*
*@4.lankamailads.co *.*.*.*
*@4.lankamailads.us *.*.*.*
*@8.lankamailads.us *.*.*.*
*@8.lankamailads.co *.*.*.*
*@lankaepromo.biz *.*.*.*
freelifetech@gmail.com *.*.*.*
prasanna_common@yahoo.com *.*.*.*
*@emessenger.co *.*.*.*
*@ceylonexplore.com *.*.*.*
rukshansilva@gmail.com *.*.*.*
*@5.lankamailads.us *.*.*.*
*@7.lankamailads.net *.*.*.*
exhibitions812@gmail.com *.*.*.*
*@5.lankamailads.info *.*.*.*
iepd.lk@gmail.com *.*.*.*
*@5.lankamailads.us *.*.*.*
*@5.lankamailads.net *.*.*.*
*@jinasenainfotech.com *.*.*.*
prasiddha@sri.lanka.net *.*.*.*
fastforward@live.com *.*.*.*
*@inventum.net *.*.*.*
*@rocketsender2.info *.*.*.*
*@idealk.biz *.*.*.*
*@vommex.info *.*.*.*
*@flexgraphic.lk *.*.*.*
*@sur.surgenetwork.net *.*.*.*
mafazaccountjmc@gmail.com *.*.*.*
ncl@nclworld.net *.*.*.*
urpropertydevelopment@gmail.com *.*.*.*
*@whitepeaksfineart.co.uk *.*.*.*
*@netlogmail.com *.*.*.*
*@ideamails.org *.*.*.*
*@rocketsender2.info *.*.*.*
*@lankaep.com *.*.*.*
*@8.lankamailads.info *.*.*.*
*@mseflyer.com *.*.*.*
ijrcm742@gmail.com *.*.*.*
*@lee.leemamails.com *.*.*.*
*@antcol.com *.*.*.*
nalakar@lalangroup.com *.*.*.*
*@ideamails.org *.*.*.*
*@att.net *.*.*.*
*@mseflyer.com *.*.*.*
*@lankamailads.me *.*.*.*
*@lankaepromo.biz *.*.*.*
*@lankaep.com *.*.*.*
*@7.lankamailads.us *.*.*.*
*@omglank.info *.*.*.*
*@eota.biz *.*.*.*
*@5.lankamailads.co *.*.*.*
*@7.lankamailads.net *.*.*.*
*@programus.co.uk *.*.*.*
prasiddha@sri.lanka.net *.*.*.*
*@idealk.biz *.*.*.*
*@idealk.biz *.*.*.*
saman99999@gmail.com *.*.*.*
printinghub@ymail.com *.*.*.*
*@leapvault.com *.*.*.*
ricsrilanka@yahoo.com *.*.*.*
sanliy99@gmail.com *.*.*.*
varu_86_na@yahoo.com *.*.*.*
*@lankanewseye.com *.*.*.*
*@interstate.lk *.*.*.*
*@itbusinessedge.com *.*.*.*
*@teatrails.com *.*.*.*
*@bounces.fanbridge.com *.*.*.*
*@pegasus.jetairways.com *.*.*.*
*@likangsport.com *.*.*.*
*@1.lankamailads.co *.*.*.*
*@1.lankamailads.net *.*.*.*
*@1.lankamailads.info *.*.*.*
*@1.lankamailads.co *.*.*.*
*@1.lankamailads.us *.*.*.*
*@1.lankamailads.net *.*.*.*
*@8.elankabera.info *.*.*.*
*@8.lankamailads.co *.*.*.*
*@8.lankamailads.us *.*.*.*
*@addnprolanka24.info *.*.*.*
*@addnprolanka31.info *.*.*.*
*@addnprolanka1.info *.*.*.*
*@addnprolanka17.info *.*.*.*
*@addnprolanka25.info *.*.*.*
