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Google internet balloon plan hits a legal snag - Harin

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

JO leaves sub-committee of the Constitutional Assembly

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

Tamil Nadu Governor appoints Edappadi K Palaniswami as chief minister

Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao on Thursday appointed Edappadi K Palaniswami as chief minister.  The Governor invited him to form the ministry at the earliest. The governor requested the chief minister-designate to seek the vote confidence of the assembly within 15 days. His appointment is in acceptance of the “letter of submitted by Palaniswami on Tuesday that he was elected as the leader of the AIADMK legislature party at a meeting of the party MLAs held on that day,” a Raj Bhavan press note said. Rao conveyed his decision to Palaniswami when the latter visited Raj Bhavan at 11.30am, along with party presidium chairman K A Sengottaiyan and senior ministers Dindigul C Sreenivasan and P Thangamani. Palaniswami has claimed that he has the support of 124 legislators, while the O Pannerselvam camp had that of only 10. Palaniswami, the strongman of Salem district, was chosen as the legislature party leader on Tuesday, hours after Supreme Court upheld the Bengaluru special court verdict convicting AIADMK interim general secretary V K Sasikala in the disproportionate assets case. “His name was proposed by none other than Sasikala herself,” said a senior leader. Alaniswami has the strong backing of Sasikala.  Sasikala had preferred Edappadi to Panneerselvam to take over the reins of the government soon after Jayalalaithaa’s demis, but Panneerselvam won the race with the Centre’s backing, sources had confirmed.

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Ravi says he will sue Udaya Gammanpila

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake on Thursday said that he would sue leader of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) Udaya Gammanpila. He expressed this view while speaking to reporters at a press conference held in Colombo. “I will file a defamatory case against Udaya Gammanpila to teach him a lesson that he could never forget,” he said. The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday challenged Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake to an open debate

Sri Lankan fishing boat found abandoned in Indian waters

The Marine Police of Coastal Security Group have seized a Sri Lankan fibreglass boat found abandoned about six nautical miles south of Mukuntharayar Chathiram coast near Dhanushkodi on Thursday. On being alerted by local fishermen, a Marine Police team, led by P.S. Ramesh Kumar, Inspector of Police, reached the spot in a boat in the afternoon and towed the fishing boat back to Mukuntharayar Chathiram. The boat measured 18 feet in length and six feet in width, he said. Mr. Kumar said the boat had the registration number OFRP-A-4044-NBO, indicating that it could belong to fishermen in Negombo in the west coast of Sri Lanka. A fishing net and a plastic cane, containing about 10 litres of kerosene, were found in the engine-fitted boat, he said. As the boat had a hole in the rear side, apparently

EDB Joins Hands With Jedb to market Export adjusted industrial Agriculture

Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) and therefore the Janatha Estates Development Board (JEDB) has brought along synergies and resources of each organizations for attracting native investors to line up industrial Agriculture comes in underutilized and unutilized lands on the market in JEDB Estates. The personal sector, significantly the export community hails this initiative within the background of declining country’s exports.

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.

China promises to help Sri Lanka become a shipping hub

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.