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Old August 11th, 2009, 12:05 AM   #21
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Powerful cameras on Lanka’s coast

CHENNAI: Though the decades-long military conflict with the LTTE is over and most of the outfit's leaders eliminated, the Sri Lankan government is apparently not taking any chances and has hired a Chennai-based firm to strengthen its surveillance network, Times of India reported yesterday.

Barnas International Private Limited, which has bagged a 30 million Sri Lankan rupee contract to provide surveillance solutions for Colombo, and it will also take up similar projects in the island's northern regions which were recently liberated from LTTE control, company sources told the newspaper.

Under the project, the entire Sri Lankan coast will come under a specially designed surveillance network with sophisticated thermal-imaging cameras and software that can detect the nature of a moving object.

"Thermal-imaging cameras, unlike conventional ones, are so powerful they can pick up images from distances as much as 20 km into the sea. Specially designed software will analyze the nature of the images and sound out an alarm in the central control centre when a boat or ship approaches the coast," said Sivaji Rao, the company vice-president who is in charge of the Sri Lankan operations.

Mr. Rao said the Sri Lankan government had realized the difficulty of monitoring the entire coast manually and gone in for an unmanned surveillance system adding that government was worried about the security situation and had embarked on the project of placing its surveillance systems on a war footing.

“Apart from providing coastal security, all sensitive areas will be brought under strict surveillance under the project. We are not using conventional cameras and digital video recorders here but are using highly sophisticated and specially-designed equipment and software. The cameras will be internet-enabled and can be monitored by senior officials even when they are on the move through cell phones and laptops," Sivaji Rao added.

The company will also be taking up similar projects in the war-ravaged North which has been liberated from the Tigers.

The sources said the Sri Lankan government was still not ready to rule out a possible comeback by the LTTE and was keen on nipping any extremist activities in the bud.

They said Barnas International had sent a similar proposal to the Tamil Nadu government with regard to the surveillance of its coastal areas but no decision had so far been taken. (Times of India)
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All Lankan-powered nanotechnology revolution begins today


Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) will officially commence scientific work on their nanotechnology projects today, a move that is likely to usher in a silent revolution if plans go right.
The institute located in the Export Promotion Zone Biyagama was established in 2008, as a Rs. 450 million joint venture between the government through the Science Foundation and five major corporates, Brandix, MAS Holdings, Loadstar, Dialog and Hayleys.
The initial Rs. 250 million released in April this year, enabled the institute to obtain most of its state of the art equipment which will now be put into operation by the 20 strong staff, most of whom are internationally qualified PhD holders in multiple fields of science.
SLINTEC will act as a research platform to deliver on projects provided by the five stake holder companies, in order to enhance their global competitiveness through nanotechnology. From bio-monitoring and intelligent clothing to carbon nano tubes and solar powered transmission stations, the opportunities available through nanotechnology will change the face of competition in the future.
However, SLINTEC is unique as it draws its strength and expertise from a purely Sri Lankan panel of experts. SLINTEC CEO Ravi Fernando explained that the team at Biyagama is handled by two Science Team Leaders, Prof. Ajith de Alwis and Prof. Veranja Karunaratne. They are also supported by a team of Sri Lankan scientific advisors from various parts of the globe comprising Prof. Ravi P. Silva from University of Surrey, Prof. Gehan Amaratunga from Cambridge University, Prof. A. P. de Silva from Queen’s University, and Prof. Kumar Wickremasinghe, University of California.
“Sri Lanka has close to 70 scientists across the globe who are specialists in nanotechnology,” Fernando explained, and that is evident in a special team of advisors including Dr. Ray Fernando from the California Polytechnic University, Dr. Tilak Dias from the University of Manchester and Dr. Saman Dharmatilake from Innovative Nano Systems, Singapore add their expertise to the venture.
The country as a whole can change its competitiveness through Intellectual Property development as this new technology evolves around the world, and SLINTEC once again is advised by an entirely Sri Lankan panel including President’s Counsel Dr. Harsha Cabral, and Registered Patent Attorney based in New York, Dr. Rohitha Jayasuriya on matters relating to intellectual property and patent rights.

