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By Carlo Fonseka, may 13. At one point in your very perceptive editorial of 10 May titled "Pay them more; make them work harder" you refer to President Mahinda Rajapaksha's appeal to expatriate Sri Lankan experts including academics to return and help develop the country. Then you ask rhetorically: "But who will want to answer his call, return home and settle for a pittance?" Please give me a little space to tell The Island the story of two such persons - Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole and his wife Dr. Dushyanthi Hoole, who answered the President's call and the consequent unhappiness they have had to endure. More...
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· Gayan Prageeth's "Extravagance" - A Witty Portrayal of Sri Lanka's Political ... - Huffington Post
· Singapore appoints High Commissioners for South Africa, Sri Lanka - Channel News Asia
· Deal with the blocks and Lanka-India trade can grow exponentially: Eran ... - Business Standard
· Lanka to soon name new envoy to India
· S Lanka drops cricket officials
· Why Sri Lanka's Historic Mangroves Move Matters - Triple Pundit (registration) (blog)
· Sri Lanka marketing 10-yr dollar bond to yield 6.375% - Reuters
· Sri Lanka president visits Jaffna over gang-rape anger - Daily Mail
· Sri Lankan shares down for second day; Lanka IOC drags - Reuters
· After Zimbabwe series, confident Pak cricket board plans to invite Sri Lanka - Oneindia
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Gayan Prageeth's "Extravagance" - A Witty Portrayal of Sri Lanka's Political ... - Huffington Post
Huffington Post, 2015-05-27 13:55:35 EST. The post-war Sri Lanka witnessed "an unraveling of a political carnival, I was inspired by this, and the extravagance that it attempted to project. This collection captures this 'extravagance'" says Sri Lankan artist Gayan Prageeth, whom I met at ... More...
Published: Wed May 27 20:47:14 EDT 2015

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Singapore appoints High Commissioners for South Africa, Sri Lanka - Channel News Asia
Channel News Asia, 2015-05-28 03:23:22 EST. SINGAPORE: The Government has appointed High Commissioners to South Africa and Sri Lanka, according to the to Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday (May 28). Mr Chua Thai Keong will assume the post as High Commissioner to the Republic of South ... More...
Published: Thu May 28 08:48:15 EDT 2015 Back to the top

Deal with the blocks and Lanka-India trade can grow exponentially: Eran ... - Business Standard
Business Standard, 2015-05-27 17:28:02 EST. A banker-turned-politician Eran Wickramaratne, Sri Lanka's deputy minister for highways and investment promotion, says trade and investment with India can grow exponentially. He, however, makes a strong case for reduction in non-tariff barriers (NTBs). More...
Published: Wed May 27 20:46:18 EDT 2015 Back to the top

Lanka to soon name new envoy to India
The Hindu, 2015-05-28 11:01:37 EST. Sri Lanka has recalled all non-career diplomats serving as heads of missions abroad who had held their posts before January except the High Commissioner to India with a new envoy to be named short... Back to the top

S Lanka drops cricket officials
BBC South Asia, 2015-05-27 17:33:25 EST. Sri Lanka's cricket body says officials accused of harassing female players have been removed but that there are "no grounds" for criminal proceedings... Back to the top

Why Sri Lanka's Historic Mangroves Move Matters - Triple Pundit (registration) (blog)
Triple Pundit (registration) (blog), 2015-05-28 09:28:27 EST. Huge news for the environment: Sri Lanka's new government just took the unprecedented, historic step to protect all of its mangroves... Back to the top

Sri Lanka marketing 10-yr dollar bond to yield 6.375% - Reuters
Reuters, 2015-05-28 03:33:47 EST. HONG KONG, May 28 (IFR) - The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is marketing 10-year US dollar bonds to yield around 6.375%... Back to the top

Sri Lanka president visits Jaffna over gang-rape anger - Daily Mail
Daily Mail, 2015-05-26 14:02:25 EST. Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena flew to the island's former warzone of Jaffna on Tuesday to defuse rising tensions over the gang rape and murder of a teenager, a spokesman said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan shares down for second day; Lanka IOC drags - Reuters
Reuters, 2015-05-27 12:07:08 EST. COLOMBO May 27 Sri Lankan shares fell for a second session on Wednesday led by Lanka IOC after its poor performance in the March quarter, and also on foreign outflows, stockbrokers said... Back to the top

After Zimbabwe series, confident Pak cricket board plans to invite Sri Lanka - Oneindia
Oneindia, 2015-05-28 05:30:52 EST. A well-informed source in the Pakistan Cricket Board told PTI that the PCB had managed to convince the head of the Sri Lankan cricket interim committee, Siddhart Wettimuny to visit Lahore for the last one-day international against Zimbabwe this Sunday... Back to the top

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