Thursday, July 30, 2015

APJ Abdul Kalam has died, aged 83 - Former Indian president

Kalam, known as the father of the country’s military missile program, died on Monday after collapsing while delivering a lecture
Former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam has died at a hospital after collapsing while delivering a lecture in northeastern India. Photograph: Bullit Marquez/AP

Former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam, known as the father of the country’s military missile program, died on Monday after collapsing while delivering a lecture, a top state official said. He was 83.

The president from 2002 until 2007, he was a scientist and science administrator for four decades before that, mainly at the state-run Defense Research and Development Organisation and the Indian Space Research Organisation. He played a key organisational and technical role in India’s nuclear program.

He also served as a scientific adviser to the prime minister.

Kalam fell sick on Monday while addressing the students of the Indian Institute of Management in the Meghalaya state capital, Shillong, said PB Warjri, chief secretary of the state. He was rushed to the hospital, but was declared dead after doctors could not revive him, Warjri said.

The federal government would declare national mourning for seven days for him, said federal home secretary LC Goyal.

Kalam’s body will be flown to New Delhi on Tuesday for burial.

India’s president Pranab Mukherjee said “Kalam would be long remembered for his passion for science and innovation and his contribution as an eminent scientist, administrator, educationist and writer.”

The prime minister, Narendra Modi, said “his death is a great loss to the scientific community. He took India to great heights. He showed the way.”

“He was an inspiration to an entire generation,” home minister Rajnath Singh tweeted.

Sonia Gandhi, the president of the opposition Congress party, described Kalam as “one of the greatest scientific minds, a scholar statesman and a true patriot who inspired millions of young and old alike by his works and deeds”.


After his presidential term ended, Kalam traveled to remote schools and colleges, speaking to students and inspiring them to follow their dreams.

Even after he left office, he received hundreds of emails each day from high-school students and other young people seeking his advice. He would reply to most of the children who wrote to him.

Kalam received several prestigious awards, including Bharat Ratna, India’s top civil honor conferred by the government.

He played a crucial role when India tested its nuclear weapons in 1998.

He also authored several books, notably Wings of Fire, India 2020 and Ignited Minds.

Kalam had a humble beginning. His father owned boats which he rented out to local fishermen. Kalam used to describe himself as “Made in India,” as he never trained abroad.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Australia’s resettlement policy: is this model to EUROPE?



Australia’s policy on resettlement has come under international scrutiny in recent months. The message is clear. Any asylum seeker who arrives is imprisoned in offshore detention centres. Under the new policy, refugees are resettled in Nauru and Papua New Guinea. The Australian government has adopted hardline measures as a means of deterring asylum seekers from entering its shores. The government has called them “illegal maritime arrivals”. The government has also implemented a policy of tow-backs, or turning boats back.

The ‘boat people’ are mainly from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Iran who are escaping the misery and chaos in their home countries. Hundreds have perished at sea in making their way to Christmas Island in Australia. Despite the dangerous sea voyages, the influx of boats rose sharply to18, 000 in 2012 and 2013.

According to the UNHCR Asylum Trends 2013 report, Australia is the eight largest recipient of asylum seekers among first world countries. The government says that it has a moral duty to stop the boats since many have been hijacked by traffickers and criminal gangs.
While Australia has painted a rosy picture of its asylum policy, the real situation differs starkly. There are an estimated 677 asylum seekers held in one detention facility on Nauru. Human rights groups have voiced concerns on the unsanitary and unsafe conditions that is causing physical and mental health deterioration. The detention facilities in Manus Island, Papua New Guinea are far worse. Some have dubbed the facility as Australia’s Guantanamo Bay. Over a thousand asylum seekers are locked up on Manus Island, some stuck for two years. One man was beaten to death by prison guards and local residents during a riot.

Another country that has joined the asylum policy bandwagon is Cambodia. Cambodia has recently agreed to take in rejected refugees in return for A$40m in aid. Till date, four asylum seekers, three Iranians and one Rohingya, are the only ones who have agreed to resettle in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has provided support services such as language training, education, health and employment services to them. In return, the Australian government is providing monetary support to the IOM.

Australia has painted another unrealistic picture of the living conditions in Cambodia. Cambodia has been criticised for its own poor record on human rights, especially helping asylum seekers. Phil Robertson from Human Rights Watch was quoted in an online article, “Cambodia clearly has no will or capacity to integrate refugees permanently into Cambodian society.”

“These four refugees are essentially human guinea pigs in an Australian experiment that ignores the fact that Cambodia has not integrated other refugees and has already sent Montagnards and Uighur asylum seekers back into harm’s way in Vietnam and China,” he further added. Many Cambodians have opposed the new plans to resettle asylum seekers, stating that Cambodia has its own challenges in providing basic services to its citizens.

Many are speaking out against the controversial policy, condemning it as racially charged. Some think that Australia is damaging its own reputation. Australia has also been accused of abdicating international responsibility since it is a signatory to the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention.


It is unlikely that the criticisms will stop Australia from pursuing its policy. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that he is “absolutely and constantly” focused on preventing the boats from entering Australia. He has urged his European counterparts to follow Australia’s footsteps in tackling the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean.

