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Old February 27th, 2012, 06:32 AM   #721
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Old February 27th, 2012, 07:56 PM   #722
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Amazing transformation now in Colombo and even in outskirts of Capital.We still have a long way to go but the progressing trend is a positive direction.
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Old February 27th, 2012, 10:20 PM   #723
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Great photos.

Sri Lanka certainly has potential to become the first developed country in South Asia. All the vital stats are there – high literacy, high life expectancy, low infant mortality, replacement level fertility rate, educated populace, decent infrastructure, excellent geography and location. Sri Lanka doesn’t have the crippling poverty, mass illiteracy, malnutrition, or overpopulation of India.

With the right leadership Sri Lanka is ripe for economic takeoff and it looks like it’s taking off with 8% + economic growth since the war ended. Wth sustained growth it can reach First World status.

Do you foresee Sri Lanka becoming a developed country by 2030? If not, why not? If South Korea (which started off at a lower base than Sri Lanka in the 70s) managed this why not SL?
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Old February 28th, 2012, 06:03 AM   #724
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Great photos.

Sri Lanka certainly has potential to become the first developed country in South Asia. All the vital stats are there – high literacy, high life expectancy, low infant mortality, replacement level fertility rate, educated populace, decent infrastructure, excellent geography and location. Sri Lanka doesn’t have the crippling poverty, mass illiteracy, malnutrition, or overpopulation of India.

With the right leadership Sri Lanka is ripe for economic takeoff and it looks like it’s taking off with 8% + economic growth since the war ended. Wth sustained growth it can reach First World status.

Do you foresee Sri Lanka becoming a developed country by 2030? If not, why not? If South Korea (which started off at a lower base than Sri Lanka in the 70s) managed this why not SL?
The only issue i can see here is that stiff labor laws prevail in sri lanka, power cost and rift with the west which usually thrive the investments where we have seen rest of the country.
This is my manifesto if we are to become a first world country.

*Amend labour laws and make it investor friendly

*hunt for cheap energy option , possibly nuclear energy , one big arse plant should be enough for at least another decade

* Reconciliation and change the SL's constitution accordingly and impalement and action an effective human right plan in long run but must me done quickly as possible
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Old February 28th, 2012, 04:02 PM   #725
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Great photos.

Sri Lanka certainly has potential to become the first developed country in South Asia. All the vital stats are there – high literacy, high life expectancy, low infant mortality, replacement level fertility rate, educated populace, decent infrastructure, excellent geography and location. Sri Lanka doesn’t have the crippling poverty, mass illiteracy, malnutrition, or overpopulation of India.

With the right leadership Sri Lanka is ripe for economic takeoff and it looks like it’s taking off with 8% + economic growth since the war ended. Wth sustained growth it can reach First World status.

Do you foresee Sri Lanka becoming a developed country by 2030? If not, why not? If South Korea (which started off at a lower base than Sri Lanka in the 70s) managed this why not SL?
In Sri Lanka there is unfortunately a short sighted, short term selfish mentality present in all levels and strata's of society which has been cemented as a permanent feature thanks to democracy.

People only think about the today and satisfying the now, they care little for the future or next week and do things without much foresight and without ever being bothered about the consequences. This is why the war took so long, why important macro infrastructure projects are happening now when they should have been done decades ago and why driving is a nightmare.

Until the mentality of the people change, Sri Lanka will not at least any time soon.

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Old February 28th, 2012, 04:06 PM   #726
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The only issue i can see here is that stiff labor laws prevail in sri lanka, power cost and rift with the west which usually thrive the investments where we have seen rest of the country.
This is my manifesto if we are to become a first world country.

*Amend labour laws and make it investor friendly

*hunt for cheap energy option , possibly nuclear energy , one big arse plant should be enough for at least another decade

* Reconciliation and change the SL's constitution accordingly and impalement and action an effective human right plan in long run but must me done quickly as possible

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There would be no "rift" if we were constantly on our knees and went around saying "yes bass, sorry bass". We'd have "great relations" then. The war would still be there and the country would be stuck in the same rut it has been since the 70s and 80s going nowhere. Is that what you would prefer? It is the "price" we pay for our independence and doing what is in our interests.

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Reconciliation and change the SL's constitution accordingly and impalement and action an effective human right plan in long run but must me done quickly as possible
There is no "human rights" problem in Sri Lanka. What Sri Lanka has like in any other country are criminal activities PLUS poverty being passed off as "human rights violations" for various propaganda efforts and again due to the Wests frustrations and bitterness that Sri Lanka is not saying "yes bass, sorry bass" like good little brown people.


"Reconciliation" works BOTH ways. Thus far nothing from the Tamil side (i.e. from those who endlessly complain) apart from the usual demanding and taking without giving anything back.

