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DECEMBER 20, 2014 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 15, NO. 258

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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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· Sri Lanka elections: Sirisena pledges war crime inquiry - The Hindu
· Sri Lanka presidential challenger vows to cancel Crown casino licence - Reuters
· Rangana Herath to miss first Test - ESPNcricinfo.com
· After Mauritius, India to export warships to Sri Lanka - Times of India
· Are free and fair elections possible in Sri Lanka? - The Commentator
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Sri Lanka elections: Sirisena pledges war crime inquiry - The Hindu
The Hindu, 2014-12-19 10:32:14 EST. Sri Lanka's main opposition presidential candidate said the country cannot be charged with war crimes in the International Criminal Court, but he will launch a domestic inquiry if he wins a January election. Maithripala Sirisena said in a policy ... More...
Published: Sat Dec 20 09:51:17 EST 2014

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Sri Lanka presidential challenger vows to cancel Crown casino licence - Reuters
Reuters, 2014-12-19 18:19:05 EST. With an eye on the votes of Buddhists opposed to the casinos, Sirisena's New Democratic Front said it would also cancel a licence given to Sri Lanka's most valuable listed company John Keells Holdings if he comes to power in the Jan. 8 election. More...
Published: Sat Dec 20 09:51:00 EST 2014 Back to the top

Rangana Herath to miss first Test - ESPNcricinfo.com
ESPNcricinfo.com, 2014-12-19 07:33:56 EST. Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has been ruled out of Sri Lanka's first Test against New Zealand by the hamstring tear he suffered last week, team manager Michael de Zoysa has confirmed. Herath had damaged his upper, inner left thigh while training ... More...
Published: Sat Dec 20 09:50:38 EST 2014 Back to the top

After Mauritius, India to export warships to Sri Lanka - Times of India
Times of India, 2014-12-20 11:20:07 EST. "From Sri Lanka, we have received an order to build two off-shore patrol vehicles (OPV) and they are under construction in Goa Shipyard," the minister said on the sidelines of the ceremonial delivery of warship CGS Barracuda to the Mauritian Coast Guard... Back to the top

Are free and fair elections possible in Sri Lanka? - The Commentator
The Commentator, 2014-12-19 12:16:13 EST. Sri Lanka, no doubt, has an unbroken record of regular elections dating back to 1931... Back to the top

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