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Sounds very ambitious and daring, let's see what is achieved here...
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Old August 28th, 2009, 12:29 AM   #24
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Sri Lanka TV transmission to go digital

Thu, Aug 27, 2009, 09:29 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 27, Colombo: Sri Lankan government is taking steps to convert the television broadcasting in the country from analog to digital to keep pace with the global development in TV transmissions.

Minister of Mass media and Information Anura Priyadharshana Yapa received the approval from the Cabinet today to adapt the European standard of digital transmission technology (DVB-T) to television broadcasting in Sri Lanka.

With the objective of introducing digital terrestrial TV broadcasting in Sri Lanka by the year 2015, the Cabinet approved an allocation of 150 million for Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation and Rs. 150 million for Independent Television Network in 2010 budget, to purchase equipment and antennas required for the digital technology, the government said.

However, the Minister pointed out that when digital broadcasting is introduced, the viewers have to purchase TVs with digital technology or box to receive the digital signal and convert it to analog to view the programs.
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Creative thinkers for national development - Minister
by Dhaneshi YATAWARA


Scientists of the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) have filed five applications for United States patent, said Technology and Research Minister Professor Tissa Vitharana. "This is a great success in the Nanotechnology field in Sri Lanka achieved within nine months since the inception of the SLINTEC in August, 2009," he said.

For the last ten years less than two applications were made by Sri Lankan scientists for patents. "Sri Lankan scientists perform excellently when they are properly directed towards research contributing to industrial development along with standard laboratories, facilities and adequate financial support," he said.

Prof. Vitharana said it is important to improve the capabilities of scientists and form a group of creative thinkers to ensure the rapid development of the country.

"We won the war because those soldiers who fought against terrorism were treated well and they performed their duty with the best of their ability.

Today in the economic war scientists are the true warriors! Adequate facilities must be provided for them to conduct their research to enable them to reap the best results, similar to those of the SLINTEC," Prof. Vitharana said.Priority will be given to research that contributes to the development of the country. "We hope to introduce a new system where the scientists will be rewarded only if the country is benefited," the minister said.

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Good to see progress in this area continuing and that it has not simply been forgotten (as usually happens).
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Cabinet approves Electronic NICsMedia Minister Keheliya Rambukwella announced that the Cabinet approved the introduction of electronic National Identity Cards, the Government Information Department stated.

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Cabinet approves Electronic NICsMedia Minister Keheliya Rambukwella announced that the Cabinet approved the introduction of electronic National Identity Cards, the Government Information Department stated.

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Nano to drive Lanka
Not utilized to full potential:


Shirajiv SIRIMANE

Sri Lanka is sitting on a ‘Nano technology gold mine’. It has not utilized its potential to the world market, said one of Asia’s leading nano-scientists Dr Lalin Samaranayake.


He said that nano can drive Sri Lanka to be made the ‘Wonder of Asia’.


Dr Lalin Samaranayake

Speaking at an event held in Kirimatiyagama, in Kelaniya he said that while Sri Lanka has the technology to reap economic benefits the country is only exporting raw materials.

“Sri Lanka sells nano raw materials such as graphite, silica, titanium dioxide and clay for various industries in the world and imports finished products spending a lot of foreign currency.”

Sri Lanka now has an opportunity to add a premium value to its raw materials through research and development work in nano-technology by local scientists and engineers. For example, processes have been designed and developed to produce titanium dioxide and nano titanium dioxide which will save more than ten times the foreign exchange spent on importing them for local industries.

In addition, methods have been invented and patented to produce carbon nano tubes of very high quality and purity which has a market price of about US $ 500 per gram whereas currently the raw graphite is exported from the local mines at US $ 1,200 per metric tonne.

Hence the knowledge base and the technology drive has been created and instated in-house and it is high time to invest on them with a vision and put into practice where nano technology based high quality products with ‘Made in Sri Lanka’ reach the global market. “That way we shall not be very far from economic prosperity,” he said.

