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On 17 December in Asian history

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Updated on December 17, 2018

535: Death of Emperor Ankan, 27th emperor of Japan, born in 466
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Ankan

1239: Birth of Kujo Yoritsugu, 5th shogun of the Kamakura shogunate from 1244 to 1252.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kujo_Yoritsugu

1267: Birth of Go-Uda, 91th Emperor of Japan who reigned from 1274 to 1287 and died on July 16, 1324
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Uda
 
1275: Death of Jalaluddin Muhammad Rumi, Afghan scholar and famed sufi mistic poet
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumi


1398: Sultan Nasir-ud Din Mahmud’s armies in Delhi are defeated by Timur
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P052

1556: Birth of Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana, Indian poet, who died in 1627
http://www.poemhunter.com/abdul-rahim-khan-i-khana/biography/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdul_Rahim_Khan-I-Khana

1586: Go-Yozei ascends to the throne, as 107th Emperor of Japan. Born in December 1572, he will stay on the throne up to May 1611 and will die on September 1617
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Yozei_of_Japan

1637: In the Shimabara Rebellion, Japanese peasants, lead by Amakusa Shiro, rise against daimyo Matsukura Shigeharu
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Shimabara_Rebellion
http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/wars_shimabara.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amakusa_Shir%C5%8D

1637-12-17 Shimabara rebellion

1803: Raghuji Bhonsle (II) of Nagpur signed the Treaty of Deogaon with the British after the Battle of Laswari and gave up the province of Cuttack including Balasore
https://www.britannica.com/event/Treaty-of-Deogaon
https://books.google.fr/books?id=CeEmpfmbxKEC&pg=SL3-PA39&lpg=SL3-PA39&dq=Treaty+of+Deogaon&source=bl&ots=fyCDsIK-EI&sig=SKKuwiaw9IL9ejB7-2GZvaDJV1g&hl=fr&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwie0sy5x4_YAhUMB8AKHXY-BuEQ6AEIUDAF#v=onepage&q=Treaty%20of%20Deogaon&f=false

1891: Birth of Hu Shi, Chinese philosopher who died on February 24, 1962
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hu_Shih
http://enlight.lib.ntu.edu.tw/FULLTEXT/JR-PHIL/ew27143.htm

1905: Birth of Mohammad Hidayatullah, Indian lawyer, judge, and politician, 6th Vice President of India who died on September 18, 1992
http://www.veethi.com/india-people/mohammad_hidayatullah-profile-311-18.htm
http://www.indiamapped.com/presidents-of-india/mohammad-hidayatullah/

1907: Independence of Bhutan. Ugyen Wangchuck is elected first king of the current dynasty. He will reign up to 1926
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ugyen_Wangchuck
https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/ugyen-wangchuck-7084.php

1917: Birth of Kriangsak Chomanan, Thai Prime Minister from 1977 to 1980, who died on December 23, 2003
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kriangsak_Chamanan

1920: Japan receives League of Nations mandate over Pacific islands
http://pwencycl.kgbudge.com/M/a/Mandates.htm
http://tighar.org/Projects/Earhart/Archives/Research/ResearchPapers/mandates.html

1927: Indian revolutionary Rajendra Lahiri is hanged in Gonda jail, Uttar Pradesh, India, two days before the scheduled date
https://shibham.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/our-real-heroes-47-rajendra-lahiri/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajendra_Lahiri

1928: Indian revolutionaries Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru assassinate British police officer James Saunders in Lahore, Punjab, to avenge the death of Lala Lajpat Rai at the hands of the police. The three will be executed in 1931
https://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/17th-december-1927-british-police-officer-john-saunders-was-killed-by-indian-revolutionaries
http://www.sikh-history.com/sikhhist/personalities/bhagat.html

1933: Death of Thubten Gyatso, 13th dalai lama, born on May 23, 1876
 http://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Thirteenth-Dalai-Lama-Tubten-Gyatso/3307

1941: Japanese forces land in northern Borneo (Indonesia)

1941: Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel is relieved of his command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet as part of a shake-up of officers in the wake of the Pearl Harbor disaster
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/commander-at-pearl-harbor-canned

1943: All Chinese are again permitted to become citizens of the United States with the repealing of the Act of 1882 and the introduction of the Magnuson Act
http://www.cetel.org/1943_repeal.html

1944: US destroyers sink in typoon Cobra off Philippines, 790 killed
http://www.desausa.org/typhoon_of_1944.htm
http://world-war-2.wikia.com/wiki/Typhoon_Cobra_Disaster

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYyYZfw5VGI

1944: US army end of excluding Japanese-Americans from West Coast. Japanese-Americans are released from detention camps
http://depts.washington.edu/civilr/after_internment.htm
http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Return_to_West_Coast/

1949: Burma Recognize the People’s Republique of China

1950: The F-86 Sabre’s first mission over Korea

1953: Nguyen Van Tam resigns as Prime Minister of Vietnam
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nguyen_Van_Tam

1961: Indian troops enter in the Portugese enclaves Goa, Damao and Diu (operation Vijay). Portugal calls in United Nations Security Council
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Vijay_(1961)

1963: Choi Doo-sun forms a new government in South Korea, up to May 10, 1964

1969: Birth of Michael V., Filipino comedian and actor
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_V.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNyN7s-KC70

1971: Cease fire between India & Pakistan in Kashmir
http://www.theworldreporter.com/2011/10/1971-india-pakistan-war-role-of-russia.html

1972: Birth of Indian actor John Abraham
http://www.johnabraham.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Abraham_(actor)

1978: 5,000 people protest outside the U.S. embassy in Taipei in response to the decision to move the American embassy to Beijing

1978: Birth of Riteish Deshmuker, Indian actor
http://www.rediff.com/movies/2007/jul/12ritesh.htm

1979: Khieu Samphan replaces Pol Pot as head of Khmers rouges government in the purpose to further a rapprochement between the resistance movements against the Vietnamese occupation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khieu_Samphan

1996: Peruvian rebels seize Japanese ambassador’s home (up April 22)
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/peruvian-rebels-seize-japanese-ambassadors-home
http://sonrisasenperu.org/2011/02/japanese-embassy-hostage-crisis/
http://adst.org/2013/12/the-dramatic-hostage-crisis-and-daring-rescue-at-the-japanese-embassy-in-peru/

2002: The International Court for justice gives to Malaysia the Sipadan and Ligitan islets off Sabah
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/DL21Ae01.html
http://www.icj-cij.org/files/case-related/102/10570.pdf
https://www.slideshare.net/pridiv/forin-policy-presentation

2005: On the National day, the king of Bhutan announces that his country regime will be change in a constitutional monarchy in 2008
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4539308.stm
http://bhutan2008.blogspot.com/2007/05/tribute-to-his-majesty-jigme-singye.html

2005: 200,000 peoples demonstrate in Hong Kong street, demanding the speeding up of democratization process

2007: Buddhist monks and riot police are involved in a violent confrontation in Cambodia’s capital
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7147981.stm

2009: Death of Wu Yingyin, Chinese singer, born in 1922
 http://chrisroughan.webs.com/wuyingyin.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGrU0t4yI9w&NR=1

2011: Kim Jong-il, the North Korean leader, dies of heart failure

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2011/12/116_101137.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16239693
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-10745725

2013: Thailand’s opposition Democrat Party re-elects former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva as its leader ahead of a crucial decision over whether to boycott upcoming elections.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/117312/thai-ex-pm-abhisit-re-elected-as-opposition-party-chief/

 

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17 DECEMBER 2018

The Looming Internal Crisis in Nepal

While the Left Unity has been forged under a broad understanding of power sharing, the differences in ideology, modes of working, and understanding issues such as foreign policy and the justice system remain critical
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/855.html

15 NOVEMBER 2018

Nepal Appoints Ambassador to India After One Year Hiatus

The Nepal embassy in India was without an envoy since the last one year after the resignation of Deep Kumar Upadhyay who resigned last October to join politics
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201811151069834725-india-nepal-relations/

7 OCTOBER 2018

Infighting and fissures disrupt Nepal’s ruling party

The Prime Minister has been accused by his party members of limiting his leadership to a small faction, failing to govern efficiently, and displaying authoritarian tendencies
https://asianews.network/2018/10/05/infighting-and-fissures-disrupt-nepals-ruling-party/

13 SEPTEMBER 2018

Removal of mistrust in Nepal-India relations

After a string of political and diplomatic altercations leading to the 2015 economic blockade episode, Nepal’s relations with India have gradually improved in recent months
http://www.atimes.com/sun-begins-to-shine-on-frosty-nepal-india-relations/

7 SEPTEMBER 2018

China allows Nepal access to its ports, ending Indian monopoly

Two years after signing the Transit and Transportation Agreement, Nepal and China have agreed on the text of the protocol to the agreement that will allow Nepali traders and businessmen to use Chinese sea and land ports for third country trade
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2018-09-07/nepal-china-finalise-text-on-transit-protocol.html
http://zeenews.india.com/world/indian-monopoly-ends-as-nepal-gets-access-to-chinese-ports-2139393.html

26 AUGUST 2018

China takes the high ground in Nepal

Upcoming China-Nepal joint military exercises underline burgeoning bilateral relations that have eroded India’s influence in the Himalayan republic
http://www.atimes.com/article/china-takes-the-high-ground-in-nepal/

1 AUGUST 2018

China tops Nepal’s foreign direct investment list for third consecutive year

Nepal’s Department of Industry (DOI) said on Tuesday that China, for the third consecutive year, pumped the highest amount of foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country during the last fiscal year
https://gbtimes.com/china-tops-nepals-foreign-direct-investment-list-for-third-consecutive-year

22 JUNE 2018

How India and China are keeping the West out in Nepal

Sandwiched between two Asian giants, Nepal has of late emerged as a new battleground for the region’s geopolitical competition as China trains its strategic focus on South Asia, once considered exclusively India’s sphere of influence
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2156198/how-india-and-china-are-keeping-west-out-nepal

22 JUNE 2018

China and Nepal agree to build Tibet-Nepal rail link

China intends to construct a railway between the western region of Tibet and Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. The deal with Nepal comes amid growing Chinese investment in the Himalayan country
http://www.dw.com/en/china-and-nepal-agree-to-build-tibet-nepal-rail-link/a-44345130
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/88/213/35/1529644504116.html

11 MAY 2018

Indian PM in Nepal as rivalry with China heats up

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Nepal Friday for a two-day visit aiming to reset strained relations between India and its small northern neighbor
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/05/11/561319/India-PM-visit-Nepal-China-
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/updates-narendra-modi-nepal-kp-sharma-oli-bilateral-ties-janakpur-janaki-temple-kathmandu-delegation-level-talks-2613902

18 APRIL 2018

China calls on India to get on board with Nepal projects

Foreign minister says Beijing and New Delhi should support the Himalayan country’s development, and the three are ‘natural friends and partners’
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2142329/china-calls-india-get-board-nepal-projects
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/china-moots-india-nepal-china-economic-corridor-through-himalayas/articleshow/63815372.cms

13 MARCH 2018

Bidya Devi Bhandari elected Nepal President for 2nd term

President Bidya Bhandari got re-elected on Tuesday as the Head of the State, but the euphoria with which Nepalis celebrated her emergence as the country’s first female President two years ago is somewhat muted
https://www.nepalitimes.com/uncategorized/president-bhandari-again/
http://nepalforeignaffairs.com/bidya-devi-bhandari-elected-nepal-president-for-2nd-term/

4 MARCH 2018

Charges against Kandipur Daily Nepal journalists ‘attack on press freedom’

