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Twelve Pakistanis make it to British parliament

Twelve Pakistanis make it to British parliament

London, June 9 (newsin.asia): Twelve of the 30 persons of Pakistani origin who contested the June 8 British parliamentary elections, have won. The winners include five women candidates. Nine belong to the Labor party while three represent the Conservative party. Dr.Rosena Allin Khan Although most candidates had won the previous election, Afzal Khan from Gorton area of Manchester...

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...

When Modi decided to use the rod against NDTV

When Modi decided to use the rod against NDTV

By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express Only a proper and unbiased investigation will reveal whether or not Dr.Prannoy Roy, founder and co-chairman of New Delhi Television (NDTV), had entered into a plethora of illegal transactions to the tune of INR 20,300 million (US$ 314 million). But there is a wide spread feeling in the independent Indian media that the timing of the investigation...

India mulls greater deployment of armor and Special Forces on Pak-China borders

India mulls greater deployment of armor and Special Forces on Pak-China borders

Colombo, June 8 (www.southasianmonitor.com): India is mulling greater deployment of armor and Special Forces on its borders with Pakistan and China in view of the sustained threat from those two countries, the Indian defense journal Bharat Shakti reports. According to the journal, this was among other ideas, discussed at a conference of Indian Army top brass including army chief Gen.Bipin...

Cheerless domestic situation puts Sri Lanka Freedom Party at the cross roads

Cheerless domestic situation puts Sri Lanka Freedom Party at the cross roads

P.K.Balachandran/www.southasianmonitor.com Colombo, June 8: A cheerless domestic situation, both political and economic, has put the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led by President Maithripala Sirisena at the cross roads. Its members are wondering whether they should stick to Sirisena or respond to the call of former Sri Lankan President and former party chief, Mahinda Rajapaksa, to rally round him to...

India v Pakistan: Is the hype worth it?

India v Pakistan: Is the hype worth it?

By Kanishkaa Balachandran/The Hindu The apparent stage-fright that hits Pakistan’s batsmen has reduced all recent matches between the arch-rivals to duds. Moreover, when every game is pegged as a crunch match, you end up chewing more than you bite off. Some years ago, a popular news channel in India ran a discussion, involving cricket experts and a general audience,...

BIMSTEC’s success hinges on eschewing parochialism, says Secy Gen. Nakandala

BIMSTEC’s success hinges on eschewing parochialism, says Secy Gen. Nakandala

Dhaka June 7 (newsin.asia): Sumith Nakandala, Secretary General of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), has called upon member states to eschew parochialism and pettiness and develop pluralistic values to help BIMSTEC realize its full potential as an engine of economic development in the Bay of Bengal region. “ Political commitment alone will not...

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