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Sri Lanka: Consolidation of Rajapaksa Inc. – Update No. 225

 

Note No. 669                                                Dated 07-Dec-2012

Col. R. Hariharan

The walk out of Chief Justice Mrs Shirani Bandaranayake and her team of lawyers from a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) hearing on an impeachment motion against her Thursday was an eloquent testimony to the charade being enacted in Sri Lanka in the name of democracy. Probably it is a matter of time the PSC would find her guilty of the charges of corruption slapped against her.

NEPAL: President Yadav Intervenes- Is it wise? Update No. 273

Note No. 668                                                   Dated  4-Dec-2012 
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.

On 22rd November, President Yadav gave an official call to the political parties to form a consensus government within seven days.  He did not spell out what he would do otherwise.  

Begum Zia’s India Visit and Bangla Politics

 

Paper no. 5318                                          Dated 03-Dec-2012

By Bhaskar Roy

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Begum Khalida Zia’s India visit in October-November stirred political discourses on how alignments will be made and party position stated as the country enters election mode.  Each major party in Bangladesh is still trying to decipher what Khalida Zia said in India, what she said on her return and how her party leaders are explaining the change, if any, towards India to their  cadres.

Squeezing the Haqqanis: Will it work?

 

Paper No. 5316                                            Dated 28-Nov-2012

Guest Column by Sambuddha Mitra Mustafi

In the backdrop of a gradually weakening Quetta Shura, the Haqqani network has emerged as a powerful extremist group operating in the Afghanistan-Pakistan theater. How can the UN Security Council's recent sanctions against the Haqqanis act as a potential de-motivator for this Pakistan-based terrorist outfit?

Interview: A woman President for Afghanistan?

 

Paper no. 5314                                               Dated 27-Nov-2012

Guest Column by Anushka Shah

The withdrawal of NATO troops in 2014 and the Presidential elections in Afghanistan continue to spark interest the world over. Gateway House interviews Fawzia Koofi, a Presidential candidate in Afghanistan who provides an overview of the upcoming elections and the changing dynamics in the country.

China: 18th Party Congress - Change of Guards, But no Change in Policy

Paper no. 5313                                           Dated 27-Nov-2012

By D. S. Rajan

It is undeniable that the transfer of power to the fifth generation leadership at the 18th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) (Beijing, 8-15 November 2012) has been smooth and orderly; especially the rule providing for retirement of cadres above the age of 68 has been adhered to.

“US Can’t Squeeze China out of Myanmar”

Paper No. 5310                                              Dated 25-Nov-2012

By B. Raman

That was the message that China sought to convey to President Barack Obama as he completed his eight-hour visit to Yangon (Rangoon) on November 19, 2012, during which he met President Thein Sein and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and addressed the students of the Rangoon University.

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