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Bhutan: Gearing up for National Elections

Paper No. 6413 .      Dated 25-Aug-2018

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

The Second National Assembly of Bhutan was dissolved in the afternoon of 1st August 2018 as mandated by Article 19 of Bhutan Constitution.

By a Royal Order, an interim government under the leadership of the Chief Justice has been formed with nine Advisers.  In distributing the portfolios, the Chief Justice- now called Chief Adviser has retained the two important  portfolios namely Home and Foreign Affairs.

Sri Lanka: A Tamil Reading of Albert Camus 'The Plague'

Paper No. 6412      Dated 20-Aug-2018
By Prof. Charles Sarvan
Colombo Telegraph (14 October 2017) reported that in Mullaitivu there’s one Sinhalese soldier for every two Tamil civilians. It added that this ratio does not include personnel belonging to the navy and air-force. Elsewhere too, demographic realities are being systematically and forcibly changed. (I gather that soon, if not already, there will be more Chinese in Tibet than Tibetans.)
 

Pakistan New PM-Imran Khan: Nothing Changes

Paper No. 6411                          Dated 20-Aug-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila

PM Imran Khan, Pakistan’s twenty second Prime Minister sworn on August 18 2018 was not swept into office with a thumping political majority but a cobbled coalition of sorts. Hovering over PM Imran Khan emerging as Prime Minister was an unsavoury reputation that PM Imran Khan’s emergence as PM was scripted and facilitated by the new power duopoly of Pakistan Army-Supreme Court Judiciary.

Myanmar: Remembering Pro democracy Movement in Aug- 1988:

Paper No. 6410                      Dated 19-Aug-2018
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.
 
“What we demanded in 1988 was democracy and the downfall of dictatorship.  Today the domination of the dictatorship largely remains and the democracy we have got is half real and half sham.”
 

MALDIVES- INDIA Relations Going Downhill?

Paper No. 6408 .          Dated 15-Aug-2018

By R.M. Panda

Pakistan’s Water Woes: Don’t Blame India

Paper No. 6407                         Dated 11-Aug-2018
Dr.  S.Chandrasekharan
 

Bangladesh- Protests of Students: Need for Caution?

Paper No. 6405     Dated 9-Aug-2018
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
A bad motor accident involving the death of two students, followed by violent protests by students, inept handling of the protests by the Government and an indiscreet statement by the shipping and transport minister making light of the accident- all added up to an explosive situation in Dhaka and other major cities in Bangladesh.  And this was when the parties were gearing up for National elections towards the end of the year!

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