Journalists from Nepal’s largest newspaper have been charged with contempt of court after publishing critical stories about the country’s chief justice. The case against The Kantipur Daily is being seen by government critics as an attack on press freedom
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/03/charges-nepal-journalists-attack-press-freedom-180304154802551.html
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2018-03-04/contempt-of-court-case-kantipur-team-to-reach-sc-at-11am-to-record-statements.html

23 FEBRUARY 2018

Nepal: Use the China Card for getting more leverage with India- K.P. Oli

K.P.Oli, the chairman of the UML and now the 41st Prime Minister Nepal, in an interview with the South China Morning Post, Hongkong made three very significant points in Nepal’s relations with China and India
http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/node/2266

15 FEBRUARY 2018

China-friendly communist K.P. Sharma Oli appointed Nepal’s new prime minister after landmark polls

Oli’s left-wing alliance is considered to be closer to China while outgoing leader Sher Bahadur Deuba is widely seen as being closer to India
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2133512/china-friendly-communist-kp-sharma-oli-appointed-nepals-new
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2018-02-15/pm-kp-sharma-olis-oath-taking-ceremony-begins.html
http://nepalforeignaffairs.com/uml-chairman-oli-sworn-in-as-prime-minister/

12 DECEMBER 2017

A massive victory: On Left Alliance landslide in Nepal

the Left Alliance wins more than 70% of the 165 parliamentary seats being decided by the FPTP system. In the 110 seats allocated based on proportional representation, the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) won, with its ally, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist-Centre), not far behind
http://nepalforeignaffairs.com/a-massive-victory-on-left-alliance-landslide-in-nepal-editorial-of-the-hindu-on-nepals-election-result/
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-12-12/election-overview-uml-victorious-in-77-federal-constituencies-leading-in-4.html

4 DECEMBER 2017

Nepal’s puzzling new political equation

As UML calls for establishing a communist form of governance after the elections, an intense debate on its nature has begun to surface. The vague ideological foundations of UML and the Maoists offer the least of socialism, and a future authoritarian government cannot be overruled
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/603.html

26 NOVEMBER 2017

Nepal votes in first parliamentary election since 1999

On the first day of a historic two-phase national election, Nepalese voters will choose national and state representatives. Political stability has eluded Nepal for 27 years. Will the vote be a turning point?
http://www.dw.com/en/nepal-votes-in-first-parliamentary-election-since-1999/a-41533610
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42126210

11 NOVEMBER 2017

Nepal’s three-time premier of monarchy era Kirti Nidhi Bista dies at 90

Kirti Nidhi Bista, a three-time former prime minister during Nepal’s monarchy era, died in Kathmandu on Saturday, state television reported. He was 90
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2119467/nepals-three-time-premier-monarchy-era-kirti-nidhi-bista-dies
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-11-11/former-pm-bista-passes-away-at-90.html

28 SEPTEMBER 2018

3-year-old girl named Nepal’s new living goddess

A 3-year-old girl became Nepal’s new living goddess Thursday, revered by both Hindus and Buddhists in the Himalayan nation
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/09/28/3-year-old-girl-named-nepals-new-living-goddess.html
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/28/nepal-traditions-three-year-old-girl-becomes-new-living-goddess
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-09-28/new-kumari-trishna-shakya-takes-reign-as-living-goddess-in-photos.html

9 SEPTEMBER 2017

Nepal’s role in China’s Belt and Road Initiative highlights balancing act between Beijing and Delhi

Despite recent tensions in the region, the country’s interests can be best served by acting as a bridge between two giant neighbours
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2110474/nepals-role-chinas-belt-and-road-initiative-highlights

6 JUNE 2017

Sher Bahadur Deuba elected Nepal’s prime minister … for the fourth time

Nepal’s parliament on Tuesday elected an unopposed three-time former prime minister to the top post once again, the tenth time in just over a decade the leadership has changed hands in the Himalayan nation
http://www.dw.com/en/nepal-parliament-elects-sher-bahadur-deuba-as-new-prime-minister/a-39137708
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/nepal-parliament-elects-new-prime-minister
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-06-07/pm-deuba-assumes-office-first-cabinet-meeting-sets-five-priorities.html

24 MAY 2917

Nepal PM resigns, casting final local election into doubt

Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal « Prachanda » today stepped down from his post, honouring the agreement reached with the ruling partner Nepali Congress (NC) before forming the coalition government
http://www.dw.com/en/nepal-pm-resigns-casting-final-local-election-into-doubt/a-38971534
http://www.thedailystar.net/world/south-asia/nepal-pm-pushpa-kamal-dahal-resigns-1410196

14 MAY 2017

In first local election in 20 years, Nepal heads to the polls amidst fears of Attack

Voting began in Nepal on Sunday (May 14) in its first local elections in two decades, a landmark moment in the country’s fraught transition to democracy
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/253192253/in-first-local-election-in-20-years-nepal-heads-to-the-polls-amidst-fears-of-Attack
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/nepal-votes-in-first-local-election-in-20-years

12 MAY 2017

Nepal joins China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, possibly alarming India

Nepal on Friday signed an agreement to be part of President Xi Jinping’s ambitious plan to build a new Silk Road linking Asia, Africa and Europe, a move that could alarm India, which jostles with China for influence in Kathmandu
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/world/138328-nepal-joins-chinas-one-belt-one-road-initiative-possibly-alarming-india
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-05-12/nepal-china-sign-framework-deal-on-obor.html

30 APRIL 2017

Nepal’s first female chief justice faces impeachment

Nepal’s first female chief justice has been suspended after the two largest parties in the ruling coalition filed an impeachment motion against her
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39764830
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-04-30/impeachment-motion-registered-against-cj-karki.html

16 APRIL 2017

Nepal, China begin first-ever joint military exercises

China and Nepal began their first-ever joint military exercises on Sunday, a move likely to rattle India as Beijing boosts its influence in the region
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2088059/nepal-china-begin-first-ever-joint-military-exercises
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-04-16/first-ever-nepal-china-joint-military-training-begins.html

21 FEBRUARY 2017

Nepal to hold first local elections in 20 years

Nepal will hold its first local elections in 20 years in mid-May, the government has announced, raising hopes of political stability in the deeply divided country
http://aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/nepal-to-hold-first-local-elections-in-20-years/755151
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/nepal-hold-first-local-elections-20-years

2 JANUARY 2017

Nepal Supreme Court gives nod for Constitution amendment bill

Nepal’s Supreme Court on Monday said the Constitution amendment bill registered in the Legislative-Parliament should move ahead as it is a matter of Parliamentary supremacy
http://www.thestatesman.com/world/nepal-sc-gives-nod-for-constitution-amendment-bill-1483373284.html
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-01-02/ruling-parties-welcome-sc-verdict-to-forward-process-on-tuesdays-meet.html

31 DECEMBER 2016

2016 a year to forget for Nepal

Nepal is at a political and economic low point. If this continues through 2017 Nepal’s people might seek to leave the country for greener pastures, which many have done already. Nepal can only hope that 2017 bucks the trend and proves this wrong
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/12/31/2016-a-year-to-forget-for-nepal/

16 DECEMBER 2016

The last king of remote Buddhist kingdom of Upper Mustang dies in Nepal

The last king of the isolated Himalayan region of Upper Mustang died on Friday in Kathmandu, eight years after he lost his royal title when the centuries-old Buddhist monarchy was abolished
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2055281/last-king-remote-buddhist-kingdom-dies-nepal

20 NOVEMBER 2016

Nepal prime minister admits ‘delays’ in justice for Maoist war victims

Nepal on Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of the peace deal that ended a bloody Maoist insurgency as the prime minister admitted that justice for its victims has been delayed
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2047717/nepal-prime-minister-admits-delays-justice-maoist-war-victims

15 NOVEMBER 2016

To please Beijing, Kathmandu arrests 41 Tibetans pilgrims

Nepali authorities have arrested 41 Tibetan pilgrims on the border with India. The group was travelling by bus to some of India’s most important Buddhist temples when it was stopped in Kailali, a district in western Nepal
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/To-please-Beijing,-Kathmandu-arrests-41-Tibetans-pilgrims-39139.html
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2016-11-15/nepal-committed-to-one-china-policy.html

1 OCTOBER 2016

Nepal’s parliament passes bill prohibiting strikes in industries

Nepal’s parliament has passed a new bill on Industrial Enterprises Act banning strikes in industrial units that disrupt the production
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-10/01/c_135726378.htm

16 SEPTEMBER 2016

India, Nepal Restore Friendlier Ties

India and Nepal have put diplomatic relations, that had frayed in the past year, back on track during a visit to New Delhi by Nepal’s new prime minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, popularly known as Prachanda
http://www.voanews.com/a/india-nepal-restore-friendlier-ties/3512379.html
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-Nepal-commit-not-to-allow-their-territory-to-be-used-against-each-other/articleshow/54370831.cms
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2016-09-16/pm-dahal-indian-pm-modi-meet-underway.html

3 AUGUST 2016

CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal is elected as the 39th prime minister of Nepal

His election was expected, as the 61-year-old Dahal, who still goes by his nom de guerre Prachanda (« the fierce one »), was the only candidate running for the office. The Nepali Congress, the largest parliamentary party, earlier pledged their support for him as prime minister
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2016-08-03/dahal-elected-as-39th-prime-minister.html
http://www.dw.com/en/nepal-elects-former-maoist-chief-as-prime-minister/a-19446154
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/nepal-lawmakers-elect-maoist-chief-prime-minister

29 JULY 2016

Nepal leader assures China of implementing key bilateral deals

Nepal’s Maoist leader Prachanda assured China that key bilateral deals with Beijing, including the one that could end India’s monopoly in transport to the landlocked country, reached during the previous regime would be honoured even after a new government takes over.
http://atimes.com/2016/07/nepal-leader-assures-china-of-implementing-key-bilateral-deals/

24 JULY 2016

Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli resigns minutes before no-confidence motion

Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has resigned, minutes before facing a no-confidence motion in Parliament he was certain to lose, plunging the impoverished, quake-hit nation into fresh turmoil
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-25/nepal’s-oli-resigns-as-prime-minister/7656668?section=world
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2016-07-24/prime-minister-oli-calls-its-quits.html

21 FEBRUARY 2016

Nepal, India sign agreements for partnership

The agreements include a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on utilisation of India’s assistance for post-quake reconstruction in Nepal, a deal on strengthening road infrastructure in southern plains of Nepal and an accord on rail transport for trading with Bangladesh, among others.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-02/21/content_15387963.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/regional-news/2016/02/22/458903/India-pledges.htm

19 FEBRUARY 2016

Nepali PM travels to India to repair strained ties

Nepali PM K.P. Oli has embarked on a state visit to India, in a bid to improve ties and resolve the thorny issues afflicting the partnership. Will the trip usher in a period of amity between the two neighbors?
http://www.dw.com/en/nepali-pm-travels-to-india-to-repair-strained-ties/a-19060830
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/nepal-pm-seeks-strengthen-india-ties-visit-160218110938453.html

14 FEBRUARY 2016

Nepal Maoists mark 20 years since start of civil war

Nepal’s former Maoist rebels paid tribute to fallen comrades Saturday in a ceremony marking 20 years since the start of an insurgency that transformed the Himalayan nation from a Hindu monarchy to a secular republic
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/nepal-maoists-mark-20-years-start-civil-war

