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.

The telecom watchdog on Wednesday published a set of rules that will govern the short code auction scheduled for an August date.
The online auction previously set for mid May was abandoned due to the lack of interconnection between operators. rn

rnHowever, policy makers are due to meet next week to resolve the remaining issues holding back the auction, including SLTs tariff rebalancing. rn

rnMeanwhile, the online auction will be conducted through a dedicated site,, for external gateway operators (EGO) registering for the bidding. rn

rnEGOs will be allocated a maximum of two short codes of three that they will be allowed to bid for.rn

rnThe two winning short codes will be offered together at the highest bid put forward by the EGO. (Pay only the price of the highest bid for both short codes)rn

rnAfter the upcoming auction, TRC officials have set the next auction for June 2004 or when five new EGOs without short codes make requests.