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Nepal: Why All this fuss over Local Elections? : Update No. 294

Note No. 713          Dated 20-March-2014

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

One notices that the present government of Nepal led by the Nepali Congress-UML combine gets into unnecessary and trivial controversies that would only further delay its primary task of getting a new constitution in time. In this process, the faith the people had put in them in electing them in overwhelming numbers in the last interim assembly elections also gets eroded.

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Local Body elections
Sushil Koirala’s Govt.
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Tamil extremists in de facto alliance with Lanka regime

Paper No. 5667                                       Dated 20-Mar-2014

Guest column by Kumar David

Some things are difficult to believe; occasionally they are out of this world, but some are this-worldly perfidious realities. Increasingly vocal UFO-nuts insisting that MH 370 was abducted by aliens to a far away star-cluster fit the first group.

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Vietnam-Japan Strategic Partnership Adding Substantial Contours

Paper No. 5666                                      Dated 18-Mar-2014

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Vietnam’s President Truong Tan Sang is currently on a State-visit to Japan in what can be read as a calibrated attempt by both Vietnam and Japan to adding substantial contours to their existing Strategic Partnership to meet the security challenges confronting them.

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Sri Lanka: Does America want regime change?

Paper No. 5665                                        Dated 13-Mar-2013

Guest column by Kumar David

In my considered view the US is keeping its options open; it will not get so deeply involved in the pandemonium in Geneva unless it has a game plan. Its Sri Lanka (SL) resolution at the UNHRC has taken centre stage; briefings and lobbying overshadow everything else in the corridors.

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India-Sri Lanka Relations
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Maldives: The Supreme Court Strikes Again:

Paper No. 5664                 Dated 12-Mar-2014

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

The Supreme Court in Maldives has struck again and this time it is against the Election Commission who had displayed high professionalism in conducting the Presidential and later the local council elections against heavy odds.

The Tyrrany of the Supreme Court

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Majlis Elections
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