*@addnprolanka34.info *.*.*.*
*@addnprolanka2.info *.*.*.*
gehan.dias@hotmail.com *.*.*.*
glddlyl@mail.sxgltvu.com.cn *.*.*.*
daveahardy@tiscali.co.uk *.*.*.*
pinjpin.pinjpin@bresciaonline.it *.*.*.*
*@oceanwaysrilanka.info *.*.*.*
*@lifetimencl.com *.*.*.*
*@post.technologyevaluation.com *.*.*.*
*@isflank.com *.*.*.*
sales8@diligroup.com *.*.*.*
*@amtsl.com *.*.*.*
malithiw@dini.net *.*.*.*
*@lankamailads.org *.*.*.*
icscomsys@gmail.com *.*.*.*
*@RosaKusuma.com *.*.*.*
*@spicedial.com *.*.*.*
*@lankapromotion.info *.*.*.*
*@imcds.org *.*.*.*
*@ecampaigner.asia *.*.*.*
*@sendgrid.info *.*.*.*
*@o4.shared.sendgrid.net *.*.*.*
*@queenbeesl.com *.*.*.*
*@ideamails.us *.*.*.*
*@ideamails.us *.*.*.*
*@e-adssolutions.com *.*.*.*
sonalisyzy@gmail.com *.*.*.*
sihanmnc@gmail.com *.*.*.*
*@digihouse.lk *.*.*.*
*@8.lankamailads.biz *.*.*.*
*@4.lankamailads.biz *.*.*.*
*@sksssrilanka.us *.*.*.*
*@excelfish.com *.*.*.*
*@vommex.info *.*.*.*
*@5.lankamailads.biz *.*.*.*
*@soho.lk *.*.*.*
seosolution.2008@sify.com *.*.*.*
*@invites.exvo.com *.*.*.*
*@kbasl.com *.*.*.*
*@7.lankamailads.me *.*.*.*
*@leapvault.com *.*.*.*
*@southernlanka.info *.*.*.*
*@5.lankamailads.biz *.*.*.*
scholarships@edumailer.info *.*.*.*
divyaandhe@gmail.com *.*.*.*
paramesh2k@gmail.com *.*.*.*
*@news.361.lk *.*.*.*
info.gettam@gmail.com *.*.*.*
*@vommex.info *.*.*.*
*@lankabiznews.info *.*.*.*
*@fastforwardholdings.info *.*.*.*
varu_86_na@yahoo.com *.*.*.*
*@5.lankamailads.biz *.*.*.*
*@skillpowertraining.com *.*.*.*
*@lankanewseye.com *.*.*.*
*@lankamailads.me *.*.*.*
*@dropboxmail.com *.*.*.*
*@salpila.com *.*.*.*
*@lemworld.net *.*.*.*
*@cicra.lk *.*.*.*
*@epromolanka.info *.*.*.*
*@diligroup.com *.*.*.*
*@99x.lk *.*.*.*
*@lankabiznews.info *.*.*.*
consignacao@multilivro.com.br *.*.*.*
*@southernlanka.info *.*.*.*
*@lankaep.com *.*.*.*
*@pjtlank.info *.*.*.*
*@cpromotion.info *.*.*.*
*@azclanka.info *.*.*.*
*@fastforwardholdings.info *.*.*.*
*@leemalist.com *.*.*.*
*@welcomesrilanka.info *.*.*.*
*@barclayscomputers.asia *.*.*.*
*@lee.leemalist.info *.*.*.*
*@leemalanka.com *.*.*.*
*@leemanews.com *.*.*.*
*@diallankaeads.com *.*.*.*
*@lankaepromo.com *.*.*.*
*@lep.lankaep.com *.*.*.*
* 184.22.255.230
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Fresh Milk versus Powdered Milk