9 FEBRUARY 2016

Sushil Koirala, former Nepalese prime minister, dies aged 76

Sushil Koirala, who ran the country for barely 18 months from 2014, passed away after suffering from pneumonia. He spent his life in politics fighting for democracy in Nepal.
http://www.dw.com/en/sushil-koirala-former-nepalese-prime-minister-dies-aged-76/a-19034639
http://thehimalayantimes.com/kathmandu/ex-pm-nepali-congress-president-sushil-koirala-passes-away/
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2016-02-09/koirala-was-man-of-high-thinking-simple-living-sushma-swaraj.html

8 FEBRUARY 2016

Nepal border blockade: Ethnic groups lift roadblocks

The announcement comes days after frustrated residents and traders dismantled roadblocks set up by ethnic Madhesi groups.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35525018

5 FEBRUARY 2016

Residents open blockaded India-Nepal border point

Vehicles passed through the main border point between Nepal and India on Friday after frustrated residents forcefully removed barriers set up by Madhesi protesters who blockaded the border to demand changes in the new Constitution.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/madhesi-blockade-residents-open-indianepal-border-point/article8198464.ece?w=alauto
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35506679

24 JANUARY 2016

Nepal’s crisis drags on as ethnic minorities reject charter amendment

Nepal’s ethnic minorities have rejected a constitutional amendment, dashing hopes of an end to a political crisis that has also led to fuel shortages, and hampered deliveries of relief materials to survivors of last year’s earthquakes
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/nepals-crisis-drags-ethnic-minorities-reject-charter-amendment

23 JANUARY 2016

Nepal parliament votes to amend new constitution

Nepal’s parliament voted on Saturday (Jan 23) to amend the country’s new constitution in a bid to resolve a months-long dispute with ethnic minority protesters demanding more political representation.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/nepal-parliament-votes-to/2452152.html http://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/breaking-nepal-makes-first-amendment-of-its-constitution/

8 JANUARY 2016

Q&A: Nepal’s Maoists and forgotten promises

Al Jazeera spoke to CK Lal, a widely read columnist and a playright, by phone. He has been critical of the Himalayan nation’s ruling elite for not sharing power with historically marginalised groups such as the Madhesis
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/qa-nepal-maoists-forgotten-promises-160106204500095.html

21 DECEMBER 2015

End in sight for Nepal blockade as government plans changes in new charter

In a significant development, Nepal government has decided to amend the new Constitution to address two key demands of agitating Madhesis regarding proportional representation and constituency delimitation, a move which is likely to be welcomed by India.
http://atimes.com/2015/12/end-in-sight-for-nepal-blockade-as-govt-plans-changes-in-new-charter/
http://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/india-welcomes-nepal-govts-decision-to-advance-constitution-amendment-bill/

15 NOVEMBER 2015

Nepal PM asks India to end « undeclared blockade »

Nepal’s newly elected prime minister KP Sharma Oli called Sunday on neighbouring India to end its « undeclared blockade » as the nation faces crippling shortage of fuel and supplies
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/nepal-pm-asks-india-end-undeclared-blockade-191556569.html
http://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/unofficial-indian-blockade-has-led-to-humanitarian-crisis-pm/

28 OCTOBER 2015

Bidhya Bhandari elected Nepal’s first woman president

Nepal’s parliament Wednesday elected communist lawmaker Bidhya Bhandari as the country’s first female president after the adoption of a landmark constitution last month
http://www.euronews.com/2015/10/28/bidhya-bhandari-elected-nepal-s-first-female-president/
http://thehimalayantimes.com/kathmandu/who-is-bidya-devi-bhandari/
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2015-10-28/bhandari-elected-first-woman-prez.html

17 OCTOBER 2015

How China pipped India at Nepal post

As Nepal arrives on the South Asian political landscape as its brand new secular, democratic republic, it is ‘Communist’ China that is in celebratory mood. India is sulking. Beijing is obviously pleased with the election of a communist leader as the prime minister of Nepal, who, by the way, also used to be a ‘Maoist’ at one time in his long chequered political life. The contrast could not be sharper
http://atimes.com/2015/10/how-china-pipped-india-at-nepal-post/

13 OCTOBER 2015

China reopens border with Nepal for goods movement

Amid mounting pressure on Nepal’s government over dwindling supplies of goods from India due to the ongoing violent agitation over the new Constitution, China reopened its border with Nepal in Tibet which Chinese officials say will see “explosive growth” in trade
http://atimes.com/2015/10/china-reopens-border-with-nepal-for-goods-movement/

11 OCTOBER 2015

Communist leader Oli chosen as new Nepal PM

Oli, of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist), defeated by 338 votes to 249 former premier Sushil Koirala, who had stepped down from the top job as required by the constitution adopted on September 20.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/communist-leader-oli/2184600.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/kp-sharma-oli-nepal-prime-minister-151011074949703.html

10 OCTOBER 2015

Nepal’s Koirala resigns as PM and seeks re-election

In a surprise move, Nepal’s Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has filed his nomination for re-election, a day before the parliament of the troubled Himalayan nation is expected to elect a new prime minister
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/nepal-pm-koirala-resigns-pm-seeks-election-151010160207623.html

9 OCTOBER 2015

Analysis: Blockade politics in Nepal

India’s unofficial blockade of Nepal – now in its third week – has therefore crippled life in this country of 30 million people. Things could get a lot worse
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/analysis-blockade-politics-nepal-151009193817262.html

20 SEPTEMBER 2015

Nepal constitution born of bloodshed, compromise

Nepal adopts its first democratic constitution in a largely peaceful event, a historic step for a nation that has seen unrest for over 65 years
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-09-21/nepal-constitution-born-of-bloodshed-compromise/1494826
http://thehimalayantimes.com/kathmandu/constituent-assemblys-ultimate-meeting-begins/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/nepal-passes-constitution-protests-150920123704268.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2015

Nepal rejects reverting back to a Hindu state

Nepal’s Constituent Assembly has rejected calls to revert back to a Hindu state, deciding instead to keep its secular system brought in after the abolishment of the monarchy in 2008
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/nepal-rejects-reverting-hindu-state-150914133321948.html

10 AUGUST 2015

Nepalis killed in protests over proposed constitution

Three agitators, who were part of a demonstration demanding to keep mid-west region intact, were killed when the police opened fire to control the mob in Birendranagar, Surkhet, on Monday.
http://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/three-killed-in-protest-against-six-province-model-in-surkhet/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/nepalis-killed-protests-proposed-constitution-150810124412261.html

7 JULY 2015

Nepal Constituant Assembly endorses the preliminary draft of the Constitution

After weeklong deliberations, the Constituent Assembly on Tuesday endorsed the preliminary draft of the constitution, clearing the way for public consultation on the statute blueprint
http://www.ekantipur.com/the-kathmandu-post/2015/07/07/top-story/ca-endorses-statute-draft/278132.html

8 JUNE 2015

Nepal parties resolve disputes over constitution after quake

Feuding political parties said on Monday they had agreed to split Nepal into eight federal provinces, ending years of stalemate over the new constitution intended to stabilise the country after civil war and the abolition of its monarchy.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/nepal-parties-resolve-dis/1901898.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/nepal-political-rivals-agree-national-charter-150609044704806.html

25 APRIL 2015

Devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake slams Nepal

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake centered less than 50 miles from Kathmandu rocked Nepal with devastating force Saturday, toppling homes, temples and historic buildings and leaving at least 1,457 people dead, authorities said.
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/25/asia/nepal-earthquake-7-5-magnitude/index.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32467986
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/04/powerful-earthquake-hits-nepal-150425063918183.html

16 APRIL 2015

Former Nepal Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa dies at age 87

Surya Bahadur Thapa, who served as Nepal’s prime minister five times, has died in a hospital in India where he was being treated for stomach cancer. He was 87
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-04/16/content_15251592.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/132207/former-nepal-prime-minister-thapa-dies-at-age-87/

9 APRIL 2015

Nepal govt, Maoist rebels return to negotiating table

A day after the UCPN (Maoist)-led 30-party opposition alliance called off a general strike, the major political parties returned to the negotiating table on Wednesday in a bid to find consensus on federalism—the most contentious issue of new constitution
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Nepal-govt-Maoist-rebels-return-to-negotiating-tab-73908.html

26 FEBRUARY 2015

Nepal court says no amnesty for war crimes

Nepal’s top court on Thursday said two bodies set up to investigate war crimes committed during the country’s decade-long civil conflict would not be able to grant amnesty for serious rights abuses.
http://www2.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/484382/nepal-court-says-no-amnesty-for-war-crimes

8 FEBRUARY 2015

Nepal’s national carrier’s first Airbus arrives today

After a wait of almost three decades, Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) is scheduled to receive a brand new Airbus on Sunday in what will be the national carrier’s first addition to its international fleet in 27 years
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/nepals-national-carriers-first-airbus-arrives-today

23 JANUARY 2015

Nepal fails to meet constitution deadline amid protests

Nepal has plunged deeper into crisis after feuding politicians, throwing microphones and shoes, failed to meet a deadline to table a new constitution, seen as a key step to stability in the Himalayan state
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2015/01/nepal-fails-meet-constitution-deadline-protests-150123064734163.html

20 JANUARY 2015

Fighting breaks out in Nepal parliament in constitution row

Fighting broke out in Nepal’s parliament on Tuesday, with Maoist lawmakers throwing chairs and injuring four security officers as tensions ran high before a deadline to approve a post-war constitution.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/nepal/11357472/Watch-Fighting-breaks-out-in-Nepal-parliament-in-constitution-row.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30894714

 19 JANUARY 2015

Nepal and the Great Power Courtship

Today Nepal finds itself in a unique position. It is being courted by the very powers, India and China, that for so long had treated it as a peripheral concern. What has changed?
http://thediplomat.com/2015/01/nepal-and-the-great-power-courtship/

26 DECEMBER 2014

China raises Nepal aid five-fold in regional diplomacy push

China will increase official aid to Nepal by more than five times from fiscal 2015-16, officials said on Friday, to develop infrastructure in the landlocked nation where regional rival India has long wielded political influence
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-raises-nepal-aid-five-fold-regional-diplomacy-push

19 DECEMBER 2014

Nepal to lower female migrant age

Nepali women should be at least 25 years old in order to work as housemaids abroad, says a proposed rule on domestic workers
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Nepal-to-lower-female-migrant-age-69289.html

28 NOVEMBER 2014

Nearly 300,000 Nepalese women trafficked to Indian brothels

Trafficking of women and girls and supplying them in the sex markets of India and other countries is still one of the big social problems in Nepal
http://www.theasian.asia/archives/90324

29 OCTOBER 2014

Nepalese government: No more refugees from Tibet

In response to pressure from the Chinese government, Kathmandu has decided to no longer provide the necessary documents to Tibetan refugees to reach India, the residence of the Dalai Lama and his government-in-exile
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Nepalese-government:-No-more-refugees-from-Tibet-32555.html

18 OCTOBER 2014

Nepali parties to seek more time for accord sake

Having missed the crucial deadline for preparing the first draft of constitution and three extended time limits for forging consensus on the contentious issues, parties are yet again preparing to take additional time for consensus
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Nepali-parties-to-seek-more-time-for-accord-sake-66084.html

29 SEPTEMBER 2014

China to extend rail to Nepal

The government has said that China has agreed in principle to extend the Qinghai-Tibet Railway to the Nepal border.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/China-to-extend-rail-to-Nepal-65108.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2014

India to build Nepal power plant

Nepal’s government has endorsed plans for Indian firm GMR to build the country’s biggest hydro-power plant.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29249658

