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Bhutan: Elections- Moving on to Final Phase-Trends:

Paper No. 6435 .         Dated 5-Oct-2018

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

With the elections to the National Assembly less than two weeks away, the two parties-DNT and DPT  that emerged as the two top most vote getters are seen to have finally worked  out their strategy for the final round.

Yet going by the trends, it looks that it will be a very close election and even now it is not easy to make any assessment on the final results.

Putin'sVisit to India -October 2018-Comes with a heavy Pakistani Baggage

Paper No. 6434 .       Dated 3-Oct-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila

The Russia-India Special Strategic Partnership spanning decades has lost its sheen for India with Russia’s pivot in South Asia towards Pakistan as a piquant response to the growing US-India Strategic Partnership. Thus President Putin arrives in New Delhi on October 04 2018 for the Annual Dialogue with India carrying a heavy Pakistan-baggage.

Maldives: A Surprise Victory for Opposition Candidate Solih!

Paper No. 6432 .       Dated 27-Sept-2018

By R M Panda

In a surprise result, the opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won the Presidential election with an overwhelming majority with 58.3 percent of the total votes.  Present President Yameen conceded defeat and is said to have personally met Solih to congratulate him.

Bhutan Primary Election: Brings a Surprise.

Paper No. 6431                 Dated 26-Sept-2018

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

In the primary elections held on 15 September, the incumbent party PDP was knocked out and instead, the people chose an untested party DNT ( Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa) led by a Medical Practitioner Dr. Lotay Tshering that got the maximum number of votes.  The second was the DPT led by Pema Gyamtso-a party that was in power in the first election and in opposition in the second election.

Reconciliation Process in Afghanistan: Will it Work?

Paper No. 6429              Dated 20-Sept-2018

By R M Panda

Nepal: Federalism Only in Name?

Paper No. 6427 .  Dated 18-Sept-2018

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

This month two issues among many dominated the political discourse in Nepal.  The first one was the abrupt postponement of Inter State Council Meeting of the Chief Ministers that was being eagerly awaited by the Provincial Leaders.  Second was an equally abrupt withdrawal of Nepal from the first ever military exercise of BIMSTEC countries initiated by India  way back in June.

Myanmar Under Siege: Give Suu Kyi some Respite!

Paper No. 6426 .    Dated 16-Sept-2018

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

The Myanmar Government appears to be coming under a siege mainly by the international organizations and some western countries. If their idea is to throw Myanmar back into the arms of the Chinese, they are perhaps already succeeding.  Even if the Government and the people want to get out of the stranglehold of China, the mission of these agencies is to ensure that it does not happen.

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