Fix Our Phone Rights – World Consumer Rights Day 2014

World Consumer Rights Day was established on 15 March 1983 to promote consumer rights around the world. For WCRD 2014, we are calling on CI Members and Supporters to highlight the consumer issues that are undermining and frustrating the success of mobile phone services.


To mark WCRD, CI will be launching a new Consumer Agenda for Fair Mobile Services.

The agenda sets out the issues that most effect consumers including the need for access to a reliable service, the security of their data and fair contracts and billing.

CI will submit the Agenda to the World Telecommunications Development Conference, held by the International Telecommunications Union, where we will be calling on phone regulators and companies to take action to stop these issues undermining the success of this new technology.

Ringing in the changes

Can you imagine a world without mobile phones? In just a few years they have become an indispensable part of our lives and can be found in almost every country around the world.

But as the number of consumers using mobile services nears seven billion, what sort of service are they receiving?

Are they being treated fairly?  Our 2014 World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) campaign Fix Our Phone Rights! is devoted to tackling the issues that most affect consumers of mobile services.

Why Phone Rights are important

In 2013 it was estimated that 6.8 billion people owned a mobile phone. In 2011 that figure was 6 billion and in 2010 it was 5.4 billion.

At the same time, mobile services have transformed from just being telephones that enable us to talk and text, to mini computers giving us access to information and services that are crucial to livelihoods and health.

They are not just convenient, but increasingly important tools that help to empower citizens and consumers. Having access to mobile connectivity is a necessity.

Get involved

CI Members and Supporters can also download the campaign logo (which is at the top of this page) in either English, Spanish or French in a variety of sizes. Please email for hi-res versions.

We will be highlighting Member activities via our WCRD activity map – you can submit reports of what you are doing and they will appear on the map.

Do not forget to use social media like Facebook and Twitter to spread the word and encourage everyone to join our campaign!

And make sure to use the hashtags #PhoneRights and #WCRD2014. We also want to try and encourage consumers to complain about their mobile service using the hashtag #MyPhoneMakesMeMadBecause.

Make sure to inform CI of the updates and developments happening in your country.

CI’s agenda for Phone Rights

CI’s Consumer Agenda for Fair Mobile Services addresses the issues that affect mobile consumers across the world, and we hope every CI Member and Supporter can join the call. Some of the issues we want to address are:

1.  Provide consumers with access to an affordable, reliable service

Consumers want to be able to have access to affordable mobile services in order to communicate and to access information. It is only reasonable that they then expect those services to be consistent and of a high quality without drop outs in service.

2. Provide consumers with fair contracts explained in clear, complete and accessible language

Consumers often feel cheated by their mobile provider, either because of unfair contract terms and conditions or because they didn’t understand what they had signed. Telecom providers should always provide consumers with fair contracts with all relevant information explained clearly so that consumers can exercise their right to make informed choices.

3. Provide consumers with fair and transparent billing

Consumers shouldn’t be billed for services they didn’t request. We demand fairness and transparency in our bills, and protection from billing fraud.

4. Provide consumers with security and power over their own information 

Telecoms providers and regulators alike must protect the personal data that consumers give up in order to use mobile services. Whilst giving consent to use personal data can enhance the experience of using a mobile phone, it can also compromise the consumer’s right to safety. Consumers must be able to set the terms of how this data is used.

5. Listen and respond to consumer complaints

Telecom providers should have effective complaints systems and if consumers are not satisfied there should be redress mechanisms to ensure a fair outcome. We must be able to penalise providers for abusive and unjust business practices.

‪#‎Phonerights ~

මාර්තු 15 වෙනි දිනට යෙදී ඇති ලෝක පාරිභෝගික අයිතිවාසිකම් දිනයේ මෙවර (2014) තේමාව “අපගේ දුරකතන අයිතිවාසිකම් සුරකිනු” යන්නයි.

