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Pakistan-China headed for Massive Shift due to Geopolitical Compulsions

Paper No   6459 .                 Dated 10-Nov-2018

onBy Dr Subhash Kapila

Geopolitical compulsions seem to be bearing down heavily in steering Pakistan- China ‘All Weather Iron Brother Relations’ towards a massive shift in end-2018 whose first indicator has been the less than successful first visit of new Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to Beijing from November 02-05 2018.

PAKISTAN: Sectarian Groups Running Riot:

Paper No. 6458 .    Dated 07-Nov-2018

By R.M.Panda

The Minorities are not Safe:

Though Pakistan consists of many religious, ethno-linguistic minority groups, it continues to be dominated by fanatical sectarian groups with official blessings and making it intolerable for non Muslim minorities like Ahmadis, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Calash, Sikhs and the Parsis to survive.

Maldives: Former President Nasheed Gets a tumultuous welcome on his return from Exile:

Paper No. 6457                 Dated 6-Nov-2018

By S.Chandrasekharan

Former President Mohamed Nasheed who returned to his country on 1st November received a tumultuous welcome in Male from his party workers and the whole of Male was a “sea of yellow”.

President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was present at the airport to receive him.

Myanmar: Peace Mission’s Second Meeting with Northern Alliance- A Positive Step?

Paper No. 6456 .    Dated 4-Nov-2018

By S.Chandrasekharan

In what could be described as a positive step, Representatives of the Northern Alliance consisting of TNLA, AA and the MNDAA met the Myanmar Peace Mission on 1st November  and reached an agreement to reduce clashes in Kachin and Northern Shan States.  They also agreed to meet again in December to discuss the implementation of the agreement.

Japan-India Summit Significant when Geopolitically Viewed:

Paper No 6455              Dated 4-Nov-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila

China’s shadows hovered ominously over the Japan-India Summit 2018 even though not explicitly mentioned by name as Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and Indian PM Narendra Modi confabulated at Tokyo on October 29 2018 for their annual dialogue. This is borne out by the contents of the Joint Japan-India Vision Statement 2018 and the summations enshrined.

Sri Lanka: The Political Crisis: View from Sri Lanka

Paper No. 6454             Dated 2nd Nov. 2018

Guest Column:By V.Sivanendran

Colombo is eerily quiet. There are less people on the streets than usual. Buses are not overcrowded. There are intense conversations in tea boutiques among members of the public. The topic is the same. That is the ongoing current political crisis. People are anxious of the outcome and nervous of the consequences. The average citizen is confused and is in fear of the future.

Sri Lanka: Dismantling of Democracy

 

Paper No. 6453          Dated     2-Nov-2018

By Prof.V. Suryanarayan

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