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New passport with biometric data in microchip

A new passport to be issued this year will contain a microchip which could store personal details including biometrics of the holder, the Immigration Department said. Immigration and Emigration Controller General S. Ranasinghe says  that the new passport would have additional security features to minimise chances of anyone making forged passports. …

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80 pecent of fake FB accounts will be removed this week: CERT

The Principal Information Security Engineer of the Computer Emergency Readiness Team Co-ordination Centre (CERT|CC), Roshan Chandragupta said 80 per cent of the fake Facebook accounts would be removed by the end of this year by the Facebook head office. He said CERT had received 3,400 complaints by November regarding the …

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Google to open AI centre in China despite restrictions

Google is deepening its push into Artificial Intelligence (AI) by opening a research centre in China, even though its search services remain blocked in China, BBC reported today. Google has said the facility would be the first of its kind in Asia and would aim to employ local talent. China …

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MPs not using their laptops in Parliament: Harin

Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure Minister Harin Fernando said yesterday that even 20 per cent of the laptops provided to the MPs were not used by them. He said order papers and other relevant documents were saved in these laptops to facilitate MPs in the House and added that most of …

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Computer literacy rate in urban areas reaches 41.1%

Director General of DCS Dr. Amara Satharasinghe yesterday said that Computer Literacy rate among those in the age group of aged 5-69 years of Sri Lanka had been estimated as 28.3 percent. The Urban sector reported the highest computer literacy rate of 41.1 percent among residential sectors while computer literacy …

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Sri Lanka to launch Rs. 3 bn fund to develop IT industry

government will launch IT Initiative, an exclusive fund to develop the IT industry with the assistance of the island’s universities. The Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera in his budget for next year announced that the government will launch its “Angel Fund for the IT industry” and invest Rs. 3 billion …

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