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Return to Sri Lanka: Indian soldier revisits a brutal battlefield
Return to Sri Lanka: Indian soldier revisits a brutal battlefield
Return to Sri Lanka: Indian soldier revisits a brutal battlefield

A 26-year civil war in Sri Lanka left at least 100,000 people dead on both sides of the conflict. In 1987, India sent a peacekeeping force, but it ended up getting drawn into the fighting. Thirty years on, BBC Hindi's Vineet Khare revisits the former battlefields of Sri Lanka with a retired Indian major-general who served there. The main hospital in the northern…

BBC - Oct 18 12:48 GMT - more ... [ Tags: India, HumanRights, History ]

India-China Rivalry Spills Over in Sri Lankan Airport
India-China Rivalry Spills Over in Sri Lankan Airport
India-China Rivalry Spills Over in Sri Lankan Airport

Sri Lanka had been scouting for alternate investors for the Chinese-built airport, which began operations in 2013.The airport can handle a million passengers but has not been able to use even 5 percent of its passenger handling capacity. The cargo service has also been extremely under-utilized, with just 69 metric tons moved in 2016 despite an annual capacity of…

Sputnik News - Oct 18 12:46 GMT - more ... [ Tags: India, World, China ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • India takes on China at another battlefront: A Sri Lankan airport

    India takes on China at another battlefront: A Sri Lankan airport

    The Doklam conflict between India and China amply highlighted the fight between the two countries for supremacy in South Asia. India is strongly asserting against China which is trying to build strategic assets in the garb of infrastructure projects all around India. It is the continuation of the old Chinese 'String of Pearls' policy that aims at ring-fencing India.…

    Economic Times - Oct 16 14:10 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Economy, China ]

  • US Tamils pin hopes on ‘home’ for Harvard chair

    As reputed indologist David Shulman, puts, "Tamil is one of the world's major languages, and the only South Asian language to have evolved continuously from a very ancient past while remaining a living contemporary language spoken by tens of millions of people. Its literary tradition is among the nest in human civilisation, encompassing marvellous love poetry, epic,…

    Times of India - Oct 04 14:39 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Education, USA ]

  • Indian Premier affirms strong bilateral relationship with Sri Lanka

    Indian Premier affirms strong bilateral relationship with Sri Lanka

    Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met on Saturday during the former's three-day official visit in India. Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met on Saturday during the former's three-day official visit in India. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed to Sri Lankan…

    CDN - Sep 11 10:32 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, SriLanka, China ]

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  • Is India’s Sri Lanka Policy Working At All? – Analysis

    Is India’s Sri Lanka Policy Working At All? – Analysis

    The turning out of the Trincomalee oil tanks deal for India and the Hambantota port deal for China are only indicative of the massive trust deficit or leverage the two competing powers have in Sri Lanka. In all that is said of Indian and Chinese roles in Sri Lanka, it is important to realise one reality — there isn’t really an Indian side and a Chinese side in the…

    Eurasia Review - Aug 29 10:45 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, SriLanka, China ]

  • Sri Lanka's Debt and China’s Money

    Sri Lanka\'s Debt and China’s Money

    The former Sri Lankan regime led by then-President Mahinda Rajapaksa is in part responsible for China’s growing ownership of Sri Lankan debt. Rajapaksa was not a popular leader amongst Western countries, but was a close ally of China, and was not hesitant to borrow from Beijing and invest in infrastructure projects. As the saying goes, “When money comes your way,…

    Diplomat - Aug 16 17:13 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, SriLanka, China ]

  • China Opens First Overseas Military Base

    Only a few miles down the road from the U.S. base at Camp Lemmonier, China has just announced the opening of its first overseas military base in the tiny nation of Djibouti on the Bab al-Mandeb straits at the southern end of the Red Sea. China secured rights to the base, which can house up to 10,000 troops, through at least 2026 by granting loans to Djiboutian…

    American Interest - Aug 03 16:23 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, USA, China ]

  • China, India keen on wooing Sri Lanka

    China, India keen on wooing Sri Lanka

    As Sri Lanka handed over majority stake in the Hambantota port to a Chinese firm for 99 years in a ‘debt-equity’ swap of $1.1 billion, India hopes that the security assurances inserted in the concession agreement hold fast in the future. However, fears remain about the precedent set by this ‘distress sale’ for other Chinese projects in the neighbourhood. For…

    FPJ - Aug 03 16:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, SriLanka, China ]

  • What is behind China's purchase of a port in Sri Lanka?

    What is behind China\'s purchase of a port in Sri Lanka?

    The long-delayed $1.1bn sale of a 70 percent stake in Sri Lanka's Hambantota port, which straddles the world's busiest east-west shipping route, has been signed off in Colombo. It will help Sri Lanka get on top of mounting debts and adds another important link in China's "New Silk Road". But many in Sri Lanka see it as a sellout, and India is worried about China…

    Al Jazeera - Jul 30 16:29 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Economy, China ]

  • ‘Geo-politics’ addressed in strategic China deal says Ports and Shipping Minister

    ‘Geo-politics’ addressed in strategic China deal says Ports and Shipping Minister

    Sri Lanka on Saturday sealed a billion-dollar deal to let a Chinese state firm take over a loss-making port in a move that worries many, including its giant neighbour India."We have addressed geo-political concerns," the minister said at a signing ceremony in Colombo. "China has accepted that everything in this agreement will operate under Sri Lankan law." …