- See more at: http://theindependent.sg/blog/2015/07/20/australias-resettlement-policy-where-does-it-stand/#sthash.ktJMvjmC.dpuf

The quest to find Sri Lanka’s best surfers - RED BULL RIDE MY WAVE 2015









This summer, Red Bull Ride My Wave returns to the sunny shores of Sri Lanka’s surf capital – Arugam Bay. Unlike last year, surfers from all over the world will now compete against each other to own the title of the island’s best surfer, with prizes of US$1,000 for first place, US$750 for second and US$500 for third. Over three days of breathtaking excitement, Sri Lanka’s eastern coastline will put surfers to the ultimate test in an action-packed competition officiated by the Association of Surfing Professionals.

For a chance to be part of the fantastic 2015 Ride My Wave event, register using the form further down this page by July 19, 2015.


Kai Linder is the event’s Contest Director and MC. He has worked for many years running surf events such as his very successful Rolling Retro event in Cape Town, South Africa, and commentated on World Tour events such as Jbay and Ballito.


“I am very excited to be part of Red Bull Ride My Wave, in Sri Lanka, for the first time. The growth of surfing worldwide right now is incredible and supporting emerging surf cultures is very important to us. That is why we will not only be coming over from South Africa to help run and judge the event, but we will also be holding a half-day judging course for the local surfers to improve their knowledge of the worldwide systems in place for running successful surf events. Leading this course will be top South African judge Grant Beck, assisted by fellow surfer Mandla Ndlovu. All three of us cannot wait to experience Sri Lanka, especially the long tapered walls of Arugam Bay.


“The contest will be run over three days, which gives us time to play around bad tides or iffy winds. We will look to run heats in the best conditions possible to give all the surfers their best shot at making it through to the finals. With this in mind there will also be a Losers' Round after Round 1 to give all surfers another chance at making it to the end. We want a competitive world-class surf contest, but we also want the guys to have fun, because that is why we surf!”


About Arugambay
This year, Red Bull Ride My Wave returns to one of the world's best surfing spots on Sri Lanka's eastern coastline – Arugam Bay. From Whisky Point to Okanda Bay, the famed swells and breaks of these waters enchant surfers from all corners of the globe who fly down to light up the waves of this surfing paradise. This crescent-shaped stretch of white sand casts a spell upon all those who step on it. Be it the beach vibes of its rustic cabanas, the welcoming smiles of its loving people or the unforgettable experiences that keep you coming back for more, Arugam Bay offers the perfect mix of adrenaline and tranquillity with waves that glisten in the island sun and a coastline that shimmers under a starlit sky.

Schedule

July 23

16 Heats – 5h 20m of surfing

Round 1 (50 surfers)

10 x 5-man heats @ 20m, top 2 go through, bottom 3 to repo round.

Repo Round (30 surfers)

6 x 5-man heats @ 20m, top 2 go through.

July 24

9 Heats – 3h 55m of surfing


Round 2 (32 Surfers)

8 x 4-man heats @ 25m, top 2 go through.

Expression Session (10 surfers)

35m heat (best air, turn and tube)

July 25

7 Heats – 3h of surfing

Quarter-finals (16 Surfers)

4 x 4-man heats @ 25m, top 2 go through.

Semi-finals (8 Surfers)

2 x 4-man heats @25 Min, top 2 go through.

Final (4 Surfers)

1 x 4-man heat @ 30m.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

ZTE Becomes One of the First Group of Partners in China Mobile Open NFV Test Lab

ZTE Becomes One of the First Group of Partners in China Mobile Open NFV Test Lab

Rovi Enters Into Entertainment Discovery Patent License Agreement With One of Korea’s Leading Mobile IPTV Service Providers, SK Broadband

Rovi Enters Into Entertainment Discovery Patent License Agreement With One of Korea’s Leading Mobile IPTV Service Providers, SK Broadband

Story of Sri Lankan software developer- Madura Kulathunga





Thanks for: Sri Lanka Guardian

Madura Kulatunga is a Sri Lankan software developer and web developer with many talents. He originally established his reputation as the developer of Madura English-Sinhala Dictionary which has become the most popular electronic dictionary in Sri Lanka.

Madura Kulatunga was born in Matara on the 23rd of March 1980 to Sinhalese Buddhist parents. And currently resides in Piliyandala. He studied at Royal College, Colombo 7 and successfully completed Master of Science in Information Technology degree at Sikkim Manipal University. He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.

During his early age he found it difficult to speak, read and write in English. This is a common problem for people who are struggling to learn a second language. To eliminate this common problem others usually refer conventional printed English-Sinhala dictionaries. But Madura Kulatunga understood this was a time consuming and difficult process which need to find better solution.

Finally he developed Madura English-Sinhala Dictionary and it was freely available to the general public from November 23, 2002. Further he launched this to the internet as the first online dictionary in Sri Lanka. Madura’s contribution to the society has become an inevitable tool for students and professionals in their academic and day to day work.

