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As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
Afghan MP Fawzia Koofi

Afghans face a choice between dying from poverty or from Covid, says MP Fawzia Koofi

Speaking at a virtual conference, the Afghan MP said people were frustrated with years of war and would find it difficult to take Covid-19 seriously.
Sri Lanka

Why Sri Lanka’s economy faces a painful ‘reset’ in the coming months

Sri Lanka is locked in talks with IMF for emergency-financing aid, after its second longer-term programme with the fund in less than a decade expired.

Sri Lanka holds mock poll to test Covid guidelines, preparedness for parliamentary polls

Some 200 voters were chosen to vote and attention was given to the time it takes to cast a vote while sticking to the health guidelines.
Mahinda Rajapaksa | Pankaj Nangia/Bloomberg News

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.
A woman checks the Facebook Inc. site on her smartphone | Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg

Facebook apologises for its role in Sri Lanka’s 2018 anti-Muslim riots

A viral video falsely purporting to show a Muslim restaurateur admitting to mixing ‘sterilization pills’ into food of Sinhala-Buddhists was blamed for the 2018 riots.
File image of PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping

Covid has brought back Chinese whispers in Sri Lanka, Nepal. Is India listening?

South Asia has for long witnessed a see-saw diplomatic battle between India and China, but Covid is adding fresh dimensions to this engagement.
Sri Lankan security personnel make checks as a vehicle exits the Presidential Secretariat building in Colombo, Sri Lanka. | Photographer: Tharaka Basnayaka | Bloomberg

Sri Lanka to lift nationwide curfew on 27 April

Sri Lanka reported its highest one-day infection total, 49, Friday. It has so far recorded 414 cases, of whom over 100 have fully recovered.
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 to seek $400 million financial facility from RBI to meet short term financial needs

Sri Lanka has placed critical economic measures to save resources hit badly by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has infected 373 persons in the country.
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 postpones parliamentary elections for nearly two months amid Covid-19 crisis

The coronavirus outbreak has killed seven people and infected 295 others in the country.

On Camera

Artist concept of the solar system. | Photo: NASA

Millenials love discussing Mercury retrograde on Instagram, but scoff at jyotish predictions

If you’re a millennial and everything is going wrong at work, in love, and in life — it’s probably just Mercury retrograde, which began in June and ends mid-July.
Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator, Financial Times

India should spend more to revive demand, not worry about deficit: Economy expert Martin Wolf

Speaking at ThePrint's OffTheCuff, Chief Economics Commentator at The Financial Times Martin Wolf said India can afford to increase its debt-to-GDP ratio to 90%, but should avoid borrowing in foreign currency.

Defence

A file photo of Pangong Lake in Ladakh | Visharad Saxena | Special arrangement

LAC row began April, 5,000 Chinese troops sent to Pangong in May, claims state broadcaster

Published by CGTN, the report is first Chinese acknowledgment about the number of troops mobilised in the Pangong Lake area amid tensions with India.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.