August 07, 2022 22:26 (IST)
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As it grapples with challenges inherited from Imran Khan, the focus of Pakistan’s new government should be on regional peace

A historical event in Pakistan’s political trajectory was witnessed in the wee hours of 10 April, when after much dramatic fuss and needless political wrangling and feet dragging by the then Prime Minister Imran Khan, the no-trust vote against him was finally held and yielded a narrow Opposition victory.

Tibetan parents forced to learn Chinese language to teach children: Tibet Watch

The Chinese government’s campaign to push Mandarin Chinese as the main spoken and written language for Tibetans now includes giving parents the responsibility for teaching their children.

China’s efforts to wipe Tiananmen memories go in vain

The genocide at the Tiananmen Square in 1989 is still a banned subject in China.

Tibet witnessing human rights violations: IFFRAS

Human Rights Violation continues to take place in Tibet despite CCP’s promise to improve it on many occasions.

Afghanistan: The predator turns target

On April 8, 2022, Taliban fighters stormed the Qassan Valley in the Deh Salah area of Andarab District in Baghlan Province and took control of the upper area of Darband Kaasa Traash and Darra e Jar, the strongholds of the National Resistance Front (NRF). NRF fighters retaliated and, in the ensuing clashes, at least 11 Taliban fighters were killed and several injured.

Midst of escalating financial and petroleum crises, India launches rescue effort on Sri Lanka

As Sri Lanka's economic crisis deepened, political instability erupted in the form of large-scale protests. Sri Lankans were irked by the government's mismanagement of financial affairs, corruption and bad judgment on initiatives that backfired, leaving the country impoverished - mostly in terms of lacking foreign exchange reserves.

Northeast: AFSPA - Shrinking Scope

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) in a release dated March 31, 2022, announced now AFSPA [Armed Forces Special Powers Act] is being removed with effect from 01.04.2022 [April 1, 2022] completely from 23 districts and partially from 1 district of Assam.  

After ensnaring Sri Lanka in a debt trap, China turns a blind eye as the country’s economic woes turn critical

Sri Lanka is confronting its worst economic crisis in decades, with economists saying that its public debt has reached unsustainable levels.

Continued Persecution of Shia Minority in Pakistan

The recent bombing (4th March) of a Shia Mosque in Kocha Risaldar, a largely Shia neighbourhood in the old city of Peshawar, capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, has once again brought to the fore the plight of minorities in Pakistan.

Tripura: Gains Trump Politics

On March 4, 2022, Uttar Bihar Tripura aka Wathai, a militant of the Parimal Debbrama faction of the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT-PD), surrendered before the Assam Rifles and Military Intelligence. Uttar Bihar joined NLFT-PD in March 2021 and received two months basic training at the New Zupui Camp, Bangladesh, to operate a M16 Rifle, 9mm Pistol and AK-47.

How girls of today can become the women of tomorrow

Since childhood, AbhaKumari (21) wanted to study and don the police uniform – making a mark for herself as ‘Lady Dabangg’.

Permanent Crisis

At least 57 worshippers were killed and 197 injured on March 4, 2022, when a suicide attacker detonated himself inside an Imambargah (Shia place of worship), during Friday prayers, in the Koocha Risaldar area of Peshawar, the Provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). Subsequently, the death toll increased to 62 as five of the injured died on March 5.

Gilgit-Baltistan: 'Final Annexation' Accelerated

Islamabad has accelerated the process of imposing a provisional-provincial status on Gilgit-Baltistan. Pakistani media reports claim that between February 7-14, 2022, a number of meetings were held among the stakeholders, in Islamabad. During these meetings, the draft of the “26th Constitutional Amendment Bill” was discussed.

Protests against MCC in Nepal: A chapter from Chinese debt trap playbook

China’s protracted lobbying efforts aimed at blocking international development assistance to smaller countries exposes its bullying behavior.  For firming up its iron grip over such countries, China lures them with debt financing linked with superfluous and unviable infrastructure projects. After these projects get stuck or shelved because of their inherent problems or motivated approach of the financer, the leftover debt imprint is too overwhelming for the vulnerable client countries.

Politicization of a US grant reiterates both the frailty of Nepal’s polity and the pernicious impact of Chinese penetration

There was ample reason this past week to recall the title of the Commentary of 08-01-2021 – Nepal’s self-centered political leadership has repeatedly failed its people – and conclude that the situation has, expectedly yet regrettably, not changed much one year down the line.