COVID-19
Socio-Economic Implications in Myanmar during COVID-19 Pandemic

Initially in March 2020, Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi stated that the country stands out as a global exception with zero cases of COVID-19. The government Spokesperson- Zaw Htay said that the lifestyle and diet of Myanmar citizens are benefici....

Economy in stress- Covid-19 and Pakistan

A strange paranoia has gripped the world. As Covid-19 accelerates there seems to be uncertainty, chaos and anxiety about the future world order. The world is also grappling with the devastating impact of Covid-19 on the economy, as it is not just a ....

Chinese Activity in Central Asia; beyond Trade, Transport and Economy

Background
China has invested in energy, infrastructure, transportation, railways and roads, communications etc. in Central Asia. Recently, Chinese Huawei has signed around one billion deal with Uzbekistan for digitalization of the countr....

Nepalese Budget for 2020-21: More Figures than Solutions

On May 28, 2020, Finance Minister, Yubaraj Khatiwada, presented Federal Budget of Rs. 1,474 billion for the FY 2020-21 at a time when the entire nation is engulfed by coronavirus pandemic. In such an unusual period, expectations were that the budget ....

क्या कोविड-19 से जंग हार रहा है पाकिस्तान?

पूरी दुनिया कोविड-19 महामारी से जूझ रही है मगर पाकिस्तान का इस संकट से निपटने का तरीका देखकर डर लग....

A Budgetary Farce in Pakistan

The expectation from the second full-year budget presented by the Imran Khan government was out-of-the-box thinking to tackle immediate and long term issues. These included the COVID-19 pandemic, economic slowdown and mounting debt on the one hand an....

A Brief Assessment of China’s 3rd Session of the 13th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference - May 2020

  1. As usual China’s top political advisory body, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), held its annual plenary session in Beijing along with the National People’s Congress (NPC). The plenum was delayed this year a....

Hydroxychloroquine: Pandemic, Parasites and Politics

In this six month long mercurial quest for the treatment of SARS-CoV-2 infected patients, winners are far from declared. Among the various antiviral treatments tested or deployed to inhibit the viral growth, hydroxychloroquine has had an unparalleled....

A Guide to India-Australia Relations

For the first time in India’s diplomatic history a summit was held on a virtual platform. On 4th June 2020 Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed a range of issues with his Australian counterpart, Prime Minister Scott Morrison. This summit is signi....

COVID-19 in Tajikistan: From Denial to Full-scale Crisis

Despite being surrounded by the countries with positive cases of coronavirus, the Tajik Government had consistently denied the existence of the virus until April 30 when 15 cases were reported. This announcement was made when the World Health Organiz....

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