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Sri Lanka blasts- intelligence failure

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

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.
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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. 
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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.
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‘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.

On Camera

Udit Raj

BJP is denying ticket to vocal Dalit MPs like Udit Raj because they just won’t fall in line

Most sitting MPs whom BJP denied ticket to contest the 2019 elections were vocal about issues of caste and social justice in India.
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3 months of Congress’ Priyanka Gandhi in active politics: Has she lived up to the hype?

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was appointed Congress’ general secretary of Uttar Pradesh (East) on 23 January 2019.

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Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.