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Former Indian Ambassador to Nepal Bimal Prasad passes away

India’s former Ambassador to Nepal and modern Indian historian Bimal Prasad passed away in New Delhi at the age of 92.

He was a close associate of independence activist, social reformer Jayaprakash Narayan who had pioneered Total Revolution Movement in 1974-75.

About Bimal Prasad

  • Bimal Prasad (born in 1925) was intellectual with socialist inclinations and was known for his postcolonial analysis of the Indian independence movement.
  • Professor: He was professor of South Asian Studies and Dean of School of International Studies Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and also had taught history at Patna University.
  • Ambassador: He was appointed ambassador to Nepal by Prime Minister Chandrashekhar (1991–1995).
  • Books: Prasad had authored a number of books on JP’s philosophy and life including ‘Socialism, Sarvodaya and Democracy‘, ‘Gandhi, Nehru and JP, Studies in Leadership‘ and ‘A Revolutionary’s Quest.’
  • Other offices: He had served as the Chairman of Institute of Gandhian Studies (Varanasi), Director of Gandhi Smriti and Memorial, Honorary Fellow of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) and Honorary Director of Rajendra Prasad Academy (New Delhi).
  • He was also Senior Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies at University of London and Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds.

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Governing Centre Right Coalition wins 2015 Portugal elections

Governing Centre Right coalition parties led by Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho have won the Portugal’s 2015 general election.

In this election the governing coalition has won 99 seats in the 230-seat parliament by securing 39% of votes. However they failed to secure absolute majority in the Parliament.

Socialist Parties have emerged as opposition in this election and have secured 32 per cent vote share. The leader of the opposition Socialists Antonio Costa has admitted defeat.

It should be noted that in this election, parties to the left of the Socialists have achieved their best-ever result. Left Bloc has won 10% of the vote share and secured 19 seats, while the Communists won 8% of the vote share.

The election was seen as a referendum on 4 years of spending cuts and austerity measures undertaken by the centre right coalition government. Presently Portugal is among five eurozone nations referred as PIIGS nations which are economically weaker following the 2008 global financial crisis. 5 PIIGS eurozone nations are Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain.

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