He said that one of the biggest advantages of nano technology is that it uses low investment and high returns. In addition nano technology also uses very low electricity and factories do not need large areas.

“This makes nano very viable investment for the private sector,” he added.

Another major advantage is that raw materials to produce nano tubes and other export telecast material are freely available even for another century.

Samaranayake who is based in Sweden said that the recent budget has provided incentives for research and this is a very good initiative.

He said that currently nano technology is being used in the manufacture of fertilizer it should be used for better use. nano technology can be used to produce high quality apparel products. In rubber industry too we can add more value to our rubber products.However one of the biggest disadvantages of implementation of nano technology is the delay in building a Nano Park that was in the pipeline for over five years.

Today Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi has once again come forward to build the Nano Park in Homagama with the assistance of UNESCO.

MAS Holdings, Brandix, Jinasena, Dialog and Sri Lanka Telecom too are expected to join in this project. Over 50 acres of land had been allocated for this and the construction is expected to commence next March.

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New plant soon to produce Titanium Dioxide
By Rohana JAYALAL

LAUGFS Holdings Limited and the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) signed a landmark agreement to set up the country's first-ever plant to produce Titanium Dioxide from mineral sand, thereby adding value to mineral sands.

SLINTEC will produce TiO2 and Nano TiO2 starting with Ilmenite obtained from Pulmudai for the project. This agreement will initiate the commissioning of a pilot plant and a large scale commercial plant at a later stage.

LAUGFS and SLINTEC will initiate the project in three phases. LAUGFS and SLINTEC will enter into commercial production of Titanium Dioxide which is about 15 times value addition to Ilmenite. The two entities would set up a state-of-the-art processing plant which would produce Nano Titanium better known as Nano TiO2.

LAUGFS Holdings Chairman, WKH Wegapitiya said, “Venturing into an agreement of this nature with a semi-government owned institution to set up a processing plant to add value to a product would bring many opportunities not only to us, but also Sri Lanka. At present mineral sands are exported as a bulk commodity whereas these sand will be processed and re-imported back to Sri Lanka as a different product which is higher in Value. We hope that we could add value to local mineral sands”.

Senior Minister for Scientific Affairs Prof. Tissa Vitharana said “Today LAUGFS Holdings Limited and SLINTEC and Sri Lanka earned eight million US dollars by exporting Ilmenite as a raw material every year, but Sri Lanka spent $ 12 m to import Titanium Dioxide for the paint industry.

After this project is launched. We can save money and export Titanium Dioxide at the best price and develop the industrial sector”.

Chairman Wegapitiya and MD, UK Thilak de Silva signed the agreement while SLINTEC Chief Executive Officer, Asela Gunawardena and SLINTEC Director and National Science Foundation Chairman, Prof. Sirimali Fernando signed the agreement on behalf of the company.

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Sri Lanka heralds nanotechnology
By Lalin FERNANDOPULLE

Sri Lanka will be a destination for nanotechnology research and development, said Chairman (SLINTEC) Dr. Mahesh Amalean, at a ceremony to launch the partnership between SLINTEC and Nagarjuna Fertilisers and Chemicals Ltd,(NFCL), India to develop the next generation nanotechnology-based plant nutrition solutions.

Dr. Amalean said that the partnership with Nagarjuna Group, a global leader in chemicals and fertiliser is the first step towards achieving this vision.

In a brief span of three years SLINTEC has been able to gain global recognition due to its accomplishment in research and development.

“The strategic partnership is a result of extensive scientific research of eminent scientists in the country. The international collaboration on nanotechnoly is proof of Sri Lanka's potential in the science and technology sector”, he said.

The partnership will boost productivity and income of farmers and create a sustainable business for both countries. Nagarjuna will purchase first generation nano plant nutrition products taking it from proof of concept to proof of value for commercialisation.

NFCL is a recognised integrated agri-fertiliser brand in India. The company was set up in 1974.

SLINTEC will carry out research and Nagarjuna will develop the product.The investment of the project is estimated at Rs. 800 million.

Dr. Amalean paid tribute to the team that initiated the collaboration which is the first international venture of SLINTEC which gained steady momentum during the past three years in research and development.

