South Asia Focus (Weekly Program) – Jan 14, 2018

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This week’s episode focuses on India, which recently hosted it maiden ‘Persons of Indian Origin Parliamentarian Conference’ at the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in New Delhi, over 140 lawmakers and mayors of Indian-origin from 23 nations converged in the capital as part of a conference. In Pakistan, 370 terrorist attacks were reported in 2017, killing 815 and injuring over 1700 people, a Pakistani think tank report says Balochistan and FATA remained critical areas as Islamic State (ISIS) has increased its footprints in Pakistan. In Afghanistan, a stand-off between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Atta Mohammad Noor, the powerful provincial governor he is trying to remove from his northern stronghold, is increasingly turning into a battle over next year’s presidential election. The Special Envoy of the President of the Maldives and Foreign Minister Dr. Mohamed Asim called on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, the meeting came after two months of diplomatic deadlock between two countries over China’s growing involvement in the Male’s decision making. The country of Himalayas, Nepal which was hit by a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25th April 2015, the country was left with a humanitarian crisis and devastated heritage and cultural resources and more than three years since then, local craftsmen and people have come together to restore their ancient monuments. In India, the International Kite Festival was celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm by kite lovers, the participants got to relive their childhood during this annual kite festival.

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