Software Issues in Sri Lanka Part 8

Posted on June 18, 2007  /  223 Comments

Please continue discussion from Software Issues in Sri Lanka Part 7, on this thread. This thread is devoted to diverse software issues discussed in the context of Sri Lanka. Please stick to the topic and keep the discussion civil.

Previous discussion is archived in the following threads:


  1. Sorry, bit off the topic.

    I think all these issues is an outcome of the politicisation of ICTA. I know Manju made a genuine effort to keep ICTA out from politics (perhaps that was why he had to go) but things have changes drastically after he was chased off.

    ICTA is now more like the Nawala branch of SLFP.

    Take the list of Nanasala owners. How many of them were selected by interview process? Most of them were ‘parachuttas’ brought form nowhere who had no experience in ICT or business. To cut the story short they were village level organisers of SLFP and Nanasala licenses and money was given to them as a political bribe.

    What will happen to all these Nanasalas after the donor money runs off in near future? Will not they die? Many of them are already closed down.

    ICTA also sponsors so many unsustainable projects for political reasons. These projects rarely do anything for development. Even ‘Silpa Sayura’ is just pure content development. If financial aid is given for content developers there are thousands of suitable people. But always these ‘grants’ are awarded to a mafia who plays to ICTA’s tune and write eulogies for them. This round too will be same. The same people get more money to waste for nothing. Sadly this is part of the Sri Lankan political culture.

    The pioneers of ICTA wanted to keep it away from politics as much as possible. That was why it was registered as a private company, and not placed under a ministry.

    Unfortunately in the course of its way ICTA has become politicised than most of the other government institutions.

    It’s just a matter of time ICTA will change its coulor from orange to blue.

  2. You are not off the topic

    Take the project “Silpa Sayura”
    Concept is acceptable but the written content and its presentation using wrong type of “AKURU” is not acceptable. I have taken screen shots and had sent to the university Sinhala department. They have the authority to comment on content and presented “akuru” .

    Donald Gaminitillake

  3. How are we going o solve the problem given below when we are unable to use Sinhala across all platforms or in all applications. The So called Sinhala Unicode is incorrect solution
    Read 161 of this blog

    Donald Gaminitillake

    National Language Training Institute to help implement language policy Print E-mail
    Saturday, 24 November 2007

    The Constitutional Affairs and National Integration Ministry has taken steps to establish a National Language Training Institute. According to ministry sources, the new institute will become fully functional once the renovation of the building in Agalawatte where it is to be established is complete. The Ministry has appointed a Management Board and an Advisory Board to the institute with N. Bambarawanage as the Chairman of the Institute.

    Sinhala, Tamil and English will be taught at the Institute with a view to rectifying the problem of cadre inadequacy, which has been one of the biggest obstacles to implementing fully the language policy. This issue has been frequently cited as one of the main sources of discontent that provoked the insurgency in the North and East. Political analysts point out that while the legislation necessary to address such grievances has already been enacted to satisfaction, implementation has been slow. Ministry sources said, that the main aim of the institute is to create persons with trilingual skills to be absorbed in to the Public Service.

  4. Donald Still you cant sleep well.

    Go to to temple and attend for BAWANA panthi
    Then U can sleep well

    Koni from Japan

  5. Better read 188 and post some answers

    I am not sleeping, working day and night on this project how to save Sinhala from the vultures. Hopefully you will get some results in Feb 2008.

    I will post the results when achieved

    Merry Christmas to all readers

    Donald Gaminitillake

  6. In the beginning of this New year 2008
    May you be blessed with the strength and serenity of Sri Pada
    The power and depth of our Indian Ocean
    May you welcome and enjoy every moment as the New Year unfolds its many Promises and will be a new beginning for all readers of this blog.
    A Happy New Year

    Donald Gaminitillake

  7. W. Deshapriya (VKS2.0)


    Don’t ever think of getting your solution passed as long as I am here. Read my posts above. I am the boss now. I am carrying on what VKS1.0 did. So, go to Japan and find another job. When I leave, we will have VKS 3.0 and so on.

