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Myanmar: Full Scale Civil War Going on in Rakhine State:

Paper No. 6824       Dated 13- April-2019

By S.Chandrasekharan

The situation in the ethnic front is rather grim, with a full scale civil war going on in Rakhine state where the Tatmadaw and the Arakan Army are engaged in heavy fighting resulting with the civil administration coming to a stand still within two months of the ongoing conflict.

Afghanistan’s Future Cannot be secured by sidelining India:

Paper No. 6422            Dated    8-April-2019

By Dr Subhash Kapila

US Special Envoy on Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad skipping India as he cavorts across other regional capitals from Islamabad to Amman to broker a peace settlement with Taliban raises crucial questions whether it is the US deliberate policy to side-line India from Afghan peace process or is it the personal proclivity of Khalilzad reported to be tilted in Pakistan’s favour.

Maldives: Elections to 19th People’s Majlis: MDP heading towards a landslide victory:

Paper No. 6421         Dated 7-Apr-2019

By R.M. Panda

In the just concluded elections to the People’s Majlis (Parliament) on 6th April, 2019, with half the counting already over, it looks that the MDP led by former President Nasheed  is heading towards a landslide victory.

The MDP is said to be leading in 59 Constituencies, followed by the PPM- PNC combine of former President Yameen with 10 and the Jumhooree party in 7 constituencies.  Independents are leading in 7 Constituencies.

Nepal: Two Third Majority for Oli has not worked:

Paper No. 6420 .  Dated  5-April-2019

By S.Chandrasekharan

Sri Lanka: Book Review The Sri Lankan Refugees in Tamil Nadu:By Prof. Suryanarayan:

Paper No. 6419                   Dated 2-April-2019
Review-By S.Chandraseskharan
(“Refugee Dilemma -Sri Lankan Refugees in Tamil Nadu-Published by Prabhat Prakashan and Antar Rashtriya Sahayog Parishad- Price Rs 250.00)
 
It is almost ten years since the LTTE was virtually wiped out in May 2009 and yet the problems relating to the ethnic question, the refugees and the attempts to get the Sri Lankan Government to transitional justice have failed.  
 

Bhutan: New Govt’s Performance in the first 120 Days: A Good Beginning

Paper No. 6418            Dated 31-Mar-2019

By S.Chandrasekharan

The Government led by Dr. Lotay Tshering of DNT had just completed 120 days and it came out frankly with the details of 25 pledges made in their election manifesto and how the Government had fared with the pledges it made.

The communique said that out of the 25 pledges made, the Government implemented 11 of them, another 11 were on track and another 3 not achieved.

Pakistan’s Deep Frustrations on Afghanistan- Analysed:

Paper No 6417         Dated 30-3-2019

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Pakistan’s deep frustrations in March 2019 on Afghanistan stand manifested by Pakistan PM Imran Khan calling for installation of an Interim Government in Kabul. United States needs to evidently note that Taliban has no capability to over-run Afghanistan and Pakistan is seeking in 2019 a back-door entry for Taliban in Afghanistan’s governance.

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