SLINTEC was set up as a result of a nanotechnology initiative approved by the Cabinet in 2006. The institute which began research in August 2009 is a private-public partnerhsip enterprise.The institute has filed seven patents and is recognised for world class research.

Senior Advisor Nagarjuna Fertilisers and Chemicals, R.S Nanda said that Nagarjuna has a vision for research and development and added that the strategic tie-up will help enhance nutritional efficiency and address environment degradation.

Vice President and Head of Emerging Technologies Division, NFCL Dr. Banibrata Pandey said that NFCL aims at building a long-term business partnership with SLINTEC as an exclusive nanotechnology research hub for its nano plant nutrition program.

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SLINTEC and nanotechnology
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March 17, 2012, 4:40 pm


An event of great significance which took place in Colombo last Thursday sadly did not attract the national attention it deserved. The Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC), a government – private sector partnership, entered into an agreement with a major Indian fertilizer and chemical company, Hyderabad-based Nagarjuna Fertilizers and Chemical Ltd., under which global rights, excluding Sri Lanka, for a research breakthrough in the slow release of plant nutrients by chemical fertilizers, was sold to Nagarjuna by the Sri Lankan company. Technology and Research Minister Pavitra Wanniarachchi and Indian High Commissioner Ashok Kantha were present at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo when SLINTEC Chairman Mahesh Amalean and Mr. R.S. Nanda, a senior Nagarjuna executive, signed the agreement.



SLINTEC which has filed for seven patents on research conducted on processes with commercial possibilities has earned some serious money from the deal finalized last week with three million dollars to be paid over the next three years. A million of these dollars will come in the coming four months. Nagarjuna will be setting up a pilot plant in India to take what has been done in the SLINTEC laboratories at Biyagama forward and expects the process to be in commercial application three or four years down the road. Hayleys, the Sri Lankan blue chip, which is an investor in SLINTEC and initiated the fertilizer research project, will have the Sri Lanka rights for the process. The government has paid for the world class equipment in the SLINTEC labs and money has been allocated in the 2012 budget for the development of a nanotech park in the country. While the company itself is a 50-50 partnership between the state and five top local companies – Hayleys, MAS, Brandix, Loadstar and Dialog – the government has pumped in a lot of public funds and facilitated SLINTEC’s forward movement. The company has attracted researchers from universities here, including Prof. Veranja Karunaratne, a chemistry professor at Peradeniya, to lead its science team. Prof. Gehan Amaratunga, Professor of Electronic Engineering at the Cambridge University, currently heads research and innovation at SLINTEC.



Patents filed by SLINTEC include two in the area of agro-chemicals, one relating to solid rubber tyres and another of self-cleaning antibacterial fabrics which is of obvious interest to the garments industry. Investors in the company like MAS and Brandix are obviously interested in some of the areas where patents have been taken. Loadstar is possibly the world’s biggest solid rubber tyre manufacturer. Thus established industries have together with the government demonstrated the willingness to collectively invest in Research and Development which is all to the good. It was revealed at the formal agreement signing that Nagarjuna executives had read of the plant nutrient breakthrough in an international scientific journal and as Dr. Banibrata Pandey, who is the vice-president heading the company’s emerging technology division, said he flew down here to explore the possibilities. People from SLINTEC too had visited Hyderabad and seen the scale of the Indian company’s operations and a deal was struck. While the research side of the work will continue at Biyagama, the process side including the building of a pilot plant to be followed by a commercial facility will be done by the Indians. The two sides will focus on their respective areas of expertise and the linkage will be of mutual benefit.



