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Nepal: PM Dahal Announces Local Body Elections - Madhesi Groups Unhappy: Update No. 344

Note No. 779                                    Dated 02-Mar-2017

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

On 21st February, after a marathon Cabinet Meeting, Prime Minister Dahal announced that the Local Body Elections will be held in May 14 in one go.  The elections were last held in 1997.

Pakistan: Water Crisis and the Indus Water Treaty

Paper No. 6226                                  Dated 24-Feb-2017

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

It is well known that Pakistan is one of the most “water stressed” countries of the world.  Currently its per capita annual water capability is 1017 cubic metres- that is perilously close to a threshold of 1000 cubic metres.  Back in 2009, it was 1500 cubic metres.

Nepal: No consensus yet on Local Body Elections: Update No. 343

Note No. 778                                   Dated 17-Feb-2017

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

Recently, Prime Minister Dahal declared that Local bodies elections are an urgent need of the country.  Yet there appears to be no immediate chance of elections being held. 

It is known to all that the three layers of elections- namely local bodies, regional/state level and the Federal Elections will all have to be held before 21st January 2018.  It is mandatory and the constitution does not permit any extension.

Afghanistan: Sanctions on Hekmatyar Lifted; Eyes on Russia

Paper No. 6220                                  Dated 08-Feb-2017

Guest Column by Alexander Murray

On 4 February, the UN Security Council (UNSC) agreed to remove Hezb-e-Islami-e-Gulbuddin (HIG) power-broker and former Afghan Prime Minister, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, from its international sanctions list. Having negotiated a truce with HIG and settled on the peaceful terms of Hekmatyar’s reintegration into Afghan civil society, the government of President Ashraf Ghani is sure to welcome the news.

South China Sea Conflict Escalation Possibility Analysed

Paper No. 6218                                 Dated 03-Feb-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

South China Sea conflict escalation in2017 hovers as a distinct possibility with the maximalist positons taken by China and the new US Trump Administration in opposing China’s claims.

Japan and India in the New Asian Geopolitical Matrix 2017

Paper No. 6216                                   Dated 27-Jan-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Asia’s new geopolitical matrix in 2017 will be determined by the challenges that US President throws at China and the likely reset of US polices on Russia and it is in this churning Asian geopolitics that Japan and India will be called upon as Asia’s Emerged Powers to act in unison to meet the challenges so arising.

Book Review: Road to Nandikadal: True story of defeating Tamil Tigers, Colombo, 2016.- Major General Kamal Gunaratne

Paper No. 6215                                Dated 19-Jan-2017

Guest Column by Prof. Charles Sarvan

Epigraph: Those who have power in the present, control the story of the past; and those who control the past, shape the future.       

 (Adapted from Orwell’s dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four.)

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