Afghanistan Times | 29th October
The World Bank has warned that the ongoing economic turmoil in Afghanistan is getting worse. In its most recent Afghan Development Update, it says Afghanistan economy continues to contract, even after the Taliban’s takeover, leading to increased uncertainty and fragility. According to the report, one significant trend is the sharp decline in inflation, which has, since April 2023, transitioned into deflation. This shift is attributed to the economy adjusting to lower aggregate demand, improved supply conditions, and the strengthened Afghani currency. However, the report also warns that if deflation persists, the economy may face further deterioration.
Colombo Page | 26th October
In a strategic move to revitalize Sri Lanka’s domestic economy, the government is placing a strong emphasis on two key components: expanding supply capacity and broadening market access, President’s Office said. This multifaceted growth strategy aims to propel the nation toward economic recovery. President’s Media Division said, as part of this endeavor, Sri Lanka is not only looking to strengthen its ties with its largest traditional export destinations, namely the USA and the EU/UK, but also actively deepening its integration with regions in South Asia, South East Asia and East Asia.
Dawn | 31st October
The caretaker cabinet on Monday approved a whopping increase of up to 3,900 per cent in the fixed monthly charges, and 194 per cent in the consumer rates for natural gas, which will open floodgates to a fresh bout of inflation. In effect, the average gas cost for protected consumer slabs (0.25hm3 to 0.9hm3)
would jump by up to 300pc, in view of the cumulative impact of higher fixed charges, while their annual bill is estimated to rise by up to 150 per cent. “The federal government… approved increase in the price of natural gas for different categories of the consumers as advised by the Ogra with effect from November 1, 2023,” said a summary issued by the petroleum division after the cabinet meeting.
The Express Tribune | 30th October
Pakistan on Monday rejected criticism of its crackdown against foreigners residing in the country illegally, saying the decision was not in violation of international conventions.
As the deadline for all such foreigners expires on Tuesday, the UN High Commission for Human Rights and other international organisations raised concerns over Pakistan’s move to deport nearly 1.7 million Afghans.
“We have seen the press statement by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,” said an official handout issued by the foreign office spokesperson.
The News | 28th October
In a bid to safeguard Palestinian civilians in the besieged Gaza and the West Bank, Pakistan on Saturday called for giving serious consideration to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) proposal of deployment of a protection force in the areas.
The call was made by Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations Munir Akram while speaking at the 10th Emergency Special UNGA Session in NewYork today.
His comments come as the Israeli occupation forces are escalating bombing and expanding ground operations in besieged Gaza, killing over 7,700 Palestinians so far, including 3,500 children.
Daily Mirror | 28th October
One–fifth of Sri Lanka’s total landmass, particularly the areas in the central hills- is prone to landslides according to a study by the National Building Research Organization (NBRO).
According to the NBRO study, around 13,000 square kilometers of lands spread over in Badulla, Nuwara-Eliya, Kandy, Matale, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Kalutara, Galle, Matara and Habantota- are landslide –prone.
The study has found that incidences and frequency of landslides are growing, and it is common have such disasters including cutting failures along with every bout of rain.
The Island | 30th October
Sri Lanka and France recently discussed progress in the establishment of a regional maritime safety and security school in Sri Lanka as part of their shared desire to promote safety, security and sustainable development in the Indian Ocean.
This issue was taken up at the inaugural bilateral consultations between Sri Lanka and France at a senior official level recently in Colombo. The consultations were part of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and France which took place on 27 October 1948, according to a joint communique issued following the meeting.
The Khaama Press | 30th October
The European Union’s representation in Afghanistan has pledged 15 million euros to assist returning migrants, underscoring their commitment to aiding individuals undertaking the arduous journey back to their homeland.
This representation, through the social media platform X, has stated that the European Union’s assistance will be channelled through the International Organization for Migration (IOM). This collaborative approach ensures that the EU’s contributions are efficiently and effectively distributed to those in need, underlining the commitment to addressing migration challenges in a coordinated manner.
TOLO News | 28th October
The Islamic Emirate said that currently 17 Chargé d’Affaires of the current Afghan government are present in Afghan embassies in foreign countries.
The Islamic Emirate’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, told TOLOnews that in addition to the ambassadors of previous governments, the Islamic Emirate has also sent new ambassadors to a number of nations, and these ambassadors are currently in contact with the foreign ministry of the current Afghan government.
“We kept active our embassies in many countries. These embassies are in sixteen or seventeen countries and provide consular services.
