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How memes travel or the importance of a blog

The rise of social media hammered the readership of our blog. So there have been times when I have wondered whether it’s worth the time and effort. Today is not one such day.

I was reading the Reforms Chapter of the recently released Annual Report 2013 of the Sri Lanka Ministry of Finance and Planning, when my eyes were snagged by somewhat familiar language:

Although Sri Lanka and India have dropped in their rankings: Sri Lanka from 69th place to 76th, a fall of seven places, being overtaken by countries such as South Africa, Indonesia and Thailand: India has dropped from 68th to 83rd place. Philippines, which is a BPO powerhouse has advanced from 86th place to 78th, ahead of India, but behind Sri Lanka. What is noteworthy is that Sri Lanka ranks first in South Asia for the first time in history, seven (7) places over India.

So I checked what I had written about the NRI rankings in April 2014.

Sri Lanka is now ranked 76th while India is ranked 83rd. The bad part of the story is that both countries have dropped in the rankings: Sri Lanka from 69th place to 76th, a fall of seven places, being overtaken by countries such as South Africa, Indonesia and Thailand. India’s fall has been more dramatic: a 15-place retreat from 68th to 83rd. Philippines, the other BPO powerhouse has advanced from 86th place to 78th, ahead of India, but behind Sri Lanka.

Please note that there is no complaint whatsoever about the adaptation (one must note that it is not a simple cut and paste). Only happiness that there are people in the Ministry of Finance and Planning who read our blog.

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