Google’s venture to beam the internet to remote areas of the world via balloon has hit a legal snag in Sri Lanka that could see the project abandoned on the island, a minister said Thursday. “Project Loon” uses roaming balloons to beam internet coverage and planned to connect Sri Lanka’s 21 million people to the web, even those in remote connectivity black spots. But just a year after testing began in Sri Lanka regulators have been unable to allocate Google a radio frequency for the airborne venture without breaching international regulations. Telecommunications Minister Harin Fernando said the Geneva-based International Telecommunications Union (ITU) was opposed to Google using the same frequency as Sri Lanka’s public broadcasters to provide its internet. “It boils down to a legal issue,” Fernando told reporters in Colombo. “The government as well as Google are lobbying the ITU, but if we fail there’s a risk Google will go to another country that is not bound by these rules.” Google’s giant helium-filled
The Joint Opposition on Thursday announced its members have decided to leave the sub-committees looking into constitutional amendments. The observation was made by MP Bandula Gunawardena while addressing a press conference held in Colombo. “The debate on reports of six sub committees has been indefinitely postponed,” he charged. The Sub-Committees of the Constitutional Assembly were set up as supporting bodies to the Steering Committee. The JO was involved in the sub-committee on the Public Finance which looked into areas of focus include public finance, provincial finance, public enterprises
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Enhancing exports depends on increase of Sri Lankan share within the world trade that market access for product and services made within the country ought to be raised. However, the intervention adopted to extend market access is no matter necessary its scope is restricted to produce chain capacities and capabilities. Further, it's necessary to feature a lot of and a lot of price to commodities to extend exchange earnings, e.g., we have a tendency to talked of cinnamon oil as a price addition to raw cinnamon however these days, cinnamon oil is turning into a trade goods, wanting to select price addition to supply fragrances, prescribed drugs etc., that provide capacities got to be raised through industrial agriculture.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Friday his country will align its maritime silk road project with Sri Lanka's development plans to enable the island nation to become a shipping hub in the Indian Ocean.
Wang's comments came after meeting Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, starting a two-day visit. It is a sign of Sri Lanka's new government's increasing receptiveness to Chinese projects having previously suspended some to investigate corruption and possible environmental hazards.
"We'll take the building of the maritime silk road as a priority to better align our development strategy including your five-year development plan so that we can come up with a comprehensive blue print for future cooperation, so that we can help Sri Lanka build itself into a shipping center in the Indian Ocean," Wang said.