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Bangladesh transforms despite its vicious politics

BangladeshpoliticsBy Tom Felix Joehnk and Forrest Cookson

COMMENT: Bangladesh’s social, economic and political development is one of the great success stories of the past 25 years. But today it is Bangladesh’s politically dysfunctional ‘battling begums’ — Sheikh Hasina of the ruling Awami League (AL) and Khaleda Zia of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) — that hold the country back. Continue reading

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Further reforms needed if India is to grow

Narendra_ModiBy Raghbendra Jha

COMMENT: On the back of expanding global trade and buoyant exports the Indian economy managed to grow at more than 9% annually between 2005–6 and 2007–8. But following the global financial crisis, and subsequent sluggish world output and trade trends, economic growth in India has been lacklustre and remains well below potential. Continue reading

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Sri Lanka’s year for democracy and reconciliation

srilankaflagBy David Brewster

COMMENT: It is no exaggeration to say that 2015 will be remembered as a major turning point for Sri Lanka as a nation.

The Sri Lankan people made a decisive choice towards democracy and good governance, towards communal reconciliation and for moving the country back towards its traditional foreign policy orbit. Continue reading

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Jaffna comes to a standstill over political prisoners

jailBy Manekshaw

JAFFNA: The entire Jaffna Peninsula was crippled on Nov 12 due to the boycott in support of demanding the release of all Tamil political prisoners. Tamil political parties irrespective of their differences and various civil society organizations participated in the boycott (hartal) which resulted in the closure of business establishments and schools in the North. Continue reading