Probe on Beruwala FM

29 July 2010 02:44 am - 42     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


By Indika Sri Aravinda

An investigation is underway as to how an illegal radio station operating from Beruwala managed to broadcast its programs island-wide via the FM frequencies, officials told Daily Mirror online.

According to police sources the radio station was operating in Beruwala over a period of time before it was raided yesterday. The equipment used for the broadcast was also seized.

The Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) Anusha Pelpita told Daily Mirror online that he had asked the police to arrest the suspect involved in the illegal operation.

According to the TRC the radio station was operated by an individual who is a resident of Maradana. Investigations have been launched to identify the technology the suspect used to broadcast island-wide without having broadcast towers. (Daily Mirror online)

  Comments - 42

  • Nishantha Rajapakse Thursday, 29 July 2010 06:32 AM

    there are great hackers in sri lanka you know. if they collaborate they can even find out the ruthless government secrets

    Dassanayake Thursday, 29 July 2010 06:34 AM

    Creative people has no chance in Sri Lanka as our polititians
    will loot their ideas and make a private enterprise or convert it into family business...........

    Roger Thursday, 29 July 2010 06:51 AM

    Tower doesnt transmit man, the antenna fixed to the tower what transmit the signal. Antenna could be anywhere with or without a tower, even in your living room.

    Roshan Thursday, 29 July 2010 07:13 AM

    Yes, also the opposition.

    Matara Kolla Thursday, 29 July 2010 07:18 AM

    This also shows how backward we are for not detecting this sooner.

    Ravi Thursday, 29 July 2010 07:20 AM

    They will intorrogate him and get the technology out.
    Some body else would apply for the patent licence.

    James bond Thursday, 29 July 2010 07:28 AM

    state of the art technology for transmitting radio waves in the air needs sending and receiving masts or satellites (highly expensive). The other way to operate a radio station is over the internet (podcast etc.). So for a good geek its all not a problem to over come these burdens to transmit any message nationwide. But attention should be paid on what he transmits to the masses. For the GoSL it is a threatening message, of course.

    media Thursday, 29 July 2010 01:16 PM

    Freedom o‍f expression!

    Sumal Thursday, 29 July 2010 08:13 AM

    You are right.

    colombofish Friday, 30 July 2010 03:39 AM

    I agree! Real talented guys are few. If they are not properly utilized then, they find some other ways of usage.

    fairo Thursday, 29 July 2010 08:38 AM


    scrap_metal Thursday, 29 July 2010 02:58 AM

    WOW.. talk about talent.. this dude should be working for the TRC...

    Geronimo Thursday, 29 July 2010 03:09 AM

    This whole episode smell fishy. Did they not know that the TRC permission and a license should be obtained to commence such broadcasts?

    Abdul Thursday, 29 July 2010 03:22 AM

    it seems a villager in Beruwela can have all the state of the art technology. And did you say a mosque?

    Imran Khan Thursday, 29 July 2010 03:25 AM

    Is our Sri Lankan so much improved with the IT technology? with out the towers broadcasting island wide...

    Tharaka Chanaka Thursday, 29 July 2010 03:27 AM

    either the TRC was sleeping all this time or someone slipped "something" under the table...

    nishV Thursday, 29 July 2010 08:56 AM

    "catch me if you can", a wonderful movie. and good suggestion DMS

    dissa Thursday, 29 July 2010 09:04 AM

    Exactly !!

    Saradial Thursday, 29 July 2010 03:34 AM

    Also prob on TV channels used by Government support Politicians for General and Presidential Election companions.

    Sunil Wijekoon Thursday, 29 July 2010 03:38 AM

    The government should hire this man and fire the SLBC goons.

    citizen1 Thursday, 29 July 2010 03:44 AM

    Oh dear, they must have been broacasting to the masses, or else, why would there be such a panic about it?!!

    mendis Friday, 30 July 2010 10:10 AM

    the auhorities should look into this matter as a serious one, such activites are all terrorist activities

    TC Thursday, 29 July 2010 03:59 AM

    Brainy fellow... broadcasting without towers????


