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TODAY'S FEATURE:
RETURNED ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE VS ENTRENCHED ACADEMIC MEDIOCRITY
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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Headline Summary
· Sri Lanka blocks James Packer's Crown's $US400m casino project - Sydney Morning Herald
· Sri Lanka: Two councils in former LTTE stronghold to go to polls next month - Firstpost
· Sri Lankan President appoints Tamil as Chief Justice
· Sri Lanka shares hit 2-month low after govt's retrospective tax plan - Reuters
· Into The Jungle With Sri Lanka?s Last Hunter-Gatherers - Daily Beast
· What's Next for Sri Lanka's Mahinda Rajapaksa? - Huffington Post
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Sri Lanka blocks James Packer's Crown's $US400m casino project - Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald, 2015-01-29 23:27:19 EST. Sri Lanka's new government has blocked a $US400-million casino project by Australian gaming mogul James Packer's Crown Resorts as part of a wider move against major gaming projects in the country. The widely-expected move redeems an election ... More...
Published: Sat Jan 31 16:06:20 EST 2015
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Sri Lanka: Two councils in former LTTE stronghold to go to polls next month - Firstpost
Firstpost, 2015-01-31 13:57:52 EST. Sri Lanka: Two councils in former LTTE stronghold to go to polls next month. Jan 31, 2015 13:45 IST. #LTTE #Martimepattu #NewsTracker #Norhern Province #north #Puthukudyiruppu #Sri Lanka #War #World. Tweet. Facebook Share. 0. Google + Share 0. More...
Published: Sat Jan 31 16:09:32 EST 2015 Back to the top

Sri Lankan President appoints Tamil as Chief Justice
The Hindu, 2015-01-31 05:36:14 EST. Sri Lanka on Friday appointed Justice K Sripavan, an ethnic-Tamil, its new Chief Justice, days after his predecessor Mohan Peiris was asked to resign following an uproar in the parliament over alle... More...
Published: Sat Jan 31 16:06:55 EST 2015 Back to the top

Sri Lanka shares hit 2-month low after govt's retrospective tax plan - Reuters
Reuters, 2015-01-30 12:53:56 EST. Sri Lanka's new government on Thursday announced a budget that imposed new taxes on cash-rich firms to pay for pay hikes for workers and tax cuts on key commodities, hoping to woo voters as it approaches a parliamentary election... Back to the top

Into The Jungle With Sri Lanka?s Last Hunter-Gatherers - Daily Beast
Daily Beast, 2015-01-31 12:49:00 EST. Sinhabahu in turn had a son called Vijaya, who became the first, legendary king of Sri Lanka (the people call themselves Sinhalase—meaning 'lion people') after he and 700 followers arrived on the tropical island, off India's South East coast, some ... Back to the top

What's Next for Sri Lanka's Mahinda Rajapaksa? - Huffington Post
Huffington Post, 2015-01-29 20:53:54 EST. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was voted out of office in early January... Back to the top

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