The slow releasing of plant nutrients by chemical fertilizers is of immense value not just to manufacturers and consumers of fertilizers but also to mankind. Chemical pollution of soil and water by the use of inorganic fertilizers is a well known environmental reality. As Pofessors Karunaratne and Amaratunga have said in a paper we publish in our business pages today, nitrogen is a key nutrient in agricultural food production and is ``undoubtedly the most important macronutrients in fertilizers…’’ A great deal of energy is used in manufacturing urea, most economically from natural gas, which is the most used nitrogen fertilizer applied to food and other crops. As much as 50 to 70 percent of the nitrogen applied by conventional fertilizers is lost due to leaching in the form of water soluble nitrates and emission of gaseous ammonia and nitrogen oxides, they have noted. Organic fertilizers like gliricidia mulch, about which we run another article in this issue, are useful alternatives; so also nitrogen fixing crops. They play a dual role as soil conditioners by `fixing’ atmospheric nitrogen and also provide food. Yet inorganic fertilizers, becoming more expensive by the day with oil and natural gas prices skyrocketing, will continue to be used by food producers for a long time to come. The economic benefit of their more efficient application, both in cost and environment protection terms, is virtually unbounded and the work that SLINTEC has done suggests that nanotechnology may provide some of the answers scientists have been groping for.



What the institution is doing is giving a practical bent to research. The private sector having a stake in the company and directing its work towards useful applications is a further advantage. A company like SLINTEC can draw research talent by offering more attractive terms than are usually possible in academia and purely state agencies. It is gratifying that the work done in a relatively short period of time has attracted a serious investor with the capacity to commercialize the work. Nagarjuna is paying USD 2.2 million for two of the SLINTEC patents and a further USD 0.8 million for further research second and third generation fertilizer products. Publication of the work done at Biyagama is what attracted the Indian partner here and this is amply testimony to the importance of publication.



Among the skills that SLINTEC is developing are those required for filing patent applications. Piracy of intellectual property is all too common in today’s world and ironclad patents of research breakthroughs are necessary. SLINTEC has sought as many as seven patents in areas including agrochemicals, carbon nanotubes from vein graphite available here that are 100 times stronger than steel and providing superior middle layer for solid rubber tyres of obvious interest to Loadstar. A lot of good work has been done and more, we are sure, is in the pipeline. Research needs funds, management and administrative skills in addition to scientific capability. It is a reason for satisfaction that an organization like SLINTEC is providing the gamut of needed skills and producing saleable results.


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Sri Lanka plans to launch its first satellite in 2015
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COLOMBO, May 24 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka is set to launch its first satellite by 2015 following an agreement with a Chinese company, officials said on Thursday.

SupremeSAT, a local company said it has reached an agreement with the Sri Lankan board of investment to the tune of 20 million U.S. dollars for the project.

By 2015 the company hopes to utilize the orbital slot of Sri Lanka which is located at 50 degrees East and launch the island's first ever telecommunications satellite.

"We already have two co-branded satellites with the Chinese company in orbit and by 2015 we hope to launch our own satellite which will be Sri Lanka's first," an official at SupremeSAT told Xinhua.

The company said it has entered into an exclusive partnership agreement with China's state-owned China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) for the design, manufacturing and launching of the satellite.

CGWIC is the sole commercial organization authorized by the Chinese government to provide satellites, commercial launch services and to carry out international space cooperation.


SupremeSAT will offer all types of telecommunication services including broadband and networking services, various broadcast solutions, back-haul or range extension facilities for telecom operators and other services such as E-government and E-learning.

"We are now closely coordinating with the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission on the necessary approvals for the launch," R. M. Manivannan, Chairman of SupremeSAT said in a statement.

CGWIC meanwhile said it was confident that the partnership will make Sri Lanka's space ambitions a reality.

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Don't know how true the claim that it is Asia's first, but still a good concept...


BBDO LANKA LAUNCHES ASIA’S FIRST MECHANICAL AIR CLEANING BILLBOARD



May 22, 2012 04:54 pm

With a reputation for consistently delivering innovative and creative ideas that work; BBDO Lanka, a part of BBDO World Wide, today presented an idea that has the potential to revolutionize the scope of environmental conservation. The launch of Asia’s first mechanical Air Cleaning hoarding – a hoarding that actually filters certain harmful content from the surrounding air, purifies it, and releases the purified air back to the environment.

