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World’s oldest clove? What the find in Sri Lanka says about early spice trade

Archaeologists believe they have unearthed the world's oldest clove from an ancient port town on Sri Lanka's north-west coast, dating back to around 200BC.
Major General Shavendra Silva with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena | @MaithripalaS/Twitter

By giving a ‘war criminal’ the top Army post, Sri Lanka proves Tamil lives don’t matter

President Sirisena has made it abundantly clear that the Sri Lankan military will not be held accountable for wartime violations.
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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.
Bangladeshi women undergoing an adult education programme by Bangladesh Youth Leadership Centre (representational image) | Commons

Bangladesh beats India by 60 slots in WEF Gender Gap rankings

Bangladesh has been ranked 48 in the WEF Gender Gap report, while India stands at 108. New Delhi: India has been ranked 60 slots below Bangladesh in this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) Gender Gap report, left behind by two other South Asian counterparts as well. In the survey of 149 countries, India comes in at 108. The country’s rank was the same in 2017, while it was 21 notches higher, at 87, in 2016. The surveys for both these years involved 144 countries. Last year, the report explained India’s drop in ranking as “largely attributable to a widening of its gender gaps in political empowerment as well as in healthy life expectancy and basic literacy”. Within South Asia, Bangladesh is the top performer, with a rank of 48. It was also ranked as the region’s gender parity leader in 2017, though at a notch higher (47). Sri Lanka and Nepal follow, with ranks...
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President Sirisena reinstates Wickremesinghe as prime minister to end Sri Lanka crisis

President Sirisena had earlier fired Wickremesinghe on 26 October replacing him with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Mahinda Rajapaksa | Twitter

Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns as Sri Lanka PM, Wickremesinghe to be reinstated

Rajapaksa resigned following a Supreme Court decision declaring that the dissolution of Sri Lankan Parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena was "illegal".
Mahinda Rajapaksa | Pankaj Nangia/Bloomberg News

Sri Lanka PM Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign and end political crisis, says his son

Rajapaksa was appointed as the prime minister on October 26 by President Maithripala Sirisena in a controversial move.
Mahinda Rajapaksa | Twitter

Sri Lankan court bars Mahinda Rajapaksa from acting as prime minister

Irreparable damage could be caused if persons not entitled to do so sit as prime minister and cabinet ministers, the court said according to a person who attended the hearing.
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.

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.


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Every Bollywood reincarnation story must tip its hat to Bimal Roy’s Madhumati

Of the many things that Bimal Roy’s Madhumati got right, Pran’s antagonistic turn was one.
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When it comes to space activities in India, are no laws better than bad laws?

The government had put the draft Space Activities Bill in the public domain, inviting suggestions. The bill was never introduced in this Lok Sabha. 


Convoys to Kashmir can’t be stopped even if aircraft are available, top CRPF officers say

CRPF officer says nearly 4,000 personnel needed to be moved from Jammu to Srinagar due to a backlog caused by weather. Not all could’ve gone by aircraft.
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Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.