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Bangla PM Sheikh Hasina’s India visit is critical for South Asia

Paper No. 6234                                Dated 24-Mar-2017

By Bhaskar Roy

Tibet’s Independence Flames Burn Bright in 2017 too

Paper No. 6233                                    Dated 22-Mar-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Tibet’s independence flames burn still bright, in 2017 too, notwithstanding that the fires of unceasing Tibetan self-immolations in China Occupied Tibet escape global notice.

Pakistan: More on the Indus Water Treaty

Paper No. 6231                                  Dated 10-Mar-2017

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

(This may be read along with the previous paper on the subject- Paper No. 6226 of 24th Feb. 2017)

China’s Warning: Give us Tawang, or else

Paper No. 6229                                  Dated 08-Mar-2017

By Bhaskar Roy

India-China relations have broadened over the years with not a single shot fired along the disputed borders since the signing of the Peace and Tranquillity Treaty between the two sides.  Military exchanges and other high level visits have become a regular affair.  There is convergence of interest in several regional and international affairs.

Nepal: PM Dahal Announces Local Body Elections - Madhesi Groups Unhappy: Update No. 344

Note No. 779                                    Dated 02-Mar-2017

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

On 21st February, after a marathon Cabinet Meeting, Prime Minister Dahal announced that the Local Body Elections will be held in May 14 in one go.  The elections were last held in 1997.

Pakistan: Water Crisis and the Indus Water Treaty

Paper No. 6226                                  Dated 24-Feb-2017

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

It is well known that Pakistan is one of the most “water stressed” countries of the world.  Currently its per capita annual water capability is 1017 cubic metres- that is perilously close to a threshold of 1000 cubic metres.  Back in 2009, it was 1500 cubic metres.

Nepal: No consensus yet on Local Body Elections: Update No. 343

Note No. 778                                   Dated 17-Feb-2017

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

Recently, Prime Minister Dahal declared that Local bodies elections are an urgent need of the country.  Yet there appears to be no immediate chance of elections being held. 

It is known to all that the three layers of elections- namely local bodies, regional/state level and the Federal Elections will all have to be held before 21st January 2018.  It is mandatory and the constitution does not permit any extension.

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