Speaking on the thinking that led BBDO to take this step, Mr. Santosh Menon, Managing Director, BBDO Lanka explained “at BBDO Lanka we wanted to make a contribution to the environment. Our initial step was becoming the first advertising agency in South Asia to become ‘Carbon Neutral’, but we wanted to do much more. So we came up with an idea that has immense potential – an air purifying hoarding. While this is a great idea – there is always room for improvement; we welcome input from engineers, corporate, advertisers and the general public on how we can make this idea better and more effective in combating the scourge of air pollution.

The environment we live in – particularly the air we breathe, is continuously under attack from the various pollutants released into the atmosphere. As South Asia’s first advertising agency to go carbon neutral, we decided we wouldn’t stop there. Our aim to give back to the Sri Lankan community is what brought about the revolutionary idea of utilizing something as integral to advertising as billboards in order to provide a solution that will – in time - impact the entire Sri Lankan community.”

The air cleaning hoarding comprises a mechanical filter and activated carbon which draws in air from the back of the billboard and filters the dust particles and certain gasses that are most harmful to breathe. The purified air is then released back into the environment.

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Ok this is not "high tech" but couldn't find any other appropriate thread to post it in... weird how China and India are not included.

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Sri Lanka among 12 in Apple’s Asia iTunes music, movies rollout

WEDNESDAY, 27 JUNE 2012 08:05

Sri Lankans can now buy digital music and movies from Apple’s iTunes Store, the Malaysian Insider reported.

Music and movies are a new addition to the iTunes Store for 12 countries in Asia, which include Sri Lanka, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Brunei, Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Users in these markets could only download and purchase apps from the iTunes Store previously.

The iPhone-maker is also putting a spotlight on popular musicians from Asia on the online store. Rumours of Apple rolling out music and movies for more Asian countries were first reported on technology startup website e27 last week. The website noted that it “received a tip off from a trusted source in the industry that Apple is planning a secret launch event” on June 27 in Hong Kong.

Movies and music in the iTunes Store were available in 50 countries previously. However, the availability of television shows on it remain limited to countries like the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Canada.

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Govt. to set up first science and Nanotech Park in Homagama

One of the most ambitious development projects in the science and technology field will commence this week when the foundation for the first ever Science Park in Sri Lanka is laid tomorrow.
The Science Park will be established on a 50 acre property at Pitipana, Mahenawatte, Homagama released to the Ministry of Technology and Research for this purpose.
The development of the Park will be pursued in four stages. In Phase one the Nanotechnology Centre of Excellence (NCE) will be established.
The NCE will include a Centre for Research and Investment (a state of the art laboratory), cells of incubation, a technology commercialisation centre, library, auditorium and accommodation for visiting scientists. Phases two, three and four will be proceeded with based on the success of the first Phase. Phase two provides facilities for large scale corporate research and business development to be availed of by the public and private sectors in Sri Lanka and overseas. Phase three envisages a focus on expansion of high technology Industries and centralised services and phase four seeks to provide Housing and recreational facilities for research community.
Phase one (a) will commence tomorrow (28) with the laying of the foundation for the centre for research and investment at a cost of Rs. 829 million provided by the Government. The construction of Phase one (a) is expected to be completed by mid 2013.
The establishment of the Science Park is an initiative undertaken by the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) which is a private-public partnership with 77% shares held by Government. The private sector partners in the project are MAS Capital (Pvt) Limited, Brandix Lanka Ltd., Dialog Axiata PLC, Hayleys PLC, and Loadstar (Private) Ltd.
SLINTEC is a private Company that was established in 2008 to pursue Sri Lanka’s National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) that was adopted in 2006. The Chairman of SLINTEC is Deshamanya Mahesh Amalaen. The Board of Management of SLINTEC has equal numbers of Government and private sector nominees.
On the invitation of Minister of Technology and Research Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Minister of Economic Affairs Basil Rajapakse will be the Chief Guest and Senior Minister for Scientific Affairs Prof Tissa Vitharana will be the Guest of Honour on this occasion.

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SLINTEC lays foundation for country’s first nanotech park


Yesterday marked a landmark day for Sri Lanka’s innovation and learning goals, as the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) together with the Ministry of Technology and Research laid the foundation for the commencement of construction of the Nanotechnology Centre of Excellence (NCE), which will be at the heart of a world-class nanotechnology park in Sri Lanka.

