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Vesak In Colombo (2015)

Vesak is almost here and it's always an exciting time in Colombo as everyone begins to prepare for it. The day commemorates the birth, enlightenment and parinibbana of the Buddha, and seeing the city…

Free Wi-Fi Zones In Sri Lanka

It was announced this week by the Prime Minister that 26 parts of the country have been turned into free Wi-Fi zones. Epic news. These zones are spread out in…

Watching The Sri Lanka Election Results (2015) #PresPollSL

You can see how to watch the General Election Results here. UPDATE: The election is effectively over. The challenger Maithripala Sirisena is comfortably ahead in counting (though final results have not been issued). The incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa has conceded and left Temple Trees. Congratulations to all Sri Lankans for holding…

The Colombo Port City

The Colombo Port City, if all goes well, should be a reality in September 2017, three years after work officially began. Once completed, this largely private development will completely transform Colombo, adding 233…

Koslanda Landside Relief: Ways To Help

Landslides triggered by the monsoon rains have reports 32 people missing. At last count, 6 bodies had been recovered with 330 people affected by the landslide (watch the news…

The (Possible) Colombo Monorail

The powers that be are planning, with some seriousness, a monorail for Colombo. We saw this video which shows how awesome a monorail would be, though we don't know the source…

Colombo Under Construction

Travelling to and from Colombo these days can be hell because of all the construction going on. We did a loop around Colombo, starting from Wellawatte up to Galle face (on Galle…

New Bus Fares (Effective November 1)

The National Transport Board (NTC) has announced an increase of 7% on bus fares effective November 1. SLTB fares will also be increased accordingly. Current Fare (Rs.) Increase (Rs.) New Fare (Rs.) 9 None 9 12 - 27 1 13 -…

The May Day Map: Colombo Rallies And Traffic

May Day Rallies - Blue is SLFP, red is JVP, green in Colombo is United something (minority parties), orange is NFF, green in Battaramulla is UNP, grey is Sarath Fonseka's…

Gotabaya Rajapaksa's Speech On Urban Development

What follows is a completely rough and non-authoritative transcript of the speech of Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Urban Development given to SLASSCOM. We've since gotten the transcript of the speech, which…

Gotabaya Rajapaksa: Residency For Foreigners

At the recent Gotabaya Rajapaksa talk on Urban Development we asked a question about human capital, about how we can get talented people into our cities and countries. Right now Sri Lanka…

Colombo Night Races: Photos, Video

The second Colombo Night Races took place last weekend. This now regular event sees trishaws, bikes, hatchbacks and Lamborghinis racing around downtown Colombo. The event supposedly attracted…