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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Nirupama Subramanian

India looks at reopening mission in Kabul minus senior diplomats
Tue, May 17, 2022

The plan for reopening does not include sending diplomats at senior levels — the embassy will likely function only with personnel for liaison purposes that may extend to consular services, the sources said. It would not mean a recognition of the Taliban regime.

Explained: What Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s US visit means for Pakistan’s relations with the West
Tue, May 17, 2022

It is expected that the visit will repair ties between the two countries, which have been in limbo for over a year, and which reached a low with former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s accusations that the Biden Administration was behind his ouster.

The hand of the Rajapaksas
Mon, May 16, 2022

They were the most powerful political clan in Sri Lanka until the recent crisis spun out of control leading to Mahinda Rajapaksa stepping down as PM and paving the way for Ranil Wickremesinghe. Mahinda has gone. But has he? Nirupama Subramanian traces the arc of Sri Lanka’s complex political history and finds that it could be hard to keep the Rajapaksas down for too long

Explained: For 5th-time Sri Lanka PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, political and economic challenge like no other
Fri, May 13, 2022

This is Wickremesinghe’s fifth time in the office. Each of his earlier terms was truncated, and on two of those occasions he was dismissed by the President — by Chandrika Kumaratunga in 2004, and by Maithripala Sirisena in 2018.

Sri Lanka: With brother Mahinda’s resignation, road only gets tougher for Gotabaya
Tue, May 10, 2022

Mahinda Rajapaksa's decision to quit in the wake of the shocking violence unleashed by his supporters on peaceful protestors in Colombo and its outskirts, has not yet resolved the political impasse.

J&K LG Manoj Sinha joins pooja at ruins of ASI-protected temple
Mon, May 09, 2022

This is the second religious ceremony in three days at the site, which the ASI has tagged as a “site of national importance”. The ASI does not permit prayers at a protected site unless it was a functioning place of worship at the time the the body took charge of it.

With security, pilgrims pray at ASI-protected temple ruins in Valley
Sun, May 08, 2022

The 8th century temple was said to have been destroyed during the rule of Sikandar Shah Miri between 1389 and 1413.

Why Lanka’s failed dairy experiment is glass half full
Sun, May 01, 2022

Nirupama Subramanian writes: Crippled by an acute shortage of dollars, Sri Lanka has restricted all its imports, including essential food items. At the time Kurien ventured into Sri Lanka, the country’s annual milk powder import bill was $60 million.

Need more India visas… Afghans feel abandoned: Saad Mohseni, business baron
Fri, Apr 29, 2022

Mohseni, whose Moby Group is based in Dubai, said the Afghan people had always believed they shared a special bond with India. “They are now feeling quite betrayed, they are feeling abandoned” he said.

Explained: The Baloch group behind Karachi bombing
Thu, Apr 28, 2022

Karachi bombing: Baloch Liberation Army has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack by a woman. A look at insurgency in Balochistan, and why a Chinese centre was targeted.

Maldives issues decree to ban anti-India protests
Fri, Apr 22, 2022

The decree, issued in the Dhivehi language, says the state has a duty to ensure the security of diplomats posted to the country and diplomatic missions.

In Jaffna waters, India sinks China bid, but an old net problem rises
Tue, Apr 19, 2022

The Sri Lanka-India Memorandum of Understanding for the project was among several signed in March during the visit of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, as Delhi extended a helping hand to Colombo during the economic crisis with financial assistance worth $2.4 billion.

Sri Lanka: The protesters
Sun, Apr 17, 2022

The protests have seen students, teachers, lawyers, doctors and nurses gathering at Colombo’s Galle Front.

Meet the man who has the most unenviable job in Sri Lanka: Ali Sabry, Finance Minister
Sun, Apr 17, 2022

He replaced Basil Rajapaksa who resigned earlier this month along with the rest of the cabinet — this was a move by Basil's brothers, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, to appoint fresh faces in the hope of placating the angry people on the streets.

A Letter From Sri Lanka: Galle Storm
Sun, Apr 17, 2022

Amid crippling shortages, collapse of the economy and a political impasse, protesters across Sri Lanka have come together under the rallying cry of “Go Gota Go”. Nirupama Subramanian travels along the island country’s uneasy fault lines, from Colombo in the south to Jaffna in the north, to find that the protests may have served to paper over some of these cracks.

Time to resume India trade, doors will open: Pak’s top industrialist
Fri, Apr 29, 2022

He said the Kashmir issue had to be resolved with “small steps” to “bring temperatures down”. He also spoke on opening up Bollywood to Pakistani actors and India's IPL to Pakistani cricketers.

India finally on board, but Trincomalee oil farm now waits for economy crisis to lift
Fri, Apr 15, 2022

India's prized agreement with Sri Lanka for the joint development of the Trincomalee Oil Tank farm, signed earlier this year after a 35-year wait, may take years to turn around and at least a 100 million dollars.

Lanka diary: 6 takeaways from Mahinda Rajapaksa’s address to the nation
Tue, Apr 12, 2022

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s address to the nation Monday night was his first direct outreach to the people since the economic crisis.

Sri Lanka’s former PM has a message for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa: Quit or explain why you won’t
Tue, Apr 12, 2022

Speaking to The Indian Express, Wickremesinghe also said that to tide over the current food shortage, Sri Lanka must tap its friends in South Asia — India, Pakistan and Bangladesh — to “borrow” foodgrains that could be returned after two or three years.

Breaking down Sri Lanka food shortage: Items people are queuing up for, and why
Mon, Apr 11, 2022

The Rajapaksa government has so far believed it can ride out this crisis with a few cosmetic changes. In its favour is the absence of a challenger, but the protesters are digging their heels in.

Anger in Mahinda Rajapaksa stronghold: Voted for them, see what they did
Mon, Apr 11, 2022

In 2015, after Mahinda’s shock defeat in the presidential elections, tearful supporters greeted him in this village and pledged to bring him back to power. But it seems that even here, people have run out of patience.

Sri Lankan newspapers cut down on pages, editions to continue printing amid economic crisis
Tue, Apr 12, 2022

Everywhere, news consumption spikes during times of upheaval, turmoil, and disaster. Sri Lanka is no different, and media houses are trying to keep the news flowing, also keeping pace with social media.

Express in Sri Lanka | Ethnic fault-lines blur as nation unites in one cry: Go Gota Go
Sun, Apr 10, 2022

In Colombo, Saturday saw tens of thousands converge at Galle Face, the capital's main ocean front.

Lanka Diary – 1: What people think of India’s aid to Colombo
Sat, Apr 09, 2022

India is Sri Lanka's only neighbour, and it is inevitable that New Delhi's role in this crisis should come up in conversation.

To India from angry street: Thank you, help us, not our government
Sat, Apr 09, 2022

Stores empty, despair grows: ‘You messed with wrong generation’