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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 confident of containing any move to revive LTTE - Economic Times
· Sri Lanka opposition protest to block Packer's casino plans - Reuters
· Comment: UN inquiry holds few terrors for a Sri Lanka used to impunity - SBS (blog)
· Sri Lanka First in South Asia to Access Innovative World Bank Disaster Risk ... - World Bank Group
· US intensifies pressure on Sri Lanka via UN human rights inquiry - World Socialist Web Site
· 3 agents in kidney racket arrested
· Sri Lanka to Deport UK Tourist With Buddha Tattoo - ABC News
· Paul Farbrace quits Sri Lanka and set for England coaching appointment - The Guardian
· Sri Lanka pair in hot water - Aljazeera.com
· Sri Lanka players resolve pay dispute - SBS
· Simmons keeps faith with World Twenty20 side for Sri Lanka ODI games - Irish Times
· Malinga named Sri Lanka T20 captain - Reuters UK
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Sri Lanka confident of containing any move to revive LTTE - Economic Times
Economic Times, 2014-04-24 12:35:11 EST. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka will "nip in the bud" any attempt to revive the LTTE, foreign minister said, even as there was "compelling evidence" that the banned outfit was carrying out a global campaign to raise funds for terror activities in the country. More...
Published: Thu Apr 24 10:40:47 EDT 2014

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Sri Lanka opposition protest to block Packer's casino plans - Reuters
Reuters, 2014-04-24 12:11:24 EST. Currently, there are only a few, mostly small-scale, casinos in Sri Lanka run by local businessmen. Packer, one of Australia's richest men, first obtained cabinet approval for Crown's projects in September, but the terms were altered and it has been ... More...
Published: Thu Apr 24 10:40:59 EDT 2014 Back to the top

Comment: UN inquiry holds few terrors for a Sri Lanka used to impunity - SBS (blog)
SBS (blog), 2014-04-22 23:59:40 EST. The US-sponsored resolution targeted both the Tamil Tigers and government troops, but such objectivity failed to impress a Sri Lanka bristling with indignation. The brutality of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is beyond doubt. The massacre ... More...
Published: Wed Apr 23 13:36:03 EDT 2014 Back to the top

Sri Lanka First in South Asia to Access Innovative World Bank Disaster Risk ... - World Bank Group
World Bank Group, 2014-04-23 22:14:24 EST. WASHINGTON, April 22, 2014 - Sri Lanka today became the first South Asian country to access an innovative form of World Bank financing that provides immediate payouts after a major catastrophe such as a tsunami, cyclone or flood... Back to the top

US intensifies pressure on Sri Lanka via UN human rights inquiry - World Socialist Web Site
World Socialist Web Site, 2014-04-23 05:28:26 EST. To achieve its end, the Obama administration is using the threat of possible war crimes charges against Rajapakse and other Sri Lankan leaders over atrocities committed during military offensives against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ... Back to the top

3 agents in kidney racket arrested
The Hindu, 2014-04-22 18:25:58 EST. : The city police on Tuesday arrested three agents involved in kidney racket hailing from the State... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to Deport UK Tourist With Buddha Tattoo - ABC News
ABC News, 2014-04-23 14:28:24 EST. Sri Lankan authorities will deport a British tourist for having an image of Buddha tattooed on her arm, an official said Wednesday... Back to the top

Paul Farbrace quits Sri Lanka and set for England coaching appointment - The Guardian
The Guardian, 2014-04-22 18:20:26 EST. Paul Farbrace is expected to be confirmed as England's new assistant coach on Wednesday after this summer's opponents Sri Lanka teed up the announcement with confirmation of his resignation... Back to the top

Sri Lanka pair in hot water - Aljazeera.com
Aljazeera.com, 2014-04-22 15:41:07 EST. Sri Lanka stars Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene are facing disciplinary action for their public criticism of cricket board officials in a dispute over their retirement from Twenty20 internationals... Back to the top

Sri Lanka players resolve pay dispute - SBS
SBS, 2014-04-23 14:10:27 EST. COLOMBO (Reuters) - The pay dispute between Sri Lanka Cricket and its 13 contracted players ended on Wednesday when the latter agreed to accept 10 percent of the participation fees from ICC and Asian Cricket Council (ACC) events... Back to the top

Simmons keeps faith with World Twenty20 side for Sri Lanka ODI games - Irish Times
Irish Times, 2014-04-23 00:02:11 EST. Ireland coach Phil Simmons has kept to the players that took part in the recent World Twenty20 in his 13-strong squad to take on Sri Lanka in the RSA Insurance ODI series games at Castle Avenue on May 6th and 8th... Back to the top

Malinga named Sri Lanka T20 captain - Reuters UK
Reuters UK, 2014-04-23 13:06:14 EST. Malinga, part of the Sri Lanka team to win the World T20 title in Bangladesh earlier this month, replaces Dinesh Chandimal as captain... Back to the top

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