28th of June 2010, the .ලංකා and .இலங்கை were formally opened for registration. Now any people who is having a .lk domain can request for .ලංකා and .இலங்கை domains for free.
This launch was held at Mount Lavinia hotel and many people around the world have participated in it including an ICANN board member.
This is an historic event. Because .lk domain was added to root servers on 15th June 1990. Till that date the Sri Lanka was identified the two words .lk. But from 28th June 2010 onwards the country can be indexed using .ලංකා and .இலங்கை.
The another notable point is, these are the two domains which are going to be added to the root servers in the South Asian region and .இலங்கை is the first Tamil domain which is going to be added.
Though the only people in Sri Lanka can access these Sinhala and Tamil domain now, from august onwards all the world should be able to type URL in Sinhala and Tamil and reach respective web sites.
currently there are few IDNs assigned to government sites.
I am very happy that I also could take part in this developments and event.
visit www.nic.lk to register and also visit www.idns.lk to get more information about this.