Taliban accused of not taking steps toward peace
Afghanistan Times | 14th July
 
The government accuses Taliban militants of not working hard for peace, saying their efforts are weak.
Sediq Sediqqi, President Ghani’s Spokesman says that Afghans and international community have questions for Taliban regarding implementing of the peace deal with the United States.
He said that the government had released 4,000 Taliban prisoners that means they had done responsibilities for peace.

 

SL joins int’l community in calling Israel to abandon planned annexation
Daily Mirror | 17th July
 
Sri Lanka joined the international community in its call on the Israel Government to comply with international law and abandon the planned annexation and urges all parties to continue the dialogue towards peace.
In a statement, the Foreign Relations Ministry said, “Sri Lanka reiterates the importance of the early implementation of the UN General Assembly resolutions regarding the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people to statehood and the attainment of a two-State solution on the basis of the 1967 borders.”

 

PM Oli’s Ayodhya claim ends possibility of talks with India: Nepali Congress VP
The Himalayan Times | 16th July
 
Nepali Congress Vice-president Bimalendra Nidhi has termed Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s claim that Thori village in Parsa is the real Ayodhya and the birthplace of Lord Ram baseless, irrelevant and objectionable.
Nidhi said both Hindus and non-Hindus accepted from time immemorial that Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Ram, was in India and that Nepal’s Janakpur was the birthplace of Sita. Nidhi said bilateral ties between the two countries had soured over the map issues and the PM’s baseless remarks about Ayodhya had ended whatever little possibility of dialogue with India had existed.

 

AFGHANISTAN

 
The paradoxical deal of US, Taliban and the Afghan government
The Khaama Press | 13th July
After two decades of war against terrorism and the Taliban, the United States of America and its allies have signed a landmark deal with the Taliban in order to diminish the Taliban’s antagonism against civilian and anti-US atrocities to end at once the past decades of war in Afghanistan. Zalmay Khalilzad the US special representative of the Afghanistan reconciliation peace process signed the agreement with the chief committee of Taliban “Mullah Abdul Ghani brother” in Qatar, Doha on 29 February 2020. Recently, the former chief advisor of the national security council of America John Bolton claimed in his controversial book “the room where it happened”; cited that, Trump opposed to continuing US military presence in Afghanistan because he had campaigned to end “ the Endless Wars” in faraway distanced unattached to US geography. 
 
Pompeo, Lavrov Confer on Afghanistan
Daily Outlook Afghanistan | 15th July
Top diplomat from the US and Russia have discusses the current situation in Afghanistan, including reports of bounties offered to Taliban for killing American soldiers.
US Foreign Secretary Mike Pompeo called Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov weeks after a New York Times report that Russia was paying Taliban bounties to kill US military personnel in Afghanistan.
The Trump administration has spurned the claims as a 'hoax', with the US president vehemently denying the assertion that he was briefed on the issue earlier in the year.

 

BANGLADESH

 
 $48bn export target for FY21
Bangladesh Post | 16th July
The government has set the export target at $48 billion for the current fiscal 2020-21, with growth of product exports likely to be projected at 21.75 percent over that in the previous fiscal.
The product exports would contribute $41 billion and the services sector $7 billion.
The products export target was $45.5 billion in the last fiscal year and earnings fell by 16.93 percent to $33.67 billion during the time.
 
Country will advance again by combating coronavirus: PM Hasina
Prothom Alo | 16th July
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina reiterated her firm optimism that the country will advance again and the people will get rid of the ongoing crisis by combating the novel coronavirus.
“Though the coronavirus has temporarily halted the country’s advancement, we hope the people will be free from it and we’ll move forward again,” she said while inaugurating the distribution and plantation of 10 million saplings across the country marking the Mujib Borsho (Mujib Year).
 
Active Covid-19 cases: Bangladesh still 2nd in Asia
Dhaka Tribune | 16th July
There are 86,864 active cases of Covid-19 in the country, as of Thursday morning.
With 2,733 fresh cases of Covid-19 detected in the last 24 hours, Bangladesh remains on the second spot in Asia to have the maximum number of active cases.
As of Thursday morning, there are as many as 86,864 active Covid-19 positive cases in the country.
Active cases are estimated by removing the tallies of deaths and recoveries from the total number of confirmed cases. 
 
 

BHUTAN

 
Hydropower besides, Bhutan looks at renewable energy
Kuensel | 17th July
Bhutan is energy-rich, but ironically, the country also imports energy, especially in winters when the country’s river systems ooze less water.
And there are studies that recommend Bhutan to look beyond hydropower.
The new reality is Covid-19. What is new is this: a pilot project to install solar power plant is part of Covid-19 response and recovery projects by United Nations Development Programme Bhutan. The project is funded by the Government of Japan. Department of Renewable Energy (DRE) and Bhutan Power Corporation are the key players.
 
