Bhargav Reddy – APAC Assistance Operations Assistant
Major Issues In SOUTH ASIA
TUESDAY, 19 March 2019
Election official killed in southeastern Bangladesh. Seven people, including two electoral officials and four paramilitary personnel, were shot dead and more than 26 others were injured yesterday in a gun attack in the Rangamati district southeast of Bangladesh. The polling officials were engaged in poll duty at three polling centers in the Baghaichhari sub-district for the second phase of the local elections this week. Clients are advised to avoid the polling offices in the southwestern parts of Bangladesh
Two people killed at the Vedanta refinery in Orissa. Two people including a security guard were killed when a mob tried to storm the Vedanta alumina refinery in the Kalahandi district of the eastern state of Orrisa. The protesting mob of local people was demanding jobs at the premises of the refinery when the clash broke out. The incident took place when residents of Rengopali and nearby villages were staging a demonstration near the refinery at Lanjigarh. Twenty people were also injured in clashes between the Odisha Industrial Security Force (OISF) personnel and the protesters. The situation can potentially worsen in the area with more clashes between the protesters and the security personnel.
Pramod Sawant sworn-in as Chief Minister of Goa. Goa state assembly speaker Pramod Sawant of the Bhartiya Janata Party was sworn in as the Chief Minister today. Pramod succeeds Manohar Parrikar who died of cancer this week. The new government in Goa was formed in alliance with two other regional parties including the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and the Geo Forward Party. With the new alliance, a potential political crisis was averted as the opposition was seeking dismissal of the BJP led government.