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Indian Tamil, two monks, a former actor — line-up for Sri Lanka’s Presidential election

Sri Lanka will vote on 16 November to elect its President from among 35 candidates — a record number, making it the country’s most expensive election.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa | Tharaka Basnayaka/Bloomberg

A Rajapaksa for President. For Sri Lanka that has seen so much tragedy, it’s time to panic

It doesn’t matter who is in charge. The Rajapaksa political project revolves around corruption and denigration of ethnic and religious minorities.

Sri Lanka’s ex-defence secy & former police chief arrested for alleged inaction on terror

Sri Lanka's attorney general had instructed the authorities to charge the two officials for their failure to prevent the Easter terror attacks.
Sri Lanka's president Maithripala Sirisena | @MaithripalaS

Sri Lanka’s wildly incompetent President keeps getting worse

Maithripala Sirisena eschews responsibility at every turn. He has no leadership qualities and has been out of his depth since January 2015.
Special Task Force (STF) police officers sit in a vehicle arriving at the Parliament of Sri Lanka in Colombo

Sri Lanka says all extremists linked to Easter bombings killed or arrested

The Sri Lankan police chief said that all explosives possessed by the local outfit National Thowheeth Jama'ath were seized, and assured the country was safe again.
File photo | Sri Lankan soldiers inspect the damage inside St Sebastian's Church | Tharaka Basnayaka/Bloomberg

Easter terror attacks: How India knew and why Sri Lanka didn’t

When Easter attack warnings were received, they were forwarded to VIP security heads, not to those in charge of public security.
Sri Lanka's president Maithripala Sirisena | @MaithripalaS

Sri Lankan president Sirisena calls for resignations of defence secretary & police chief

The Sri Lankan govt faced flak Tuesday after it admitted to receiving intelligence inputs about the terror attacks days before Easter but failed to act on it.
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Sri Lankan govt in disarray after reports it ignored intelligence warnings

Trump administration announces end to sanctions exemptions for countries still importing Iranian oil. China, India, among others, to be impacted.
Sri Lanka's president Maithripala Sirisena | @MaithripalaS

Sri Lanka’s human rights diplomacy is a sham & you can blame its political elites

The Sri Lankan government has used Human Rights Council resolutions to deflect international pressure and deceive the global community.
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Race for absolute power in Sri Lanka will signal a proxy war between India and China

With both India and Sri Lanka gearing up for general elections, cautious optimism should be the keyword in diplomacy.

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BJP workers in Kolkata

BJP’s undiluted power at the Centre has weakened the bargaining position of regional parties

Yamini Aiyar & Neelanjan Sircar write in Contemporary South Asia journal on how BJP's electoral performance and Modi's popularity have altered the dynamic of regional party politics in India.

How can you make a webinar exciting?

Businessman Anand Mahindra took to Twitter to denounce the word 'webinar' and asked for it to be 'banished' from the dictionary.

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File image of a meeting between officers of the Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army in Nathu La, Sikkim (representational image) | Photo: ANI

Senior Indian, Chinese military commanders set to meet to defuse Ladakh tensions

Divisional commander-level talks are set to be held ‘soon’, while diplomatic talks are also on between India & China to ensure the issue is settled peacefully.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.