Ambewela Milk

Ambewela Milk

With all the scares and scandals that are associated with powdered milk, lets examine both sides of the story

Milk Powder

This is the predominant form in Sri Lanka and for some it is a matter of privilege and pride to say that they drink a certain brand of powdered milk.  Now people are running to distance themselves from those brands and companies.  Let’s examine some of the factors.

  1. Long shelf life, which is generally more than one year
  2. Easy to prepare.  Just add water
  3. Fortified with minerals and vitamins and sometimes various other chemicals which are said to be beneficial to brain development in children, or for preventing osteoporosis in women.
  4. Some say it tastes better than fresh milk
  5. Some also say that it is creamier (more on that later)
  6. Some argue but haven’t really proven that the best components are removed and used for manufacturing other products and then the milk has vitamins and minerals added to it
  7. There is new evidence to show that powdered milk contains more cholesterol causing agents than fresh milk
  8. One packet of 400 grams of milk powder generally gives us 3.5 litre of milk which is equal to 17.5 glasses of milk.  Generally, people have gotten used to using the wrong quantity of powder meaning that the milk that is made is more creamier, leading to lesser number of glasses.

Fresh Milk

There are a few producers that sell fresh milk in Tetra packs and these are available in most shops and supermarkets.  The image of this post shows the Ambewela product lineup which includes 1 litre and 200 ml packs

Points to consider

  1. A more natural version of the drink that many people say to be Nature’s Energy Drink
  2. Compared to raw milk which can spoil quickly, fresh milk is packed in TetraPaks for a shelf life of several months
  3. If you think the taste is not to your liking, you could add a bit of sugar or a flavouring agent such as Malt, Chocolate, etc
  4. If you argue that powdered milk is creamier, that is either because you have used less than the recommended amount of water, or because the butterfat content is higher.
  5. Compared to the cost of milk powder which is approx Rs 325 for a 400 gram packet, a 1 litre carton of milk from Ambewela, Rich Life or a similar local manufacturer is in the range of Rs. 140.  Once opened, the carton can be kept in the refrigerator for several days.
  6. If you believe that you cannot use it up in several days, the 200 ml pack is approximately Rs 35 and is equal to one glass of milk.
  7. If the requirement is to give your child one glass of milk per day for a month you spend approx Rs 1,000 if you buy the individual servings.

For the dairy farmers, the price they get per litre of raw milk is less than Rs. 50.  If the government could step in via Milco and expand their facilities, fresh milk could be made available countrywide at a much more affordable price than what the private sector is offering and their would be some healthy competition.  Milco could make a higher profit than what it is doing now.

Food for thought – think about it.

FOREX Trading in Sri Lanka

Here’s the transcript of a chat I had with an operator of a website promoting FOREX Trading.  Please excuse the multiple spelling mistakes, as I have taken the chat transcript exactly as it is.  For those of you that are interested in FOREX trading, the key point to know is that FOREX trading in Sri Lanka is legally limited to licensed operators only.  If you are trading in FOREX it is a violation of the law.  Further, you have to deposit money into a foreign account via your credit card.  This is also a violation due to unauthorised foreign remittances.  Also, your Credit Card has been issued for personal use only, and not for trading purposes.  If you have an internationally issued Credit card, then that would be OK, but if you residing in Sri Lanka, you still cannot get away from my first point regarding unlicensed trading.

Read on…

  • * Admin is online!
  • guest355747: Hello
  • Admin: hi
  • guest355747: I have a question
  • Admin: yes
  • guest355747: For FOREX trading, I need to put money into an account?
  • Admin: k
  • guest355747: How do I do that? With my credit card?
  • Admin: u can
  • guest355747: But isn’t that illegal?
  • Admin: r u think, is it Illegal, leave this site
  • guest355747: I’m asking a valid question. Isn’t it illegal to pay with the credit card for something like that?
  • Admin: How you know is this Illegal ?
  • guest355747: Central Bank Rule, from what I have heard.  Cannot do foreign remittances of that sort. Isn’t that so?
  • Admin: i’m From Uk in Past 7 year, i don’t Know Sri lanka Situation ath this Moment, if you think, this is Illegal , I told to you leave this Site,
  • Admin: but, Forex Is World trusted Earnign System
  • Admin: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forex
  • Admin: Forex handle In World Largest Central Bank, is this Illegal, Why World Largest Central Bank Handle this ? Can U Find Answer ?
  • guest355747: That’s interesting. Your site is in Sinhalese, and you’re encouraging Sri Lankans to invest in this scheme, but you are not in Sri Lanka and you do not know that what you are promoting is illegal.  World Central Banks do not matter. There are laws in Sri Lanka prohibiting FOREX trading for anyone other than licensed organisations and banks
  • guest355747: Violations are: Central Bank rules regarding FOREX trading, and Credit Card issuing bank rules regarding valid use of Credit Cards
  • Admin: More than Out Side Of Sri lankan Using this Site, For Learning Somthing About Forex, this is a free education, if don’t Like Forex,Why are you Not Leaving this
  • Admin: ex : Korea , Saudi arabiaya, Uk, USA, Japana, i have a More than Sri lankan Member with Lakforex
  • guest355747: Free Education? Isn’t it misleading education when you don’t say or show the illegal side of it?  Your domain is LakForex.com so you are specifically targeting Sri Lankans and enticing them to break the law.  Your site should have a clear statement about the risks as well as the legal status.
  • guest355747: Authorities would be very interested in what you are saying through this site.
  • Admin: yes, i warning For All, read First Article
  • guest355747: Warning that it illegal?
  • Admin: r u mean, Forex trading is Completely Illegal In World
  • Admin: ?
  • guest355747: Nope. Illegal for Sri Lankan Citizens to do it
  • Admin: what r u think Srilankan People in Out side of Sri lanka ?
  • guest355747: They can do it
  • Admin: i can’t block this Site to Sri lanka , this site visible to all Country
  • Admin: you can visit My English site
  • Admin: it’s Now Under Maintain
  • Admin: www.lakforex.info
  • guest355747: Yes you can. You can restrict it based on IP address, or put a notification about the legal status. The fact that this site is in Sinhala shows that you are targeting locals
  • Admin: i’m give to answer for you recent, More than Sri lankan leave it Out side of Sri lanka
  • Admin: i’m Not a Web developer
  • Admin: i Don;t have good website building Knolage
  • Admin: i’ Using , Free Blog for Create this
  • guest355747: Be very careful in that case.  The authorities would initiate legal action against you.
  • Admin: ok,
  • Admin: it’s ok
  • Admin: i request for block lakforex to Srilanka,
  • Admin: From, Your Side
  • Admin: you can Do it
  • guest355747: I’m not the site operator. You are. Bye
  • Admin: k