Prothom Alo | 31st October
The United States will take action to support democracy in Bangladesh if necessary, US state department spokesperson Matthew Millar said on Monday.
Matthew Millar made the remark while replying to a question on Bangladesh in the regular press briefing of the state department.
During the briefing, a journalist said, “We have seen your statement over the weekend about attacks on opposition grand rally and violence in Bangladesh.
Dhaka Tribune | 30th October
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said human rights are being violated constantly in Palestine.
She strongly condemned Israel’s brutal attack on the Palestinian people.
“It (such brutality of Israel) must be stopped. We do not want this murder and war,” she said.
The prime minister took part in a general discussion on a proposal condemning Israeli attack on innocent Palestine people.
Bangladesh Post | 30th October
Diplomatic missions in Dhaka on Monday expressed their deep concern over the violence during political programmes called by BNP and Jamaat in the capital and elsewhere in Bangladesh.
In a joint statement, they also urged all the stakeholders to exercise ‘restraint, eschew violence and work together’ for free, fair, participatory, and peaceful elections.
Kuensel | 31st October
Three benchmark glaciers, Gangjula, Thana, and Shodug, are witnessing glacial water loss in billion annually, a recent National Centre for Hydrology and Meteorology (NCHM) study showed.
The glaciers fall in the clean type glaciers.
Principal Hydrology and Meteorology Officer at NCHM, Sonam Lhamo, presenting on “From the Cryosphere to the Biosphere: Climate Risks and Vulnerability in Bhutan,” said that glaciers in Bhutan lies in eastern part of Himalayas—more common and sensitive to climate change.
Business Bhutan | 30th October
During the 51st Meet the Press on 27th October 2023 Health Minister, Lyonpo Dechen Wangmo, shared that attrition is not only a concern of the ministry but a national concern. Nonetheless, the Minister said that the Ministry of Health (MoH) has come up with several strategies to ensure that service delivery is not affected. The Minister further informed that the current attrition in the health ministry hovers between 7-8%, with a significantly higher attrition rate of 12% at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH), Thimphu.
The Edition | 30th October
The tourist arrivals to the Maldives on a year-to-date basis has reached over 1.5 million as of October 28, 2023.
According to the Ministry of Tourism, total tourist arrivals by the review date reached 1,505,366 which is a 13.6 percent annual increase from the same period in 2022.
In 2022, tourist arrivals stood at 1,327,962 for the same corresponding period.
Sun | 31st October
Finance Ministry has submitted a proposed state budget of MVR 49.5 billion for the next year to the Parliament for approval.
Finance Ministry states that it submitted the budget, along with details required under the Public Finance Act, on Monday.
The ministry said it will share additional information, along with the budget statement, with the Parliament, as well as the press and the general public.
The Irrawaddy | 30th October
Fighting continues in Hseni Township, northern Shan State, with the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) trying to seize the key trade route to China.
Last Friday the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and MNDAA launched Operation 1027, seizing regime targets across northern Shan State and in neighboring Sagaing and Mandalay regions. Along with the Arakan Army in Rakhine State, the groups form the Brotherhood Alliance.
Myanmar Now | 1st November
The United States, Canada and Britain took aim Tuesday at sources of support to Myanmar’s military regime, building on earlier sanctions and targeting its ability to buy weapons.
The fresh restrictions come more than two years after a military coup that also launched a violent campaign against democracy activists.
The Himalayan Times | 31st October
US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken condemned the killing of 10 Nepali students in Israel by Hamas and extended condolences towards them.
Talking to media persons before holding bilateral meeting with Foreign Minister Narayan Prakash Saud on Monday, US Secretary of State Blinken said the attack in Israel by Hamas was a terrorist incident.
“I have to start, though, on a very difficult note, which is to share again our condolences for the 10 Nepali students who were murdered by Hamas in Israel. We feel their loss deeply”, he stated.
Kathmandu Post | 1st November
Visiting United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has reminded Nepali authorities that transitional justice is a complex process that will be considered successful only if it has victims at its heart.
Addressing a joint meeting of the federal parliament on Tuesday, the chief of the global multilateral organisation said the transitional justice process must be “inclusive [and] comprehensive with victims at its heart”.
Onlinekhabar | 31st October
The government and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Tuesday signed a concessional loan agreement for the implementation of Rural Connectivity Project-Additional Financing.
The agreement involves a loan amounting to USD 100 million, which is equivalent to around Rs 13 billion.
Finance Secretary Krishna Hari Pushkar and ADB Country Director for Nepal, Arnaud Cauchois, signed the agreement on behalf of their respective sides at the Ministry of Finance.