COVID-19
Myanmar Round Up: June 2020

The country reported 299 confirmed COVID-19 cases and six deaths as on 30 June 2020. Despite low numbers of cases, the COVID-19 pandemic has imposed economic and social challenges. The World Bank’s Myanmar Economic Monitor projected a decline in the...

China’s Strategy to Overcome the Virus Stigma is “Belligerence”

On June 15 2020, Col. B Santosh Babu probably didn’t expect to walk up to a Chinese observation post at the vertex of the bend in Galwan River. It was strange because the PLA themselves had dismantled the post after the talks few days back. A sense...

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...

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 country.1 This...

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 रहा है कि अगर वह जल्द नहीं संभला तो यह जंग हारने का जोखिम खड़ा हो जाएगा। 20 मई को संक्रमण के मामलों की संख्या 47,000 के करीब थी और 1,000 से अधिक लोग...

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...

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

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 and held two...

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...

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