NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - The world has greeted Donald Trump’s eleventh-hour decision to call off action against Iran with a collective sigh of relief. And yet it does nothing to resolve the stand-off over matters nuclear. Nonetheless, visuals of his detractors and protesters holding placards that read “No War” points to the groundswell of opposition to a repetition of the misadventure as witnessed in Iraq in March 2003. In retrospect, the crisis was ignited by the US attempt to derail a nuclear deal that Iran has abided by, and to choke its economy. It has exacerbated with Tehran’s recent actions, including the alleged attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. President Trump tweeted on Friday, confirming reports that the US had been “cocked and loaded” for attacks on three sites in retaliation for the shooting down of a drone. As it turned out, the US President has had the good sense to call off the strike with only 10 minutes to go, having been cautioned by a General that 150 people would die in a US blitzkrieg from the skies. Call it an exercise in brinkmanship if you will, the consequences would have been catastrophic, to say the least. Yet the stand-off between the US and Iran intensifies.
NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - Unfortunately, populism is striking deep roots in Indian polity, and political leaders are thriving on populist rhetoric. Their policies are undermining the institutions, be it the Central bureaucracy, the CBI, the ED or the State police / administration, if not also the independence of the judiciary.
NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - For a period of time between 1986 and the early 2000s Uganda was considered to be a country committed to democratic reform. But in recent years the democratic space has shrunk dramatically.
NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - I attended a modest school near our home, but when we moved downtown, my life changed momentously. The headmaster of a better-known school persuaded my father to move me to his institution. I was switching from middle to high school, and his key argument was that superior education would be greatly in my interest. It was a larger school, with a bigger building on a major avenue. The big sign proclaiming its pretentious name suggested I was ascending to a more exalted circle.
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) – Ten local youth have enrolled in the AgroBiz project to develop 10 hectares of paddy fields at the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) Agro-Technology Campus in Kampong Wasan utilising high-yield rice varieties and modern machinery.
COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - With the launch of the Emergency Ambulance Service in the Eastern Province, the service is now available in all nine Provinces of Sri Lanka.
COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - India vigilant over a possible conflict between United States and Iran, deploys two war ships in the Persian Gulf to reassure Indian vessels.
COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Prime Minister assures that all members of terror group National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ), responsible for the Easter bombings, had been arrested and legal action taken against them.
SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - South Korea’s benchmark Kospi ended higher on Monday, with cautious optimism that the US-China trade talks may help the index recover previously lost ground.
SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Analysts said that with much of the material culled from previous Asean announcements, there are few substantive statements.