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Sri Lanka: To win the peace - Nirupama Subramanian, Indian Express
President Maithripala Sirisena’s self-imposed 100-day deadline to prove that his government is indeed the promised clean break from the Rajapaksa regime ended on April 23. A day earlier, the Sri Lankan police made the high-profile arrest of Basil Rajapaksa, former economic development minister and brother of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, on corruption charges.
Europe's Collision Course With Greece - Clive Crook, Bloomberg
The brinkmanship over Greece and its debts continues. A meeting of finance ministers in Riga on Friday is likely to pass, like many previous make-or-break moments, without resolution. The European Union isn't deviating, and neither is Athens.
Smart development goals - Finn Kydland, Bjorn Lomborg, Tom Schelling and Nancy Stokey, Times of India
By September, the world’s 193 governments will meet in New York and agree on a set of ambitious, global targets for 2030. Over the next 15 years these targets will direct the $2.5 trillion to be spent on development assistance, as well as countless trillions in national budgets.
Europe left out of Modiís Euro-tour - Mayuri Mukherjee, Pioneer
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recently concluded his three-nation tour of Europe and Canada has been pegged a huge success. The refurbished Rafale deal that he signed in France, India’s stunning presence at the Hannover Messe trade fair, which he inaugurated, in Germany, and the Prime Minister’s now trademarked outreach to the diaspora in Canada, where he also formalised a key agreement for the supply of uranium that will fuel India’s nuclear power plants, have all been much appreciated.
Greece: Exit risks - Business Standard
Greece's economy is again hitting the headlines. A solution to the country's external debt crisis appeared to have been worked out in an arrangement with the "troika" comprising the International Monetary Fund, the European Union and the European Central Bank.
In step with Ghaniís Afghanistan - Suhasini Haidar, Hindu
As India prepares to welcome Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, it must recognise that political changes and new regional equations, rather than past years of goodwill, will be the most important determinants of the future course of India-Afghanistan relations.
Emerging market central banks get it mostly right - Bejoy Das Gupta, Mint
Over dinner, during the Institute of International Finance’s (IIF’s) Spring Membership Meetings in Doha, commentator Martin Wolf spoke about mature economies being in a state of “managed depression”, with central banks playing a key supporting role amidst policy divergences.
Bharat Mata in the Bundesrepublik - Murali Nair, Business Line
“B harat Mata ki ...” Silence, followed by a hesitant ‘ j ai! ’ The second and the third rounds were confident and loud. I was at first a bit lost, and it felt like a throwback to one of those black and white documentaries on the Indian independence struggle.
A friend comes calling - Hindu
President Xi Jinping's visit to Pakistan needs to be seen as a game changer. With studied deliberation and precision, the Chinese have utilised the presidential visit to alter the facts on the ground. At the heart of Mr. Xi’s trip was the formal inauguration of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The ambitious project, with implications far beyond the economic, would absorb investments up to $45 billion over the next 15 years.
Afghan Taliban announce 'spring offensive' - Usman Sharifi, Yahoo
The Afghan Taliban said their annual "spring offensive" will begin on Friday, vowing nationwide attacks in what is expected to be the bloodiest fighting season in a decade as NATO forces pull back from the frontlines.
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