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Tourists with a surfboard walk along Dewata Beach in Galle, Sri Lanka | Buddhika Weerasinghe | Bloomberg

Sri Lanka’s economic crisis worsened by hit to tea crop, could seek India help

Sri Lanka's forex reserves are lows & the nation is also facing a food shortage. It remains to be seen if President Rajapaksa will turn to either India or China for help.

Sri Lanka has Rajapaksas all over. It may import autocratic values from CCP model

Like in Europe, where China has built a ‘Balkan Backdoor’ to enter the European Union, it will enter South Asia from autocratic states such as Sri Lanka.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa, in New Delhi | PTI

India looks to recalibrate ties with Sri Lanka as Colombo sways away towards China again

New Delhi believes that Sri Lanka has taken a firm decision on ‘completely aligning’ with China, even if that means doing away with the India balancing act.
Representational image of the Colombo port | Photo: Twitter/@slpauthority

Adani Group itself suggested port terminal change to resolve protests: Sri Lankan minister

Sri Lankan minister Godahewa says Adani Group offered to invest in West Container Terminal, a 'commercially better option', but with same equity ratio given to China at CCIT.
(Representational image) Workers walk past excavators at the site of Colombo Port City, developed by China Harbour Engineering Co | Atul Loke | Bloomberg

India believes Sri Lanka can’t backtrack after promising to proceed with Colombo Port project

Sri Lanka has scrapped the East Container Terminal project. But New Delhi believes Colombo might reconsider its decision and ‘things can change any moment’.
(Representational image) Workers walk past excavators at the site of Colombo Port City, developed by China Harbour Engineering Co | Atul Loke | Bloomberg

What’s the Colombo Port project Jaishankar’s likely to push for & why it remains stalled

The project was signed by India, Sri Lanka and Japan in May 2019, but it has been stalled since Sri Lanka ordered a review in July 2020. Jaishankar is on a 3-day visit to the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the virtual bilateral meet with Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa on 26 September 2020 | ANI Twitter

LAC tension, debt deferment, Colombo port project figure in Modi, Rajapaksa virtual talks

PM Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart also discussed the need for an implementation of 13th amendment to Sri Lankan Constitution, aimed at ‘realising expectations of Tamils’.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa, in New Delhi | PTI

PM Modi to hold virtual bilateral summit with Mahinda Rajapaksa, to review India-Sri Lanka ties

PM Modi & his Sri Lankan counterpart Rajapaksa are expected to discuss anti-terror cooperation, overall defence, trade ties and India's development projects in Sri Lanka.
Mahinda Rajapaksa | Pankaj Nangia/Bloomberg News

Mahinda Rajapaksa brings family rule to Sri Lanka. All eyes on his India-China balancing act

PM Narendra Modi didn't even wait for the final results of Sri Lanka's parliamentary election before calling Mahinda Rajapaksa to congratulate him on his victory.

The challenges before Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksas: From human rights to economy

With India’s neighbourhood first policy at play, New Delhi could increase its assistance towards the Sri Lankan economy and infrastructure.
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Parag Agrawal of Twitter signals Brahmin clout at IIT ending. Kota is now Baniya phenomenon

Baniyas, with their financial might, have breached the sanctum sanctorum of IITs. Money is playing a bigger role than birth in a certain caste. Change is welcome.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.
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