    Nishantha De Silva Thursday, 29 July 2010 04:13 AM

    If the authority does not know the technology used by the suspect, think how our authority act on other technical matters.

    Gayan Samarasekara Thursday, 29 July 2010 04:14 AM

    Sri Lanka.. This is Sri Lanka.. The wonder of Asia.

    dagobert Thursday, 29 July 2010 04:56 PM

    Sri Lanka is blessed with so many talented people ... If only we could harness these talents, in the correct way.

    lanka Thursday, 29 July 2010 04:35 AM

    We could keep him as a intelligence Technical adviser for the govt.

    MORATUPUTHEK Thursday, 29 July 2010 04:49 AM


    Sicillian Thursday, 29 July 2010 04:52 AM

    No wonder our guys are talented. Why not recruit him and get the details on how to transmit without a tower.

    Sanath R Thursday, 29 July 2010 04:53 AM

    This is only one case. There are many smart people in Sri Lanka who are really talented, but unfortunately neither the govt or any other party give recognition to those and use their expertise for the betterment and progress of the country but look only at the negative aspect and push them down. This party may have done the wrong thing by looking from the legal point, but if they have succeeded in an islandwide broadcast with no towers etc, we should admire and encourage them to use that in the correct way and provide assistance where necessary.

    suwimal Thursday, 29 July 2010 04:53 AM

    Perhaps govt can get his advice on preventing undesirable websites, pornographic content and obstructing anti-government or opposition broadcasts/telecasts. No need for chinese expertise. And the govt can keep him under arrest all the time, just like KP.

    Yoosuf Thursday, 29 July 2010 04:55 AM

    It is not advisable to arrest and close the chapter. Whoever the culprit is has to undergo leagal action. But the technology should not be kept under dark. These days there are several mast in the towns from telecom, mobileservices, radio, tv etc., where the area is fully occupied, people living in & around. As every one known that due to these mast the people have accumulated cancer effect in loag term. This has been proofed in UK via research but still under study. So if the technology is viable why we can not utilize it in the sake of easy, envioronmental frendly and simple transmittal without towers?. The authority to think twice.

    gamaya Thursday, 29 July 2010 04:55 AM

    not for the SL goverment. send him to US..he will be very useful man to any contry.

    Krish Thursday, 29 July 2010 05:10 AM

    Srilanka is improving in technology great ;)

    Farook Thursday, 29 July 2010 05:25 AM

    Illegal broadcasting is a crime. Take the technology, punish the crime.

    UNL Thursday, 29 July 2010 05:26 AM

    well said

    DMS Thursday, 29 July 2010 05:27 AM

    There was a film about person doing fraud on cheques and later he was taken to FBI to detect that crime (True story). so you are very right, he should be in TRC or SLBC.

    Mushi Thursday, 29 July 2010 05:30 AM

    WOW!! What a brilliant guy he should be!! Broadcasting without Towers islandwide means far reaching frequency.Perhaps, he invented an innovative technology which can be used for the development of the country and marketed even to foreign countries.Maybe he wanted to show his talent in this fashion as he realised,it won't be recognised otherwise by govt.

    mohammed Thursday, 29 July 2010 05:41 AM

    treat him as a talented sri lankan and no need to bother about his race. Hence he is having potential of doing some thing in development. If he is in Europe / America he may be given a chance to prove it. But poor guy is a sri lankan this is the way to propose his talent as first step otherwise no one willing to recognise it.

    Mushi Thursday, 29 July 2010 10:32 AM

    Fairo, where do you see violence in Beruwala?It is a very peaceful town with people living with Majority sinhalese in harmony.You promote violence for whom?

    Ibnu Batuta Thursday, 29 July 2010 05:51 AM

    I think the concerned parties worries are not about the strong signal but the 'message'.

    david Thursday, 29 July 2010 05:54 AM

    When the 14 years old boy hacked the Singapore Government;s web site that boy was not punished but was hired by them once he was a major. Let's see here? whether the cheap island wide FM service provider goes to Jail or they will use his expertise.

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