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Flexibility for Vehicle modifications

By | Causes, Emerging Industries, Technological Integration | One Comment

The vehicle industry in Sri Lanka is virtually unknown and relies completely on imports. However, it is a very dynamic field with many talented youths waiting for an opportunity to put their skills into practice.

With the new technology available, this is a growing area around the world and fewer restrictions would allow the growth of new talent and inventions within the country. The present restrictions are derived from an ancient gazette and this has been a very questionable issue for all vehicle modifiers/renovators who are interested in generating transformation in this field.

Therefore, it is suggested to allow safe and suitable modification and enhancement of vehicles.
This would open up new avenues of business and entrepreneurship and minimize import costs and expenditure, while also contributing as an eco-conscious venture towards the country’s future. Old or even condemned vehicle parts could be utilized to use the parts more effectively and create low-cost new requirements.

Limitations should only affect modification or extreme enhancements to vehicle horns and noise pollution and fit-on of devices that enhance the speed of the vehicle unnecessarily.

~ S Kasthurirathne

Adapt Sri Lankan Intelligence Services to Face the Challenges of Today

By | Causes, National Security | No Comments

As a strategically positioned island nation, we have long been subjected to foreign powers trying to gain leverage over us to advance their own geopolitical goals. Adapting and modernizing Sri Lanka’s intelligence and counter-intelligence capabilities, in both the domestic and overseas spheres, will help us level the playing field and advance our national interest.

~ Moshe Dayan

A Focus on Data and Automation

By | Causes, Technological Integration | No Comments

Two and a half quintillion bytes of data are created every day (source: http://archive.ibmsystemsmag.com/mainframe/business-strategy/green-it/power_crunch/). In addition, automation is increasingly being used to streamline many tasks and make them more efficient. This is likely to increase exponentially in the coming years with the emergence of 5G network technology and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Many private companies and governments all over the world are utilizing data analytics and automation to improve decision-making and maximize results in a wide range of fields. Sri Lanka should also implement such practices. With this in mind, we should encourage our human resources, particularly the youth, to make full use of this technology.

 

~ Rukman Wick

Private Universities

By | Causes, Education | No Comments

Allow opportunities for reputed international universities to open private, high-standard universities in Sri Lanka. This will bring a lot of revenue for the country and students will have more options in their own country rather than having to travel abroad.

~ Nishadee

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Government Policy on Physical Development

By | Causes, Emerging Industries, Smart Cities, Technological Integration | No Comments

Sri Lanka needs a policy on ‘Physical Development’ for the country. We have seen that during the previous government, there was a ‘facelift’ in Colombo and its suburbs. While appreciating it, I would like to see that happens all over the island with a ‘theme’ or a ‘concept’. For an example, the Singaporean concept of, City in a Garden; Singapore has a land-use plan developed with the help of UN Experts during the early 1970 s’ and it is followed and improved upon from time to time.

We need to identify activity zones which UDA has done to a certain extent. However, it has not covered the island and it is not followed strictly. For an example, all government institutes in the Western Province should be relocated to Sri Jayawardanapura Kotte, but it has not happened.

Just having a concept is not sufficient; law enforcement, providing land areas, and supportive infrastructure are needed. Professional bodies, universities, university students, experts in the industry should work together to make this possible. We also need strict regulations on construction and standards, and a institute to regulate it.

We should also have a land policy; rather than having few storied buildings alone, (even for residential buildings) we could go for high-rise combined with other infrastructure linked with those.

~ Madhangi Alwis

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Centralised Patients’ Database

By | Causes, Smart Cities, Technological Integration | No Comments

In Sri Lanka, most of the government hospitals, private hospitals, clinics and private consultations maintain their own patients records. These same patients in the future will access more than one place on different occasions, but the diagnosis and the medication history may not be taken into proper consultation.

Elderly people might not provide proper history details and the medications followed due to poor memory. Some may have allergies to certain medications and may not provide accurate information to another doctor. This may put their life in great risk.

Therefore, I propose to introduce centralised system to store all patient details and provide access across hospitals and clinics. These hospitals and clinics should sign an agreement with Ministry of Health to safeguard personal data security and the details of patients.

