Applause interrupted the final session of China’s National People’s
Congress on 14 March as it agreed on the new anti-secession law directed
at Taiwan. This was the climax of the NPC meeting, a rubber-stamp body
of 3,000 functionaries in the ”communist” party apparatus. On this note,
The king of Nepal, Shah Gianandra, fired his hand-picked Prime Minister,
Sher Bahadur Deuba, and government cabinet, on 1 February. In dissolving
the government, the King cited its failure to hold elections and to
maintaining law and order, as the reasons for his repressive actions.
King Gyanendra’s coup in Nepal, on 1 February, is "likely to strengthen
the Maoist insurgents and make Nepal’s civil war even more intensive",
according to the International Crisis Group, a Brussels think-tank.
Prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra (pronounced "Chin-a-what") and his
Thai Rak Thai (TRT) party are on course for a crushing parliamentary
majority following the elections in Thailand on Sunday 6 February.
"The grotesque picture of devastation is slowly emerging and haunting
us. The real brunt of the tsunami was taken by the eastern part of the
island. The principal town, Pottuvil, has seen the worst disaster in its