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Call for Proposals: Saman Kelegama Memorial Research Grant 2024
The Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) is inviting proposals for the Saman Kelegama Memorial Research Grant 2024. The grant is an annual, merit-based grant awarded to an outstanding undergraduate studying in a Sri Lankan university. It aims to promote policy entrepreneurs among undergraduates by encouraging policy-relevant, rigorous and innovative socio-economic research.

The grant was established in 2018 to honour Dr. Saman Kelegama’s legacy of independent research and public policy engagement in socio-economic development in Sri Lanka and the wider South Asian region. Dr. Kelegama was the Executive Director of the IPS from 1995 to 2017.

Fourth-year undergraduates studying economics or a related subject in a University Grants Commission approved university or higher education institution in Sri Lanka are eligible to apply. Proposals must be written according to the guidelines provided and emailed to tharakam@ips.lk on or before the submission deadline of 30 April 2024.

HOW WILL THE WINNER BE CHOSEN? The quality of the proposals will be judged for its policy relevance, feasibility, originality and creativity. Three finalists will be chosen and invited to present their proposals at the IPS, where the award recipient will be selected.

OUTCOMES OF THE GRANTS - The recipient will be expected to produce a Policy Discussion Brief within six months of receiving the grant. The research report can be written individually or jointly with an IPS senior researcher.

BENEFITS OF THE GRANT - The beneficiary will be awarded a one-time research grant of LKR 200,000 to carry out the proposed research and a three-month internship at the IPS.

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Sri Lanka attracts 40,877 tourist arrivals from March 1 to 9
Sri Lanka attracted 40,877 tourist arrivals from March 1 to 9 in 2024 showing early signs of bettering the total monthly arrivals figure of 2023 March of 125,495 towards the mid of the month.

Sri Lanka in the last two months has maintained over 200,000 arrivals each month with January 2024 recording 208,253 and February maintaining 218,350. In contrast the country had 102,545 arrivals in January and 107,639 in February 2023.

Russian Federation once again was the top source destination for Sri Lankan Tourism with 5,800 arrivals and accounting to 14% of the total marketshare. India remained second (5,602) while Germany (4,110) and the UnitedKingdom (3,486) stood at third and fourth place.

China was in fifth place with 2,496 tourists.

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Dialog unveils ‘Home Broadband Plans’ for social media usage
Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s #1 connectivity provider, announced the launch of new prepaid Home Wi-Fi plans designed to meet the evolving needs of today’s customers, addressing the surge in social media usage, while extending unmatched affordability and accessibility.

The two feature-packed Home Wi-Fi YouTube & Home Wi-Fi Social Prepaid Plans cater to diverse preferences, where users can enjoy 40GB of anytime data where 20GB is exclusively for Tik-Tok, Instagram and Facebook with an additional 20GB data for any internet use. Meanwhile, offers for 50GB anytime data where 30GB is exclusively for YouTube usage with additional 20GB for any internet use.