  8. Kavitha Amarasuriya

    ශ්‍රී ලංකා තොරතුරු හා සන්නිවේදන නියෝජිතායතනය මඟින් ක්‍රියාත්මක කරන ලද
    රාජ්‍ය තොරතුරු කේන්ද්‍රය (1919) සිංගප්පූරුවේ රාජ්‍ය අංශයේ තාක්ෂණ
    කළමනාකරණ සඟරාව මඟින් හොඳම අන්තර්ජාතික ඉ-රාජ්‍ය ව්‍යාපෘතිය තෝරා ගැනීම
    සඳහා පවත්වන ලද තරගයේ එක් අංශයක අනුශූරතාව දිනා ගෙන තිබේ. මෙම තරගයේ
    ව්‍යාපාර තොරතුරු කළමනාකරණ අංශය යටතේ රාජ්‍ය තොරතුරු කේන්ද්‍රය මෙහිදී
    අනුශූරතාව හිමිකර ගන්නා ලදී.

    වත්මන් ජනාධිපති ලේකම් ලලිත් වීරතුංග මහතාගේ අදහසක් ලෙස මෙම රාජ්‍ය
    තොරතුරු කේන්ද්‍රය බිහිවිණ. රාජ්‍ය තොරතුරු කේන්ද්‍රය නිල වශයෙන්
    ජනාධිපතිතුමා විසින් 2006 වසරේ අගෝස්තු මසදී දියත් කරන ලදී.

    විවිධ භාෂාවන් හා විවිධ මාධ්‍ය හරහා පුරවැසි සේවාවන් ලබා දීමට රාජ්‍ය
    තොරතුරු කේන්ද්‍රය සතු හැකියාව මෙම අනුශූරතාව දිනා ගැනීමට මූලිකවම හේතු
    විය. මෙමඟින් දළ වශයෙන් රාජ්‍ය සේවාවන් 1,500කට පමණ අදාළ තොරතුරු දුරකථන
    මාර්ගයෙන් දිනකට පැය 12ක් සතියේ දින 7 පුරාම ශ්‍රී ලංකා පුරවැසියන්ට ලබා
    දේ. ඕනෑම දුරකථන ජාලයකින් 1919 අංකය ඇමතීම මඟින් මෙහි සේවාවන් ජනතාවට ලබා
    ගත හැකිය. විදේශිකයන්ට හෝ විදේශයන්හි වෙසෙන ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන් හට 94 11 4
    707070 යන දුරකථන අංකය ඇමතීම තුළින් මෙහි සේවාවන් ලබා ගැනීමට ඉඩ සලසා
    තිබේ. තව ද මෙහි ත්‍රෛභාෂා වෙබ් අඩවිය අඅඅගටසජගටදඩගකන තුළින් ද එම
    සේවාවන් පිළිබඳව තොරතුරු ලබා ගත හැකිය.

    පළමු වසර තුළදී මෙමඟින් තොරතුරු ලබා ගෙන ඇති පිරිස 285,500 පමණ බවට
    වාර්තා වී තිබේ. මෙමඟින් සේවය ලබා ගත් පිරිසෙන් 99%ක් පමණ මෙහි සේවාව
    සම්බන්ධයෙන් සෑහීමට පත් වන බව මෑතකදී කරන ලද සමීක්ෂණයකින් පෙනී ගොස් ඇත.
    විශේෂයෙන්ම දෙමළ භාෂාවෙන් පුරවැසියන්ට ප්‍රතිචාර දැක්වීමට රාජ්‍ය අංශයේ
    ඇති අපහසුතාව සඳහා මෙමඟින් සපයා ඇති විසඳුම අති සාර්ථක බව එයට ලැබෙන දමිළ
    ඇමතුම් මඟින් පෙනී යයි.

    රාජ්‍ය ආයතනවල දැකිය හැකි පොදු ලක්ෂණයක් නොවන ජනතාවට සුහදව අමන්ත්‍රණය
    කිරීම සහ ගරු කටයුතුව සලකමින් සේවා සැපයීම රාජ්‍ය තොරතුරු කේන්ද්‍රයෙන්
    ජනතාව ලබන නවතම අත්දැකීමක් බවට පත්වී තිබේ. මෙමඟින් රාජ්‍ය අංශයට නවමු
    ජනතා මිත්‍රශීලී මුහුණුවරක් ලබා දීමට රාජ්‍ය තොරතුරු කේන්ද්‍රය සමත්ව ඇත.

