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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
· Mahinda Rajapaksa fears prosecution of entire family by new Sri Lanka ... - IBNLive
· Sri Lanka to send relief supplies to quake-hit Nepal - Business Standard
· Small steps forward? International pressure and accountability for atrocities ... - Open Democracy
· Sri Lanka to pass RTI legislation - The Hindu
· Crude oil slump: Cairn exits Lanka - Business Standard
· ‘Positive vibes in the DD dressing room’
· US catcher Oceans Fleet sees EU tuna demand after Sri Lanka ban - Undercurrent News
· Lanka province CM seeks release of 3 convicts in Premananda case - Times of India
· Voith receives contract to modernize Polpitiya hydro plant in Sri Lanka - HydroWorld
· Sri Lanka shares rise to over 6-week high on banks - Reuters
· New tourism circuit with Sri Lanka
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Mahinda Rajapaksa fears prosecution of entire family by new Sri Lanka ... - IBNLive
IBNLive, 2015-04-24 12:25:47 EST. Colombo: Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday expressed fears that the new government led by his successor Maithripala Sirisena might end up prosecuting his entire family, a day after his two younger brothers faced questioning by ... More...
Published: Fri Apr 24 23:45:56 EDT 2015

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Sri Lanka to send relief supplies to quake-hit Nepal - Business Standard
Business Standard, 2015-04-25 15:08:14 EST. Sri Lanka will send relief supplies to Nepal after a magnitude-7.9 earthquake struck the country today, killing nearly 900 people. The government is to dispatch relief supplies to the earthquake victims in Nepal, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said ... More...
Published: Sat Apr 25 13:36:22 EDT 2015 Back to the top

Small steps forward? International pressure and accountability for atrocities ... - Open Democracy
Open Democracy, 2015-04-24 09:10:14 EST. In countries like Sri Lanka – not party to the ICC – international pressure plays an important role in keeping a focus on the issue of accountability for mass atrocities. A contribution to the openGlobalRights' debate on the ICC. Español, Français. More...
Published: Fri Apr 24 23:56:10 EDT 2015 Back to the top

Sri Lanka to pass RTI legislation - The Hindu
The Hindu, 2015-04-24 18:08:08 EST. Sri Lanka may soon have its own RTI (Right to Information) law... Back to the top

Crude oil slump: Cairn exits Lanka - Business Standard
Business Standard, 2015-04-24 20:38:05 EST. It had won the block in Sri Lanka's first licensing round, in 2007, after competing with OVL and Niko Resources of Canada making two gas discoveries there... Back to the top

‘Positive vibes in the DD dressing room’
The Hindu, 2015-04-24 21:13:14 EST. Fearlessness, freedom and relaxation. Angelo Mathews values a set-up that can provide these gifts to him... Back to the top

US catcher Oceans Fleet sees EU tuna demand after Sri Lanka ban - Undercurrent News
Undercurrent News, 2015-04-24 08:43:49 EST. BRUSSELS, Belgium -- US fishing and processing firm Oceans Fleet Fisheries exhibited at the Seafood Expo Global trade show for the first time ever in an effort to expand sales of scallops and lobster, two of the core products harvested by its vessels... Back to the top

Lanka province CM seeks release of 3 convicts in Premananda case - Times of India
Times of India, 2015-04-23 21:35:15 EST. CHENNAI: Chief minister of Sri Lanka's Tamil-majority Northern Province C V Wigneswaran has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to release three life convicts in the sensational Swamy Premananda case... Back to the top

Voith receives contract to modernize Polpitiya hydro plant in Sri Lanka - HydroWorld
HydroWorld, 2015-04-23 22:08:55 EST. Ceylon Electricity Board awarded a contract to Voith to supply equipment for modernization of its 75-MW Polpitiya pumped-storage hydro plant... Back to the top

Sri Lanka shares rise to over 6-week high on banks - Reuters
Reuters, 2015-04-24 12:14:33 EST. Shares of Commercial Credit and Finance Plc rose 13.01 percent, while Leading fixed-line telephone operator Sri Lanka Telecom Plc advanced 1.28 percent... Back to the top

New tourism circuit with Sri Lanka
The Hindu, 2015-04-25 00:10:40 EST. Kerala Tourism has decided to form a new tourism circuit with Sri Lanka to tap tourists arriving in the island nation for an extended holiday here... Back to the top

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