MORNING NEWS BRIEF: 20 JANUARY
PICTURE OF THE DAY
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A Unicef learning centre burns down after an arson attack at a Rohingya camp. Unicef has said four of its schools in a Rohingya camp were burnt down less than a week after hundreds of refugee homes were also destroyed by fire.
India’s Hindu nationalists see Nepal’s political chaos as chance to boost royalist calls, target secular state
While Nepal is now a secular republic, years of political deadlock, and more recently a political crisis sparked when the prime minister dissolved parliament in December, continue to fuel calls for a return to the past in the Himalayan nation of 30 million people. Protesters have also called for Nepal, a landlocked country sandwiched between India and China, to be a “Hindu Rashtra” – a Hindu state. About eight in 10 of the populace are Hindu, while the rest are Buddhists, Muslims, Christians and others.
Myanmar agrees to start taking back Rohingya this year
Myanmar agreed to calls by Bangladesh at a tripartite meeting facilitated by China to start the much-awaited repatriation of Rohingya in the second quarter of this year, officials said Tuesday. Bangladesh pushed hard to begin the repatriation, but Myanmar again delayed it, seeking time for logistical arrangements.
Tens of thousands skip India’s COVID vaccination drive
India has stepped up efforts to bolster trust in coronavirus vaccines after it was revealed that nearly one-third of those invited to receive the vaccine at the launch of a nationwide drive failed to turn up. The government confirmed late on Monday that two post-vaccination deaths had been reported. The government said that over the first three days of vaccinations, 580 people had reported adverse symptoms.
The future of US-Indian relations depends on New Delhi’s S-400 decision
Last week I wrote about the three factors that will shape the future of US-Pakistani relations, and this week I’m focusing on the single most important one that will shape US-Indian relations: New Delhi’s S-400 decision. Reuters exclusively reported last week citing unnamed sources that the US won’t provide a CAATSA sanctions waiver for India’s planned S-400 purchase from Russia.
India’s political and hybrid warfare against Pakistan
When analyzing the relation between Pakistan and India, a more prominent sense of unrest prowling around has been witnessed since the inception of these two states. The BJP led-Indian government policies towards Pakistan are aggressive and irrational. Indian media has played an important and biased role in floating fake news, propaganda, and in spewing venom against Pakistan which has resulted in filling the minds and hearts of almost all Indians with hatred and poison.
They Prepare the White House for a New President. They Have 5 Hours.
The time has finally come for President Trump to find a permanent space at Mar-a-Lago for his $50,000 room-size golf simulator, not to mention the 60-inch television he proudly displayed above the dining room table, his collection of Brioni suits and the first lady’s matching Louis Vuitton luggage she has hauled around the globe. By Wednesday at 12:01 p.m., hours after Mr. Trump himself plans to leave Washington, all the first family’s stuff will have followed him out the White House door, en route to his new home in Palm Beach, Fla.