India scales up vigil, fears refugee crisis may turn into local conflict

The Indian agencies are closely keeping a watch on the refugees from Sri Lanka and feel that it could turn into a local conflict

New Delhi, July 11: The crisis in Sri Lanka has blown out of proportion and over the past couple of months the island has been witness to violent protests. Last week protesters stormed the Presidential palace forcing Gotabaya Rajapaksa to flee and announce his resignation.

Sri Lanka does occupy a place in India’s neighbourhood policy. However, over the years New Delhi and Colombo have not been able to foster closer trade and development ties. This eventually led to China’s rise in the island nation.

Since 2015, China has been the largest lender to Colombo and also its bigger foreign direct investment.

The Chinese investments in Sri Lanka have time and again failed as it failed to generate the kind of local employment that Colombo may have wished for. This has led to Sri Lanka defaulting and surrendering strategic townships and ports such as the Hambantota in exchange.

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Chinese trap: When Gen. Rawat had warned Nepal about what Sri Lanka, Pak started at

New Delhi, Apr 05: Both Sri Lanka and Pakistan are in economic doldrums and the political crisis is only adding to the worse of these two nations that neighbour India.

One of the main reasons for this is the Chinese debt trap.

The situation in these two countries has now forced nations like Maldives, Bangladesh and Nepal to think again on the Chinese infrastructure and also being part of the BRI initiative.

In Sri Lanka the blame clearly lies on Rajapaksa who began leaning towards the Chinese heavily much to the displeasure of India. The nation brought upon itself immense economic stress by taking high interest loans from China in the name of developing infrastructure.

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As Sri Lanka tightens norms on Madrasas, why it is time to take a look at the ones in India

mahinda-rajapaksaNew Delhi, Jan 16: The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa ordered the Muslim Religious Affairs Department to register all Madrasas with the department. He also instructed officials to re-evaluate the curricula of all Madrasas and prepare an updated curriculum.

The problem relating to the un-registered Madrasas in India has been spoken about for long. Even in the recent spate of arrests relating to the Islamic State case in South India, it was found that a few members had taken shelter in a Madrasa.

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Challenge to CAB in SC seeks similar rights for those from Bhutan, Sri Lanka

supremeNew Delhi, Dec 12: The IUML which has moved the Supreme Court challenging the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has questioned why the new law protects only specific religious minorities.

In its plea, the IUML asks why the protection is given only to specific religious minorities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Why not those from Myanmar and Sri Lanka, the petition also asks.

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China’s dual intent at Hambantota in Sri Lanka red flagged

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Hambantota Port

New Delhi, Dec 10: China could use the facilities created by it at the Hambantota port in Sri Lanka for both civilian and military purposes, a senior French Naval officer has said.

The statement comes in the wake of China repeatedly arguing that its interest in the port is purely commercial.

The Rajapaksas are back: 5 years have gone by, but India remains apprehensive

New Delhi, Nov 18: There was a time when four brothers controlled a nation. Mahinda Rajapaksa was president, Gotabaya, the defence secretary, Basil took the economic decisions and Chamal was speaker of the Parliament.

Today, the scenario in Sri Lanka is somewhat similar. Gotabaya is the president and there is talk that he would choose Mahinda as the prime minister as Mathripala Sirisena is likely to step down.

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Boat with Islamic State terrorists: Cops seek information from locals

New Delhi, May 28: A high alert was sounded following intelligence reports that a boat carrying 15 Islamic State Terrorists had set off from Sri Lanka to Lakshadweep islands.

In the wake of this alert, the Kerala police chief met with security officials to review the situation. The police is seeking information from the locals regarding the boat.

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