This Newsletter explores ongoing issues and perspectives from India’s neighbouring countries, including – Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Maldives and Afghanistan.
In Brief – Vaccine updates, Sri Lanka’s #MeToo Storm, China-Nepal Rail link, Bangladesh among India’s top five exports, UN call for arms embargo against Myanmar, U.S support for Afghanistan
The Raging Pandemic
Nepal is said to procure 4 million vaccines from China under a non-disclosure deal. A latest report states that during a meeting of Covid Crisis Management Centre on 16th June, Prime Minister K.P Sharma Oli said the vaccines are expected to arrive by the end of June. Subsequently, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Raghubir Mahaseth was quoted in the report saying, “We are in talks with the World Bank to receive 5 million vaccines developed by Johnson & Johnson”.
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