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Maldives: Removal of Inconvenient Judges- Another set back to Democracy

Paper No. 5847                  Dated 18-Dec-2014

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

On 15th  December, President Yameen sacked the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ahmed Faiz and another Judge Muthasim Adnan on the recommendation of the Judicial Commission and approved by the Majlis all within a space of five days.

Article 154 of the Constitution states that a judge can be removed only after the Judicial Service Commission finds the judge to be guilt of gross incompetence or misconduct.  

Oil Politics in West Asia and India’s concerns!

Paper No. 5846                                Dated 18-Dec-2014

Guest Column by Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi

The current tensions in West Asia and the war clouds over the skies of Iraq due to rise of ISIS militants have their roots in the economics of oil resources of the Persian Gulf and the politics of American interests to remain predominant in the region.

Some thoughts on Victory Day

Paper No. 5845                                Dated 18-Dec-2014

By Col. R. Hariharan

[Based on excerpts from an interview in a TV channel beamed on the occasion of ‘Vijaya Divas’ on December 16, 2014.]

Q: On the occasion of the Victory Day commemorating India’s victory in the 1971 India-Pakistan War, what are your thoughts in general?

India-Russia-United States Strategic Pyramid Analysed

Paper No 5844                                       Dated 16-Dec-2014

By Dr Subhash Kapila

India under Modi Sarkar sits atop the strategic pyramid with Russia and the United States at the base at opposing ends intending to reinforce their respective Strategic Partnerships with India to their advantage.

Sri Lanka: Don’t underestimate Rajapaksa

Paper No. 5843                                 Dated 16-Dec-2014

By Col. R. Hariharan

After President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his surprise challenger Maithripala Sirisena, General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), who quit his office as Minister, filed their nominations for the Presidential election on January 8, 2015 the contest has become exciting.

China: Xi Jinping’s Ideological Dilemma

Paper No. 5842                                  Dated 16-Dec-2014

By D.S.Rajan

There is no doubt that the policy of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) led by Xi Jinping , is to further accelerate  economic reforms; and at the same time, like the earlier regimes,  firmly against  political liberalization in the country. 

Nepal: Constitution Making: Slim Chance of adhering to the Deadline of January 22: Update No. 303

Note No. 729                                        Dated 12-Dec-2015
 
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.
 
It looks almost certain that the self-imposed deadline of 22nd January to get the new constitution ready cannot be adhered to.
 

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