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South Asia South Asia Weekly 21
May 26, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 21

Last week Nepal became a federal democratic republic. On May 28, the first sitting of the newly elected Constituent Assembly members endorsed a proposal to amend the interim Constitution and declare the country a republic.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 22
Jun 02, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 22

With the stalemate on the judicial restoration continuing, the focus was back on the man who is responsible for most of the mess Pakistan is in today. President Pervez Musharraf¿s three-and-a-half-hour meeting with Army Chief, General Ashfaq Kayani,

South Asia South Asia Weekly 23
Jun 08, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 23

The integration of the People's Liberation Army of the Maoists into the Nepal Army (NA) continues to remain a contentious issue. While, all the big parties namely the Nepali Congress and the CPN-Unified Marxist Leninist have stressed

South Asia South Asia Weekly 24
Jun 16, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 24

In a total reversal of its earlier stand, the Sri Lanka government agreed to open talks with the LTTE claiming the outfit as one, though not the sole, representative of the Tamil demands. Surprisingly, no preconditions for talks are imposed by the government but at the same time,

South Asia South Asia Weekly 25
Jun 23, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 25

Pakistan is struggling with two monumental crises--one is political and another is terrorism. On the political front, there is a prolonged drift with PPP and PMLN not quite willing to move forward from their respective positions.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 26
Jun 30, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 26

Chief Election Commissioner of Bangladesh, Dr. ATM Shamsul Huda, on June 30th announced that the national parliamentary election would be held in the third week of December this year.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 27
Jul 07, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 27

LTTE political chief P. Nadesan in an interview to a Tamil Weekly magazine urged Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Karunanidhi to assist them in their struggle for a separate Tamil Eelam. Expressing regret that India was supporting the war efforts of the Rajapaksa administration,

South Asia South Asia Weekly 28
Jul 14, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 28

With the political parties failing to reach a consensus on nominating the President, the Vice-President and Chairman of the Constituent Assembly (CA), it became clear that the issue would be resolved only through elections, scheduled now for Saturday (July 19).

South Asia South Asia Weekly 29
Jul 21, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 29

The political scene in Nepal got even more complex with the Maoists now backtracking on their decision not to take part in the formation of the new government. The Maoists had made a public declaration to keep away from government formation after their presidential

South Asia South Asia Weekly 3
Jan 27, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 3

President Pervez Musharraf is doing what he likes to do best: promote himself. The week saw him on a whirl-wind tour of Europe--Belgium, France and Britain-addressing the media and others.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 30
Jul 28, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 30

With Sri Lanka forces capturing strategic towns occupied by LTTE not long ago, the supporters of the LTTE Chief Prabhakaran have expressed fears about his safety. Prabhakaran, believed to be hiding in a bunker in the dense forests of Vanni,

South Asia South Asia Weekly 31
Aug 04, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 31

Tamil Nadu has always played an important role in the ongoing ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. Tamils fighting for their homeland in the island nation has always desired and appreciated the assistance rendered by their Tamil brethren from the neighbouring India,

South Asia South Asia Weekly 32
Aug 11, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 32

Ending the four-month old political deadlock, Nepal's Constituent Assembly (CA) elected CPN-Maoist Chairman Prachanda as the first Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. With 464 votes, Prachanda defeated his competitor,

South Asia South Asia Weekly 33
Aug 18, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 33

After eight years of ruling Pakistan, former Army Chief and President Pervez Musharraf stepped down on August 18, 2008. It was amidst growing speculation and doubt that Musharraf, facing a possible impeachment in the National Assembly, announced the decision to quit in his last Address to the Nation.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 34
Aug 25, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 34

Leading a 11-member delegation, Nepal's newly elected Prime Minister Prachanda, visited China on August 23, to attend the closing ceremony of Beijing Olympics Games. Prachanda met his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao and President Hu Jintao and discussed bilateral issues.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 35
Sep 01, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 35

Asif Ali Zardari, who led Pakistan People's Party (PPP) to victory in the February elections, became the 14th President of Pakistan by securing a majority in Senate, the National Assembly and three of the four Provincial Assemblies on Saturday (Sept.6).