    Island - Jul 30 11:52 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, India, China ]

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  • Ramadoss, Vaiko demand lifting LTTE ban

    Ramadoss, Vaiko demand lifting LTTE ban

    Hailing the European Union Court of Justice verdict lifting the ban on LTTE, leaders including PMK founder S. Ramadoss and MDMK general secretary Vaiko, besides other Tiger supporters demanded that the ban be lifted in India too. The leaders and pro-Tiger outfits argued that the reasons cited by the European court to lift the ban is applicable for the ban in India…

    Deccan Chronicle - Jul 28 15:54 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, India, Tamil Nadu ]

  • Pakistani national comes to Tamil Nadu by boat from Sri Lanka, held

    Pakistani national comes to Tamil Nadu by boat from Sri Lanka, held

    A 65-year-old Pakistan national has been arrested on charges including of drug-peddling, police said on Sunday. The arrest comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Rameswaram in the district to inaugurate a memorial for former president late APJ Abdul Kalam on July 27. Mohammed Yunus, from Karachi, was arrested from a lodge in Ervadi, they said.…

    PTI - Jul 24 15:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, SriLanka, Pakistan ]

  • Sri Lanka keen on tie-up with Kerala

    Sri Lanka keen on tie-up with Kerala

    Sri Lanka is keen to enter into an agreement with Kerala so that tourism ventures of both the locales will get a boost, Arundika Fernando, Deputy Minister for Tourism and Christian Religious Affairs of Sri Lanka has said. Daily flights link Colombo with airports in Kerala, a State which has similar cuisine and scenic beauty as Sri Lanka, he said at a press meet…

    Hindu - Jul 16 00:08 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Tamil Nadu, History ]

  • Indian mission in Jaffna entertains Sinhala monk engaged in controversial Vihara project

    Indian mission in Jaffna entertains Sinhala monk engaged in controversial Vihara project

    Consul General of India in Jaffna A. Natarajan was visiting the Chief Incumbent monk of Nagadeepa vihara in Naiyinaa-theevu, Navadagala Paduma Kiththi Tissa Thero on Wednesday. The CGI visiting the Sinhala-Buddhist monk at Nayinaatheevu, who is treated by the occupying Sinhala Navy as a commander as standing above the executive SL President, is sending wrong signals…

    TamilNet - Jul 11 18:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Tamil Nadu, Jaffna ]

  • Sri Lanka snaking between Chinese dragon and Indian elephant

    Sri Lanka snaking between Chinese dragon and Indian elephant

    However, the fact remains that Hambantota is part of the Chinese Maritime Silk Route project, which is part of the Chinese Belt and Road initiative. It’s relevance to Chinese designs of increasing its influence by creating logistics bases globally, can’t be wished away. Sri Lanka has now offered the Trincomalee Port for joint development to India. The Sri…

    Daily O - Jun 12 13:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, SriLanka, China ]

  • Plantation Tamils need Administrative power first; political power next - Thilakaraj

    Plantation Tamils need Administrative power first; political power next - Thilakaraj

    Visibly, people are not satisfied. Ordinary people expect physical appearance of development in terms of bridges, roads etc. There is a lack of development. I must tell you the truth. However, expectations of people before two years ago were something different. There were bridges, roads, harbours and all. But, there was no democracy. Now there is democracy in terms…

    Daily Mirror - May 30 15:43 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, History, SriLanka ]

  • The urban farmers battling Bangalore’s concrete jungle

    The urban farmers battling Bangalore’s concrete jungle

    In Ramagondanahalli village, Muniraju Hanumanthappa bends over his clay-coloured soil surrounded by bright green spinach leaves. He quickly prunes the plants, dwarfed by the apartment complex next to his small plot. Ramagondanahalli is an urban village being swallowed by the city. It lies on Varthur Lake, one of the biggest in Bangalore, which is known as the…

    BBC - May 28 13:27 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, World ]

  • PM Modi recalls shared heritage of Buddhism on Vesak Day in Sri Lanka

    Adding a fresh chapter in the traditionally rich cultural heritage ever-evolving as mutual friendship between India and Sri Lanka even prior to independence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 12 May warned the international community against the growing "arc of violence", that has emerged in the South Asian region. He further said that the biggest challenge to…

    SAAG - May 26 07:46 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, India ]

  • India Should Either Come Up With A Better Plan For Sri Lanka Or Send A Thank You Note To China

    India Should Either Come Up With A Better Plan For Sri Lanka Or Send A Thank You Note To China

    When it comes to Sri Lanka, China has an ambitious agenda. It wants to turn the island nation into a trading and military outpost in the Indian Ocean. And it has a good plan in advancing that agenda, including the shoring up of Sri Lanka’s major ports. India has an ambitious agenda in Sri Lanka, too. It wants its neighbor to the south to be part of its regional…

    Forbes - May 25 16:11 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, SriLanka, China ]

  • Modi warned Sirisena about mounting international pressure if Tamils’ demands are not addressed quickly

    Modi warned Sirisena about mounting international pressure if Tamils’ demands are not addressed quickly

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) that he has warned Sri Lankan President Mithripala Sirisena that undue delays in addressing the outstanding issues of the minority Tamils, including the drafting of a suitable constitution to address their political grievances ,will only result in Sri Lanka’s coming under international…

    NewsIn - May 14 13:10 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, History, SriLanka ]

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