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Sri Lanka

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.
Mahinda Rajapaksa | Pankaj Nangia/Bloomberg News

Rajapaksa’s dark legacy looms large over Sri Lanka and won’t clear anytime soon

Rajapaksa – alleged war criminal & autocrat – isn’t backing out from his claim to be Sri Lanka's prime minister.
The French President Emmanuel Macron | Marc Piasecki/Getty Images

China to become world’s largest theme park market and Macron calls for a stronger Europe

Direct talks between Sri Lankan leaders fail and China launches BeiDou navigation satellites.

Sri Lanka MPs pass no-trust motion against controversially-appointed PM Rajapaksa

Last month, President Sirisena sacked PM Ranil Wickremesinghe and suspended the Parliament plunging the island nation into a crisis.
Sri Lankan Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (C) takes part in a press conference in Colombo | Getty Images

Sri Lanka’s ousted PM mounts legal challenge against President’s decision to dissolve Parliament

On Monday, Wickremesinghe’s United National Party and the opposition Tamil National Alliance filed formal petitions in the Supreme Court challenging President Sirisena's decision. 

Sri Lanka President not in favour of snap elections, says close aide

President Sirisena's close aide Piyadasa quashed rumours that Sirisena may opt for a snap poll with a dissolution of parliament to end the political crisis in Sri Lanka.
Rajapaksa

$2.8 million to switch sides? Bribe allegation rattles Sri Lanka

Colombo has seen frantic political horse-trading ever since Oct. 26, when Sirisena sacked Wickremesinghe and appointed Rajapaksa as his replacement.
Ranil Wickremesinghe

‘We will uphold democracy’: Holed up in Colombo mansion, Ranil Wickremesinghe vows to fight

While Wickremesinghe insists he holds a majority in parliament, former president Rajapaksa enjoys support for ending the country’s brutal 26-year civil war.
Sri Lankan soldiers in Colombo after violence broke out in the city | ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images

Handle with care: Sri Lanka now has two Prime Ministers and a lot of political chaos

As political chaos engulfs Sri Lanka, it is time for India to cautiously increase economic engagements with Colombo.
Maithripala Sirisena

President & leaders of Sri Lanka mourn Karunanidhi’s demise

Sri Lanka's President Sirisena and his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa expressed grief in tweets over the death of veteran Tamil Nadu leader.

OnCamera

Actor Vyjayanthimala

Every Bollywood reincarnation story must tip its hat to Bimal Roy’s Madhumati

Of the many things that Bimal Roy’s Madhumati got right, Pran’s antagonistic turn was one.
space laws

When it comes to space activities in India, are no laws better than bad laws?

The government had put the draft Space Activities Bill in the public domain, inviting suggestions. The bill was never introduced in this Lok Sabha. 

Defence

Convoys to Kashmir can’t be stopped even if aircraft are available, top CRPF officers say

CRPF officer says nearly 4,000 personnel needed to be moved from Jammu to Srinagar due to a backlog caused by weather. Not all could’ve gone by aircraft.
National Interest

Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.