Sri Lanka has failed to obtain a seat in the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Council, in Geneva. Sri Lanka lost out to Bangladesh in the Asian region.
Bangladesh got 123 votes out of 161 and acquired the sixth position, beating giants like Australia, India and Thailand, to become the member. Sri Lanka got only 79 votes while Pakistan got 93 votes, sources said.
The membership tenure will be four years.
The ITU Council was established in 1947 under the name, Administrative Council, following a decision taken by the 1947 Plenipotentiary Conference in the US.
Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 22 October 2010 11:42 AM
Bangladesh is now slowly getting to be way ahead of us, since we have on our own opted to be in the league of nations such as Myanmar!
observer Thursday, 21 October 2010 09:34 PM
losing a seat in the council of ITU is not a big deal....it doesn´t mean that international community is against Sri Lanka
Bangladesh spent lot of money on this and got it...being a Muslim nation they automatically get over 40 votes and have to work for the rest. If you take 40 out from their 123 its 83. just 4 more than Sri Lanka------ They spent millions of $ to get this and SL hasn´t done that as it was not that important. we are any way a member of ITU and it is a matter of a decision to be made, if we need to get into the council by spending about 5million $ minimum..may be not worth...so pls dont blindly comment in these kind of situations....even UK didn´t get elected..does that mean whole world is against them? its just how much you spend on lunches and dinners beofre the voting..Some countries consider it as important and spend lot of money and get it...
Josh Thursday, 21 October 2010 02:28 PM
and so we declared this year as the year of ICT and English!!! WOW!!
Josh Thursday, 21 October 2010 02:26 PM
and do what with that??
thusi Thursday, 21 October 2010 11:38 AM
Dont worry malkanthi..this is not a political body...
Dilan Thursday, 21 October 2010 10:34 AM
Is there anything else to lose.
Gobbaya Thursday, 21 October 2010 10:16 AM
then also ask the telecom minister from australia, india, and thailand to resign as well. such an overreaction.
Nalin Pradeep Thursday, 21 October 2010 10:00 AM
True.. No people there to kneel for money..
Managala Thursday, 21 October 2010 09:32 AM
Wasantha your point is base less this is normal situation any country can win what do you think of World Cup we won in 1996 beating Australia did Australia wipe that they are not good ? no they came up strong next time so we should come strong next time and stop blaming and start posting constructive comments commenting is simple but working is hard so try to do your part irrespective of what others do...
Muza Thursday, 21 October 2010 09:23 AM
These are the elected countries for our region: Region E (Asia and Australasia): 13 seats Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea (Republic of), Kuwait, Malaysia, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, United Arab Emirates
Our politicos tend to compare ourselves with Singapore... since it's not IN, nothing to worry ; )
Lam Thursday, 21 October 2010 09:14 AM
who is telecom minister ask him to resign
senarath Thursday, 21 October 2010 08:49 AM
Why no Pabas there. Senarath
observer Thursday, 21 October 2010 05:06 AM
l we should have given them a grand lunch at Colombo -3 before voting
Katussa Thursday, 21 October 2010 08:21 AM
We are being acknowledged as the latest pariah of Asia and deserve it. More to come!
Naraka Kolla Thursday, 21 October 2010 08:08 AM
Anyway its useless to send our guys there..
Punchi Putha Thursday, 21 October 2010 07:54 AM
We will have our own ITU, who cares!
unl Thursday, 21 October 2010 07:41 AM
Did you read the artcle ? "Bangladesh got 123 votes out of 161 and acquired the sixth position, beating giants like Australia, India and Thailand, to become the member" as per you comments Australia, India and Thailand also losing the international recognition. What a fool.
mewan Thursday, 21 October 2010 07:09 AM
Wasantha, seems like you are happy for what happened.
observer Thursday, 21 October 2010 06:45 AM
How many millions did the mobile operators spent on the last conference at Hilton organized by TRC and still loss to Bangladesh.
Smart Aleck Thursday, 21 October 2010 06:14 AM
Aren't we "A Nation Like No Other" ?
DXB Thursday, 21 October 2010 05:53 AM
This 12 Million was exposed by Ravi K
The Car driven by Ravi is almost 5 to 7 Million worth , then a country spending 12 Million per year on image building is even less worth than a ant's wing.
malkanthi Thursday, 21 October 2010 05:31 AM
Is this a political set back?? The present chairman in the local body being secretary to H.E.?
Wasantha Thursday, 21 October 2010 05:30 AM
Gradually we are losing the international recognition and this is the latest example. The image building campaign being carried out by the external affairs ministry at the expense of 12 million per year is yet to be worked.If we cannot contest a country like Bangladesh, we should think where we stand now.
Pol Booruwa Thursday, 21 October 2010 05:14 AM
Oh cool.. i thought Banagaladesh is very much behind Sri Lanka....
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