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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.
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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.
File image of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa (left) with India's Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

With strong Rajapaksa govt in Sri Lanka, India to push big list of projects to boost ties

Rajapaksa’s landslide parliamentary win comes at a time when Sri Lanka has become strategically important for India, China and even US, Japan & Australia.
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Sri Lanka’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in as Prime Minister

74-year-old SLPP leader Mahinda Rajapaksa was administered oath of office for the ninth Parliament by his younger brother and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka's former secretary of defense, speaks during an interview at his home in Colombo, Sri Lanka. | Photographer: Tharaka Basnayaka | Bloomberg

Rajapaksas take control, register landslide victory in Sri Lankan parliamentary elections

This win could help President Gotabaya Rajapaksa push through contentious constitutional changes to restore sweeping executive powers to his office.

Rajapaksas eye more power as Sri Lanka votes today to elect new parliament

The Rajapaksas want to win a two-thirds majority in order to push through constitutional changes that will allow the presidency to reclaim executive powers.
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PM Modi congratulates Mahinda Rajapaksa on completing 50 years in Sri Lankan parliament

PM Modi and Mahinda Rajapaksa discussed the health and economic impact of the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic and the measures being taken to counter it.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka's former secretary of defense, speaks during an interview at his home in Colombo, Sri Lanka. | Photographer: Tharaka Basnayaka | Bloomberg

Sri Lanka pulling out of UN resolutions shows that war wounds won’t heal under Rajapaksas

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's administration is sending a clear signal that transitional justice and broader rights concerns have been put on the back burner.

On Camera

If Joe Biden wins US presidential election — prepare for an epic policy hangover

As pleasant as it might be to have a president who isn’t actively destroying the country, there are many areas where Biden will need a better plan & political will to make progress.
President Xi Jinping (centre) with other leaders of the Communist Party of China | Representational image: Reuters via ANI

China to reveal how it plans to steer economic growth through the 2030s

China’s Communist Party is expected to release two policy blueprints at the end of 4 days of meetings -- Their 5-year plan & a longer strategy document that stretches until 2035.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressing the biannual Army Commanders Conference in New Delhi Wednesday | Indian Army

China lacks ‘honest intent’, be prepared for any eventuality, Rajnath Singh tells Army

Speaking in Delhi, the Defence Minister told military commanders that the government will strongly back reforms in the armed forces including setting up of theatre commands.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.