Monday, 20 August, 2018

Topic: Sri Lanka

Trump and Putin

Putin gets the summit he’d been waiting for, and a crocodile massacre in Indonesia

Senior military officers in Egypt may escape punishment for post-Morsi violence, and British army to hire Gurkha women.
Lanka airport

India to gain control of Mattala airport in Sri Lanka’s Hambantota

The $210 million facility, is dubbed 'world's emptiest airport', would be operated as a Sri Lanka-India joint venture.

Sri Lanka’s lone Tamil woman minister steps down after controversial LTTE revival remarks

The Opposition had sought Vijeyakala Maheswaran's resignation for violating the constitution by espousing LTTE's cause.
Donald Trump

New York has sued Donald Trump, and the World Cup is more than just a game for Russia

Chinese diplomacy for peace in the Korean peninsula and officials apprehensive of Trump's NATO move after G7 'train wreck'.  
Asad Durrani

Pakistan bans ex-spy chief from leaving the country, while Kabul and Islamabad talk peace

The Nations Next Door is a daily roundup of the most interesting news and views from across South Asia.
File photo of Rajiv Gandhi | Hulton Archive/Getty Images

How Rajiv Gandhi, ‘such a nice man’, won and ruined India’s biggest mandate

When Rajiv Gandhi started he could do no wrong. Halfway through his five years, he could do no right. His tenure had many chastening lessons in how mega mandates can make you smug and self-destruct.
Maithripala Sirisena

Whatever happens in the 2020 election, Colombo cannot play the China card against India

Issues that dominated the political discourse in 2015 are all back in focus, hotly debated in and outside parliament, in the media, and at tea stalls across Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan muslims

Sri Lanka’s widely acclaimed ‘democratic transition’ has fallen far short of expectations

Reduced authoritarianism and a significant widening of the space for dissent constitute the Sri Lankan government’s greatest accomplishments.
Hambantota Port

Barely used Chinese port in Sri Lanka stokes fears of Beijing’s real intentions

The weak performance of the Hambantota port has fueled the impression that it simply serves China’s broader strategic interests to secure crucial trade routes and international supply chains. 
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana on 30 October 2017

Sri Lanka will ‘redouble’ its efforts on China, India free trade deals

Sri Lanka is gearing toward welcoming investments from China and India, but negotiating deals won’t be easy. Trade pact with India as part of the island nation’s strategy of becoming an Indian Ocean hub for investors and multinationals
Former Indian Prime Minister and leader of Bhartiya Janata Party Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Four headlines & a funeral: How Indian media got the Vajpayee coverage completely wrong

Some talking heads were even trying to say that the emotional outpouring for Vajpayee was much more than it was for Indira. Instead of comparing the working st...

Indian Army reforms: Cutting administrative flab or needless downsizing?

Army chief General Bipin Rawat is set to issue orders to reduce personnel at the Army Headquarters (AHQ) in New Delhi. The move is being viewed as an indirect a...