Nepal may brace for another round of political instability in the next five years.
Saarc’s inability to respond to the humanitarian crisis reflects a lack of the sense of regionalism.
Two dates – May 9 and July 9 – will remain significant for the Rajapaksa brothers in Sri Lanka.
The victory of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) in Sri Lanka’s parliamentary elections held on August 5 was very much anticipated, although the extent of the victory was speculated on.
The 4th Bimstec summit is being held in Kathmandu after a lapse of four years. The last summit was held in Naypyidaw, Myanmar in 2014. For the Bimstec that celebrated 20 years in 2017, four summits in 20 years is not certainly a time for celebration and does not add to the credibility of the organisation that has the potential to transform the eastern South Asia.
The “second democratic transition” in Pakistan was marred with pre-poll suicide attacks which killed three contestants as well as scores of their supporters especially in Quetta.
Maldives has plunged into a major political crisis after the Supreme Court on February 2 in a judgement ordered the government to release 12 members of the parliament who were stripped off their posts and held by the government under different charges and order retrial of the case.
Despite the possibility of buying back the shares from China after 60 years, the question is whether Sri Lanka's economy would allow it to buy them back. The fear expressed by economists in Sri Lanka is that the country is likely to fall into a Chinese debt-trap.