දුරකතන සමාගම් වෙතින් පාරිභෝගික අප හට හිමිවිය යුතු

✏ ගෙවන මිලට සරිලන විශ්වාසදායී සේවාවක් ලබා දීම
✏ සාධාරණ හා විනිවිද භාවයෙන්යුතු දුරකතන ගාස්තු අයකිරීම
✏ සරල, පැහැදිලි සහ සම්පූර්ණ දුරකතන ගිවිසුම් මවු භාෂාවෙන් ලබාදීම
✏ පාරිභෝගිකයන්ගේ දත්ත හා තොරතුරු වල ආරක්ෂාව තහවුරු කිරීම
✏ දුරකතන සේවා ගැටලු සඳහා ඉක්මනින් විසඳුම් ලබා දීම

යන මූලික අයිතීන් තහවුරු කරගැනීමට සහ අන් අය දැනුවත් කිරීමට කරුණාකර මෙය Share කරන්න.

Gee Raga Siri – The songs from historic dramas

Gee Raga Siri – The songs from historic dramas
Date : 08th March 2014
Venue : Bishops college auditorium
Time : 6.45 PM onwards
Organizer : Priyankara De Silva

From John De Silva’s “siri sanga bo” staged in 1903 to Jayalath Manorathna’s drama “Guru Tharuwa” the duration spans over hundred years.” Gee raga siri” presents the popular drama sons in the period providing a rare opportunity for people to listen to them and learn the evolution of the stage drama during the period. The songs from historic dramas such as will be sung by veterans in the field like Nishshanka Diddeniya , Rodney warnakula , Rathna Lalani , Nilmini kottegoda , Giri raj Kaushalya and music will be done by Mahanama wickramasinghe.

Tickets available at:
Sadeepa Book Shop Borella | Sarasavi Book Shop Nugegoda, Maharagama| Vibration Union Place | Vanapetha Bookshop Dehiwala | Yamaha Music Centre |

Adventures of Ricky Deen – Boodee Keerthisena (shot on iphone 5)

Adventures of Ricky Deen official teaser 01 up and coming Boodee Keerthisena film shot on iphone 5 from boodee keerthisena on Vimeo.

Director : A Boodee Keerthisena film
written by : Onome Ekeh and Boodee Keerthisena.
Cast : Mahendra Perera, Sangeetha Weerarathne, Palith Silva, Dharshan Dharmaraj, Dasun Pathirana, Derek Wikramanayeka. and Senaka De Silva. Cinematography Dimuthu Kalinga.
Editors : Ilham Hossein & Udara Weerarathne,
Music performed by : Chamber Music Society of Colombo.

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Adventures of Ricky Deen - Boodee Keerthisena (shot on iphone 5)

Adventures of Ricky Deen - Boodee Keerthisena (shot on iphone 5)

Adventures of Ricky Deen - Boodee Keerthisena (shot on iphone 5)

Adventures of Ricky Deen - Boodee Keerthisena (shot on iphone 5)

Adventures of Ricky Deen - Boodee Keerthisena (shot on iphone 5)

Adventures of Ricky Deen - Boodee Keerthisena (shot on iphone 5)

Receive money through Paypal to Sri lanka

May 30, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka is looking to give the freedom of getting inward payments through Paypal, a cost-effective global remittance and payments system that has helped boost e-commerce in many countries, Central Bank Governor Nivard Cabraal said.

“We are looking at it seriously,” Central Bank Governor Nivard Cabraal told LBO.

“We have to move with the times.”

Cabraal had progressively removed several odd exchange controls imposed on Sri Lankan citizens in the past, expanding their economic freedoms. Critics say many exchange controls are violated by the rich and powerful but only held back the activities of honest citizens.

Exchange controls were slapped on citizens in many countries after 1950 after they joined the failed Bretton Woods system which tried to defy laws of nature by printing money and trying to maintain an exchange rate peg at the same time.

Sri Lankan’s can currently make use of the Paypal system to make payments via their credit cards which results in an outflow of cash but cannot receive cash because the system’s accounts are not allowed to be linked to banks accounts in this country.

Paypal has expanded worldwide helping make small payments to internet based businesses.

