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From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

Keen to grow its rural customer base, Hutchison Telecom is offering free incoming calls for a minimum monthly bill of Rs. 499.00.
The minimum charge including rental will leave the customer with Rs. 324.00 worth of calling time. rn

rnHutchisons Telecom Chief Executive Tirukumar Nadarasa says studies within their customer base show that free incoming call was a key motivational factor for phone users. rn

rnThe move is also in line with the firms strategy to use GSM technology to roll out limited mobility telecommunication services in rural areas. rn

rnNadarasa says GSM is a cost effective solution to roll out communication services in rural areas and therefore made it more affordable to low income consumers. rn

rnMeanwhile, the mobile operator is studying Sri Lankas overseas calling patterns before using its new external gateway operator (EGO) license. rn

rnHutchison was among the first 21 EGO licensees. However, the firms is yet to follow its competitors in launching overseas calling services