During new patient registration, it is best to obtain written permission to share personal information across all health sectors. We can use digital identity cards to store and scan during consultation to access medical history records.

This initiative will provide more clarity about the patient to the doctors and also minimise errors.

~ Asitha Kalinga Bulathsinghala

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Discipline of Private & SLTB Bus Staff

By | Causes, Smart Cities | No Comments

Discipline of mainly private buses is utter disappointing. They never care about the law. Even they get caught by the police & because various reasons, they get free and continue the same.

Strict decisions need to be taken by the legal authorities for such private buses and need to make sure that they are not behind the wheels of a bus until they get the real punishment.

~ Hasanka De Silva

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Resource Management for Fisheries and Tea Industries

By | Causes, Emerging Industries, Technological Integration | No Comments

Fisheries Industry:
A comprehensive, extensive and accelerated program should be launched to develop marine sector, mainly giving emphasis to fisheries and boat building industries aiming at both local and export markets. The traditional fishing methods are required  to be replaced rapidly with new fishing methods.

Tea Industry:
Tea is mainly exported as bulks now. This should be changed and tea should exported as a value added product. For example, packing into sachets or small packs. This needs factory changes as already mentioned. This will also help eliminate tea adulteration problem.

~ Samarajeewa

 

Create Elder Day Care Centres in Every City

By | Causes, Smart Cities | No Comments

The aging population in Sri Lanka will be a big issue in coming years. In our society, children used to care for the elderly parents. However, this has become a challenge for them; they are busy with earning living and taking care of their own children as well. We have a very poor elder support systems implemented so far.

In some countries, there are elder day-care centers available just like toddler day care centers. Elders are kept in such places during the day time with good care and children take them back home after work. Apart from the care they are given in those places, elders will have peers to interact, which is a pressing issue of this age.

It would be wise decision to implement elder care centers in Sri lanka too.

~ Madhangi Alwis

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Safer Roads

By | Causes, Education, Emerging Industries, Smart Cities | One Comment

More people die on roads than during war, and probably more people get permanently disabled from road accidents.

There seem to be various factors that result in valuable young human lives being lost on roads, and therefore we need to implement measures to make roads safer for all.

1. The starting point is driver, rider education.
People wear helmets to evade police!
People wear seat belts to evade police!
We need to invest a lot on the driver, rider education to educate them on safety measures. Other countries have TV commercials on such education. Further, although there were a number of expressways opened, I have not seen a comprehensive driver education on how to use them. Why we need to keep a safe distance, why you need to use turn signals when changing lanes etc.

2. The other most important factor is to improve driver, rider moral values.
At the end of the day, we all want to arrive at the destination safely. If you give way, you will be given way. It doesn’t have to be a battle in the roads, honking at even the slightest mistakes. Other countries usually have good gestures to thank helping fellow road users. The attitude of helping others goes a long way than we think. This needs to be implemented through Learners and also public awareness programs. Probably this should be the #1 measure because a lot of things fall in the correct place if we fix this.

3. Driving schools (Learners) should be properly managed, reviewed and evaluated yearly. They should enforce a very strict syllabus which includes moral value educations also. All road accidents should be tracked back to the driving schools, and statistically analyzed to improve/ban failing driving schools.

3. Make roads safer.
We need to have a proper road maintenance unit, which should patrol heavily used roads to check on safety. For example, there are visibility issues at certain road sections and there are accidents daily and nobody does anything. This unit should have a mechanism to lodge complaints and suggestions.

4. Stop importing unsafe vehicles.
There should be a strict standard that does not change from government to government to stop the import of unsafe vehicles. (Probably the most unsafe are the three-wheels, but that is a bigger rooted problem because it is not actually a vehicle, it is a “job” in Sri Lanka. This can only be prevented by improving public transport and the job market for young simultaneously).

5. Make existing vehicles safer.
Almost all tractors have no tail lights, the tippers, and big lorries which stop roadside do not have parking lights, etc. Police should be given enough training to stop and fine these.

6. Greener roads.
I’ve seen that even in countries heavily commercialized like Singapore has a surprisingly large number of trees planted alongside roads. This helps a lot to the nature and helps to reduce driver stress etc.

May all people arrive at their destination safely and comfortably!

~ Gayan Dasanayake

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