People from USA to Vietnam are using Paypal to run a variety of businesses ranging from selling goods online through an auction site running flower delivery businesses and small time outsourcing activities.

Lack of Paypal inward remittance had been a key problem for expanding internet based business in Sri Lanka especially small time outsourcing work done through the internet by independent workers.

To receive money through conventional means such as mailed cheques or cash transfer companies results in high fees charged to Sri Lankan receivers, each time a remittance is made.

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Microsoft to shut down Windows Live Messenger service from April 8 2013

Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Live Messenger, also known as MSN Messenger, service will be discontinued from April 8 2013.

Microsoft will close down its MSN instant messaging system April 8, but the service will continue to be available in China.

The US firm has advised its users to switch to Skype by using their same ID and password.

The new Skype service, which allows users to import contacts from MSN messenger, features mobile calls from computers, as well as multiple connections with friends on leading social networks such as Facebook.

The Skype service is available across the Windows, Mac, iOS, Windows Phone and Android operating systems.

Messenger online chat, which was launched in July 1999, reached its peak in 2011 with up to 300 million active users, according to Ars Technica, a technology blog based in the United States.

MSN messenger’s popularity, however, has plummeted to around 100 million clients worldwide at present, the blog said.

In 2011, Microsoft bought Skype, which has 280 million users per month, for US$8.5 billion, and has been promoting the transition since November last year.

Link : Microsoft to shut down Windows Live Messenger service from April 8 2013

Microsoft to shut down Windows Live Messenger service from April 8 2013

Microsoft to shut down Windows Live Messenger service from April 8 2013

Microsoft to shut down Windows Live Messenger service from April 8 2013

Mirijjawila Botanical Garden

Mirijjawila Botanical Garden (Dry Zone) » A botanical garden is being established in Mirijjawila in the Hambantota district.  This is the first botanical garden to be established in the dry zone in Sri Lanka.

It has an extent of 300 acres,.  The objective of establishing this botanical garden is for the conservation of dwindling trees and shrubs in the dry zone, popularizing of unpopular trees, conservation of medicinal herbs, promotion of tourism and providing botanical knowledge to the younger generation.

This Botanical Garden is located on the Colombo-Kataragama main road.  It has the Mattala International Airport on its left side and the Hambantota Harbour on its right side, and therefore it becomes a centre point for the tourists.  The Garden presents an attractive location for both domestic and foreign tourists, and significantly improves for development of tourism in the South.

Water for this garden is obtained from the nearby Beragama tank and plans have been made to construct several more tanks inside the Garden premises.

The Garden will comprise ornamental flower cultivation, commercial flower cultivation and facilities to undertake studies on trees.  Already planting of various trees and floral varieties has been commenced.  Construction of infrastructure facilities is also nearing completion.

It will also provide opportunities for eco-tourism and economic development in this area and to model dry zone landscape improvement. In the longer term, within the first 3-5 years, the garden will feature those plants that are lesser known and under utilized in the dry zone; promote the herbal industry; and provide education and training on botany and floriculture in the dry zone

This garden being established in a dry landscape would provide much relief and peace of mind to the visitors.

The planting has begun and some of the common dry zone trees already planted are given below.

Burutha – Chloroxylon swietenia

domba – Calophyllum inophyllum

ehela- Cassia fistula

gal siyambala – Dialium ovoideum

gammalu – Pterocarpus marsupium

hal milla – Berrya cordifolia

helamba – Mytragyna parvifolia

ingini – Strychnos potatorum

kaluwara- Diospyros ebenum

kohomba – Azadirachta indica

Kolon-Adina cordifolia

kon – Scheichera oleosa

kottmba -Terminalia catappa

kumbuk – Terminalia arjuna

liyan – Prosorus indicus

Lolu-Cordia dichotoma

Lunuwarana-Crateva adansoni

Ma dan-Syzygium cumini

madatiya – Adenanthera pavoninia

magul karanda – Pongamia pinnata

mai mara – Delonix regia

maila – Bauhinia racemosa

marthondi – Lawsonia inermis

Mi-Madhuca longifolia

muna mal – Mimusops elengi

neralu – Cassine balae

nika – Vitex negundo

owila – Polyalthia longifolia

palu – Manilkara hexandra

pethan – Bauhinia tomentosa

siyambala -Tamarindis indica

thal – Borassus flabelifer

thel kekuna – Aleurites moluccana

weera – Drypetes sepiaria

welan – Pteospermum canescens

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Sri Lanka pays tribute to late Hugo Chavez

