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Nepal: Trigger happy Police Kill Five protestors in Rajbiraj: Update No. 345

Note No. 780                                     Dated 07-Apr-2017

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

In an incident on 7th April at Maleth in Saptari district, the Police opened fire on a group of Madhesis who were protesting against the convening of a rally led by former Prime Minister K.P.Oli and the UML in their programme of “Mechi to Mahakali.”  This rally was supposed to mobilise the public for the coming local elections on May 14 that was being strongly opposed by the Madhesi front.  

Russian President Putin’s Stern Message to Russian Muslim Minorities

Paper No. 6240                                  Dated 06-Apr-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

President Putin’s stern message to Russian Muslim minorities in an address to the DUMA (Russian Parliament) received a standing ovation for nearly five minutes, as per reports. The Russian President is quoted to have sent an unambiguous message to Russian Muslim minorities as reproduced below.

U. P. ELECTORAL VERDICT –BJP is not the winner but the Vote Bank Politics is the loser.

Paper No. 6239                                     Dated 06-Apr-2017

R. Upadhyay

The spectacular UP Electoral Verdict for once broke the traditional vote bank politics that was being played in the country for the last six decades.

Xi Jinping to test if Donald Trump is a Paper Tiger

Paper No. 6238                                  Dated 05-Apr-2017

By Bhaskar Roy

There is great expectation in China that when President Xi Jinping meets President Donald Trump at the Mar-a-Lago resort (April 6-7) relations will be reset as the Chinese say in a “win-win” manner.  At the moment the Chinese are not quite sure how Trump will react to various planks that he had outlined in the run-up to his elections, and even after that.

Russia in Waziristan; Kabul Needs Support, Not Competition

Paper No. 6237                                 Dated 05-Apr-2017

Guest Column by Alexander Murray

As the recent explosions on the St Petersburg metro are assessed, a continuing theme across the world is the question of whether or not a militant terror network was involved and if so, is it of a transnational design. Due to recurring attacks claimed and attributed to Daesh, this is a common global concern.

Russia’s Unprincipled Rebound to Afghanistan 2017

Paper No. 6236                                                Dated 03-Apr-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Russia’s unprincipled rebound to Afghanistan clearly visible in 2017 in the company of Pakistan and the Taliban who jointly spearheaded the Soviet exit from Afghanistan reflects the Russian depravity of political expediency.

Russia would be sorely disappointed if it has concluded that its renewed rebound to Afghanistan by an unholy coalition with Pakistan and the Afghan Taliban groups would result in the United States withdrawal from Afghanistan.

United States-Chinese President Meet April 2017 is no Big Deal

Paper No. 6235                                Dated 28-Mar-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

The United States and Chinese Presidents’ meet in April 2017 at a Trump resort in Florida, USA, is no big deal viewing that this Presidential Meet is not being held in Washington to qualify as a ‘Mega Summit’.

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