Indian Deputy High Commissioner Vinod K Jacob on Saturday handed over dry rations worth SLR 80 million to the Probation and Child Care Department of Sri Lanka.

Just over a month ago, the Sri Lankan government told its Olympic association to “forget” about taking part in the Commonwealth Games to be held in the UK. With the island nation bankrupt, low on fuel and short on food, its government was in no mood to accept the request to fund what would be Sri Lanka’s largest-ever contingent for the Games, which will kick off in Birmingham on July 28. Treasury said they had no money. Forget it,” Sri Lankan Head of Mission Dampath Fernando told The Indian Express from Colombo on Friday. “We have fallen into a difficult and desperate situation.”

Dane Ali was 18 when Gotabaya Rajapaksa became a hero. It was 2009. Then Defense Secretary Gotabaya, along with his brother and then President Mahinda Rajapaksa, were hailed for killing LTTE supremo V Prabhakaran and ending the decades-long civil war in Sri Lanka. . “I had just finished my studies and left for Australia to study soon after,” says Ali. “At that time, everyone was cheering him on as a great leader…but my family knew he was racist and they were invoking Sinhalese pride to dominate the country’s minorities.” The last few months have changed everything – both for Sri Lanka and for Gotabaya