 

MALDIVES

 
India hands over outdoor fitness equipment for 61 islands
The Edition | 13th July
The government of India handed over outdoor fitness equipment, which are to be installed in 61 islands, to Maldives.
The equipment, procured with the financial support of the Indian government, was presented by Indian High Commissioner to Maldives Sanjay Sudhir, and received on behalf of the Maldivian administration by Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment Ahmed Mahloof at a special ceremony held at the National Football Stadium.
 
Government to Repatriate 20,000 Undocumented Expatriates
Maldives Times | 15th July
Economic Minister Fayyaz Ismail has made a statement revealing that the government hopes to repatriate at least 20,000 undocumented expatriate migrants in the Maldives before the end of the year, 2020.
The government evaluates that more than 70,000 illegal migrant workers reside in different areas of the Maldives from which 90% of the workers are believed to be residents from Bangladesh. The government suspended bringing in any additional workers from Bangladesh last year.
 
MIRA Records a Decrease of 83% in Revenue
Maldives Times | 14th July
Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA) has revealed a record of 83% decrease in the revenue which has been collected last June in comparison to June of last year, 2019.
Statistics published by MIRA has revealed the authority recorded an income of USD 17.9 million as revenue in June 2020. The tax administrating body of MIRA had collected USD 103.9 million as revenue in June 2019.
 
 

MYANMAR

  
Ethnic Chin Armed Group Tells AA: Leave Chin State, End Fighting With Myanmar Military
The Irrawaddy | 16th July
The Chin National Front (CNF) has issued another warning to the Arakan Army (AA), asking the armed group to withdraw from Chin State’s Paletwa Township, which the AA has used as a base to fight the Myanmar military.
The CNF held its second central executive committee meeting of the year from July 7-15, after which it repeated its demand that the AA leave Paletwa.
 
Myanmar, China to Promote Cross-Border e-Commerce Systems
The Irrawaddy | 13th July
Myanmar and China plan to promote cooperation on digital economy and cross-border e-commerce systems to allow trade and economic activity to proceed smoothly during times of pandemic.
An online meeting was held on Thursday between the Mandalay Region government, the Myanmar Ministry of Commerce, the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (IDCPC) and the government of China’s Yunnan province.
 
 

NEPAL

 
Dispute in ruling party now set to reach Central Committee as Oli and Dahal fail to find a common ground
The Kathmandu Post | 17th July
Just a day before the scheduled Standing Committee meeting, two factions of the ruling Nepal Communist Party led by KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal engaged in a series of consultations, starting from talks between them, in the presence of senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, in the afternoon and then discussions among the leaders of their own groups.
After Oli and Dahal failed to find a common ground during their one-on-one talks last week as well as on Wednesday, the two chairs invited Nepal in a bid to iron out the differences in the party, which has come close to a split.
 
 

PAKISTAN

 
Parliament will help bring Pakistan, Afghanistan together: NA Speaker
The Nation | 17th July
Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said the completion of China Pakistan Economic Coordination (CPEC) projects will help generate economic activity and jobs in the country. “The completion of the CPEC related projects in the province, especially the establishment of industrial zones, would generate economic activity besides job creation for the COVID-19 effected people,” said the Speaker in a meeting with Chief Minister KPK Mehmood Khan. He apprised the Chief Minister about the establishment of Pak-Afghan Parliamentary Friendship Group and its Task forces for encouraging people-to-people contacts and collaboration in industrial, trade and economic sectors. 
         
US accepts Pakistan’s accession to Hague Convention
The Express Tribune | 17th July
The State Department has announced that US accepted Pakistan’s accession to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, which would enter into force from October 1, 2020.
The department said on its website, the US accepted Pakistan’s accession to the convention on July 1. It said that the convention would put in place an internationally-recognised legal framework to resolve cases of parental child abduction between the two countries.
 
Steel Mills revamp plan may lead to disaster, warns SC
Dawn | 17th July
The Supreme Court questioned the federal government’s initiative to revamp the ailing Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) and warned the plan might lead to a disaster.
“Whatever the PSM management is planning will only create hurdles since it will burden the courts more as 5,000 cases will come to the courts and the management eventually has to reinstate majority of them (the employees),” said Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed who had taken up a case relating to the PSM’s financial health.
 
 

SRI LANKA

 
Sri Lankan President honored for leading an eco-friendly Presidential Election campaign
Colombo Page | 16th July
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been awarded the “Zero Carbon Certificate” presented for first ever “Zero Carbon Presidential Election Campaign” in the world conducted with community participation.
Members of the Committee for Environment Policy Formulation of “Saubhagyaye Dekma” (Vistas of Prosperity and Splendor) policy statement presented the certificate to the President at the Presidential Secretariat today (16).
 
President declares 2021 – 2030 the Decade of Skills Development
Colombo Page | 14th July
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has declared 2021-2030 the Decade of Skills Development in Sri Lanka. The move is expected to herald a transformational phase of educational reform and skills development for the nation in line with the government’s national policy framework, ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendor’.
The action plan for the Decade of Skills Development focuses on cultivating next generation skills in line with global trends and the 2030 Global Agenda for Sustainable Development.

 

 

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