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DECEMBER 18, 2014 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 15, NO. 256

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LACNET TSUNAMI REHABILITATION PROJECTS

On December 26 of 2004, about 35,000 Sri Lankan lives were lost to one of the deadliest natural disasters in modern history, the Asian tsunami. The enormity of this tragedy generated an outpouring of aid from the international community. LAcNet collected $129,200 and have have disbursed $94,371 to seven worthy projects. [More...]

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TLA FEATURE CORNER
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
· Rajapaksa asks Tamils to ‘forget the past’
· Sri Lanka, the world's most seductive island - Daily Life
· In Sri Lanka's Post-Tsunami Rise, China Is Key - Wall Street Journal
· Sri Lanka opposition vows to scrap China port deal if wins election - Reuters
· ‘No devolution possible under Rajapaksa’
· Who's scared of LTTE? - The Indian Express
· Expat Lunchbox: What to Eat in Colombo, Sri Lanka (Hint: Cheap & Well-Spiced) - Wall Street Journal (blog)
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Rajapaksa asks Tamils to ‘forget the past’
The Hindu, 2014-12-18 13:35:21 EST. Sri Lanka will not allow any Arab Spring-type uprising in the country, which is emerging from decades of ethnic war, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is seeking an unprecedented third term, vowed... More...
Published: Thu Dec 18 14:17:15 EST 2014

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Sri Lanka, the world's most seductive island - Daily Life
Daily Life, 2014-12-18 12:49:42 EST. I'm swept along by the crowd of spiritual devotees circling a massive white stupa at Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle. The region, in the centre of the island, was the seat of two powerful kingdoms, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. It's the ... More...
Published: Thu Dec 18 14:17:45 EST 2014 Back to the top

In Sri Lanka's Post-Tsunami Rise, China Is Key - Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal, 2014-12-18 21:33:27 EST. Much of Sri Lanka's resurgence since the tsunami that killed 35,000 people here has been with help from China. Phase one of the Hambantota port, for instance, is 85% financed by the Export-Import Bank of China. A joint venture of Chinese companies will ... More...
Published: Thu Dec 18 20:23:54 EST 2014 Back to the top

Sri Lanka opposition vows to scrap China port deal if wins election - Reuters
Reuters, 2014-12-17 15:33:00 EST. COLOMBO (Reuters) - A leader of Sri Lanka's opposition said he would scrap a $1.5 billion deal with China Communications Construction Co Ltd (601800... Back to the top

‘No devolution possible under Rajapaksa’
The Hindu, 2014-12-16 18:09:57 EST. Sri Lanka’s Northern Tamils cannot expect powers to be devolved as long as President Mahinda Rajapaksa is in power, according to Rajitha Senaratne who was, not very long ago, a Minister in his cab... Back to the top

Who's scared of LTTE? - The Indian Express
The Indian Express, 2014-12-16 18:38:15 EST. Supporters of the outfit, like Tamil Nadu politician Vaiko, who have been challenging the ban, claim that the LTTE project is limited to Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Expat Lunchbox: What to Eat in Colombo, Sri Lanka (Hint: Cheap & Well-Spiced) - Wall Street Journal (blog)
Wall Street Journal (blog), 2014-12-17 14:48:50 EST. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — If you don't have a doting parent, devoted spouse or a dutiful domestic at home, chances are you will spend most weekday afternoons in a bit of a bind... Back to the top

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