Bhargav Reddy – APAC Assistance Operations Assistant
Major Issues In SOUTH ASIA
WEDNESDAY, 20 March 2019
Students protest in Dhaka. Demanding justice for the Bangladesh University of Professionals student, who died under the wheels of a bus yesterday, the university’s students have called for boycotting classes in all educational institutions across the country today. Daylong demonstrations were held yesterday near at the university. The protest was joined by students of other institutions. The protests were part of last year’s movement demanding safer roads. The protesters called upon the students around the country to stage a sit-in protest in front of their own educational institutions today. The protests are likely to spread to other cities in Bangladesh. Clients are advised to avoid the areas with major universities in Dhaka other cities. Protests can potentially trigger violent clashes between the students and police personnel.
The Congress party considering an alliance with the AAP. The Congress party continues to its search for alliance partners ahead of the general elections in April. The party is reportedly considering an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party which leads the Delhi government. It is uncertain whether the two major parties of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samajwadi Party will support the Congress party. The two major regional parties have announced an alliance with each other to take on the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party in the general elections. Other regional parties have also been non-committal on an alliance with the Congress party while examining the possibility of a coalition of regional parties.
Police use water cannon on protesters. Police fired teargas and used water cannons to disperse university students who carried out a protest outside the University Grants Commission in Colombo yesterday. The students were protesting the garbage dump at Pattalam. The protest caused major traffic delays and disruptions in Colombo. Clients are advised to be aware that the protests can potentially continue today and cause transport disruptions. Avoid the University Grants Commission area in Colombo.