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Is UN planning to replace humans with machines and robots?

Is UN planning to replace humans with machines and robots?

UNITED NATIONS, (IPS) – The United Nations – once facetiously described as an institution whose bloated bureaucracy moves at the leisured pace of a paralytic snail — is steadily zooming into the field of fast-paced, cutting-edge digital technology  where humans may one day be replaced with machines and robots. Is this a glimpse into a [...]

The stories Hulftsdorp luminaries were made of

The stories Hulftsdorp luminaries were made of

The latest literary contribution to the lore of Sri Lanka’s legal profession has been published as a monograph of the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC). The monograph or book as I refer to it in this article is titled “The Giants of the Legal Profession of the Past: Reminiscences and Anecdotes” and authored by Sriyan [...]

Dancing in the darkness of a climate crisis

Dancing in the darkness of a climate crisis

Globally, Sri Lanka ranks as the sixth most vulnerable to climate change. But this reality has not taken hold in Sri Lankan polity. This is partly because we do not have sufficient analysis of climate change impacts nor a communication strategy to help public and policymakers understand it better. When many countries are planning large-scale [...]

A wealth of information in latest LAF newsletter

With the aim of supporting and confronting the needs of those with dementia and cognitive impairment, the Lanka Alzheimer’s Foundation (LAF) issues a quarterly newsletter with a wealth of information helpful to sufferers and their care-givers and families. Information on the Alzheimer’s Foundation’s upcoming events, schedules of free memory screenings, testimonies from family members of [...]

Ruveena to head SLAAPS; Asia Pacific parley to be held here in 2020

The 41st annual general meeting of the Sri Lanka Association of Administrative & Professional Secretaries (SLAAPS) was held recently at the Mandarina Hotel in Colombo 3. The AGM was told that the SLAAPS would host the 25th Congress of the Association of Secretaries & Admin Professionals in Asia Pacific (ASA) next year, twenty years after [...]

Independence Day Celebrations in New Delhi

Independence Day Celebrations in New Delhi

Sri Lanka’s High Commission in New Delhi held a diplomatic reception to celebrate the 71st anniversary of independence on February 4. Around 800 guests attended the reception held at the residence of the High Commissioner. The chief guest was India’s Commerce, Industry and Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu.

Lankan mission in Kuwait marks Independence anniversary

Lankan mission in Kuwait marks Independence anniversary

Sri Lanka Embassy in Kuwait celebrated the 71st anniversary of independence at Hayat Regency Hotel in Kuwait City on February 7. Representing the Government of Kuwait, Fahad Ali Zaied Al Shoula, Minister of Islamic Affairs & Acting Minister of Public Works, graced the occasion as chief guest. Addressing the gathering, Ambassador Kaandeepan Balasubramaniam thanked the [...]

Iran-Lanka art exhibition

An art exhibition to mark Iran-and-Sri Lanka friendship week will be held from today till February 24. The exhibition coincides with celebrations associated with Iran’s and Sri Lanka’s National Days. The exhibition opens at 5 pm today at the Iran Cultural Centre in Colombo and from 10 am to 5 pm from tomorrow till next [...]

EWC invites short stories, poems

The English Writers Collective of Sri Lanka (EWC) invites short stories of 1500 words or less and poems of less than 30 lines for the 2019 Creative Writing Competition. The best three entries will be awarded prizes. These and other selected entries will be published in the EWC journal Channels. Readers are also invited to [...]

Free spectacles to the needy

Divi Sathkara Foundation Chairman Chamith Wijesundera and Economic Reforms Minister Harsha de Silva, distributed spectacles to low income families at Nugegoda’s Sri Subardarama Viharaya recently.

Discourses on the Bhagavad Gita

Bhagavad Gita, a manual of life enunciates the ancient philosophy of Vedanta. Sunandaji, daughter – disciple of Swami Parthasarathy will be delivering discourses on chapter 2 of the Bhagavad Gita from Sunday, February 24 to Thursday 28 from 6.30 p.m. to 7.45 p.m. at the Buddhist Cultural Centre, near Thummulla Junction, Colombo 5. The devotional [...]

RCSS ranked high in 2018 Global Go To Think Tank Index

The Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS) has been ranked among the top ten in South Asia in many categories and No. 01 in Sri Lanka in the ‘2018 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report’ prepared by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Programme of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. The [...]

Pakistan HC will speak on ‘regional security in South

Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat, the High Commissioner of Pakistan to Sri Lanka, will speak on ‘Regional Security in South Asia: Pakistan’s Perspective’ on February 25, at 4:00 PM at the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS).

How foreign aid fuels African media’s payola problem

NEW YORK – At a recent press conference, a small group of Liberian journalists made a courageous admission: they confessed they were all “on the take.” To supplement salaries as low as $40 a month, the journalists said they often rely on payments from the very people they write about. The revelation confirmed a dirty [...]

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