1 SEPTEMBER 2014

Nepal to be ‘totally literate’ next year

Going by a government projection, the country will be “total literate” by the end of the current fiscal year, having enrolled some 1.74 million adult illiterates (15-60 years) in over 20,000 classes
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Nepal-to-be-totally-literate-next-year-64036.html

23 AUGUST 2014

Nepal forces vendors off Kathmandu streets

Legislation prohibits vendors in Kathmandu and gives authority to police to confiscate their goods.
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia/2014/08/nepal-forces-vendors-off-streets-2014823134050140899.html

3 AUGUST 2014

China-India energy rivalry in spotlight as Modi visits Nepal

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be looking to boost hydropower cooperation and reinvigorate ties when he lands in Nepal today in the first visit by an Indian premier in 17 years
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/423835/china-india-energy-rivalry-in-spotlight-as-modi-visits-nepal
http://www.asianewsnet.net/India-PM-in-Nepal-to-boost-ties-63017.html

28 JULY 2014

Nepali government ready to allow the funeral of 14th Shamar Rinpoche

The Tibetan Buddhist religious is one of the three main disciples of the Karmapa Lama, tasked with recognising of the Dalai Lama’s reincarnation. The current Shamar, Mipham Chokyi Lodro, died two weeks ago and asked to be cremated in a monastery he founded near Kathmandu. Despite China’s opposition, the government « is considering » that possibility. Thousands of people are expected at his funeral, some from Tibet as well.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Nepali-government-ready-to-allow-the-funeral-of-14th-Shamar-Rinpoche-31741.html

21 JULY 2014

Nepal seeks clarity in energy cooperation with India

In its response to the draft agreement on “Cooperation in Power Sector”, the government of Nepal has asked if the Indian proposal is to be ratified by parliament or to be approved by the cabinet
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Nepal-seeks-clarity-in-energy-cooperation-with-Ind-62602.html

13 JULY 2014

Nepal Retracts Permission for a Tibetan Lama’s Cremation

Under scrutiny from China, Nepal’s government announced on Sunday that it had retracted its permission to allow the cremation of a prominent spiritual figure in Tibetan Buddhism to be held on its territory
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/14/world/asia/nepal-retracts-permission-for-a-tibetan-lamas-cremation.html?ref=asia&_r=0

28 MAY 2014

Hindu nationalist Modi invites Nepal to « respect all minorities »

In a private interview, the new Indian Prime Minister said he is a « Hindu » but has a « deep respect for all religions”. His Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a Hindu nationalist party , however, is linked to many cases of violence and persecution against ethnic and religious minorities in the country

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Hindu-nationalist-Modi-invites-Nepal-to-respect-all-minorities-31203.html

21 MAY 2014

Will Modi’s win impact India-Nepal relations?

India’s politically fragile northern neighbour is closely watching events unfold in the Asian giant to the south following the landslide election victory of Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party led by Narendra Modi.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/05/will-modi-win-impact-india-nepal-relations-201452113551160154.html

2 MAY 2014

Seeking justice for Nepal’s war crimes

Reconciliation commissions established, but critics say amnesty provisions could let perpetrators go free

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/04/seeking-justice-nepal-war-crimes-201442812829143761.html

25 APRIL 2014

Nepal parliament passes amnesty bill

Former Maoist rebels and security forces who committed torture, killings and other crimes during Nepal’s decade-long civil war could be granted amnesty under new legislation approved by parliament. Lawmakers late on Friday 25 passed a bill in parliament to set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a Commission on the Disappeared, aimed at healing wounds from the decade-long conflict that ended in 2006

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/04/nepal-parliament-passes-amnesty-bill-20144271502645838.html

18 APRIL 2014

Twelve Nepal guides die in Everest avalanche

At least 12 Nepalese guides preparing routes up Mount Everest for commercial climbers have been killed by an avalanche in the deadliest mountaineering accident ever on the world’s highest peak, officials and rescuers have said

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/04/six-guides-killed-as-avalanche-sweeps-everest-20144186438702209.html

12 MARCH 2014

Nepal Tries Again to Write a Constitution

After a successful election, can the political factions now put aside their squabbles and move forward

http://thediplomat.com/2014/03/nepal-tries-again-to-write-a-constitution/

6 MARCH 2014

Kathmandu bans Tibetans from celebrating pro-independence uprising against China

The Nepali government has told the Tibetan community living in the country not to celebrate, even in a peaceful way, their failed anti-Chinese uprising of 10 March 1959

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Kathmandu-bans-Tibetans-from-celebrating-pro-independence-uprising-against-China-30485.html

10 FEBRUARY 2014

Sushil Koirala is new Nepal Prime Minister, says constitution his priority

Nepali Congress Chairman Sushil Koirala was on Monday elected Prime Minister of the country – fifth in as many years of political instability
http://indianexpress.com/article/world/asia/nepali-congress-elects-sushil-koirala-as-prime-minister/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/394233/nepal-elects-new-pm-promising-constitution-within-a-year

28 JANUARY 2014

Nepal’s Maoists face ideological crisis

Nepal’s United Communist Party of Nepal(Maoist), relegated to third position in last November’s elections, is engaged in a serious internal debate over its future ideological outlook and organizational structure.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/SOU-01-280114.html

15 JANUARY 2014

Nepal’s crackdown on illegal immigrants threatens more than 50,000 with expulsion


In order to fight tax evasion, Nepal announces zero tolerance for foreign workers without a valid work permit. More than 50,000 people could be expelled from the country, most of them Chinese.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Nepal’s-crackdown-on-illegal-immigrants-threatens-more-than-50,000-with-expulsion-30041.html

5 JANUARY 2014

Nepal: A chance to rebuild itself?

Nepal went to the polls on November 19, 2013, to elect a Constituent Assembly for the second time. The first Assembly was elected in 2008, and was dissolved in 2012 after failing to reach consensus on the roadmap to federalism

http://www.fairobserver.com/article/nepal-chance-rebuild-itself

http://www.fairobserver.com/360theme/nepal-long-road-ahead

30 DECEMBER 2013

Recent elections appear to have dashed the hopes of Madhesi activists for autonomy.

http://thediplomat.com/2013/12/the-madhes-and-the-future-of-nepal/#!

24 DECEMBER 2013

Nepal Maoists agree to join parliament

Nepal’s Maoists agreed to join the country’s constituent assembly, ending a month-long political deadlock and raising hopes of long-awaited political stability in the Himalayan nation.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/12/nepal-maoists-agree-join-parliament-2013122412372499797.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/386497/nepal-maoists-agree-to-join-assembly-ending-impasse

11 DECEMBER 2013

Nepal to renew its obsolete aircraft fleet with « unsafe and unreliable » Chinese planes

For civil aviation experts, the six expensive Chinese planes bought for US$ 70 million could prove unsafe for passenger. Meanwhile, the EU bans Nepali planes, jeopardising their access to international routes

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Nepal-to-renew-its-obsolete-aircraft-fleet-with-unsafe-and-unreliable-Chinese-planes-29788.html

7 DECEMBER 2013

Nepal, bureaucrats flee to Hindu temples to escape anti-corruption investigation

In recent days, dozens among politicians, officials and bureaucrats have flocked to Hindu temples in the center of Kathmandu. The move is a way to escape the crackdown on corruption launched by the Commission for the investigation of abuses committed by the authorities ( Ciaa ). At least 64 senior officials must respond to abuses of power and corruption

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Nepal,-bureaucrats-flee-to-Hindu-temples-to-escape-anti-corruption-investigation-29747.html

3 DECEMBER 2012

Maoists, Ousted

For a brief moment in November, Nepal appeared to have finally escaped the endless cycle of instability, violence, and petty political brinkmanship in which it had been trapped for the last few decades. In defiance of a hard-line Maoist group that had tried to derail the country’s first general election in years with a campaign of low-level terrorism, voters turned out in record numbers. In doing so, they sent a clear message about their faith in democracy despite the chronic failures of their elected officials. But that moment of elation did not last.

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/features/letters-from/maoists-ousted

28 NOVEMBER 2013

Victorious Nepali Congress Party Tries to Woo Maoists

Nepal’s oldest political party has emerged as the biggest group after an election last week, a final count showed on Thursday, and the party is now trying to woo Maoist former rebels to join a national unity government in the volatile mountain nation
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-nepal-congress-party-tries-to-woo-maoists-for-stabilty/1799712.html

22 NOVEMBER 2013

Nepal election crisis after new rigging complaint

Fears of a prolonged political crisis in Nepal deepened Friday after a regional party joined the Maoists in alleging poll-rigging in post-war elections held this week.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/381293/nepal-election-crisis-after-new-rigging-complaint

Nepal, civil society and religions against kidnapping of child brides

In the western districts forced marriages are still widespread: During special « festivals », young men choose the most beautiful girls and kidnap them, forcing them to marry. In Nepal, this practice is illegal, but the silence of the people prolongs this tradition. Girls as young as 11 among victims.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Nepal,-civil-society-and-religions-against-kidnapping-of-child-brides-29618.html

21 NOVEMBER 2013

Nepal Maoists demand halt to election vote counting

Maoists claim irregularities in election of national assembly, after early counts show former dominant political force trailing badly

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25030107

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/nepal/10464230/Nepal-Maoists-demand-halt-to-election-vote-counting.html

19 NOVEMBER 2013

Nepalis defy odds in high election turnout

Threats from poll-opposing parties, violence and bombs failed to dampen the people’s spirits as Nepal voted for the second Constituent Assembly on Tuesday. The election that saw a high turnout was largely peaceful, the Election Commission (EC) said.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Nepalis-defy-odds-in-high-election-turnout-54105.html

14 NOVEMBER 2013

Nepal’s radical Maoists on a rampage to stop elections

Assaults, arson and bombings are reported across the country. Two buses are bombed in the capital, critically injuring three passengers. On 19 November, Nepalis are called to elect a new Constituent Assembly. Ahead in the polls, Nepal’s Maoist party is embroiled in a scandal over leader Prachanda’s passion for luxury and excess.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Nepal’s-radical-Maoists-on-a-rampage-to-stop-elections-29545.html

1 NOVEMBER 2013

Nepali opposition threaten elections

The Nepali government faces massive protests from opposition groups seeking to prevent Nepal’s post-monarchy elections for November 19.

http://www.sharnoffsglobalviews.com/nepali-opposition-elections-208/

27 OCTOBER 2013

Nepal gets tough on poll code breach

Amid reports of rampant violation of the election code of conduct, the Election Commission on Saturday instituted a high-level panel to monitor and take action against those who run afoul of the law.The panel, headed by Chief Election Commissioner Neel Kantha Uprety, has allocated monitoring areas for the four other commissioners, authorising them to take action against anyone found violating the rules.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Nepal-gets-tough-on-poll-code-breach-53279.html

25 OCTOBER 2013

Six Muslim leaders arrested for « illegal activities » in Nepal

Police arrested the men during a raid against a mosque in Bara (southern Nepal). For the authorities, they were not involved in religious activities, but in « illegal work ». For the country’s Muslim community, the government violated ‘religious freedom’.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Six-Muslim-leaders-arrested-for-illegal-activities-in-Nepal-29378.html

12 OCTOBER 2013

Inclusive Peacebuilding In Nepal: Challenges And Opportunities – Analysis

Current peacebuilding programmes in Nepal are not benefiting the people most affected by violence. The main problem is that the critical issue of inclusivity has not been properly addressed. Looking at the established ‘peace infrastructure’ and various peacebuilding activities, it’s easy to think a lot is being done to promote an inclusive peace. However, in reality very little is happening on the ground where it matters most.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/12102013-inclusive-peacebuilding-nepal-challenges-opportunities-analysis/

10 OCTOBER 2013

Nepal’s ‘humpty-dumpty’ political ride

Nepal has come a long way to reach to this point of democratic change.

http://www.sharnoffsglobalviews.com/nepal-election-democracy-193/#!