    ඉ-රාජ්‍ය ක්‍රමය යටතේ ඉදිරියෙන්ම සිටින රටවල් සහභාගි වූ කීර්තිමත්
    තරගාවලියකදී අනුශූරතාව දිනා ගැනීම විශිෂ්ට ජයග්‍රහණයක් ලෙස සැලකිය හැකි
    වෙයි. රාජ්‍ය තොරතුරු කේන්ද්‍ර ව්‍යාපෘති මූලික වැඩ සඳහා වැය වූ මුදල
    රුපියල් මිලියන 06ක් පමණ වන අතර මෙම තරගයේ ප්‍රථම ස්ථානය හිමි කර ගත් හොං
    කොං රට ඉදිරිපත් කරන ලද ව්‍යාපෘතියේ වටිනාකම ඇමරිකානු ඩොලර් මිලියන 122
    ක් වීම මෙම ජයග්‍රහණයේ වටිනාකම තවත් ඉහළ නංවයි.

  9. Donald uncle,

    I think 2008 would not be good for Praba uncle and Wasantha uncle.

    Prabha uncle is already feeling the heat when his commanders fell one by one after the able political leadership of President and the bravery shown by our heroes.

    Wasantha uncle will soon feel heat with the LGN failure. Without his boss now he has to take the full responsibility for that.

    Poor Wasantha uncle! I feel so sorry for him.

  10. re 208
    I called 1919 they can give information only to 59 govt institution not 1500 as mentioned
    I asked why cant I send an email in Sinhala from windows98 to Vista or Apple MAc
    They were unable to comment also they mentioned even the National Language Training Institute will not be able to answer my question. They have no idea to answer any question regarding using sinhala on a computer

    Further more When I requested to send these comment by email to me they told me that they have no facility to perform that task but direct people over a voice line.

    Why not we give them a “An Tattuwa”

    I invite Kavita to come over to my office to see his sinhala text.

    Donald Gaminitillake

  11. I am not a big fan of Donald G. I don’t know much about Unicode either. When we visit it allows us to send comments in English below each news item. But Daily Mirror’s sister paper Lankadeepa does not allow us to send any comments in Sinhala. If Unicode is perfect, why don’t they start comments feature in Lankadeepa? Lankadeepa too is being updated round the clock now. We only see some people ‘masturbating’ in few Sinhala unicode groups, etc. but Unicode is not being used in a wider range. Can someone explain? We have heard Donald’s explanations and don’t need his explanations anymore. Can we hear from Father(s) of Sinhala Unicode?

  12. Can Donald create a Sinhala version of Firefox with his solution?

  13. First accepted the Standard
    Amend the SLSI 1134
    Then not only firefox so many sinhala software will be developed by the new software writers.
    For them to get active a correct standard has to be introduced

    Donald Gaminitillake
    I Set the Standard

  14. Quote
    21st February was proclaimed the International Mother Language Day by UNESCO on 17 November 1999. Its observance was also formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution establishing 2008 as the International Year of Languages.

    Where are we!!!!
    We ARE unable to use Sinhala across all computers, Sinhala characters registered in Unicode was not done by any Sri Lanka national or a person educated in Sinhala language. This was doe\one by foreigners and VKS group just copied it for the SLSI 1134 against my written objections.

    Donald Gaminitillake
    I Set the Standard


    Things are getting exposed, try to read the above link if you can

    Donald Gaminitillake
    I set the standard

  16. Can you answer the question why Sinhala SLSI 1134 is not compatible across all platforms Anuradha?

    Do you know it is just a type writer technique? not a computer base registration!!!

    By the way for IT guys who reads this blog but who are scared to write the truth.
    go and venture abroad.

    See Sunday Observer 19/03/2008

    There are vacancies in Shanghai.
    by Excelerate Technologies Limited

    CV to
    before 14 march with a copy to
    Chairman Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (mandatory requirment)

    If you need a copy of the ad send me an email.

    Donald Gaminitillake
    I set the standard

  17. Donald uncle is now going after Ranil uncle and UNP politicians probably to change that circular when the latter comes to power. :-)

  18. I have written to the President.
    It is up to him to listen to me.
    irrespective to the political party I will continue with objections to SLSI 1134.

    Donald Gaminitillake
    I set the standard

  19. re 220 flicker image
    I am not in that photograph sir
    Great!!! why not punchi putha Publish his own image!!!

    Donald Gaminitillake
    I Set the standard

  20. This thread has been closed off for comments.

    As stated in comment no 157 on this thread, ‘Software issues in Sri Lanka Part 8’ is the last one in this series. There will be no Part 9.