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Afghanistan: Wolesi Jirga 2018 Elections- High Turnout showed People’s faith in Democracy:

Paper No. 6450                   Dated 23-Oct-2018

R M Panda

China's natural Allies -Pakistan and North Korea in Economic Distress

Paper No. 6449          Dated 21-Oct-2019

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Pakistan and North Korea long maintained by me as China’s only ‘Natural Allies’ are in an acute economic distress. China may have built-up Pakistan and North Korea as nuclear weapons states with missiles arsenal, however seemingly, has not contributed anything to buttress their economic strengths and resilience leaving them open to stray away from China’s orbit.

Maldives: Yameen Steps Down (Finally?)

Paper No. 6448            Dated 20-Oct-2018
By S.Chandrasekharan
On 23rd September, President Yameen lost the Presidential elections by an overwhelming margin to the opposition candidate Ibu Solih.  After conceding defeat publicly, Yameen met the opposition candidate and indeed congratulated him.
 
But within a week the wily President urged his followers to protest against the election results.
 

Myanmar- Summit Meet ends as a “damp squib”

Paper No. 6447                   Dated 19-Oct-2018
By S.Chandrasekharan
 
The much hyped summit between the Ethnic Armed Organisations that have signed the National Cease fire agreement and the top leadership of both the Government and the Army ended as a “damp squib.” 
 

Bhutan: Votes for a Change in the National Elections:

Paper No. 6446                        Dated 19-Oct-2018
By S. Chandrasekharan
 
In the recently conducted National Elections of October 18, it is learnt that the DNT has come out victorious with 30 out of 47 seats.  Formal official results will be announced by the Election Commission in another two days.
 

Bangladesh: The Election Commission Should not Get Politicised:

Paper No. 6445                       Dated 17-Oct-2018
By S.Chandrasekharan.
 
The 11th Jatiya Sangsad Elections are due to take place by the end of this year.  This was the general impression.  But the Election Commission declared that it is yet to fix the dates and announce the poll schedule.  Yet the elections are not far off and the political parties are seen to be getting ready for the polls.
 

Myanmar: New Initiative by Ethnic Armed Organisations-Will it work?

Paper No. 6444                          Dated 15-Oct-2018
By S. Chandrasekharan
In what is being considered as a breakthrough, State Counselor Suu Kyi, Army Chief Ming Aung Hliang and selected leaders of Ethnic Armed Organisations are to hold talks on 15th of this month, to discuss ways of resolving deadlocks that have left the peace process stalled. 
 
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