APAC Assistance Operations Assistant Bhargav Reddy discusses Main Issues in South Asia.
Main Issues in South Asia
Firstly in Bangladesh
- The Dhaka North City Corporation by-elections will be conducted today. Approximately, three million voters will elect a new mayor and councilors.
- Polling for mayoral elections will be held in 54 wards out of which 18 are new wards. The voting will be conducted from 8 am until 4 pm.
- Motorcycles will be banned in the polling areas from today till Friday 6am. Except emergency services other vehicles will be banned from today. Restrictions on vehicle traffic will be implemented on main roads and highways connecting Dhaka.
- Four policemen were injured during a protest by the Higher National Diploma in Accountancy students at Lotus Road in Colombo yesterday. Students were demanding an increase in the Mahapola scholarship from USD 27 to USD 305 given to university students.
- Police had to use water cannons and teargas to disperse the protestors leading to several injuries. The Lotus Road leading to the Presidential Secretariat was blocked.
- Every year more than 1000 students get the Mahapola scholarship. More protests by the students can be expected in Colombo this week.
- The government has issued a high alert across the states bordering Pakistan including Jammu and Kashmir after India carried out pre-emptive air strikes across the Line of Control in the Pakistan Administered Kashmir.
- The Indian Air Force carried out the air strikes targeting Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist training camps and eliminated more than 300 terrorists. The armed forces of Pakistan dismissed the claims by the Indian government and said there was no damage to infrastructure and no casualties were reported.
- Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsible for the attack on a convoy of paramilitary personnel in Pulwama which killed 44 soldiers on February 14 in Jammu And Kashmir. Jaish-e-Mohammed has been banned by UN and several countries.