The project will develop a 50 acre land in Pitipana, Homagama into a nanotechnology park. The park will be developed in a phased manner through pragmatic investments by the Government and private sector companies keen to establish themselves in the park. The nanotechnology park will adopt an open innovation framework based around the Nanotechnology Centre of Excellence (NCE). – Pic by Daminda Harsha Perera


It aims to attract research and development institutes, multinational companies, small and medium enterprises and education institutes to take advantage of the research, development and innovation bound to flourish in the enterprising ecosystem created at this advanced technology park.
The Ministry of Technology and Research together with the National science Foundation (NSF) and five private sector partners initiated this effort a few years ago. The land has been allocated by the government. The Ministry and the Treasury are funding a flagship NCE which will form the epicentre of the park. SLINTEC will build, operate and manage the NCE whilst developing the broader nanotechnology park with the support of the Government and like-minded private sector organisations.

The state-of the art NCE will be host to a series of high tech labs with the latest equipment managed and operated by a highly skilled team of scientists. It will focus on research and development, incubation for taking research into commercialisation and provide facilities for corporate research and business development.

The NCE will also offer a wide range of essential centralised services enabling the hub and spoke concept that will drive operations across the park. Leading experts from around the globe will have tenures at the NCE and they will be available for consultation to organisations that will reside in the park, enabling them to continue to push the boundaries of innovation.
The second phase of the park will focus on expansion of research and business development for both the private and the public sectors in Sri Lanka and potential Foreign Direct Investment from multinational corporations as well as small and medium enterprises through attractive incentives, terms and conditions.

The third phase will be about expansion of advanced technology industries, institutes and expansion of centralised services. The fourth phase will provide housing and recreation for the community of the park and education facilities related to the Nanotechnology Centre of Excellence. The holistic plan is to integrate with the surrounding area and connect with the larger knowledge hub master plan for Homagama.

The Nanotechnology Park will enable companies and institutes to invest and develop their research centres, incubation facilities and pilot plants in an environment of an advanced technology park. These companies, whether they be MNCs or SMEs will be provided attractive incentives to set up their facilities in the park. These, along with the environment of open innovation and access to the Nanotechnology Centre of Excellence, will give any company or institute a considerable advantage.

The Government is increasing its emphasis on research, development and education. Being innovation friendly, it is focusing on rapid development through advanced technology. The 2012 budget has noteworthy provisions and incentives for Research and Development including a significant reduction in corporate tax on profits derived from R&D related income, a reduction in personal income tax for individuals engaged in research and technology, and a triple deduction to companies that undertake R&D through research institutes.
The Board of Investment (BOl) in Sri Lanka offers many incentives and tax holidays to companies, both local and foreign, that invest in all aspects of economic development. As such, the BOI will play a major role in the development of the nanotechnology park in Homagama. SLINTEC will work with the BOI and the Government to secure the maximum benefits and incentives for all companies that invests in the nanotechnology park and in nanotechnology research and development in Sri Lanka.

“Our vision is to position Sri Lanka as a leading destination for nanotechnology research and development by creating a world-class innovation platform and contributing significantly to national economic development. This Nanotechnology Centre of Excellence will put SLINTEC firmly on its path to realising this vision,” said SLINTEC Chairman Deshamanya Mahesh Amalean.
Senior Minister of Scientific Affairs Prof. Tissa Vitarana stated: “This is an important milestone in the National Nanotechnology initiative I started as the Minister of Science and Technology in 2006, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), with the vision of enabling Sri Lanka to achieve rapid economic development through high tech industrialisation and I am committed to coordinate all necessary resources and energies in an inclusive manner to realise this vision.”

A technology park ensures maximum sharing of both human and physical resources for multidisciplinary R&D and offers the ideal foundation for companies looking to create the future and is the most effective means to bring research, industries, entrepreneurs and academia together to achieve a collective greatness.