4 OCTOBER 2013

The deft politicking of Nepal Army

The fact that the army is the most powerful state organ in Nepal is fairly unremarkable. It is an established norm of most countries, especially a post-conflict state managing a difficult democratic transition to peace. The interesting aspect of the Nepalese Army (NA), however, is its limited public role in national politics.

http://thediplomat.com/2013/10/04/the-deft-politicking-of-nepals-army/

28 SEPTEMBER 2013

Nepal’s slave girls

Can the young girls forced to work in middle class homes across the country break the bonds of slavery? Slavery is banned in Nepal. But hidden behind the walls of city homes, some still keep young girls as slaves called kamlaris.

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/101east/2013/09/20139249536331927.html

26 SEPTEMBER 2013

Nepal recalls envoy after she called Qatar ‘open jail’

Nepal on Thursday recalled its ambassador to Qatar after she compared the Middle Eastern emirate to an « open jail » for thousands of Nepali migrants who face abuse from employers there.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/371687/nepal-recalls-envoy-after-she-called-qatar-open-jail

23 SEPTEMBER 2013

Nepal: Alleged Mastermind Of Journalist’s 2009 Murder Arrested

Reporters Without Borders welcomes last week’s announcement by the police that they have arrested the suspected mastermind of the murder of journalist and women’s rights activist Uma Singh in the southeastern city of Janakpur in January 2009.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/23092013-nepal-alleged-mastermind-journalists-2009-murder-arrested/

20 SEPTEMBER 2013

Killers roam free in Nepal

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/SOU-01-200913.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2013

Do not use children for political gain, say Nepal’s child rights advocates

The Nepal National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and Unicef Nepal have expressed concern over the potential misuse, manipulation and engagement of children by political parties in pre- and post-election campaigns, as the country’s Constituent Assembly looms

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Do-not-use-children-for-political-gain-say-Nepals–51857.html

16 SEPTEMBER 2013

Nepal: Communist Party Of Nepal-Maoist’s Election Dilemma

The splinter group led by Mohan Baidya, the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M), has been causing anxiety in Nepal’s political circles for many reasons. First, if CPN-M will join the election to be held in November for the second constituent assembly (CA). Second, what will be the consequences if CPN-M does not join the election? Ironically, in Nepal, even if both issues appear to be mutually exclusive at this stage, the current uncertainty implies that it will significantly influence the political process. In such a scenario, any attempt to underplay or side step Mohan Baidya’s faction will seriously undermine the legitimacy of the political process required for the CA 2. Legitimacy and consensus are more important as the outcome of the CA 1 were not very encouraging.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/16092013-nepal-communist-party-nepal-maoists-election-dilemma-analysis/

14 SEPTEMBER 2013

India And Nepal: Koirala’s Visit And New Delhi’s Interests

Is there a reason why the Indian government has frequently been extending invites to Nepali leaders to visit India in the past few months? What impact could this particular visit have on the current Nepali political scenario?
http://www.eurasiareview.com/14092013-india-and-nepal-koiralas-visit-and-new-delhis-interests-analysis/

12 SEPTEMBER 2013

Nepal strike shuts down capital

A general strike called by an alliance of opposition political parties to oppose government plans for elections in November has shut down Nepal’s capital, closing schools and markets.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/201391253132992536.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2013

Kathmandu: Christians have no right to a cemetery

The measure, which was to « preserve the sanctity of the soil near the Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath » compels a minority to seek burial sites concealed in the forest or near the rivers. Christian leader: « We fear that the Nepalese Hindu faith profane our graves. » The government does not respond to the requests of the faithful.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Kathmandu:-Christians-have-no-right-to-a-cemetery-28912.html

23 AUGUST 2013

China tries to cover up giant corruption scandal in Nepal

Nepali authorities detain 22 senior Nepali officials as well as 2 Chinese suppliers who worked with the state electricity company following an unprecedented operation by Anti-Corruption Commission. The identity of the Chinese company involved is still unknown, but Beijing is concerned the story might discredit its electrical product exports.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/China-tries-to-cover-up-giant-corruption-scandal-in-Nepal-28817.html

16 AUGUST 2013

As long as Nepal is crippled by caste, it shall remain an economic untouchable

Nepal’s rigid caste system is holding the country back, preventing it from taking part in the economic revolution of its neighbours

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/nepal/10248100/As-long-as-Nepal-is-crippled-by-caste-it-shall-remain-an-economic-untouchable.html

15 AUGUST 2013

Patience fading for Nepali judge turned premier

The chief justice and interim government chief, Khilraj Regmi, has shocked even some of his supporters by proposing an extensive budget, making sweeping bureaucratic changes and exercising the full power of a prime minister.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/112011/patience-fading-for-nepali-judge-turned-premier/

31 JULY 2013

Nepal claims strategic middle ground

Nepal’s highest-ranking military officer has returned from China with promises of improved relations, disaster aid, and cold hard cash. The trip served to highlight Beijing’s growing political, economic, and cultural influence in the Himalayan nation. As New Delhi looks on with trepidation, Nepalese leaders are attempting to leverage their crucial geopolitical position between the Asian giants for their own benefit.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-310713.html

24 JULY 2013

Two Nepalese women accused of witchcraft and tortured in a Buddhist monastery

Beaten and tortured all night by neighbours on suspicion of practicing black magic. Police arrested only two of those responsible. In Nepal traditionally older women or widows are often accused of being witches, and for this tortured and burned alive.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Two-Nepalese-women-accused-of-witchcraft-and-tortured-in-a-Buddhist-monastery-28558.html

15 JULY 2013

Nepal: Moving Towards Elections – Analysis

On June 13, 2013, the Interim Election Government formed on March 13, 2013, headed by Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi, announced November 19, 2013, as the date for holding fresh Constituent Assembly (CA) elections. After the dissolution of the first CA on May 27, 2012, it was first decided to hold elections for the new CA on November 22, 2012. The absence of a political consensus forced a deadline extension to June 21, 2013, and now, further, to November 19.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/15072013-nepal-moving-towards-elections-analysis/

Nepal’s ministry issues 600,000 citizenship certificates in 1 month

Despite haggling among political parties over the distribution of citizenship certificates, Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) gave out over 600,000 national IDs in one month.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Nepals-ministry-issues-600000-citizenship-certific-49173.html

17 JUNE 2013

Caritas Nepal against slave-like child labour

Nepali law bans child labour under the age of 14, but children are the most sought after domestic workers. Torture and abuse often go along with the job, especially if children spend too much time studying. For Caritas, children’s rights should be respected, including the « right to practice one’s own religion ». http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Caritas-Nepal-against-slave-like-child-labour-28223.html

13 JUNE 2013

The battle against child labour in Nepal continues

Having “rescued” around 150 underage children working in Bhaktapur’s sari embroidery factories in July last year, the Nepalese government and private agencies concerned might have lauded their move as a giant leap towards curbing child labour in the country. However, no less than a year down the line, the problem that was supposed to have been solved in Bhaktapur has shifted to Thankot, a few kilometres west of Kalanki in Kathmandu.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/The-battle-against-child-labour-in-Nepal-continues-47906.html

5 JUNE 2013

Kamalari, girls and women victims of slavery in Nepal

Sold into slavery by their families in debt. Kathmandu condemns slavery, but in the poorest regions of the country, it remains a common practice. An activist: « victims of continuing violence, but police will not conduct any investigation. »

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Kamalari,-girls-and-women-victims-of-slavery-in-Nepal-28120.html

30 MAY 2013

Nepal’s parties set up panel to settle poll law dispute

Amid delay in the announcement of the new Constituent Assembly (CA) election date, Nepal’s major political parties represented at the High-level Political Committee (HLPC) on Thursday 30 formed a taskforce to settle disputed issues in an electoral law.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Nepal’s-parties-set-up-panel-to-settle-poll-law–47431.html

17 MAY 2013

China Increases Investment in Himalayan Neighbor Nepal

In recent years, Nepal has deepened its already strong ties with China – some say to counter its reliance on India for aid and investment

http://www.voanews.com/content/china-nepal-investment/1663184.html

23 APRIL 2013

Nepal promises China to crack down on Tibetan refugees

On a visit to Beijing, the leader of the Maoist party in Nepal Prachanda promises Xi Jinping to repress any anti-Chinese protests. « The national stability and integrity of both countries will not be compromised in the name of religious freedom and human rights. » http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Nepal-promises-China-to-crack-down-on-Tibetan-refugees-27732.html

14 MARCH 2014

Nepal’s 36th prime minister officially sworn in

Nepal’s Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi has been sworn in as the Chairman of the Interim Election Government at the President’s office in Kathmandu on Thursday                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.asianewsnet.net/Nepals-36th-prime-minister-officially-sworn-in-44038.html

http://asiancorrespondent.com/102075/top-nepal-judge-becomes-head-of-interim-government/

2 MARCH 2013

Nepal appoints a prime minister who can not govern

Khilaraj Regmi, chairman of the Supreme Court, will not take office until March 7. The two posts are incompatible and his appointment is unconstitutional. June 5 elections at risk.                                                                                                                                               http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Nepal-appoints-a-prime-minister-who-can-not-govern-27282.html

 

All about the Maldives

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17 DECEMBER 2018

India offers $1.9 billion financial aid to Maldives to counter China’s influence

India has offered US$1.4 billion (S$1.9 billion) in financial aid to the Maldives for infrastructure development, including its water and sewerage systems, in a move to counter China’s presence in the island nation and ease the pressure on it of its growing Chinese debt
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-offers-19-billion-financial-aid-to-maldives-to-counter-chinas-influence
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/indian-prime-minister-announces-us1-4-billion-assistance-to-maldives-143188
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181217_33/

9 DECEMBER 2018

Maldives applies to rejoin Commonwealth: president’s office

The Maldives has applied to rejoin the Commonwealth, reversing a policy of isolation under autocratic leader Abdulla Yameen who suffered a shock defeat in September
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/maldives-applies-to-rejoin-commonwealth–president-s-office-11015428
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/maldives-parliament-endorses-decision-to-rejoin-commonwealth-143069

26 NOVEMBER 2018

Maldives’ top court cancels jail sentence of former president Mohamed Nasheed

The Maldives Supreme Court on Monday canceled former president Mohamed Nasheed’s 13-year jail sentence after a review of the controversial terrorism conviction
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/11/maldives-court-clears-jail-sentence-mohamed-nasheed-181126142747071.html
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/supreme-court-quashes-nasheeds-terror-conviction-142945

20 NOVEMBER 2018

Maldives to rejoin Commonwealth

The new president of the Maldives has decided that the country will rejoin the Commonwealth group of former British colonies after a two-year absence, his office said in a statement
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/maldives-to-rejoin-commonwealth-of-former-british-colonies-1.793718
https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/maldives-all-set-to-rejoin-commonwealth-of-nations201811202040290002/

17 NOVEMBER 2018

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih sworn in as new Maldives president

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was inaugurated on Saturday (Nov 17) as the new president of the Maldives after the opposition united to dislodge pro-China strongman leader Abdulla Yameen in September elections
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/11/ibrahim-mohamed-solih-sworn-maldives-president-181117111139762.html
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/solih-sworn-in-as-seventh-president-of-maldives-142689
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/solih-sworn-in-maldives-president-10941676