Here’s a press release from the Central Bank of Sri Lanka about illegal Forex Trading: http://www.cbsl.gov.lk/pics_n_docs/02_prs/_docs/press/press_20120530ea.doc

Also please be aware that trading in FOREX trading may be a risky gamble if you don’t know what you’re doing.  It requires deep insight to know how the market will turn and you have to stay at it.  Having a good night sleep and then coming back, you may find that the market has gone completely in the other direction.

Ultimately, look around, and make the right decision for yourself

How to submit a professional application and CV for a vacancy

In my position, I see a lot of applications and CV from potential employees.  Unfortunately most of the time some applications are knocked off in the first round itself due to the unprofessional way in which people apply.

Here’s my viewpoint as an Employer.

BE THOROUGH

Take time to read the advertisement or job description fully.  Don’t just read the top part and send off your application as fast as you can.  Being the first to apply does not get you the job.  Example, I recently advertised for Management Trainee, and there were a few that applied for Management Trainer positions.  I also advertised for a Secretary post asking for ladies to apply, but several men applied as well.

BE PROFESSIONAL

Prepare your CV with proper formatting and make it attractive.  Avoid using flowery borders and other distractions.  Inserting a picture of yourself is also recommended.

ALWAYS

Include a covering letter explaining why you are suitable for the position, and why you believe I should hire you.  If they have not asked for a covering letter, adding one will show you to be professional and understanding.  If one is asked for but you do not include one, that shows you have no attention to detail, and / or do not care

BE PRECISE

When sending submissions / applications via email, include the vacancy title / position in the subject of your email.  If a company advertises for several positions, and your email arrives without a proper subject, chances of it being ignored or mis-categorized are higher.

STAND OUT FROM THE REST

When attaching your CV, don’t use file-names such as “cv.doc”, “bio.doc”, “my cv.doc”, “curriculum-vitae”, etc.  When all of the applications are received and grouped together, your CV may get lost or overwritten by someone else’s.  “curriculum-vitae-NAME-POSITION.doc” is a much nicer file-name.

BE POLITE

When sending an email, don’t apply to several organisations at once by putting multiple addresses in the TO or CC. eg: careers@esoft.lk, careers@dialog.lk, etc. This shows that you are unsure of yourself, uncommitted, unprofessional

Don’t forward the same application to many people by sending one, forwarding again, forwarding yet again, etc. so that your application looks like a chain letter.

BE YOUR OWN JUDGE

Don’t apply for the position if you are not suitable for it. You’re just sending something that will get thrown out at first glance.  I recently advertised for a position of a VB programmer and people straight out of ‘A’ Levels without any computing knowledge applied.  Same happened for a recent advert I put asking for Web Application Developers with PHP knowledge.   Don’t think people will pity you and give a job just because you apply. You’re wasting everyone’s time.

Hope this helps.  More Tips will be added later.