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China's national flag | Representational image | Bloomberg

This Nagaland hashtag trended on Weibo. And Xi wants China’s religions to first follow CCP

Chinascope — The Week Behind The Wall is everything you need to know about what’s happening in China this week.
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 junks organic farming 6 months after overnight ban on chemical fertiliser imports

Sri Lanka has distributed consignment of nano urea fertiliser imported from India for paddy cultivation. There was a lot of anger among farmers over the earlier ban.
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How Sri Lanka’s flip to organic farming has now caused row with China over fertiliser crisis

A Sri Lankan bank withheld payment to China’s Qingdao Seawin Group after its fertiliser samples were allegedly found to host harmful bacteria. China has now blacklisted the bank.

‘Manike Mage Hithe’ marks the ‘soft power’ of cultural exchange between Sri Lanka and India

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Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo Monday | Photo: Twitter/@IndiainSL

Stalled Indian projects, Tamil cause take centrestage on Shringla’s Sri Lanka trip

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, on four-day visit to Lanka, meets PM Mahinda Rajapaksa & Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa, discusses post-pandemic economic recovery.
Representational image of a contingent of the Indian Army| Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

India, Sri Lanka begins 12-day military exercise with focus on counter-terror cooperation

A total of 120 Indian Army personnel are participating in the exercise in Sri Lanka, which is focused on understanding transnational terrorism, joint tactical operations among others.
A nurse fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE Covid-19 vaccine | Bloomberg

Sri Lanka seeks $100 million loan from IMF to procure 14 million Pfizer vaccines

Sri Lankan minister for pharmaceuticals Channa Jayasumana told Parliament Tuesday that the government had vaccinated over 50% of the island nation's 21 million population.
Sri Lankan minister Lohan Ratwatte's resignation is the result of a sustained campaign by activists and opposition parties demanding his removal | Twitter

Sri Lankan minister accused of breaking into prison in drunken state, abusing prisoners quits

Lohan Ratwatte was accused of forcing Tamil prisoners to kneel at gunpoint. His alleged misconduct has brought Sri Lanka’s controversial anti-terrorism law back into focus.
Tourists with a surfboard walk along Dewata Beach in Galle, Sri Lanka | Buddhika Weerasinghe | Bloomberg

Sri Lanka’s economic crisis worsened by hit to tea crop, could seek India help

Sri Lanka's forex reserves are lows & the nation is also facing a food shortage. It remains to be seen if President Rajapaksa will turn to either India or China for help.
Representational image. | A tea plantation in Sri Lanka's Haputale. | Photo: Commons

How Sri Lanka is facing an economic disaster after overnight switch to total organic farming

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Indian Army soldiers patrolling the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | Representational image| ANI

I served in Nagaland during the peak of insurgency and without AFSPA

Despite the Nagaland Peace Accord signed in the presence of PM Narendra Modi, AFSPA continues to exist. And we call ourselves mother of all democracies.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.