H M Senevirathna with his creation
By H M Senevirathna, Mahavilachchiya (Justice of Peace, All Island)
With the foreign invention in 1505 we lost our independence. After 500 long years president Mahinda Rajapaksha could regain our independence through his humanitarian operations. Today, we celebrate that grate victory. The first anniversary of our newly gained independence. This war memorial; we have reached and present today is symbolic of that independence. Lord Buddha at the moment of his passing away addressed God Sakra and preached that pure Dharma would survive for long in an island called Sri Lanka. Lord Buddha also requested the God to protect king Vijaya, the ruler of Sri Lanka and all successors so God Sakra protected all the grate leaders of his country by trying the blessed thread (pirith noola) around their hands. Going through that president, we have surrounded our war memorial with the blessed thread. The two ends of the thread are tied to the president heart and the thread is entangled seven times in his hand. And then it covers the lotus the symbol of Mahinda Chinthana and finally touches the land. The war memorial symbolises how the three forces, under the guidance of the Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksha rescued Mavilaru. It also illustrates the astonishing victory on May 18th of 2009. The pearls indicate the unity and prosperity of Sri Lanka, the pearl of Indian Ocean. The ‘sal’ flowers show the Lord Buddha’s blessings to Sri Lanka. This memorial is dedicated to all those who worked hard to bring independence to our motherland.
Using Internet in the Wi-Fi Zone
With funding support from ISIF http://isif.asia/, Horizon Lanka embarked on a project to expand its mesh internet network to the entire Mahavilachchiya village. Earlier, coverage was given only to a section of the village.
By 2009, Dialog Telekom had erected a high-capacity tower in Kiralpetiyawa, an underprivileged area which was considered ’the Siberia of Mahavilachchiya’, due to lack of basic facilities in the hamlet. Horizon Lanka thought its ideal that the mesh internet coverage could be extended to Kiralpetiyawa, but it had not been included in the original budget planning. This was explained to Dialog Telekom and Horizon Lanka requested Sri Lanka’s flagship telecom service provider to consider providing their tower facility to install mesh internet equipment free of charge as a CSR initiative. Usual monthly fees charged by telecommunication firms to share tower facilities are prohibitive for an organisation like Horizon Lanka. The much anticipated positive answer came readily from Dialog to use their tower. LankaCom, the mesh implementing company fixed mesh equipment in the Dialog tower few days back. Now the entire Kiralpetiyawa area enjoys mesh internet signals and a 500+ meter
Wi-Fi network exists around the Dialog tower. Signals from Dialog tower are strong enough to reach even distant Pemaduwa, the ‘downtown’ of Mahavilachchiya.
Dialog Telekom has been helping Horizon Lanka since 2002. First they provided low cost phone packages to Horizon Lanka staff and parents and then provided mobile access to a 50 meter radius exclusively around Horizon Lanka computer lab at a time Mahavilachchiya was not covered by Dialog. In 2006, Dialog donated IT equipment and paid salaries to one of our staff members for a year.
In December, 2006 Dialog covered Mahavilachchiya with its network on Horizon Lanka’s request even before they covered Mihintale, a bigger township.
Dialog was the first mobile company to cover Mahavilachchiya. In 2009, Dialog even expanded its coverage to entire Mahavilachchiya by providing coverage via its newly built tower in Kiralpetiyawa.
Horizon Lanka wishes to thank Dialog for its continued support over the years. We wish the company every success in its future endeavors.
Testing Mesh Signals at the village temple
The implementation of new mesh network in Mahavilachchiya is being done now. ISIF is the funding agency and the implementation is done by LankaCom this time.
There are 4 Wi-Fi zones now in the village and two more zones will be added. The strength of signals are stronger this time than the previous implementation due to the technological advancements during the past 2-3 years.
18 houses have been connected to the mesh by now and more houses will be connected in coming weeks.
Unlike last time, the whole village will be covered with the mesh internet network this time.
MAHAVILACHCHIYA VILLAGE WITH GLOBAL ACCESS – Article in Groundview English Version – Download Here.
MAHAVILACHCHIYA VILLAGE WITH GLOBAL ACCESS – Article in Groundview Tamil Version – Download Here.
මහවිලච්චිය: විශ්ව ගම්මානයේ අපේ ගම Read Sinhala Article in PDF. Download here.
The road to Tantirimale in Mahavilachchiya DS Division is being repaired and the work is almost over. There were some protests by the people in the area last year for neglecting the repair work by the authorities. https://mahavilachchiya.wordpress.com/2008/04/29/duminda-pledges-to-have-tantirimale-road-in-mahavilachchiya-rehabilitated/ And the authorities have kept their word by committing to repair the road. People in the area are very happy now.