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Don’t Sideline Delhi to Back Beijing: TNA

COLOMBO: The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has sternly warned Sri Lanka against sidelining India to favour China.

Speaking in Parliament on Friday, the TNA’s group leader R Sampanthan said that sidelining India will adversely affect the reconciliation process and peace in the island and the region. The tilt towards China is not in the interest of Lanka’s economy and political independence either, he argued.

R Sampanthan Sampanthan accused President Mahinda Rajapaksa of pursuing a “deliberate and pre-determined programme to undermine Indian interests and thereby isolate India, so as to free itself from obligations and commitments made to India not only in the interest of reconciliation, peace and harmony in Sri Lanka, but also in the region.”

He asked if a situation is sought to be created in which “India will not be able to play any role in Sri Lanka in keeping with India’s role in the past three decades and consistent with India’s historical, geographical and cultural links with Sri Lanka.”

Sampanthan pointed out that while one third of development funds given by India (US$ 1.3 billion) are in the form of grants, only 2 per cent of the funds given by China (S$ 2.18 billion) are grants.

The TNA parliamentarian also pointed to the possibility of China’s converting its loans into equity and taking control of the projects funded by it, thus abridging Sri Lanka’s sovereignty.

However, Sajin Vaas Gunawardene, ruling party member and monitoring MP for the Foreign Ministry, said that while India is helping Lanka develop the Northern Province, China is helping the development of the South.

Lanka will welcome greater Indian assistance, he said.

Meanwhile, with the opposition parties vociferously seeking the abolition of the Presidential system or its dilution, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said in Kandy on Friday that the Presidential system is necessary to prevent the revival of the LTTE.

Besides, it would also help check fissiparous tendencies triggered by devolution of power under the 13th Amendment. The 13th Amendment, which devolves powers to the provincial councils, was introduced following the India-Sri Lanka Accord of July 1987.

Rajapaksa, however, said that the Parliamentary Select Committee is considering the abolition of the Presidential system.

TNIE

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10 Top Tech Stories Of The Week

Here’s a quick look at what made news in the world of technology in the week just gone by…

Porn menace: Indian telcos asked to tighten screws Blocking internet porn may be next to impossible. But the Indian government is going to try anyhow.

The plan is to begin by creating a list of pornography sites, especially those hosting child porn, and provide that to internet service providers (ISPs) to block. And then, to ensure that large-scale blocking does not slow internet access, service providers will be asked to upgrade their infrastructure. The Internet and Mobile Association of India has been asked to curate the list.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi joins Instagram Prime Minister Narendra Modi has joined popular picture sharing social network Instagram.

He posted his first Instagram photo from Myanmar, where he is attending the ASEAN Summit. The picture featured a banner placed at the venue where the Summit is taking place.

Meanwhile, Instagram has added two new features. Users can now edit captions for images after they post them. This extends only to captions on the users’ own photos, not to comments. The Explore tab has also been redesigned to let users more easily search for other Instagram users.

First Microsoft-branded smartphone Lumia 535 launched Following teasers and leaks, Microsoft has officially unveiled its first smartphone without Nokia branding – Lumia 535. Lumia 535 looks similar to Lumia 530 which was unveiled earlier this year, complete with rounded corners and a coloured back cover.

However, it does not sport any Nokia branding. Also, Microsoft has tried to fill in some gaps to make it more feature complete. For instance, the phone has a 5MP front camera for selfies and Skype calls and an LED flash at the back to take low-light photos. It also has 1GB RAM unlike the Lumia 530 which was unable to run games that demanded more memory.

US government issues warning to iPhone, iPad users over iOS bug The US government has warned iPhone and iPad users to be on the alert for hackers who may exploit a vulnerability in Apple Inc’s iOS operating system that would enable them to steal sensitive data.

There was the potential for hacks using a newly identified technique known as the “Masque Attack,” the government said in an online bulletin from the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center and the US Computer Emergency Readiness Teams.

Android One loses its mojo as Xiaomi, Moto rule Early trends suggest that Indian consumers have given a lukewarm reception to Google’s much-touted Android One devices amid intense competition from the likes of Xiaomi and Motorola, posing a tough challenge for the US company, which has made the standard the centrepiece of its emerging-market strategy for smartphones.

Import data for October showed Google’s Android One partners – Micromax, Karbonn and Spice – together imported just over 2 lakh devices in the first full month of sales. This was less than the nearly 2.3 lakh handsets imported for the 15 days of September, data from market research firm Cybex Exim Solutions.

Alibaba reports record $9 billion Singles’ Day sales E-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding has reported more than $9 billion in sales on China’s Singles’ Day on Tuesday, illustrating the buying power of the Chinese consumer and the importance of the event in the retail calendar.

Real-time figures on a giant screen at Alibaba’s sprawling Hangzhou campus surged past 2013’s record to 57.1 billion yuan ($9.3 billion) just after midnight after Chinese and overseas shoppers snapped up heavily discounted goods online.

Facebook claims half-a-billion users for messenger Social networking site Facebook has said that its messaging service is being used by more than half a billion people, few months after it was separated from the main Facebook app.

Meanwhile, Facebook is trying to simplify its lengthy privacy policy and explain how it targets advertisements to its 1.35 billion users. The world’s largest online social network uses the information people share on its site, along with the apps they use and the outside websites they visit, to show them advertisements deemed relevant to them.

Google signs 60-year, $1 billion NASA lease Google has signed a long-term lease for part of a historic Navy air base, where it plans to renovate three massive hangars and use them for projects involving aviation, space exploration and robotics.

The giant Internet company will pay $1.16 billion in rent over 60 years for the property, which also includes a working air field, golf course and other buildings. The 1,000-acre site is part of the former Moffett Field Naval Air Station on the San Francisco Peninsula.

Free version of Microsoft Office for iPad tops downloads chart That didn’t take long. After four days of its release Microsoft Word is No. 1 most popular app on the iOS App Store. Excel is No. 8 and PowerPoint is No. 10.

That compares to Apple’s own competing Office apps: Pages at No. 16 (an alternative to Word), Numbers at No. 17 (an alternative to Excel) and Keynote at No. 18 (an alternative to PowerPoint).

Yahoo buys digital ad service BrightRoll for $640 million Yahoo is buying digital video advertising service BrightRoll for $640 million in the internet company’s latest attempt to boost its revenue after years filled mostly with financial futility.

The acquisition announced on Tuesday marks Yahoo’s first major purchase since reaping a $9.4 billion windfall in September by selling part of its stake in a rapidly rising internet star, Chinese e-commerce service Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

TG

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