Saturday, September 25, 2021

China pushes for greater influence in Bhutan

By Lt.Gen.(Rtd) Prakash Katoch New Delhi, January 1 (Asia Times): Bhutan, the only “carbon-negative” country legislatively bound to maintain forestry grounds on more than 60% of its territory, is also known for its gross national happiness (GNH) approach to development and lifestyle. The country had its first parliamentary elections in 2007-2008. Located between the Chinese-held Tibet Autonomous Region and India,...

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Bringing divided South Asia together through soul-stirring music

Colombo, February 8 (newsin.asia): Wednesday’s stunning performance by a symphony orchestra comprising Sri Lankan and Indian musicians under the baton of Indo-American Viswa Subbaraman, led the audience to believe that it was time South Asia, torn by conflicts for the last 70 years, eschewed animosities and conflicts and got together to revive those strands of South Asian history which had...

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Bhutan rejects China’s claim on Doklam

New Delhi, August 11: The Bhutanese government has once again reportedly referred to its foreign ministry statement issued about six weeks ago that Doklam is Bhutanese territory, thereby rejecting a recent Chinese claim that Bhutan had agreed the area belongs to China, Asian Age reports.. “Official sources in the Bhutanese government” were quoted as telling an Indian news agency over...

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Debacle in Doklam reveals serious flaws in India’s “Neighborhood First” policy

The unfolding realities underlying the Sino-Indian standoff over the border in Doklam are clearly bringing out serious flaws in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Neighborhood First” policy, writes P.K.Balachandran in www.southasianmonitor.com The “Neighborhood First’ policy enunciated in 2014 as India’s new foreign policy “mantra” has not achieved what it was meant to achieve. Instead of generating friendly feelings towards India, with...

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Lack of political will stymies garbage management in South Asia

By Frances Bulathsinghala Colombo, April 23 (www.southasianmonitor.com):  Concealed from privileged city dwellers, tucked away from posh tourist resorts and invisible to policy makers are the rubbish dumps in the cities of South Asia. But the thick wall of apathy cracked on April 14 when a 300 ft high mountain of garbage, allowed to build up for years in the low-lying Colombo suburb of Meetotamulla in Kolonnawa, came crashing, killing at least 33...

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Challenges facing BIMSTEC in integrating Bay of Bengal

By P.K.Balachandran/South Asian Monitor Colombo, April 15: The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) launched in 1997, is an ambitious effort to integrate the countries around the Bay of Bengal. The Bay of Bengal region has striking commonalities in culture and religion. It has  had very close trade and cultural relations from ancient times until...

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