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Nepal: Delaying and Obstructive Tactics in Transitional Justice:

Paper No.6528              Dated 21-April-2019

By S. Chandrasekharan

In the Human Rights Council at Geneva last month, Pradip Gyawali the Foreign Minister of Nepal made a grandiose statement that the transitional justice laws of Nepal will be amended as guided by the CPA (Comprehensive Peace Agreement), the Supreme Court Directives and international Commitments.  He also gave an assurance to the Council that there will be no blanket amnesty.

Myanmar: Impressive Display of Power By UWSA: China should be Happy!

Paper No. 6527               Dated  19-April-2019

By S. Chandrasekharan

The UWSA is perhaps the biggest Non State Ethnic Insurgent Unit in Myanmar with over 30,000 soldiers and another 10,000 Auxiliary members.

The UWSA was formed after the collapse of Communist Party of Burma in the year 1989 and celebrated “30 years of Cease fire” with the Myanmar government.  The festivities lasted for three days starting from the 17th of April.

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Indian Air Force Strike Power Needs critical Augmentation:

Paper No. 6526              Dated 17-April-2019

By Dr Subhash Kapila

The Indian Air Force spectacular and dramatic deep penetration strikes on Pakistan terror camps at Balakot on February 26 2019 by India’s valiant ‘Air Warriors’ enabled by bold & decisive leadership of PM Modi opens new imperatives for fast tracking augmentation of Indian Air Force ‘Strike Power’ in the unfolding geopolitical threatening environment.

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Bangladesh: Khaleda to be released on Parole?

Paper No. 6825            Dated 17-April-2019

By S. Chandrasekharan

On 6th April, Home Minister of Bangladesh, Asaduzzaman Khan dropped a hint that the Government was willing to consider parole for Khaleda Zia in the event of her applying for parole giving specific reasons. That indicated that there had been some behind the scene discussions between the Awami League and the BNP on Khaleda’s health and the possibility of letting her go abroad for treatment.

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.

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