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  • Kashmir anniversary
  • Sri Lanka elections
  • Rice in Bangladesh
  • Air India Express crash
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Telangana Today

A recipe for disaster

Notwithstanding the critical impact on their lives and also on the economy, people took solace in some positive consequences of the pandemic on the environment like decreasing air and water pollution levels, returning of the endangered species and relief from extreme weather.

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Press Trust of India

Mahinda Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka’s man for all seasons

COLOMBO: When two-time president Mahinda Rajapaksa lost Sri Lanka’s presidential elections in 2015, many thought the shrewd leader, who crushed the Tamil Tigers in a brutal military campaign, was a spent force.

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The Diplomat

A Year After Article 370’s End, a Dangerous Silence in Kashmir

SHOPIAN, KASHMIR – On this day last August, the Hindu nationalist Indian government, run by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), abrogated two key aspects of the Indian Constitution, legislation that had previously allowed Jammu and Kashmir to have a separate constitution, make laws independently from the Indian parliament, and bar Indians from outside the region from either buying properties or taking government employment. The region was also split into federally-ruled territories – Ladakh, and Jammu and Kashmir – an insult to the erstwhile princely state that was virtually independent when India and Pakistan were coming into being.

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Haaretz

Opinion | Pakistan must engage with Israel to save Pakistani lives

What has Pakistan achieved from its perpetual boycott of Israel? What has it achieved for the Palestinians? Doesn’t logic demand a reassessment, not least when Israel can help save our economy and aid our survival?

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Sunday Times (Sri Lanka)

The turbulent journey of a lanky spinner

Sri Lanka is a country that thrives on spin bowling. Despite the abundance of spinners, only a few have been successful at the international level.

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Anadolu

EXCLUSIVE – ‘Annexation clips separate identity of Kashmir’

Avinash Khanna, top leader of India’s ruling party admits human rights abuses, saying bigger changes have repercussions

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Dhaka Tribune

Must we import rice this year?

Experts from the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) gave statistics that show, with its current stock, Bangladesh is well poised in meeting the rice demand of its 170 million population up to the next harvesting season, which is November-December, 2020

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News18

Carrots Can Wait, Sticks Cannot: Quaint Ritual for India’s Envoy to UK Held up in Covid Times

Gaitri Kumar has taken over as new High Commissioner to the UK and a horse-led, and horse-fed start to her diplomatic assignment is on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Foreign Policy

Modi’s Textbook Manipulations

Under cover of the pandemic, the administration has removed chapters on democracy, secularism, and citizenship from schoolbooks.

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Gulf News

Flight data recorder from crashed Dubai-Kerala Air India Express jet recovered

Dubai: Fierce rain and winds lashed a plane carrying 190 people before it crash-landed and tore in two at an airport in southern India, killing at least 18 people and injuring scores more, officials said on Saturday.

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