South Asia South Asia Weekly 36
Sep 08, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 36

The Maoist-led government presented its Policy and Programme document last week, setting out a whole gamut of tasks facing Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' . The key points of the document are: to draft new constitution within given timeframe of two years,

South Asia South Asia Weekly 37
Sep 15, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 37

The Election Commission finalized October 8 as the polling day for the first-ever multiparty elections in Maldives. The decision followed the Majlis passing two crucial Bills, which have been hanging fire for quite some, preventing the holding of the elections.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 38
Sep 22, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 38

In a surprising statement, the military spokesman of Sri Lanka Keheliya Rambukwella claimed that Al Qaeda and those involved in the bombing of Marriot Hotel in Islamabad were trained by LTTE. The technique was similar to the one used by the Tamil group way back in 1996 when a truck loaded with a bomb exploded near Colombo's Central Bank killing 91 people.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 39
Sep 29, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 39

With Sri Lankan Army just two miles away from the de facto capital of the LTTE, Kilinochchi has turned into a ghost town. Most of the civilians have fled along with many humanitarian organisations leaving the LTTE cadres to carry out the counter-attacks.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 4
Feb 02, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 4

Darra Adam Khel a semi-tribal town located between Kohat and Peshawar in North West Frontier Province (NWFP) came under intense threat from militants when conflict broke out between militants and the Pakistan military in the last week of January.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 40
Oct 06, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 40

After lying low for decades, the Sri Lankan Tamil issue made an entry into the native Indian Tamil psyche in a big way. The twin reasons responsible for such awareness among the Tamil population are--- first, the escalation of fighting in Sri Lanka where government forces seem to be getting an upper hand and second,

South Asia South Asia Weekly 41
Oct 13, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 41

In response to India's (more particularly Tamil Nadu's) overtures to stop the Sri Lankan offensive against LTTE in their northern stronghold, President Mahinda Rajapaksa made it clear that his government was not going to stop its war against the Tamil Tigers midway, especially when its forces were just two kms short of Kilinochchi.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 42
Oct 20, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 42

In a bid to pacify internal as well as external concerns, India decided to send relief supplies to the trapped Tamil civilians in the Wanni war zone through international relief committees like the Red Cross. The intervention is different in two ways from the earlier Indian interventions in Sri Lanka.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 43
Nov 27, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 43

The historic second round of the presidential elections ended in the Maldives on October 8 with the victory of the Maldivian Democratic Party Alliance leader Mohamed "Anni" Nasheed. Known for his progressive views, Anni defeated his rival, the longest serving ruler in Asia,

South Asia South Asia Weekly 44
Nov 03, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 44

Sri Lankan President unveiled the biggest ever war budget in the history of the country in view of the ongoing war with the Tamil Tigers. The budget has seen the massive rise of 7% in the war expenditure to a record 1.6 billion dollars in the year 2009.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 45
Nov 10, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 45

In a major turnaround, the two former Prime Ministers and bitter rivals, Sheikh Hasina and Begum Khaleda, have agreed to meet each other. This is a significant event as both of them have not been on talking terms for nearly two decades.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 46
Nov 16, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 46

The Taliban has renewed its activities in Peshawar. The Taliban militants and its allies have carried out a series of kidnappings and attacks on foreign nationals in the area recently to establish its presence, and taunt the Pakistan Army engaged in counter-insurgency operations in the nearby Bajaur and Mohmand.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 47
Nov 24, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 47

On his 54th birthday, LTTE supremo Prabhakaran made the Heroes Day speech even as the Kilinochhi, the de facto administrative capital of the Tigers is within an arms reach of the Sri Lankan Army. The speech lacked assertive tone

South Asia South Asia Weekly 48
Dec 01, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 48

Even as the war between LTTE and the Sri Lankan army is taking a heavy humanitarian toll, European Union decided to retain its GSP+ trade preferences for Sri Lanka till the time it completes its humanitarian probe in the troubled region.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 49
Dec 08, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 49

The week saw India, specifically Tamil Nadu, adopting a rigid stand against the remarks made by the Sri Lankan Army Chief Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka during his interview with Sunday Leader. In his interview, Fonseka described Tamil Nadu politicians like Nedumaran and Vaiko as "jokers".

South Asia South Asia Weekly 5
Feb 10, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 5

The series of bomb blasts killed 48 people between February 2 and 4 marred the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the Sri Lanka's Independence from the British rule... The celebrations, held at Galle Greens in full public view despite repeated threats, were also marred by party politics when opposition parties including UNP, JVP and TNA refused to be a part of the procession.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 50
Dec 15, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 50

This week the clash between Sri Lanka's executive and judiciary became public when the former refused to comply with the latter's direction to pass on the benefit of the internationally low oil prices to the customers by bringing down its cost to nearly Rs 100.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 51
Dec 22, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 51

The week saw the President of Sri Lanka taking decision to proscribe the LTTE if it fails to release the remaining Tamils of the North living in its captivity, before 2009. According to an estimate,

South Asia South Asia Weekly 52
Dec 29, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 52

