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The Year That Was 2013

Election issues grip South Asia in 2013

Dec 31, 2013 05:00 PM Election news gripped the South Asian region in 2013 with Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi announcing her desire to contest for the country’s Presidential elections. While the world hailed the first successful post-conflict poll in Sri Lanka’s north, the north Indian state of Delhi elected the Aam Aadmi Party over the issue of governance and transparency to trounce two of the biggest political parties of India including the 127-year-old Congress. If democracy had a smooth sailing in Sri Lanka, Nepal and India, Bangladesh was in for trouble as the Oppostion parties decided to oppose the upcoming January-2014 elections for the Parliament.
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Rights, welfare dominate political discourse in India

Dec 31, 2013 11:00 AM The billion plus nation witnessed some path breaking development steps in the form of Food Bill, Land Bill, Companies Bill, Lokpal Bill and the law against sexual violence getting the nod of Indian Parliament. While nature had its way in killing thousands in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand through a rain fed disaster, better management and coordination defeated the powerful cyclone Phailin in the eastern state of Odisha.

South Asian women wrest 2013

Dec 30, 2013 04:55 PM It was a year of the South Asian woman. Pakistani’s Malala Yousafzai was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize; Bangladesh elected its first woman speaker; women from Nepal, Afghanistan and Myanmar bagged the Magsaysay award and in India too women forced the government to strengthen laws and provide for more safety to women. At the same time, the country looked on with bated breath as anti-graft crusader Arvind Kejriwal dislodged reigning political hierarchies with his promise of power to the people.
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