During his time not many Sri Lankans ware developing software like this due to the less facilities available in Sri Lanka related to the IT filed. Many IT companies who aware of the marketing value of the Madura English-Sinhala Dictionary urged Madura to sell his product to them. But Madura rejected these offers and retained his ownership with him.

Professor Gihan Dias who identified the ultimate passion and creativity of Madura Kulatunga, invited Madura to represent “Symposium on Localised Systems and Applications” which held at the University of Moratuwa. Madura presented special features, technology and further improvements related to his dictionary at the symposium. The presentation that Madura had done was admired by the participants. Professor J. B. Disanayaka and scholars from universities graced this occasion. The symposium was held on the 2nd September 2009.

He eventually set foot on his journey to improve his dictionary which is now available as computer software, online website and android app. The solution which Madura sought for his difficulties with English language has now become a useful solution for millions of Sri Lankan people who has the same difficulty.

Madura English-Sinhala Dictionary contains over 230,000 definitions and glossaries of technical terms. This facilitates use as thesaurus. Translate from English to Sinhala and vice versa. Can use wildcards to increase the flexibility of search. These services are available free of charge onwww.maduraonline.com

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Thinking of a Girl




Can you recall that instance 
when you noticed a cute hunk 
looking your way as if he 
thought you were the most 
beautiful girl in the world? 
That feeling boosts your 
confidence and makes you 
feel you're the prettiest 
chick in Town. Unfortunately, 
you find out he already 
HAS a girlfriend.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Rs 220 billion plan to link Rameswaram to Sri Lanka




The Indian government is working towards a Rs 220 billion (Indian rupees) project to provide connectivity between India and Sri Lanka for which the Asian Development Bank has expressed willingness to provide funding, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has said. 


The Indian government has been trying to improve connectivity with neighbouring nations on high priority basis, he added.

After signing pacts with Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal for seamless flow of traffic, another project for providing connectivity with Sri Lanka is on the anvil, he said.


“ADB (Asian Development Bank) is ready to finance a Rs 22,000 crore project for providing connectivity to neighbouring Sri Lanka. I had a discussion with the Vice President of ADB and they are ready to finance,” Gadkari said.


He said there is a missing link of narrow corridor of about 22 km in connectivity to Sri Lanka from Rameshwaram which is presently being serviced through makeshift ferry service arrangements.


“We are working on the project and as soon as it is completed, Trans Asia Road and transport network could be extended to Sri Lanka,” Gadkari said. 



The proposed project will be a combination of bridge and underwater tunnel which will allow unhindered movement of ships through it, he said.


India would soon enter into another landmark motor pact with Myanmar and Thailand by year-end, on the lines of the BBIN signed with three other SAARC nations, he added. (PTI)

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

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Alibaba Group Announces Strategic Investment in Mei.com

Alibaba Group Announces Strategic Investment in Mei.com

Benoy Establishes an On-The-Ground Presence in Melbourne, Australia

Benoy Establishes an On-The-Ground Presence in Melbourne, Australia

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

39 language online marketplace


After 25 years of wrestling the language barriers of international trade, a Swedish businessman launches a 39 language online marketplace, addressing 5.5 billion people.

Using machine translation, Commercus.com lets businesses and consumers post advertisements in up to 39 languages, reaching buyers and sellers in more than a hundred of the world’s most populated markets.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150615/749036-a )
(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150615/749036-b )

“Transportation is cheap, it is easy to transfer money, and the world is full of people who love to do business. But even though globalisation has come far, the language barrier remains an obstacle,” says founder Andreas Isaksson.

After 25 years in international business, he has seen his fair share of confusion. Born and raised on a farm outside of Gothenburg, Sweden, Isaksson went on to pursue a career selling Volvo trucks. A first adventure presented itself in Iran.

“I went there on a business trip in 1990, and ended up staying for three years. I travelled the country, and almost nobody in the business community understood a word of what I wanted to say,” says Isaksson.

In his dealings with the world of business, a pattern emerged. Isaksson was sent to sell trucks in Russia, Hungary and Turkey, only to find himself using interpreters to communicate with clients. Having left Volvo, he partnered with a Japanese machine tool manufacturer, whereby the procedure was duly repeated. Gradually it occurred to him that English wasn’t the global language it is so widely believed to be.


“Doing business is all about presenting an offer, but doing that is difficult if you can’t communicate properly. During my career I have been dependent on interpreters, and it is like working in complete darkness,” says Isaksson.

Now his experiences have spawned the idea of a global marketplace for goods and services. Whereas existing alternatives are often country specific, based on a single language, Commercus.com applies machine translation to maximise the potential impact of each advertisement. Users post ads in their native tongue, choosing between +400 categories, after which the advertisements are automatically translated into any language of choice at a rate of €3 per language.

“Until now, there has been no way to advertise your products and services on a truly global level,” says Isaksson.

To welcome new users, the first 150 000 advertisements including translations are completely free.

Contact information, Andreas Isaksson, Telephone: +46-706-344-588, info@commercus.com

http://www.commercus.com

- See more at: http://theindependent.sg/blog/2015/06/25/swedish-businessman-takes-a-swing-at-alibaba-and-ebay-launches-39-language-online-marketplace/#sthash.aTZiWheA.dpuf