1 NOVEMBER 2018

Maldives ex-president Nasheed returns from exile

The first democratically elected president of the Maldives returned home Thursday after more than two years in exile to escape a long prison term
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/nasheed-welcomed-back-by-jubilant-supporters-142392
https://www.voanews.com/a/maldives-ex-president-returns-from-exile/4638395.html

21 OCTOBER 2018

Maldives’ top court rejects bid by strongman Abdulla Yameen to annul election defeat

The Maldives’ top court ended weeks of uncertainty by rejecting strongman President Abdulla Yameen’s controversial bid to annul last month’s election results, upholding his landslide defeat to an opposition candidate
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/maldives-top-court-rejects-presidents-petition-for-fresh-polls-142183
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/maldives-president-abdulla-yameen-loses-bid-annul-poll-result-181021100836322.html

10 OCTOBER 2018

Yameen’s party challenges poll defeat

Maldives’ outgoing President Abdulla Yameen has challenged his recent election defeat, with his Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) on Wednesday filing a legal petition claiming the September 23 presidential election was rigged
https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/maldives-president-abdulla-yameen-challenges-election-defeat/article25180945.ece?homepage=true
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/maldives-president-contests-election-at-supreme-court-142002

4 OCTOBER 2018

Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim returns from exile to the Maldives

After more than a year in exile, Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim returned to the Maldives Thursday afternoon, days after the High Court ordered his release on bail
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2167049/maldives-opposition-leader-returns-home-warm-welcome-after
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/jp-leader-gasim-returns-to-maldives-2-141784

30 SEPTEMBER 2018

Maldives High Court frees Gayoom, Faris on bail

 The Maldives High Court on Sunday ordered former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and his son MP Faris Maumoon to be freed on bail, after his lawyers filed a motion to delay his four-month prison sentence for identity fraud
https://maldivesindependent.com/crime-2/maldives-high-court-frees-gayoom-faris-on-bail-141626

29 SEPTEMBER 2018

Maldives election body endorses opposition leader Solih’s victory amid threats

The Election Commission of Maldives on Saturday (Sept 29) officially declared opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih winner of the country’s national election, defeating President Abdulla Yameen, who had sought a delay in publication of the final results
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/maldives-election-body-endorses-opposition-leader-solihs-victory-amid-threats
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/solih-confirmed-winner-of-maldives-presidential-election-141611

24 SEPTEMBER 2018

Maldives incumbent President Abdulla Yameen conceded defeat in the Presidential Election

The incumbent president of Maldives Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom on Monday afternoon addressed his nation officially accepting defeat in Sunday’s presidential elections
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/92166
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/the-opposition-has-won-in-the-maldives-what-does-it-mean-20431

23 SEPTEMBER

Maldives’ opposition presidential candidate declares victory in polls

The Maldives opposition has claimed victory in the tense presidential election after its officials and an independent newspaper reported results from 90 percent of the ballot boxes which showed Ibrahim Mohamed Solih bagging 58 percent of the votes
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/maldives-opposition-takes-early-lead-tense-presidential-poll-180923150807023.html
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/live-blog-voting-extended-to-7pm-141439

8 SEPTEMBER 2018

Maldives accuses US of coercion and intimidation after sanctions threat

 The Maldives Friday accused the US of intimidation and coercion, following Washington’s threat of sanctions against people responsible for human rights abuses in the troubled honeymoon destination
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/maldives-accuses-us-of-coercion-and-intimidation-after-sanctions-threat-140912
http://ednews.net/en/news/politics/317701-maldives-hits-out-at-us-remarks-over-possible-sanctions

28 AUGUST 2018

‘They are going to rig it’: Maldives opposition warns against bid to sway September election

The opposition has accused the Maldives government of locking up most of the leaders who could challenge President Yameen’s bid for re-election
https://thewire.in/south-asia/maldives-opposition-rigging-presidential-elections
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2161713/they-are-going-rig-it-maldives-opposition-warns-against-bid

20 JULY 2018

Details emerge of EU sanctions on Maldives

The European Union has urged the Maldives to allow the “normal function” of parliament and the judiciary, as details emerged of the sanctions to be imposed over the worsening political and rights situation
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/details-emerge-of-eu-sanctions-on-maldives-139429

13 JUNE 2018

Former Maldives president is sentenced to 19 months in prison

Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who ruled the Maldives from 1978 to 2008, was arrested in February on charges of attempting to overthrow the government of his half-brother
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2150667/former-maldives-president-sentenced-19-months-prison

17 APRIL 2018

Maldives unrest: Ex-President banned from election despite UN demands

The Maldives rejected a demand by the UN Human Rights Committee on Monday that former president Mohamed Nasheed be allowed to stand for office, including in a presidential election later this year
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/04/maldives-unrest-ex-president-banned-from-election-despite-un-demands/#mkHRcywTg3XWzx5Y.97

22 MARCH 2018

Maldives lifts state of emergency after 45 days

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Thursday lifted a 45-day state of emergency which had outlawed protests amid political upheaval on the Muslim-majority Indian Ocean island chain
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/22/556223/Maldives-Abdulla-Yameen-state-of-emergency-protest-opposition-prison-Supreme-Court
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2138497/maldives-president-abdulla-yameen-lifts-state-emergency

21 MARCH 2018

Maldives ex-leader Gayoom and eight others charged with terrorism

The nine people charged at the criminal court included Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the 30-year ruler of the Indian Ocean archipelago state; Supreme Court Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and Justice Ali Hameed; four lawmakers including Gayoom’s son; and a former police commissioner
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/maldives-former-dictator-judges-charged-with-terrorism/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2138212/more-trouble-paradise-maldives-ex-dictator-charged-terrorism
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/34/173/1/1521605346559.html

17 MARCH 2018

Mass arrests in Maldives as activists defy emergency

Maldivian authorities arrested more than 140 activists who defied a ban on rallies and demonstrated against a state of emergency imposed by President Abdulla Yameen, the opposition said Saturday (March 17)
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/mass-arrests-in-maldives-as-activists-defy-emergency

27 FEBRUARY 2018

Second Maldives minister resigns, urges international help to overcome crisis

Maldives State Health Minister Dunya Maumoon has resigned, she said in a letter on Tuesday, grieved by the arrest of her father, the island nation’s longest-serving leader, after President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency
https://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/second-maldives-minister-resigns-urges-international-help-to-overcome-crisis-3135628
https://thewire.in/228076/maldives-opposition-protesters-arrested-after-sc-validates-emergency-rule/

9 FEBRUARY 2018

A geopolitical storm in the Indian Ocean

The Maldives, better known for its tranquil seaside resorts, is in the throes of a vicious domestic power struggle. But its troubles also reflect what happens when bigger foreign powers join the fray
http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/a-geopolitical-storm-in-the-indian-ocean

8 FEBRUARY 2018

China dismisses accusations that it is ‘buying up the Maldives’

China dismissed accusations from the former leader of the Maldives that it is attempting to effectively buy up the Indian Ocean island state, while the Maldives government said on Thursday it is sending envoys to three countries to explain its ongoing political crisis
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2132626/china-dismisses-accusations-it-buying-maldives
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/maldives-embattled-president-abdulla-yameen-sends-envoys-to-china-saudi-for-support

6 FEBRUARY 2018

As the Political Game of Chess Continues in Maldives, India Still Stuck in Decision-Making Mode

Even as the Indian government issued its first public statement on Tuesday condemning the island nation’s government for declaring a state of emergency, it has yet to decide what role it will play in the ongoing Maldives crisis
https://thewire.in/221711/political-game-chess-continues-maldives-india-still-stuck-decision-making-mode/
https://www.oneindia.com/india/maldives-crisis-india-keep-troops-ready-2636239.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/06/maldives-opposition-pleads-india-send-troops-countrys-president/

5 FEBRUARY 2018

Maldives President Yameen declares 15-day state of emergency

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Monday declared a 15-day state of emergency, his aide Azima Shukoor announced, deepening the political crisis in the Indian Ocean nation
http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-maldives-president-yameen-declares-15-day-state-of-emergency-2581739
https://www.oneindia.com/international/president-abdulla-yameen-declares-15-days-state-of-emergency-in-maldives-2635337.html

3 FEBRUARY 2018

Maldives shuts parliament, resists order to free political prisoners

Maldivian authorities announced an indefinite postponement of parliament as President Abdulla Yameen’s regime resisted international pressure to comply with a landmark Supreme Court order to free political prisoners
http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2018/feb/03/maldives-shuts-parliament-resists-order-to-free-political-prisoners-1767806.html
http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-maldives-president-fires-2nd-police-chief-in-3-days-2581153
http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2018/feb/03/maldives-president-yameen-abdul-gayoom-not-attempting-to-flee-country-spokesperson-1767835.html

2 FEBRUARY 2018

Maldives court orders release and retrial of ex-president Mohamed Nasheed

The Maldives Supreme Court has ordered the release and a new trial for former president Mohamed Nasheed. The ruling could allow Nasheed to challenge current President Yameen Abdul Gayoom in this year’s election
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/maldives-court-throws-case-mohamed-nasheed-180201154603414.html
https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/maldives-overturned-conviction-former-president-must-mark-turning-point
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/02/maldives-regime-threatened-exiled-leader-says-will-run-president/

29 JANUARY 2016

Opposition seeks to oust Maldives leader

Opposition leaders in the Maldives, including two former heads of state, have asked the Supreme Court to remove the President and investigate corruption allegations against him
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/opposition-seeks-to-oust-maldives-leader/article22577607.ece?homepage=true
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/236/178/181/1517210462129.html

22 JANUARY 2018

Exiled Maldives leader says Chinese deals on islands are ‘land grabs’

Exiled Maldives opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed on Monday accused China of seizing land in the politically-troubled Indian Ocean archipelago and undermining its sovereignty
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2130055/exiled-maldives-leader-says-chinese-deals-islands-are-land

30 NOVEMBER 2017

Maldives Parliament Approves FTA With China – But With No Opposition Present

The Maldives will soon become the second country in South Asia, after Pakistan, to enter into a free trade agreement (FTA) with China, after it was passed on Wednesday evening by parliament in an ‘emergency’ sitting
https://thewire.in/200906/maldives-parliament-approves-fta-china-amidst-opposition-boycott/

11 SEPTEMBER 2017

Maldives suspends a third of its lawyers

Officials in the Maldives have suspended at least 54 lawyers and have charged them with contempt of court for filing a petition demanding the rule of law in the South Asian archipelago
https://www.voanews.com/a/maldives-suspends-a-third-of-its-lawyers/4023492.html

22 AUGUST 2017

Maldives to reintroduce death penalty after six decades

Despite international pressure the Maldives will reintroduce the death penalty after a 60-year moratorium to try and reduce the rising number of murders and stop drug-trafficking, a senior advisor to President Abdulla Yameen said on Tuesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2107828/maldives-reintroduce-death-penalty-after-six-decades

15 AUGUST 2017

Maldive president Abdulla Yameen ‘admits receiving bags of stolen cash’

Apparent admission follows Al Jazeera investigation exposing how Yameen and aides embezzled millions from state coffers
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/abdulla-yameen-admits-receiving-bags-stolen-cash-170815091334393.html

24 JULY 2017

Maldives parliament shut down to stop speaker’s removal

The Maldivian army has locked down the country’s parliament after the opposition vowed to move ahead with a vote against a key ally of President Abdulla Yameen
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/maldives-parliament-shut-stop-speaker-removal-170724102004891.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-maldives-politics-idUSKBN1A91M2?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Reuters%2FworldNews+%28Reuters+World+News%29&&rpc=401
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/11/1/228/1500899736120.html

3 JULY 2017

Maldives opposition in fresh bid to take Parliament

Maldives opposition parties on Monday (July 3) launched a new bid to seize control of Parliament through a third attempt to impeach the speaker
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/maldives-opposition-in-fresh-bid-to-take-parliament

5 JUNE 2017

Maldives joins 4 other nations in cutting ties with Qatar

Maldives announced Monday that it is severing diplomatic relations with Qatar over its alleged support for Islamist groups
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_MALDIVES_QATAR?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-06-05-08-11-25
https://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/05/06/2017/Maldives-and-Yemen-joins-4-other-nations-in-cutting-ties-with-Qatar

4 MAY 2017

Maldives: A Tyrant Next Door- How does one deal with it?

