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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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Plastic pollution in water bodies

Banning glitter is not going to save the oceans

Humans release 1.5 million tons of primary microplastics into the ocean annually, a sum equivalent to one disgorged plastic bag for every person each week.

Karnataka High Court stops Franklin Templeton debt funds closure without investor consent

Franklin Templeton shut six of its fixed-income and credit-risk funds run in India in April, locking in Rs 308 billion of investor monies following a liquidity crisis.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
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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.