There should be NO RUSH for any "political solution" or constitution change regarding this. What is this obsessive rush to get things through on this front? We went through 30 years of war and now people want to rush a "solution" to a decade old "problem" without discussion and debate. Do we really know what the "problem" even is? How can we prescribe a solution to an unspecified problem? We need long time, long term discussion and debate to hammer all the details out. Those who demand a rushed solution NOW are afraid that if there is proper discussion and debate people will discover that there is no real problem, and that the “problem” (i.e. Tamil whining) since its inception has been built on arrogance, artificial claims and nothing genuine.

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Old February 28th, 2012, 06:42 PM   #727
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Are We Ready??

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Great photos.

Sri Lanka certainly has potential to become the first developed country in South Asia. All the vital stats are there – high literacy, high life expectancy, low infant mortality, replacement level fertility rate, educated populace, decent infrastructure, excellent geography and location. Sri Lanka doesn’t have the crippling poverty, mass illiteracy, malnutrition, or overpopulation of India.

With the right leadership Sri Lanka is ripe for economic takeoff and it looks like it’s taking off with 8% + economic growth since the war ended. Wth sustained growth it can reach First World status.

Do you foresee Sri Lanka becoming a developed country by 2030? If not, why not? If South Korea (which started off at a lower base than Sri Lanka in the 70s) managed this why not SL?

I didn’t want to get in to the political argument here. To be a 1st developed nation by 2030 really depend on well defined long tem goals have been put to practice and what are the strategies and remedies to tackle any unseen economical and political disturbances. Can Sri Lanka put forward in one direction to achieve the single goal of achieving the status of a developed nation? That’s all depend on how the mass is motivated and political leaders and professional bodies are line with accelerating the development goals.
My major concern is alienating from the West is not in our interest. Though we see some Chinese and Indian Investments have come to Sri Lanka, we still need a large amount of investment from West in the manufacturing, health Care, Education and R&D, and other sector of service industries. Private sector is the key to boost economic independence that means we need to bring well recognized companies to do the business here without putting tighter regulations. How Singapore, Malaysia, and even Korea have done.

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Old March 2nd, 2012, 12:52 AM   #728
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Very nice Colombo Pictures .. Thanks for sharing !!
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Old March 18th, 2012, 07:13 AM   #729
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Honestly you people going on and on about how dirty the rest of S. Asia is and How clean Sri Lanka is, I went to Sri Lanka a few months ago, and I'll admit, Colombo is relative clean compared to "most" South Asian Cities. But, the whole country is not like that. Kandy seemed okay at parts, but on the whole was no different to most Indian cities. Same with Galle. Wide roads, good infrastructure, and cleanliness are relatively rare in lankan cities outside Colombo.

Mumbai is dirty in parts, and clean and organized in others, and most of our metros are like that. In Delhi and Kolkata, infrastructure and cleanliness are very good in many places, but not all. Bangalore is more or less cleaner and more organized than Colombo. On the whole, Colombo is probably more orderly and organized than most of our main metros.

But if you see some mid-sized indian cities like Ahmedabad,Kochi, Trivandrum, Baroda, Surat, Chandigarh, Nagpur, Pune, Jaipur and quite a few others, you will see that they are just as clean if not cleaner and more organized than Colombo. Also, most of these cities are bigger than Colombo.

I don't want to start an argument over whose country is better, but I've seen a lot of people in this thread so some nasty things about India, so I just wanted to set things straight.
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Old March 18th, 2012, 07:19 AM   #730
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BTW, I have nothing against Sri Lanka or its people. North Indians, South Indians, Sri Lankans all can trace their roots to a common source, and our culture is very similar.

Even as a North Indian, when I visit Sri Lanka, I don't feel like I'm in a foreign land like when I'm in Europe, China, etc. We have a lot in common, and that should bring us closer.

That's why all these unnecessary remarks about calling one country filthy and saying the other country is superior is all unnecessary. Let's just set aside our differences and be friends.
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Old April 22nd, 2012, 11:10 PM   #731
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Driving through Colombo, Sri Lanka.



Colombo looks clean, green, and well-developed!
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Old April 25th, 2012, 08:53 PM   #732
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Colombo the Green City.. Nice video..
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Old May 12th, 2012, 09:25 AM   #733
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Pics: Janesha B

Vesak festivities..

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Old May 12th, 2012, 08:01 PM   #734
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Old June 3rd, 2012, 11:41 PM   #735
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Old June 4th, 2012, 12:40 AM   #736
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Thanks for sharing.

Amazing photos.
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Old June 4th, 2012, 01:41 AM   #737
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I've always wondered: what the heck is this building? EDIT: nevermind, checked on the site, it;s the National Archives...could do with a face lift as well.



And any idea whats being built here:


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Old June 4th, 2012, 01:42 AM   #738
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Yikes those buildings on the left look vile. And note the morons not driving in lane or in the centre of the lane (for the ones who are sticking within the demarcations).


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Old June 4th, 2012, 07:00 PM   #739
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The city would be extremely clean + green!
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Old June 4th, 2012, 08:52 PM   #740
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city is truly amazing...........9/10---greenary
8/10---infrastructure
7/10---skyline
8/10---overall

from an indian's perspective!!
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