Maldives is too close to India both geographically and strategically and therefore developments in that country though small will have a great impact on India’s national security
http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/node/2153

23 APRIL 2017

Maldives blogger Yameen Rasheed, who poked fun at politicians, stabbed to death in restive capital

A liberal blogger, Yameen Rasheed, was stabbed to death in the politically restive Maldivian capital Male, his family members and colleagues said Sunday. He was 29
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2089931/maldives-blogger-yameen-rasheed-who-poked-fun-politicians

7 APRIL 2017

Maldives police arrest opposition leader for plotting to oust government

Police in the Indian Ocean island nation of the Maldives arrested an opposition leader for « plotting to overthrow the government », police said on Friday, days after the opposition’s failed bid to oust the speaker and take control of parliament
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/maldives-police-arrest-opposition-leader-for-plotting-to-oust/3660782.html

12 MARCH 2017

Why Saudi Arabia, China and Islamic State are courting the Maldives

Saudi King Salman’s stop in the Maldives on his month-long tour of Asia brings into focus how this tiny archipelago – best known for high-end tourism and an existential battle against climate change – has emerged as a key player in a regional struggle for influence
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2077913/why-saudi-arabia-china-and-islamic-state-are-courting-maldives

28 FEBRUARY 2017

Maldives ex-president eyes risky political comeback

Mohamed Nasheed was president of the Maldives until he was forced from office and imprisoned. From exile in London, he tells DW that he wants to make a comeback to protect his country from sinking under a « dictatorship. »
http://www.dw.com/en/maldives-ex-president-eyes-risky-political-comeback/a-37749260

21 JANUARY 2017

Former president of Maldives wants to run for office again – and save his sinking nation

He faces jail in the Maldives but former president Mohamed Nasheed says he wants to contest elections and guide the island nation away from environmental catastrophe
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2064230/former-president-maldives-wants-run-office-again-and-save-his

13 OCTOBER 2016

Maldives leaves Commonwealth amid democracy row

The Maldives has withdrawn from the Commonwealth, accusing it of interfering in domestic affairs and « unfair and unjust » treatment
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37647310

25 AUGUST 2016

Maldives president faces ‘removal plot’, BBC learns

 His spokesman told the BBC they knew of claims of an attempt to « overthrow » the government, describing it as a « clear breach of international norms »
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37166170

9 AUGUST 2016

Maldives approves defamation law criticised by UN

The Maldives legalised criminal defamation on Tuesday in a move criticised by the United Nations and which the opposition said was aimed at stifling dissent
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/maldives-approves-defamat/3029450.html

22 JUNE 2016

Maldives appoints new vice-president

The Maldivian government announced its shuffle to the cabinet Wednesday, with Minister of Finance and Treasury Abdulla Jihad being appointed as vice president
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-06/22/content_15452899.html

6 JUNE 2016

Maldives’ former vice-president jailed on terrorism charges

A court in the Maldives jailed former Vice-President Ahmed Adeeb for 10 years on terrorism charges, his lawyer said on Monday (June 6), after a closed-door trial that was denounced by the opposition as flawed.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/maldives-former-vice-president-jailed-on-terrorism-charges

1st JUNE 2016

Ousted Maldives president Nasheed forms opposition-in-exile group in Britain, aimed at toppling goverment

Mohamed Nasheed, a former president of the Maldives now in exile in Britain after being ousted from office and jailed in his country, formed an opposition group on Wednesday (June 1) aimed at toppling the government of President Abdulla Yameen.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/ousted-maldives-president-nasheed-forms-opposition-in-exile-group-in-britain-aimed

23 MAY 2016

Mohamed Nasheed: Former Maldives president ‘given UK asylum’

The former president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, has been granted refugee status in the UK, according to his lawyer
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36365253
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-05/24/c_135382316.htm

11 APRIL 2016

India Mends Ties With Maldives

In a signal of a revival in ties between India and the Maldives, the president of the Indian Ocean island country committed to what he called an “India-first” policy on a two-day visit to New Delhi
http://www.voanews.com/content/india-mends-ties-with-maldives-amid-worries-over-growing-chinese-influence/3279503.html

3 APRIL 2016

Maldives police arrest reporters at press freedom rally

Maldives police arrested 16 independent journalists while breaking up their demonstration against an alleged crackdown on freedom of speech in the politically troubled nation, private media outlets reported
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/maldives-police-arrest-reporters-press-freedom-rally-160403133751586.html
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/maldives-police-break-media-protest-arrests-journalists-38116145

17 FEBRUARY 2016

Maldives jails opposition leader for terrorism

A Maldives court has convicted opposition leader Sheikh Imran Abdulla of terrorism and sentenced him to 12 years in jail.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35593011

17 JANUARY 2016

Jailed ex-Maldives president refuses to leave for UK because of ‘hostage’ demand

The jailed former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed has turned down the chance to travel to Britain for surgery because the government demanded that he nominate a relative as a legal “hostage” to guarantee his return
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/maldives/12104489/Jailed-ex-Maldives-president-refuses-to-leave-for-UK-because-of-hostage-demand.html

16 JANUARY 2016

Maldives’ democracy hero and jailed ex-president Nasheed allowed to fly to Britain for surgery

The jailed former Maldives president and democracy hero Mohammed Nasheed is to be allowed to travel to Britain for spine surgery in a surprise reversal by the regime that jailed him on terrorism charges.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/maldives/12103403/Maldives-democracy-hero-and-jailed-ex-president-allowed-to-fly-to-Britain-for-surgery.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35334088

28 NOVEMBER 2015

Maldives police in violent crackdown against opposition

A number of opposition figures in the Maldives have been hospitalised after police used pepper spray to suppress a demonstration calling for the release of jailed former President Mohamed Nasheed
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/maldives-police-pepper-spray-opposition-protesters-151127212132549.html

10 NOVEMBER 2015

Maldives lifts state of emergency, foreign ministry says

The Maldives on Tuesday lifted a state of emergency declared by the president earlier this month, saying security had improved after the authorities detained individuals and seized illegal weapons
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/maldives-lifts-state-of-e/2250992.html

4 NOVEMBER 2015

Maldives declares 30-day emergency ahead of pro-Nasheed rally

The Maldives President, Abdulla Yameen, has declared a 30-day state of emergency, giving sweeping powers to security forces to arrest suspects before a major anti-government protest rally, his spokesman said
http://atimes.com/2015/11/maldives-declares-30-day-emergency-ahead-of-protest-rally/
http://www.euronews.com/2015/11/04/maldives-declares-state-of-emergency/

24 OCTOBER 2015

Maldives police arrest vice president Ahmed Adeeb over plot to assassinate president

Maldives vice president Ahmed Adeeb has been arrested in a probe over a speedboat explosion targeting president Abdulla Yameen, police and government officials said
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-10-24/maldives-police-arrest-vice-president-ahmed-adeeb-over-plot-to-assassinate-president/1507166 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/maldives-arrests-vice-president-assassination-bid-151024085428419.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/10/24/maldives-vice-president-arrested-and-charged-with-attempted-murder-of-president/

11 OCTOBER 2015

Maldives warns India over pressure to free ex-president

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen on Sunday warned India’s foreign minister against external interference in the islands’ affairs, his office said, as international pressure mounts to release his jailed predecessor
http://www.dawn.com/news/1212394/maldives-warns-india-over-pressure-to-free-ex-president

12 SEPTEMBER 2015

Struggle in paradise: The case against former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed

Maldivians share the same desire to prosper as other peoples. But what has been lost amongst the images of idyllic beaches and azure waters is that this is a developing nation like any other — with its own economic challenges, social fissures and political sparring
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/09/12/opinions/maldives-vice-president-ahmed-adheeb/index.html

24 JULY 2015

Ex-Maldives leader’s 13-year term commuted to house arrest

Former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed has had his 13-year prison sentence commuted to a term under house arrest, his international lawyer Jared Genser said Friday
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/633720/ex-maldives-leader-13-year-term-commuted-to-house-arrest

2 JUNE 2015

Maldives opposition leader charged with inciting violence

Maldives’ prosecutor general charged an opposition leader on Tuesday with inciting violence, a month after he was arrested during protests against the imprisonment of the islands’ first democratically elected president.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/maldives-opposition-leade/1888700.html

22 MAY 2015

Democracy, Maldives Style

 Ever since the coup that toppled Nasheed in 2012, anger and resentment has been simmering beneath this Indian Ocean paradise. But with rampant corruption and nepotism becoming intolerable, the crackdown first on opposition leaders, including the sham trial and imprisonment of Nasheed has brought that anger boiling onto the streets of Male
http://thediplomat.com/2015/05/democracy-maldives-style/

2 MAY 2015

Maldives opposition leaders arrested after clashes

Authorities in the Maldives have arrested three opposition leaders along with nearly 200 others after clashes erupted between police and protesters demanding the resignation of the country’s president and the release of a jailed ex-leader
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/maldives-opposition-leaders-arrested-clashes-150502072545405.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/549607/kerry-warns-maldives-democracy-at-risk-after-mass-arrests

6 MARCH 2015

Maldives’ Transition to Democracy Appears Increasingly Precarious

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/07/world/asia/maldives-transition-to-democracy-appears-increasingly-precarious.html?ref=asia&_r=0

31 MARCH 2015

Maldives passes law ‘to oust ex-leader from politics’

The Maldives’ parliament has passed a law that strips people serving prison sentences of their political party memberships, a rule critics say is designed to oust jailed former President Mohamed Nasheed from politics
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/maldives-passes-law-oust-leader-politics-150331003043123.html

13 MARCH 2015

Maldives’ ex-president sentenced to 13 years in prison

Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed was sentenced to 13 years in prison on Friday (Mar 13) after being found guilty of terrorism for ordering the arrest of a judge when he was in power in 2012.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/maldives-ex-president/1715116.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/maldives-president-sentenced-13-years-jail-150313190257362.html

27 FEBRUARY 2015

Mass protest in Maldives over ex-leader’s arrest

Thousands of supporters of former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed marched in the honeymoon islands’ tiny capital Friday, protesting his detention on terror charges which have sparked international condemnation.
http://www2.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/485432/mass-protest-in-maldives-over-ex-leader-arrest

23 FEBRUARY 2015

Maldives ex-leader dragged into court by police

Police in the Maldives have dragged ex-President Mohamed Nasheed into court to face charges for ordering the arrest of a top judge while still leader.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31585500

22 FEBRUARY 2015

Maldives ex-leader Nasheed arrested on terror charges

Police in the Maldives have arrested opposition leader and ex-President Mohamed Nasheed on terror charges.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-south-asia-31575279
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/maldives-expresident-mohamed-nasheed-arrested-on-terror-charges/article6922181.ece?homepage=true

