• Rajapakse loses no confidence motion in Sri Lanka0

    • Blog
    • November 14, 2018

    Sri Lankan MPs attend a meeting with parliamentary Speaker Karu Jayasuriya at the Parliament Building in Colombo. Photo: AFP/Lakruwan Wanniarachchi Ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe managed to fight on as opposition parties came together to defeat Rajapakse’s government by a voice vote By Kris Thomas Colombo, Sri Lanka, November 14, 2018 The crisis in Sri

  • Bangladesh Opposition: Election Date Meant to Avoid Scrutiny0

    • Blog
    • November 13, 2018

        By Jesmin Papri on Nov 13, 2018    Benar News A Bangladeshi opposition coalition on Tuesday slammed the Election Commission’s decision to postpone nationwide polls until Dec. 30, saying the move to hold the vote during the Christian holiday season was a ploy to dodge international scrutiny. Election officials announced on Monday that

  • BIMSTEC: Re-modelling for a Bigger Role?0

    • Blog
    • November 13, 2018

      By Nazia Hussain      13 November 2018 Synopsis Changing geopolitical realities in the region have brought about a renewed interest in the Bay of Bengal. Can BIMSTEC utilise the momentum to remodel itself as a grouping to be reckoned with? Commentary BIMSTEC, officially known as the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic

  • China’s growing footprint in Nepal: Challenges and opportunities for India0

    • Blog
    • November 13, 2018

    China’s growing footprint in Nepal: Challenges and opportunities for India Oct 03 2018 Anil Sigdel Abstract China is extending its hand to Nepal, India’s Himalayan neighbour, which for its part is understandably attracted to the prospects that are emerging on its Northern front. How does China’s expanding footprint in Nepal affect India? This brief examines

  • Iran prepares cryptocurrency as US cuts SWIFT services0

    • Blog
    • November 13, 2018

    According to the US Treasury Department, Iran has now been cut off from the SWIFT financial messaging system. Photo: iStock Tehran feels forced to turn to crypto and will start to issue ‘digital Rial’ to banks and institutions for payment testing and interbank settlements By Luke Thompson November 13, 2018 Iran has now been cut

  • Bangladesh Opposition Vows to Challenge Ruling Party in General Election0

    • Blog
    • November 12, 2018

      by Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Nov 11, 2018  Bangladesh’s main opposition party and a group of centrist parties vowed Sunday to participate in the Dec. 23 general election, posing the first electoral challenge to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government in 10 years. Kamal Hossain, leader of the Jatiya Oikya Front (National United Front), made


  • The U.S.-India Nuclear Deal: Tale of Ten Years0

    Asma Khalid      31 October 2018 The 2008 India-US civil nuclear deal is marked as one of the most significant events in the strategic landscape of South Asia in last 3 decades. This deal has been viewed as the beginning of a special relationship between India and the US. However, after signing the nuclear

  • Sri Lanka: An ‘unholy alliance’ comes unstuck0

    N Sathiya Moorthy      27 October 2018 There is no denying the surprise element in the timing of the unsettling ‘power-transfer’ in Colombo, which however was waiting to happen for too long that the nation had begun getting tired and bored about media speculation of the past year and more. Even more surprising in the

  • Electronic Voting Machines in India Face Criticism from Opposition Political Leaders0

    An Indian officer examines an electronic voting machine ahead of parliamentary elections in Jammu. Photograph: Jaipal Singh/EPA   bt Yead Mirza     29 October 2018 Faced with a wave of criticism from political corners and civil society members for the alleged erroneous and malicious use of the Electronic Voting Machines, India’s Election Commission had introduced

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