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Nepal: Koirala Government Moving Slowly and not Steadily! - Update No. 295

Note No. 714                                         Dated 18-Apr-2014
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
It is generally agreed that the main task of the present Koirala government should be to get on with constitution making within one year. This urgency has been reflected in almost all the manifestos of the parties during the November elections and continued to be mouthed now and then.  But the ground realities appear to be different!

South China Sea: Indonesia Finally Sheds Strategic Ambiguity

Paper No. 5686                                         Dated 16-Apr-2014

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Indonesia finally shed its strategic ambiguity in March 2014 on the China-generated South China Sea conflicts by Indonesian officials asserting that China’s Nine Dash Line is in conflict with Indonesia’s maritime sovereignty around the Natuna Inlands in response to increased Chinese military activities in the Southern Segment of the South China Sea.

India-China Relations- Next Steps

Paper No. 5685                               Dated 14-Apr-2014

By Bhaskar Roy

Sometime during the fall this year Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to visit India as part of the agreed high level bilateral exchange.

COMMUNAL-SECULAR BATTLE – A constant theme in Indian election?

Paper No. 5684                                Dated 09-Apr-2014

By R. Upadhyay

Communal-Secular battle has been a constant theme in Indian elections since Independence. But for the sixteenth Lok sabha, this campaign has been more intensive and vituperative, a development that has never been experienced before. It looks that some political parties are bent upon keeping this issue permanently alive!

Chinese President in Serious Warfare

Paper No. 5683                                          Dated 09-Apr-2014

By Bhaskar Roy

Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is also the party chief as General Secretary as well as the Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), has waged a war against corruption extending it to the military or the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).


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