10 FEBRUARY 2015

Maldives former defense minister arrested

Maldives former defense minister has been arrested on charges of possessing illegal weapons which he has denied, local media reported Tuesday.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-02/10/c_133984209.htm

20 JANUARY 2015

Maldives President Sacks Defense Minister

The Maldivian president announced the sacking of his defense minister Mohamed Nazim on Tuesday, days after police carried out a pre-dawn raid on the former army officer’s home
http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/2015/01/20/maldives-president-sacks-defense-minister/22041065/

5 DECEMBER 2014

Drinking water airlifted to Maldives’ capital

India and Sri Lanka have airlifted drinking water to the Maldives after a fire at a desalination plant led to severe shortages and stirred unrest on the streets of the islands’ capital, Male.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2014/12/drinking-water-airlifted-maldives-capital-2014125171141926496.html

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 17 December in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 17 DECEMBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on December 17, 2018

1398: Sultan Nasir-ud Din Mahmud’s armies in Delhi are defeated by Timur
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P052

1637: In the Shimabara Rebellion, Japanese peasants, lead by Amakusa Shiro, rise against daimyo Matsukura Shigeharu
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Shimabara_Rebellion
http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/wars_shimabara.html 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amakusa_Shir%C5%8D

1637-12-17 Shimabara rebellion

1803: Raghuji Bhonsle (II) of Nagpur signed the Treaty of Deogaon with the British after the Battle of Laswari and gave up the province of Cuttack including Balasore
https://www.britannica.com/event/Treaty-of-Deogaon
https://books.google.fr/books?id=CeEmpfmbxKEC&pg=SL3-PA39&lpg=SL3-PA39&dq=Treaty+of+Deogaon&source=bl&ots=fyCDsIK-EI&sig=SKKuwiaw9IL9ejB7-2GZvaDJV1g&hl=fr&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwie0sy5x4_YAhUMB8AKHXY-BuEQ6AEIUDAF#v=onepage&q=Treaty%20of%20Deogaon&f=false
http://www.historytuition.com/anglo_maratha_wars/anglo_maratha_treaties/treaty_of_deogaon(1803).html

1907: Independence of Bhutan. Ugyen Wangchuck is elected first king of the current dynasty. He will reign up to 1926
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ugyen_Wangchuck
https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/ugyen-wangchuck-7084.php

1920: Japan receives League of Nations mandate over Pacific islands
http://pwencycl.kgbudge.com/M/a/Mandates.htm
http://tighar.org/Projects/Earhart/Archives/Research/ResearchPapers/mandates.html

1941: Japanese forces land in northern Borneo (Indonesia)

1941: Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel is relieved of his command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet as part of a shake-up of officers in the wake of the Pearl Harbor disaster
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/commander-at-pearl-harbor-canned

1944: US destroyers sink in typhoon Cobra off Philippines, 790 killed
http://www.desausa.org/typhoon_of_1944.htm
http://world-war-2.wikia.com/wiki/Typhoon_Cobra_Disaster

1944: US army end of excluding Japanese-Americans from west coast. Japanese-Americans are released from detention camps
http://depts.washington.edu/civilr/after_internment.htm
http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Return_to_West_Coast/

1950: The F-86 Sabre’s first mission over Korea

1961: Indian troops enter in the Portugese enclaves Goa, Damao and Diu (operation Vijay). Portugal calls in United Nations Security Council
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Vijay_(1961)

1978: 5,000 people protest outside the U.S. embassy in Taipei in response to the decision to move the American embassy to Beijing

1979: Khieu Sampan replaces Pol Pot as head of Khmers rouges government in the purpose to further a rapprochement between the resistance movements against the Vietnamese occupation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khieu_Samphan

2002: The International Court for justice gives to Malaysia the Sipadan and Ligitan islets off Sabah
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/DL21Ae01.html
http://www.icj-cij.org/files/case-related/102/10570.pdf
https://www.slideshare.net/pridiv/forin-policy-presentation

 

 

On 17 December in South Asian history

ON 17 DECEMBER IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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 1275: Death of Jalaluddin Muhammad Rumi, Afghan scholar and famed sufi mistic poet
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumi


1398: Sultan Nasir-ud Din Mahmud’s armies in Delhi are defeated by Timur
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P052

1556: Birth of Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana, Indian poet, who died in 1627
http://www.poemhunter.com/abdul-rahim-khan-i-khana/biography/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdul_Rahim_Khan-I-Khana

1803: Raghuji Bhonsle (II) of Nagpur signed the Treaty of Deogaon with the British after the Battle of Laswari and gave up the province of Cuttack including Balasore
http://www.britannica.com/event/Treaty-of-Deogaon
https://books.google.fr/books?id=CeEmpfmbxKEC&pg=SL3-PA39&lpg=SL3-PA39&dq=Treaty+of+Deogaon&source=bl&ots=fyCDsIK-EI&sig=SKKuwiaw9IL9ejB7-2GZvaDJV1g&hl=fr&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwie0sy5x4_YAhUMB8AKHXY-BuEQ6AEIUDAF#v=onepage&q=Treaty%20of%20Deogaon&f=false

1905: Birth of Mohammad Hidayatullah, Indian lawyer, judge, and politician, 6th Vice President of India who died on September 18, 1992
http://www.veethi.com/india-people/mohammad_hidayatullah-profile-311-18.htm
http://www.indiamapped.com/presidents-of-india/mohammad-hidayatullah/

1907: Independence of Bhutan. Ugyen Wangchuck is elected first king of the current dynasty. He will reign up to 1926
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ugyen_Wangchuck
https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/ugyen-wangchuck-7084.php

1927: Indian revolutionary Rajendra Lahiri is hanged in Gonda jail, Uttar Pradesh, India, two days before the scheduled date
https://shibham.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/our-real-heroes-47-rajendra-lahiri/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajendra_Lahiri

1928: Indian revolutionaries Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru assassinate British police officer James Saunders in Lahore, Punjab, to avenge the death of Lala Lajpat Rai at the hands of the police. The three will be executed in 1931
https://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/17th-december-1927-british-police-officer-john-saunders-was-killed-by-indian-revolutionaries
http://www.sikh-history.com/sikhhist/personalities/bhagat.html

1933: Death of Thubten Gyatso, 13th dalai lama, born on May 23, 1876
 http://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Thirteenth-Dalai-Lama-Tubten-Gyatso/3307

1961: Indian troops enter in the Portugese enclaves Goa, Damao and Diu (operation Vijay). Portugal calls in United Nations Security Council
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Vijay_(1961)

1971: Cease fire between India & Pakistan in Kashmir
http://www.theworldreporter.com/2011/10/1971-india-pakistan-war-role-of-russia.html

1972: Birth of Indian actor John Abraham
http://www.johnabraham.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Abraham_(actor)

1978: Birth of Riteish Deshmuker, Indian actor
http://www.rediff.com/movies/2007/jul/12ritesh.htm

2005: On the National day, the king of Bhutan announces that his country regime will be change in a constitutional monarchy in 2008
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4539308.stm
http://bhutan2008.blogspot.com/2007/05/tribute-to-his-majesty-jigme-singye.html

 

Holidays and Observances

Bhutan : National Day

On 17 December in Southeast Asian history

ON 17 DECEMBER IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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1917: Birth of Kriangsak Chomanan, Thai Prime Minister from 1977 to 1980, who died on December 23, 2003
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kriangsak_Chamanan

1944: US destroyers sink in typhoon Cobra off Philippines, 790 killed
http://www.desausa.org/typhoon_of_1944.htm
http://world-war-2.wikia.com/wiki/Typhoon_Cobra_Disaster

1953: Nguyen Van Tam resigns as Prime Minister of Vietnam
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nguyen_Van_Tam

1969: Birth of Michael V., Filipino comedian and actor
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_V.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1259243/bio

1979: Khieu Sampan replaces Pol Pot as head of Khmers rouges government in the purpose to further a rapprochement between the resistance movements against the Vietnamese occupation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khieu_Samphan

1980: Birth of Stella Ng, Singaporean singer & actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stella_(singer)
http://forums.vr-zone.com/chit-chatting/437394-singapore-ex-singer-stella-ng-declared-bankrupt.html

2002: The International Court for justice gives to Malaysia the Sipadan and Ligitan islets off Sabah

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/DL21Ae01.html
http://www.icj-cij.org/files/case-related/102/10570.pdf
https://www.slideshare.net/pridiv/forin-policy-presentation

2007: Buddhist monks and riot police are involved in a violent confrontation in Cambodia’s capital
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7147981.stm

2013: Thailand’s opposition Democrat Party re-elects former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva as its leader ahead of a crucial decision over whether to boycott upcoming elections.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/117312/thai-ex-pm-abhisit-re-elected-as-opposition-party-chief/

On 17 December in Japan’s history

ON 17 DECEMBER IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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535: Death of Emperor Ankan, 27th emperor of Japan, born in 466
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Ankan

1239: Birth of Kujo Yoritsugu, 5th shogun of the Kamakura shogunate from 1244 to 1252.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kujo_Yoritsugu

1267: Birth of Go-Uda, 91th Emperor of Japan who reigned from 1274 to 1287 and died on July 16, 1324
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Uda

1637: In the Shimabara Rebellion, Japanese peasants, lead by Amakusa Shiro, rise against daimyo Matsukura Shigeharu
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Shimabara_Rebellion
http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/wars_shimabara.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amakusa_Shir%C5%8D

1637-12-17 Shimabara rebellion

1920: Japan receives League of Nations mandate over Pacific islands
http://pwencycl.kgbudge.com/M/a/Mandates.htm
http://tighar.org/Projects/Earhart/Archives/Research/ResearchPapers/mandates.html

1941: Japanese forces land in northern Borneo (Indonesia)

1941: Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel is relieved of his command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet as part of a shake-up of officers in the wake of the Pearl Harbor disaster
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/commander-at-pearl-harbor-canned

1944: US army end of excluding Japanese-Americans from West Coast. Japanese-Americans are released from detention camps
http://depts.washington.edu/civilr/after_internment.htm
http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Return_to_West_Coast/

1975: Birth of Mayuko Aoki, Japanese voice actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayuko_Aoki


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=664bIZXNOe0

1996: Peruvian rebels seize Japanese ambassador’s home
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/peruvian-rebels-seize-japanese-ambassadors-home
http://sonrisasenperu.org/2011/02/japanese-embassy-hostage-crisis/
http://adst.org/2013/12/the-dramatic-hostage-crisis-and-daring-rescue-at-the-japanese-embassy-in-peru/

 

On 17 December in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 17 DECEMBER IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on December 17, 2018

1891: Birth of Hu Shi, Chinese philosopher who died on February 24, 1962
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hu_Shih
http://enlight.lib.ntu.edu.tw/FULLTEXT/JR-PHIL/ew27143.htm

1933: Death of Thubten Gyatso, 13th dalai lama, born on May 23, 1876
http://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Thirteenth-Dalai-Lama-Tubten-Gyatso/3307

1943: All Chinese are again permitted to become citizens of the United States with the repealing of the Act of 1882 and the introduction of the Magnuson Act
http://www.cetel.org/1943_repeal.html

1949: Burma Recognize the People’s Republique of China

1978: 5,000 people protest outside the U.S. embassy in Taipei in response to the decision to move the American embassy to Beijing

2005: 200,000 peoples demonstrate in Hong Kong street, demanding the speeding up of democratization process

2009: Death of Wu Yingyin, Chinese singer, born in 1922
http://chrisroughan.webs.com/wuyingyin.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGrU0t4yI9w&NR=1