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Medics interact with a patient at a help desk, set- up in view of coronavirus pandemic, at Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad on 14 March

US, China rivalry spills over into India’s neighbourbood in the form of coronavirus aid

US and China have been on a coronavirus aid-giving spree to Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal amid the unprecedented crisis the South Asian countries are facing.
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 pulling out of UN resolutions shows that war wounds won’t heal under Rajapaksas

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's administration is sending a clear signal that transitional justice and broader rights concerns have been put on the back burner.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka's former secretary of defense, speaks during an interview at his home in Colombo, Sri Lanka. | Photographer: Tharaka Basnayaka | Bloomberg

President Rajapaksa could dissolve Sri Lanka Parliament tonight to pave way for snap polls

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had named elder brother Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister of the caretaker cabinet until the general election in August 2020.
Sri Lanka proposes ban of burqa with immediate effect after Easter Sunday blasts. |Photo: Pixabay |

Sri Lanka proposes immediate ban of burqa following Easter Sunday terror attack

A Sri Lankan parliamentary committee also recommended the Election Commission to enact a legislation to suspend the registration of political parties on ethnic & religious basis.
Major General Shavendra Silva with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena | @MaithripalaS/Twitter

Sri Lanka objects to US travel ban on its Army chief over alleged human rights violation

Sri Lanka said the travel ban amounted to the US questioning the prerogative of the president's appointment of Lt Gen Shavendra Silva as Army Commander.
Mahinda Rajapaksa with Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Sri Lanka wants ‘cooperation & progress’ in SAARC, India’s focus still on BIMSTEC

Sri Lanka is keen to move ahead in the SAARC process as it wants greater connectivity with other countries and seamless trading between the member-countries.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Rajapaksa receives Guard of Honour at Rashtrapati Bhavan

India is a relation. China just helped us develop after the war: PM Rajapaksa

India & China have both said they will protect us. Ultimately, Sri Lankans have to decide what is interference and what is not, says Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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Rajapaksa to meet PM Modi tomorrow, visit to focus on security in Indian Ocean region

Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa is set to begin his four-day visit to India Friday as the two neighbours look to refresh ties.
Poster of superheroes | Twitter | @teelipk

Superheroes: Four-part web series on trials of urban Pakistani women to release soon

The series is produced by Teeli, a YouTube channel that calls itself an "alternative source" of entertainment in Pakistan.
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 drops Tamil national anthem from I-Day event 3 years after being introduced

The Sri Lankan government in 2015 had started including the Tamil national anthem as a way of reconciliating with the country's Tamil minority community.

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Representational photos | Hindu priests perform evening prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi | Kanishka Sonthalia/Bloomberg

Want to preserve secularism in India? Well, preserve the Hindu ethos first

Secularism in the Indian context would mean maintaining equidistance from  all religions. Unfortunately, that equidistance never happened.
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Mukesh Ambani is now world’s fourth richest man, overtakes Europe’s wealthiest

Reliance's shares have more than doubled from a low in March as its digital unit got billions in investments from companies including Facebook Inc. and Google.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Artillery guns, assault rifles, AFVs — Here’s a list of 101 items MoD won’t import in future

Contracts worth almost Rs 4 lakh crore will be placed with the domestic industry within the next six to seven years.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.