Sri Lanka pays tribute to late Hugo Chavez, the late president of Venezuela (08 March) at Hyde park ground Colombo. Cuban ambassador for Sri lanka Indira Lopez also attended to for the tribute.

 ‘Sri Lanka has lost a great friend’

Mar 07, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today expressed his deepest condolences over the death of President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, to the family and the people of Venezuela.

Recalling his meetings with the late President, and his expressions of friendship and support for Sri Lanka, the President in a message to the acting President Nicolás Maduros said President Chavez was a friend of Sri Lanka and played a significant role in further enhancing the bilateral relations between the two countries.

Full text of the message as follows:

His Excellency Nicolás Maduros Moros
Acting President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela


I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing away of His Excellency Hugo Chavez Frias, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela after a prolonged illness. The Government and people of Sri Lanka join me in conveying our deepest condolences to you, members of the bereaved family and the Government and people of Venezuela. The late President was a true son of Venezuela and as the leader was deeply committed to the welfare and development of his country, and a strong advocate for the developing world.

The late President Chavez was a friend of Sri Lanka and played a significant role in further enhancing our bilateral relations. I warmly recall my meetings with the late President, and his expressions of friendship and support for my country.

At this difficult hour, our thoughts and prayers are with you, the family of the late President and the people of Venezuela. The Government and people of Sri Lanka together with me stand in solidarity, as your country mourns the passing away of your great leader.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.

Mahinda Rajapaksa

President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka pays tribute to late Hugo Chavez



The Muppet Show [1976-1981]

Original run: 13 September 1976 – 15 March 1981
Running time : 22–26 minutes
Production company(s): ATV ITC Entertainment Henson Associates
Distributor: Disney-ABC Domestic Television (current)
Broadcast Original channel: ITV (UK) CBS, syndication (US)
Picture format: 576i
Audio format:  Mono (1976–81) Stereo (1981)
Genre: Variety
Format Sketch comedy, puppet show, live-action
Created by: Jim Henson
Presented by: Kermit the Frog
Starring: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Louise Gold, Steve Whitmire, Kathryn Mullen, Eren Ozker, John Lovelady
Theme music composer: Jim Henson, Sam Pottle
Country of origin: United Kingdom, United States
No. of series: 5
No. of episodes: 120

The Muppet Show is a comedy-variety television series produced by puppeteer Jim Henson and featuring the Muppets. After two pilot episodes produced in 1974 and 1975 failed to get the attention of America’s network heads, Lew Grade approached Henson to produce the programme for his ATV Associated Television franchise in the UK. The show premiered on 5 September 1976, and five series were produced until 15 March 1981, lasting 120 episodes. The series shows a vaudeville or music hall-style song-and-dance variety show, as well as glimpses behind the scenes of such a show. Kermit the Frog stars as a showrunner who tries to keep control of the antics of the other Muppet characters (and his temper), as well as keep the guest stars happy. The show was known for outrageous physical slapstick, sometimes absurdist comedy, and humorous parodies.[1] Each episode also featured a human guest star. As the show’s popularity rose, many celebrities were eager to perform with the Muppets on television and in film.

Many of the puppeteers also worked on Sesame Street. Muppet performers over the course of the show include Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Fran Brill, Eren Ozker, Steve Whitmire, Louise Gold, Kathryn Mullen, Karen Prell, Brian Muehl, Bob Payne, and John Lovelady. Jerry Juhl and Jack Burns were two of the show writers.

The Muppet Show Theme

Statler and Waldorf

Kermit and Miss Piggy

Best from The Muppet Show

Click To watch All “The Muppet Show” Seasons (1 – 5)