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South Asia witnessed significant trends in 2017

South Asia witnessed significant trends in 2017

Colombo, December 21: In 2017, South Asian countries witnessed significant developments which would have long term consequences for themselves and the region as a whole, writes P.K.Balachandran in Daily Express. India saw a two-month standoff with China over the frontier in Doklam, which, given the high decibel sabre rattling by the Chinese, could have resulted in a full-scale Sino-Indian war...

Nepal at the edge of political uncertainty again

Nepal at the edge of political uncertainty again

With parliamentary elections due on November 26, and the present parliament ceasing to exist on October 22, Nepal is again standing on the edge of political uncertainty if not a political crisis., writes P.K.Balachandran in DailyFT. While a change of government due to an election is only to be expected in a democracy, Nepal has not had stability since monarchy...

Sri Lankan women saved from traffickers in Nepal

Sri Lankan women saved from traffickers in Nepal

Kathmandu, Sept 11 - Amid a growing trend of Nepali men and women being trafficked via Sri Lanka, two Sri Lankan women have been rescued from the clutches of traffickers who tried to send them to various foreign destinations using Nepal as the transit point. The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police rescued two Sri Lankan women from a hotel...

Madhesis ignore call to boycott Nepal local elections

Madhesis ignore call to boycott Nepal local elections

Colombo, June 29: The Madhesis, a people of recent Indian origin who had sworn that they would boycott the second phase of the Nepalese local body elections on June 28, ended up participating in them as voters as well as candidates, writes P.K.Balachandran in www.southasianmonitor.com The Madhesis are 20% of the population of Nepal and are a substantial section of...

India may have to help resolve Nepal’s constitutional conundrum

India may have to help resolve Nepal’s constitutional conundrum

Kathmandu, June 11: India, which has always played a critical role in Nepalese politics, may have to play a role in helping the new government of Nepal headed by Nepali Congress (NC) leader Sher Bahadur Deuba to meet his constitutional obligation to hold the local bodies elections on June 28, and provincial and federal elections by January 2018, writes P.K.Balachandran...

Challenges facing Nepal’s new Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba

Challenges facing Nepal’s new Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba

Kathmandu, June 11: The new Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba faces many challenges, but fortunately, his tormentors in the past, have been neutralized. Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias Prachanda of CPN (Maoist Center), is today an ally; and the Monarchy, does not exist, writes P.K.Balachandran in the South Asian Monitor. On June 7, veteran politician Sher Bahadur Deuba of the...

Beyond parochialism and pettiness: Setting a regional agenda for actual cooperation

Beyond parochialism and pettiness: Setting a regional agenda for actual cooperation

By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express Colombo, June 8: South Asia has a plethora of regional cooperation institutions, but their performance has been dismal. Parochialism, petty nationalism and mutual suspicions have been the bane of these institutions, though they have been around for decades and have been holding meetings frequently to ritualistically express sentiments of brotherhood and signing agreements. SAARC came into being...

Women make headway in Nepal’s local body elections

Women make headway in Nepal’s local body elections

By Om Astha Rai/Nepali Times Kathmandu, May 29: When Bidya Devi Bhandari became Nepal’s first woman President in 2015, cynics dismissed her arguing that she was the widow of a political leader, it was a ceremonial position anyway, and one woman becoming head of state did not change the lives of millions of downtrodden women in Nepal. Then, Onsari Gharti Magar...

Napalese Prime Minister Dahal resigns to allow Deuba to take over as per prearrangement

Napalese Prime Minister Dahal resigns to allow Deuba to take over as per prearrangement

Kathmandu, May 24 (PTI): Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' on Wednesday resigned after a brief stint of nine months, honouring a power sharing understanding reached between his party and the ruling partner Nepali Congress. Prachanda, 62, announced his resignation while addressing the nation in a live telecast. It was his second stint as the Prime Minister. He was...

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