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Nepal scenario

Inner-party debate bogs maoists in Nepal

Govt. formation still uncertain
Author: Sankar Ray - Published 09-05-2009 11:32 GMT-0000
Land-locked Nepal has been rocked by an unprecedented constitutional crisis. The twists and turns, apparently contradictory to one another, reflect the nebulous experiment of democracy against the agonizing hangover of medieval feudalism.
Asia-Pacific Scene

Global crisis raises question marks on Asia's future growth

Worst downturn in 2009 and tepid recovery likely in 2010
Author: S. Sethuraman - Published 09-05-2009 11:22 GMT-0000
Asia's robust economic growth has been stymied by the global crisis impacting swiftly and sharply on its trade and financial ties with the rest of the world - a heavy price for its exceptional integration - and the outlook for 2010 is not without risks.
India: General election 2009

Remaining phases crucial for UPA, NDA

Both looking for new allies
Author: Kalyani Shankar - Published 07-05-2009 09:48 GMT-0000
With the D Day approaching fast, political parties are positioning themselves for the post-poll scenario. Both the Congress-led UPA and the BJP-led NDA are looking for new friends while struggling to keep their old allies. They have already opened up the channels of communication but are waiting for the results.
India: General election 2009

Congress set to make considerable gains in Rajasthan

BJP in no position to repeat the 2004 performance
Author: Ahtesham Qureshy - Published 07-05-2009 09:40 GMT-0000
JAIPUR: People in Rajasthan will have to wait till May 16 to know the results. But indications are that the Congress will do much better this time compared to the 2004 Lok Sabha elections.
Terrorism in India

India ranked among the world's most terrorism-afflicted countries

South Asia more unsafe, terrorists well-funded and well-equipped
Author: Dr Gyan Pathak - Published 06-05-2009 11:25 GMT-0000
India ranked among the world's most terrorism-afflicted countries in 2008 and South Asia has become more unsafe as compared to 2007, says Country report on terrorism 2008 released recently by State department of the United States.
World Bank and India

Now Indian accounting system is the WB target

National Round Table Conference on Accrual Basis Accounting held
Author: Dr Gyan Pathak - Published 06-05-2009 09:47 GMT-0000
New Delhi: World Bank is now trying to take control of the accounting system of India. Earlier, in the name of reform, it had suceessfully tried to implement its agenda in the country in many central and state government departments, which included, but not limited to, administrative reform and control.
India: General election 2009

Uttar Predesh: Akhilesh Yadav sitting pretty in Firozabad

Multi-cornered contest may turn into his favour
Author: Pradeep Kapoor - Published 06-05-2009 09:35 GMT-0000
FIROZABAD: Samajwadi Party MP, Akhilesh Yadav is facing a multi-cornered contest in Firozabad constituency, which is known for its glass work all over the world.
India: General election 2009

Lok Sabha polls prove a blessing in disguise for Punjab Govt. staff

State Govt. to implement pay panel report immediately
Author: B.K. Chum - Published 06-05-2009 09:27 GMT-0000
CHANDIGARH: Lok Sabha elections have proved to be a blessing in disguise for over three lakh Punjab government employees. Thanks to the ruling Akali-BJP alliance's electoral compulsions, the state government has decided to implement the State Pay Commission's recommendations immediately.
Gujarat: Hindutva and Moditva

Order to re-investigate Gujarat carnage

BJP succumbs to Moditva
Author: Praful Bidwai - Published 05-05-2009 09:19 GMT-0000
Has the Bharatiya Janata Party abandoned even the pretence of playing by the rules of democratic game and decided that it's not bound by any considerations of minimum political decorum and that it must stoop to the lowest possible level whenever it's questioned or challenged?
Pakistan and its army

Pakistan sleep-walking to its own disaster

Army's fixation with India is its bane
Author: Amulya Ganguli - Published 05-05-2009 09:08 GMT-0000
Pakistan's problems owe their origin to the fact that its army is perhaps the only military organisation in the world with an expansionist political orientation of its own.