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MARCH 26, 2015 EST, USA
 
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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
· Lanka Court Orders Inspection of Rajapaksa's Brother Account - The New Indian Express
· Students create clean drinking water solution in Sri Lanka - Virginia Tech Collegiate Times
· India-China-Sri Lanka relations: Xi Jinping, Maithripala Sirisena discuss ... - India.com
· China offers Sri Lanka olive branch and warnings - Yahoo News
· Sri Lanka Returns Military-Held Lands in Former War Zone - ABC News
· Lanka police wants Rajapaksa sibling for quizzing - The Hindu
· Sri Lanka grants amnesty to military deserters - The Hindu
· Lanka commences GSP+ process with EU - Asian Tribune
· Sri Lanka Tourism enters the $40 bn cruiseline business - eTurboNews
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Lanka Court Orders Inspection of Rajapaksa's Brother Account - The New Indian Express
The New Indian Express, 2015-03-26 13:08:53 EST. The private company - Avant-Garde Security Service - which maintained the armouries had provided security to ships against the Somali pirates. It was alleged that the Sri Lanka Navy had lost income due to the floating armouries maintained by the company. More...
Published: Thu Mar 26 21:11:49 EDT 2015

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Students create clean drinking water solution in Sri Lanka - Virginia Tech Collegiate Times
Virginia Tech Collegiate Times, 2015-03-26 02:32:03 EST. SAME has worked closely with their contact in Sri Lanka to ensure that they can build and implement the distiller when it is complete. The society is hoping to work with international groups much more in the future following the completion of the water ... More...
Published: Thu Mar 26 21:19:10 EDT 2015 Back to the top

India-China-Sri Lanka relations: Xi Jinping, Maithripala Sirisena discuss ... - India.com
India.com, 2015-03-26 14:48:58 EST. Xi and Sirisena discussed trilateral cooperation between India, China and Sri Lanka mooted by Beijing recently in an apparent bid to address New Delhi's reservations over Maritime Silk Road (MSR) and its implications for India's security, especially ... More...
Published: Thu Mar 26 21:18:26 EDT 2015 Back to the top

China offers Sri Lanka olive branch and warnings - Yahoo News
Yahoo News, 2015-03-26 08:10:18 EST. Beijing (AFP) - President Xi Jinping worked to mend relations with Sri Lanka on Thursday as Chinese state-run media warned the island nation's new government against shutting off billions in investments from Beijing... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Returns Military-Held Lands in Former War Zone - ABC News
ABC News, 2015-03-25 11:33:13 EST. Sri Lanka has started releasing private land occupied by the military during the country's 26-year civil war, in a major step at reconciliation with minority ethnic Tamils... Back to the top

Lanka police wants Rajapaksa sibling for quizzing - The Hindu
The Hindu, 2015-03-25 12:06:35 EST. Sri Lankan Police are looking for Basil Rajapaksa, the brother of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, for questioning in a corruption probe... Back to the top

Sri Lanka grants amnesty to military deserters - The Hindu
The Hindu, 2015-03-25 19:25:21 EST. The new Sri Lankan government has granted amnesty to over 41,000 military deserters, including 17 officers, enabling them to receive their legal discharge from the army... Back to the top

Lanka commences GSP+ process with EU - Asian Tribune
Asian Tribune, 2015-03-25 20:34:44 EST. As bilateral trade between EU and Sri Lanka edged to $5Bn mark, Sri Lanka has commenced its talks on the recovery of the GSP Plus from EU on 24 March in Colombo, strengthened by previous positive vibes from EU-and 24 March talks were so ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Tourism enters the $40 bn cruiseline business - eTurboNews
eTurboNews, 2015-03-25 20:05:45 EST. Sri Lanka Tourism is partnering top blue-chip companies to enter the lucrative 40 billion dollar cruise line business that is estimated to carry 22.3 million passengers, with the market growing at 3.2% in volume... Back to the top

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