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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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Headline Summary
· Sri Lanka must have a new Constitution: expert
· Sirisena reins in Sri Lanka's Executive Presidency - Asia Times Online
· Sri Lanka's New Leader to Dissolve Parliament and Launch War Crimes Probe - TIME
· Kerry backs justice for Sri Lanka's war-hit Tamils - The Daily Star
· 'Sri Lanka keen on tie-up up with Ashram' - The Hindu
· Glimpse into the tradition of arts and crafts of Sri Lanka - Mask - The Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka
· In search of truth in Lanka - Times of India
· Kerry Wraps Up Historic Sri Lanka Visit - Voice of America
· PM for strong economic ties with Sri Lanka
· TNA, Centre need to work together: Kerry
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Sri Lanka must have a new Constitution: expert
The Hindu, 2015-05-04 23:40:48 EST. ‘The present Constitution has been amended many times' More...
Published: Tue May 5 07:13:21 EDT 2015

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Sirisena reins in Sri Lanka's Executive Presidency - Asia Times Online
Asia Times Online, 2015-05-04 12:30:11 EST. In sharp contrast to his predecessor, Mahinda Rajapaksa, who strengthened the powers of Sri Lanka's Executive Presidency to unprecedented levels, President Maithripala Sirisena has acted to reduce it. Last week, the Sri Lankan parliament passed the ... More...
Published: Tue May 5 07:15:44 EDT 2015 Back to the top

Sri Lanka's New Leader to Dissolve Parliament and Launch War Crimes Probe - TIME
TIME, 2015-04-09 09:28:27 EST. Sri Lanka's new leader plans to dissolve the country's Parliament in May, setting the island nation on course for general elections in late June or early July — around the same time that he plans to announce details of a probe into allegations of ... More...
Published: Mon May 4 08:09:30 EDT 2015 Back to the top

Kerry backs justice for Sri Lanka's war-hit Tamils - The Daily Star
The Daily Star, 2015-05-03 07:52:07 EST. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ended a visit to Sri Lanka Sunday after pledging support for minority Tamils following decades of ethnic war, a local Tamil politician said... Back to the top

'Sri Lanka keen on tie-up up with Ashram' - The Hindu
The Hindu, 2015-05-05 00:30:54 EST. Sri Lanka will like to work with the Santhigiri Ashram in areas such as agriculture, medicine manufacture, and social and cultural sectors, Sri Lankan Food Minister Gamini Jayavikrama Perreira has said... Back to the top

Glimpse into the tradition of arts and crafts of Sri Lanka - Mask - The Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka
The Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka, 2015-05-05 03:28:29 EST. Ambalangoda is a small town in Southern part of Sri Lanka which is famous for hand made Masks and masks dancing... Back to the top

In search of truth in Lanka - Times of India
Times of India, 2015-05-03 23:35:17 EST. CHENNAI: "I still remember that night... As I turn back, I see three men drag Sivaram into a van and drive away in 30 seconds!" An eyewitness account of a senior journalist in Sri Lanka remembering the night how his journalist friend Taraki Sivaram was ... Back to the top

Kerry Wraps Up Historic Sri Lanka Visit - Voice of America
Voice of America, 2015-05-03 11:37:24 EST. COLOMBO, SRI LANKA—. John Kerry wrapped up the first visit to Sri Lanka by a U... Back to the top

PM for strong economic ties with Sri Lanka
http//www.dailytimes.com.pk/, May 04, 2015,08:10 AM. ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday said that Pakistan's economic ties and trade linkages with Sri Lanka must be further strengthened for the benefit of their people... Back to the top

TNA, Centre need to work together: Kerry
The Hindu, 2015-05-03 23:01:04 EST. A day after laying emphasis on expediting the process of reconciliation in Sri Lanka, United States Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday impressed upon leaders of the Tamil National Alliance (T... Back to the top

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