Sri Lanka has flourishing industries in apparel and textile, tea, rubber, activated carbon and rich mineral resources ready to move into higher value categories. It has prominent universities in science and technology ready to provide a steady stream of skilled talent. The Government has invested in supporting research, provided land for a nanotechnology park and continues to create an enabling environment for local as well as foreign companies and institutes. The conditions are conducive for investment in nanotechnology research, development and commercialisation in Sri Lanka.

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Cash deposit ATM network launched in Colombo



Sri Lankan consumers will enter the era of direct cash payments through ATMs on Octo 15 when five cash deposit taking ATMs will start operating in Colombo for the first time.

Abdul Rahuman, Managing Director of One & Only, the owning firm of the ‘PayTM’ network, said the initiative is a joint venture with Japan Cash Machines Co Ltd (JCM), the well-known maker of money-handling machines, equipment, and electronic cash registers for the global financial industry with $ 217 milion revenue (2010) and also listed in Tokyo and Osaka exchanges.


Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce launches South Asia’s first commercial scale deposit taking ATM network on October 11 at Level III- WTC

“Our initial investment in this venture is $ 500,000 for Phase one. From October 15, Lankan consumers can directly pay Sri Lankan currency notes of Rs 10 to 5,000 denominations to this machine to settle their Dialog, SLT-Mobitel, Etisalat, Hutch and Airtel payments, as a start.

The consumers need not have an account with us to make the payment. Before the end of this month, we are planning to introduce Water Board and Electricity Board payments once we complete the necessary procedures with them. By end of 2013, subject to amendments to the Motor Traffic Act and government approval, we are ready to accept Police traffic fines and charges and issue receipts which have legal vaildity.

We have not integrated insurance instalment deposits yet but based on Insurance company applications, we are ready to extend our services to them in future as well,” revealed Rahuman. A demonstration showed the ‘PayTM’ machines, in their two models ‘Smart Fiony’ and ‘Elegant Fiony’, randomly accepting various Sri Lankan currency notes with denominations upto Rs 5,000, updating the mobile user accounts and issuing receipts within five to ten seconds, for two mobile phone numbers of two different mobile networks. “The system works in any language of choice in Sinhala, Tamil or English.

The machines are equipped to authenticate the user identity with a pin number which is already active and alternatively, the fingerprint scanner which we have not activated yet. Once we activate the fingerprint scanner, local banks can join us to allow their depositors to withdraw from their savings accounts through our network. When that happens, these ATMs will become dual performers-both to accept and dispense cash.

“We are in discussions with Dialog Axiata to enlist Dialog eZCash online and if successful, such transactions too will become a reality with us in the next six months. We already support eZCash partially since top ups are allowed through our network,” Rahuman said.

Mobile money transaction platforms such as Dialog eZCash, Sri Lanka’s first such with Cenral Bank permission, allows users to conduct a wide variety of mobile money businesses using just a mobile phone but without a bank account.

Dialog officials indicated to Ministry of Industry and Commerce that approximately 800,000 Dialog users as already having registered for this facility.

Asked of ‘PayTM’’s revenue plan, Rahuman revealed: “We charge a commission but not from our ATM users but the service partners.

For example, from mobile phone networks, we charge on average about 5.5% commission per transaction. ‘PayTM’ machines are also mounted with 20 inch wide electronic multimedia display for advertisements mounted on top of the transaction screen which in future to be expanded to 32 and 50 inches. Initially, we will advertise our mobile network partners free of charge.”

“‘PayTM’’ machines are also equipped to accept credit card transactions but we need payment gateway authorisation from the credit card issuer (the Bank) to make this facility possible and therefore we have not activated it yet.

We are planning for this facility and also Police traffic fines and banking transactions in Phase II after mid-2013, subject to authorisations” Rahuman revealed.

“Sri Lanka is setting a new record in the SAARC region, with a commercial scale deposit taking ATM network going live in Colombo for the first time with just five machines.

What is interesting is that these ATMs are not linked to any banks either unlike the traditional ATMs” said Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce speaking at the soft-launching of the “PayTM” cash payment network at the world Trade Centre.
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