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Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the virtual bilateral meet with Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa on 26 September 2020 | ANI Twitter

LAC tension, debt deferment, Colombo port project figure in Modi, Rajapaksa virtual talks

PM Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart also discussed the need for an implementation of 13th amendment to Sri Lankan Constitution, aimed at ‘realising expectations of Tamils’.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa, in New Delhi | PTI

PM Modi to hold virtual bilateral summit with Mahinda Rajapaksa, to review India-Sri Lanka ties

PM Modi & his Sri Lankan counterpart Rajapaksa are expected to discuss anti-terror cooperation, overall defence, trade ties and India's development projects in Sri Lanka.
Oil tanker New Diamond caught fire off the east coast of Sri Lanka on 3 September

Oil tanker authorities ignored warnings of possible fire from crew, Sri Lanka court told

The MT New Diamond, carrying two million barrels of crude oil from Kuwait to India, caught fire off the Sri Lankan coast on 3 September, killing one crew member and injuring another.

Oil tanker in Sri Lankan waters catches fire again, Indian Navy joins containment efforts

The MT New Diamond, which was transporting crude oil from Kuwait to India, caught fire on 3 September, killing one Filipino crew member and injuring another.
Joint efforts by the Indian Coast Guard and Sri Lankan Navy in dousing fire on ship | Twitter: @IndianCoastGaurd

Oil spill fears dissipate as fire almost doused on Sri Lankan coast

Intense fire-fighting efforts taken up by the Indian Coast Guard and Sri Lankan Air Force and Navy since 3 September had led to localisation of the fire in the ship, a defence release said no oil spill has been reported.

Fire on board oil tanker brought under control with India’s help, says Sri Lankan Navy

The ship carrying 270,000 metric tonnes of crude oil was towed to the deep sea away from land and the fire was successfully contained at 5:30 am Saturday.
Oil tanker New Diamond caught fire off the east coast of Sri Lanka on 3 September

Indian ships assist Sri Lankan Navy to battle fire onboard oil tanker, 1 crew dead

The Indian Coast Guard said that it pressed into action 3 ships and a Dornier aircraft after Sri Lankan Navy sought help to control the fire onboard the crude carrier, New Diamond.
Oil tanker New Diamond on fire | @IndiaCoastGuard | Twitter

Tanker headed to IOC in Paradip with 2 million barrels of oil catches fire off Sri Lanka

Tanker chartered by IOC was transporting 2 million barrels of Kuwaiti crude to Paradip refinery when there was fire in engine room 65 km east of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka to adopt ‘India first approach’ as new policy, says Foreign Secretary Colombage

Sri Lanka's Foreign Secretary Jayanath Colombage said India's strategic security interests will be protected, amid China's growing presence in the island nation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa, in New Delhi | PTI

Rajapaksa won without taking anti-India stand, shows Modi’s Neighbourhood First is working

For leaders in India's neighbourhood such as Nepal PM K. P. Sharma Oli, it is in their long-term political interest to be seen as an ally of India.

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Why Titan is beginning to shine again after lockdown woes while other jewellers struggle

Titan is set to post best quarter in nearly 3 years as investors bet on recovery in demand ahead of festive season & economic slump weakens its competitors.

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File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.