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Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina Wins a Third Term: BNP Routed

Paper No.6474            Dated 31-Dec-2018

By S.Chandrasekharan

In the elections held on December 30, the Awami League led Alliance won 288 seats with the BNP led Alliance winning only 7 sets.  Three seats went to others. It is a land slide victory for Hasina and her party- the Awami League.

Though it was known that the Awami League had an edge in the elections, no one could have predicted or assessed such an overwhelming victory that had had routed the entire opposition.

Pakistan Army’s Day of Infamy-December 16 1971-Time to Ponder

Paper No. 6472                   Dated 22-Dec-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Pakistan’s annals of history in the decades to come will carry rankling of December 16 1971 as “Pakistan Army’s Day of Infamy” when General Niazi of the Pakistan Army and 93,000 of his soldiers surrendered at Dhaka to the Indian Army which had to intervene to put an end to the genocidal slaughter of millions of East Pakistani Bengali Muslims and flow of millions of Muslim Bengalis to India for refuge.

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Iran: Suicide Attack in Chabahar: Its Implications

Paper No. 6470 .    Dated 12-Dec-2018

By S.Chandrasekharan

On 6th December, a terrorist driving a vehicle laden with explosives tried to enter the Police Headquarters in Chabahar, of Sistan-Baluchistan Province of Iran.

Bangladesh: Polls on 30th December- the need to be seen to be credible:

Paper No. 6466               Dated 3-Dec-2018

S. Chandrasekharan

The Election Commission of Bangladesh announced the schedule for the National Elections.  While the Polls will be held on 30th December, November 28th was fixed as the deadline for filing nomination papers.  Scrutiny of papers will be on 2nd December and December 9th will be last date for withdrawals.

Bhutan: Post Election Developments:

Paper No. 6462              Dated 21-Nov-2018

By S.Chandrasekharan

On 19th October, the Election Commission of Bhutan formally declared the election results with the DNT acquiring 30 seats and the DPT  the rest in the 47 seat assembly. The DNT was thus officially declared as the third elected Government in Bhutan and the DPT as the Opposition.

Maldives: Solih Takes Over- The Challenges ahead

Paper No 6461                Dated 19-Nov-2018

By S.Chandrasekharan

On November 17th, Solih took over as the seventh President of Maldives in a glittering ceremony at the Galolhu National Stadium.

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, former President of Sri Lanka Chandrika Kumaratunghe as well as Senior Representatives of 46 countries were present for the occasion.

Pakistan-China headed for Massive Shift due to Geopolitical Compulsions

Paper No   6459 .                 Dated 10-Nov-2018

onBy Dr Subhash Kapila

Geopolitical compulsions seem to be bearing down heavily in steering Pakistan- China ‘All Weather Iron Brother Relations’ towards a massive shift in end-2018 whose first indicator has been the less than successful first visit of new Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to Beijing from November 02-05 2018.

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