• Maldives: After poll-loss, Yameen taunts ‘divided opposition’ leaders to return home0

    For the opposition to remain hopeful of getting Yameen impeached and disqualified from elections 2018 is a tall order. N Sathiya Moorthy www.orfonline.org 18 May 2017 After losing the much delayed, nationwide local council elections to the opposition MDP-led combine, President Abdulla Yameen last out them for their ‘divided past’ and taunted them to return home to

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  • Deep sea fishing seems working to ease off issues with Sri Lanka0

    N Sathiya Moorthy www.orfonline.org 17 May 2017 Barring stray and uninformed political demands to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take up the fishers’ row with his hosts during his Sri Lanka visit last week, southern Tamil Nadu coast was mostly silent on what was a sensitive, livelihood issue. This was because of the clear signs of a fast-tracked

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  • Bangladesh: Chikungunya epidemic, a flu-like malaise but deadlier0

    Stung By Chikungunya Disease: Know the Signs A serious case of the tropical disease “chikungunya” has now been found in Bangladesh. Chikungunya is a debilitating, mosquito-borne virus typically found in hot, tropical areas. It is not deadly but can leave victims unable to function in a normal way for days or even weeks on end.

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  • India: First underground metro train line inaugurated in Chennai0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff The much anticipated underground line of Chennai Metro Rail opened to the public on the 14th May, making the city the fourth in the country to launch such a facility after Kolkata, Delhi and Bengaluru. The line will cover a distance of eight kilometers from Nehru Park to Koyambedu, through tunnels and

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  • Escalating the war in Afghanistan would be the wrong decision0

    By Michael Kugelman Michael Kugelman is deputy director and senior associate for South Asia with the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center. The views expressed here are his own. (CNN)In recent days, with Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgency continuing to gain steam and America’s longest war staggering through its 16th year, analysts have started invoking the

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  • Conflict in the Middle East threatens Pakistan and lynchpin of China’s One Belt, One Road0

      By James M. Dorsey Increasingly caught up in the Middle East’s multiple conflicts, Pakistan is struggling to balance relations with rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran amid concern in Islamabad that potential US-Saudi efforts to destabilize the Islamic republic could turn its crucial province of Balochistan, a lynchpin in China’s One Belt, One Road initiative,

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  • CPEC in the Impending OBOR Summit0

    The inaugural Belt and Road Summit was organized on May 18, 2016 under the theme of “Navigating a World of New Opportunities through Hong Kong” by the government of Hong Kong special Administrative Region, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Commerce and the People’s Bank

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  • WILL ONE BELT ONE ROAD (OBOR) MEETING IN BEIJING END UP AS DAMP SQUIB?4

    In yet another attempt  to establish itself as the dominating world force, China  is now organizing the  One Belt One Road Forum meeting in Beijing on May14-15. Ambitious  and  unrealistic  project The OBOR project involves a land route running from inner China to southern Europe via The Netherlands.  It also includes a sea route connecting

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  • Factors disturbing Pak-Afghan Relations?0

    By: Babar Khan Bozdar The recent border skirmishes have plunged Pak-Afghan relations. It is a conspiracy to derail the diplomatic ties between two neighbors. The ill-will between two neighbors is not new but decades old. The soil of Afghanistan is always being used against Pakistan in which some soldiers and innocent civilians lost their lives.

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  • India: Popular anti-liquor movement in Tamil Nadu0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Today Tamil Nadu, like in most of the states, is undergoing severe crises. Communal flare-ups by the government and Hindutva parties is the worst problem the nation is facing now. Tamil Nadu is often in the news for wrong reasons. Besides the rift within the ruling AIADMK sweeten the warring factions led

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  • Bengali chotalok shaped India’s destiny0

    The catastrophe of India being turned into a Hindu India was effectively and sharply pre-empted and scuttled by Dr B. R. Ambedkar. By securing victory for Ambedkar in the most crucial election that brought him to Constituent Assembly, the Namasudras, Rajbanshis and Advasis under the leadership of Jogendra Nath Mandal created a glowing chapter in

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  • ON TIBET, MEMBERS OF U. S. CONGRESS LISTEN TO THEIR CONSCIENCE0

        N.S. Venkataraman With China’s strong economy and military power, most governments in the world do not want to antagonize China. As China gives them tremendous trading opportunities,  these governments take extra care not to do anything that will displease China. These conditions are so ridiculous that the government of a Buddhist country like

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  • From Subjects to Citizens: Reconnecting Nepalis with a Democratic Political Process0

    By George Varughese Next week, Nepalis will vote in local elections for the first time in 20 years. The first phase of elections will be held on May 14 in federal provinces 3, 4, and 6; the second phase is scheduled for June 14 in provinces 1, 2, 5, and 7. Election fever has certainly

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  • The Promising Future of Inland Waterway Trade in South Asia0

    By Aditya Valiathan Pillai Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s four-day state visit to India last month, her first in seven years, was productive by any measure. Twenty-two agreements, spanning defense cooperation, nuclear energy, and outer space were inked. The relationship has been one of the bright spots for cooperation in South Asia, and has steadily

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