The week saw the culmination of long-awaited and much anticipated victory of the armed forces over the separatist organization, the LTTE. The so-called capital and administrative hub of an elusive Tamil Eelam Kilinochchi was finally liberated after 11 years.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 53
Jan 05, 2009

South Asia South Asia Weekly 53

Sri Lanka imposed a ban on LTTE following the organisation¿s failure to release 2,50,000 civilians from its hold. The civilians are often caught in the crossfire taking place between LTTE and the Sri Lankan armed forces. Besides, in the absence of basic necessities,

South Asia South Asia Weekly 54
Jan 12, 2009

South Asia South Asia Weekly 54

It appears that the LTTE debacle and the protest voices emerging from Tamil Nadu as an aftermath has no effect on the bilateral relationship of India and Sri Lanka if a recent visit of the Indian Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon to Sri Lanka is any indication.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 55
Jan 19, 2009

South Asia South Asia Weekly 55

As the army advanced deeper into Mullaithivu to regain other territories under the LTTE control, rumours of Prabhakaran's escape to another country have strongly surfaced. Most believe that he could have either fled via sea to Eritrea, Australia and Myanmar or he may have not been able to flee at all.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 56
Jan 26, 2009

South Asia South Asia Weekly 56

The week began with the worsening of humanitarian situation in the areas under LTTE control. Nearly 250,000 people were reportedly trapped in crossfire between the LTTE and the state armed forces in a cramped area of around 30 sq. km in thick jungles

South Asia South Asia Weekly 57
Feb 02, 2009

South Asia South Asia Weekly 57

Last week, president's brother and defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa slammed Non-government organizations, domestic and foreign particularly United Nations and International Committee of Red Cross for being pro-LTTE and anti-government.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 58
Feb 09, 2009

South Asia South Asia Weekly 58

Barely a year after eastern Sri Lanka witnessed a ray of hope under the Thamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP)-Sri Lanka Freedom Party coalition led by former LTTE child soldier Pillayan, things have been going from bad to worse.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 59
Feb 16, 2009

South Asia South Asia Weekly 59

With LTTE pushed to less than 100 sq km of area, there are strong rumours of Prabhakaran committing mass suicide with hundreds of his supporters. The incident is going to be video taped so that it can later be shown to incite sentiments of

South Asia South Asia Weekly 6
Feb 17, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 6

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Kayani has issued statement to pull armed forces out from the mire of politics in which they have become entrenched. The latest statement by the COAS came at a corps commander's conference held in Rawalpindi.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 60
Feb 23, 2009

South Asia South Asia Weekly 60

Sri Lankan authorities considered 'hilarious' the ceasefire demand put forward by the LTTE, especially when it has only the few fighters left in an area which is less then 60 sq km. This week, LTTE requested the international community to bring

South Asia South Asia Weekly 61
Mar 02, 2009

South Asia South Asia Weekly 61

Terai region continues to reel under strike and the security situation remains to be worrisome. For nearly a week, the Tharu community has been staging massive protests in several Terai districts following the government's decision to label them as Madhesis.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 62
Mar 09, 2009

South Asia South Asia Weekly 62

A suicide bomber believed to be from the LTTE Black Tiger suicide squad blew himself up inside a mosque killing nearly 14 people and injuring 20 others including a Postal Services minister Mahinda Wijesekera and Culture minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena during a congregation held to

South Asia South Asia Weekly 63
Mar 16, 2009

South Asia South Asia Weekly 63

Initially criticizing Sri Lanka for having to carry out military onslaughts on the LTTE, United Nations lately come face to face with the grim reality when one of its own aid worker died in a cross-firing and three others including a teen age girl was forcibly recruited by

South Asia South Asia Weekly 64
Mar 23, 2009

South Asia South Asia Weekly 64

The week received mixed reactions from international community vis-à-vis Sri Lanka, some of which were in favour and some were against the military approach adopted by the Rajapaksa regime against the LTTE. Sri Lanka realized the importance of being friends with the permanent members

South Asia South Asia Weekly 65
Mar 30, 2009

South Asia South Asia Weekly 65

Throughout the week, the LTTE suffered huge losses in men and material and was finally ousted by the state armed forces from Pudukudiyiruppu, the last of the towns it captured in Mullaitheevu.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 66
Apr 06, 2009

South Asia South Asia Weekly 66

Clock is ticking fast for the LTTE whose chief along with his son and some of his trusted colleagues has taken a refuge among the civilians in a No Fire Zone. Sri Lankan military intelligence has reported that LTTE's Intelligence Chief Pottu Amman has taken over the command of the dying