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Take a taxi and pay with your credit card

It appears users of Kangaroo cabs don’t need to worry about having enough cash in their wallets.  At least, with a credit card they don’t need to worry about cash.  Starting this month, users are able to pay taxi-fare using a credit card. The taxi driver will swipe the passenger’s credit card on a small […]

Tutorials at CPRsouth8/CPRafrica2013

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Young scholars from Africa and Asia attended the tutorials that was held at the Infosys Campus, Mysore India. The group consisted of entry level regulatory officers, officers from private sector, students and researchers. They represented 16 countries from the south. The tutorials were taught by Rohan Samarajiva, PhD on the use of supply side data, evidence […]

Dimuthu Ratnadiwakara leaves to commence PhD in Finance

Dimuthu was a computer science graduate from University of Peradeniya who came to us to learn economics. Learned a lot and made a massive contribution. Left after a few years; started his own company and all that. Next week he leaves for Houston with his family to start a Finance PhD. We’ve had people go […]

Money on mobile phones, in Sri Lanka

LIRNEasia has always been vocal on Mobile Payment/Mobile money. Under the research theme Mobile 2.0 we looked at both horizontal (Telco and regulations)  and vertical (m-payments) aspects of mobile money. In 2009 facilitated by LINREasia, LIRNEasia‘s then Senior Policy Fellow Muhammad Aslam Hayat, wrote on the possibilities of having mobile money in Sri Lanka.  Dialog, after many years of […]

Roaming tariff ‘no more’ in Europe

First they had a uniform tariff for roaming. And now they announced to get rid of roaming charges altogether. Roaming fees for voice calls, texts and internet access will be a thing of the past across Europe from 2014, after European politicians voted to fast-track reforms of the European telecoms market. The European Commission — a group […]

Call for paper proposals: CPRsouth8/ CPRafrica 2013 [Deadline extended to 15 February 2013]

CPRsouth is LIRNEasia‘s capacity and field-building program to develop an Asia-Pacific knowledge network on ICT policy regulation.  Through the annual conference CPRsouth provides a forum for policy-engaged scholars to meet face-to-face to exchange ideas, network and improve the quality of their scholarly work. See below for more details of the conference. CPRsouth8/ CPRafrica 2013 Innovation & […]

Sahana software ensures hot meals delivered to Hurricane Sandy victims

“Sahana software is being used to support the collection and fulfilment of requests for assistance and volunteers from the neighborhoods hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy: the Rockaways in Queens, Coney Island and Red Hook in Brooklyn, Staten Island and communities along the New Jersey coast. Sahana allows organizations to more effectively prioritize and dispatch resources […]

Government and Internet

Rohan Samarajiva regularly writes in the Lanka Business Online Choices column. In this weeks’ article by bringing examples of recent Internet hypes (Bill Clinton’s speech on Barack Obama) he talks about  the government, Internet and the control over the content. Once the governments get involved, there will have to be controlled gateways, like they have in Bangladesh. Will the government […]

“Economic Strategies for Sri Lanka” Book Launch

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“Economic Strategies for Sri Lanka”, a book written in Sinhala, co-authored by LIRNEasia Chair and CEO, Rohan Samarajiva and  C.J. Amaratunga was launched at BCIS, Colombo on the 6th of September 2012. The keynote was delivered by former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, W.A. Wijewardena. Tissa Seneviratne, Vice Chairman of Ceylon National Chamber […]

We are recruiting; Junior researcher

We are currently looking to fill the role of Junior Researcher with one or more self‐motivated, quality‐conscious individuals with strong analytical skills.  Send in your application on or before 30 September DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: As a Junior Researcher at LIRNEasia you will be expected to make significant contributions to projects from a rapidly expanding research […]

Choices in Higher Education – Presenting the Results of the LIRNEasia Survey of Degree Programs

LIRNEasia in partnership with the Human Resource and Education Sub-committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will be presenting the data from the survey that was conducted on higher education institutes in Sri Lanka. The survey consists of at least 46 private institutions and 10 public institutions/programs that recruit students outside of the University Grants commission (UGC)-mediated admission system, […]

Privatisation, Competition and Regulatory Governance: A Case Study of Sri Lanka’s Telecommunications Sector

Malathy Knight-John, LIRNEasia Research Fellow, has been awarded the PhD degree by the University of Manchester for research conducted on the subject “Privatisation, Competition and Regulatory Governance: A Case Study of Sri Lanka’s Telecommunications Sector.” This research drew on the work she did on the Telecom Policy and Regulatory Environment of Sri Lanka for LIRNEasia […]

Nirmali Sivapragasam enters the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at National U of Singapore

Nirmali Sivapragasam, Researcher at LIRNEasia for the past three years,has joined the MPP program at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. She is the third to join the LKY School from LIRNEasia on full scholarship, the others (Sriganesh Lokanathan and Tahani Iqbal) already having graduated. The LKY […]

TRE results in the Indian and Pakistani press

The Telecom Policy and Regulatory Environment survey results have been carried in the Economic Times in India. India’s regulatory regime has been found to be the best for mobile phone tariffs but the 2G spectrum allocation controversy has pulled it down in a recent perception survey of seven nations conducted by telecom regulation and policy […]

Bhutan acts swiftly on AT Tester findings

On May 9th and 10th, LIRNEasia presented a selection of its research on Bhutan and of potential relevance to Bhutan at events organized in Thimphu. The following news report indicates that BICMA the Bhutan regulatory body is acting on one of the findings of the diagnostic tests run on broadband connectivity in Bhutan that showed […]

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