Dhaka Tribune | 25th October
Bangladesh and the United States have expressed their interest to deepen their bilateral relations in addressing the defining challenges of climate change. This was expressed at a meeting between Special Envoy to Prime Minister of Bangladesh for Climate Change Saber Hossain Chowdhury, MP and the US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry held on Tuesday afternoon at the latter’s office at the US
Department of State.
The Khaama Press | 25th October
Richard Bennett, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan on Tuesday, presented a report on the situation in Afghanistan to the United Nations General Assembly. The report said that Afghanistan is currently confronted with a multitude of pressing challenges which encompass a worsening human rights landscape due to the repressive policies of the Taliban, a pervasive culture of impunity, an ongoing humanitarian..
Dawn | 25th October
Pakistan International Airlines is on the verge of a shutdown as it has cancelled over 300 flights in the past 10 days due to the unavailability of fuel and financial crisis, a national carrier’s spokesman has
confirmed. The airline is facing arguably its worst crisis in history as Pakistan State
Oil (PSO) has cut the fuel supply over unpaid dues. The move forced the airline to cancel 322 flights, including 134 on international routes, since Oct 14. On Tuesday, 51 flights, including 27 on domestic routes, were cancelled, as per the spokesman.
The News | 24th October
Pakistan on Tuesday conducted a successful “training launch of Ghauri Weapon System” which it had carried out to assess the “operational and technical readiness of Army Strategic Forces Command” (ASFC), shared the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement.
As per the military’s media wing, the ASFC commander, senior officers from the strategic forces, scientists and engineers of strategic organisations oversaw the launch.
The Nation | 25th October
Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Syed Asim Munir, NI(M), met with the Ambassador of Palestine to Pakistan, Ahmad Jawad Rabei, at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Tuesday.
According to the ISPR, the COAS expressed condolences on the loss of Palestinian lives in the ongoing war in Gaza. He expressed grave concern over the unabated violence and wilful and indiscriminate killing of innocent civilians by the Israeli defence forces in the war.
The Express Tribune | 25th October
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has agreed to begin talks from Nov 2 for the release of $710 million second loan tranche, as the government remains confident that it will successfully complete the programme review amid some external sector challenges.
A clarity on next general elections date can further strengthen the hands of the Ministry of Finance during the upcoming review talks for the July-September period of this fiscal year, although the IMF has not explicitly attached any such condition.
Colombo Page | 24th October
Mr. Sagala Ratnayaka, Senior Adviser on National Security to the President and Chief of the Presidential Staff, announced the forthcoming establishment of an ‘Anti-Narcotic Command’ to combat the influx of drugs from foreign nations into Sri Lanka.
This initiative will empower the country’s armed forces and the State Intelligence Service to collaborate with international intelligence agencies in conducting necessary operations.
Daily Mirror | 21st October
In accordance with the Constitution, the Presidential election is scheduled for next year, followed by the parliamentary election, President Ranil Wickremesinghe assured today despite reports that there will be Constitutional reforms instead.
“Both the Presidential election and the general elections will be held next year while the Provincial Council election will be held in early 2025,” the President said while addressing the UNP Convention in Colombo.
The Island | 25th October
The government has approved visa-free entry for visitors from Malaysia, Thailand, India, China, Japan, and Indonesia until March 31, 2024, Tourism Minister Harin Fernando announced yesterday (24)
Afghanistan Times | 23rd October
Herat province in western Afghanistan has once again been shaken by an earthquake, compounding the suffering of its residents already grappling with a series of significant tremors in recent weeks. The latest event, with a magnitude of 4.4, occurred during the early hours of Monday.
This marks the fifth major earthquake to hit the region since October 7 when a devastating 6.3-magnitude quake claimed over 1,500 lives and left more than 2,100 people injured. Subsequent major aftershocks on October 11, 13, and 15 have caused additional destruction and displaced over 100,000 individuals.
TOLO News | 25th October
The World Food Program reported more than $21 million in aid from the European Union to Afghanistan will be distributed to needy people in Afghanistan.
“The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Afghanistan welcomes a humanitarian aid contribution over US$21.6 million from the European Union. This contribution will help WFP reach a planned 21 million vulnerable, food-insecure people across the country.” report said.
Prothom Alo | 25th October
Bangladesh is going to get € 477 million as loan and grant as the country signed several agreements with European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Commission (EC) in Brussels.
Under three agreements signed among Bangladesh, EIB and EC, Bangladesh will get € 407 million as loan and grant to support renewable energy sector of Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Post | 23rd October
Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh IwamaKiminori has said Japan will continue to stand by the Rohingya refugees and work towards their voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable returns to Myanmar and also assist Bangladesh and the host community here.
“As the crisis is turning into its sixth year, it is essential to keep the attention of the global community, while multiple emergencies have been taking place in different parts of the world,” he said. The ambassador attended the inauguration ceremony of “The Project for improved shelters at Nayapara Refugee Camp” in Cox’s Bazar on Monday.
Kuensel | 26th October
The 25th round of boundary talks between Bhutan and China was held in Beijing on October 23 and 24.
Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade Dr Tandi Dorji led the Bhutanese delegation and Vice Foreign Minister of China Sun Weidong led the Chinese delegation.
According to a press release from the foreign ministry, the two sides held in-depth discussions on the boundary negotiations and noted the progress made through a series of Expert Group Meetings since the 24th round of boundary talks in 2016. The two leaders of the delegations commended the Expert Group for the work done and agreed to build on the positive momentum.
Daily Bhutan | 24th October
The event took place in the prestigious Raffles Hotel and saw an attendance of around 50 individuals hailing from the travel trade and media industry in Singapore. Some of the established local tour operators that were present include SoulTrips, EU Holidays, and Nam Ho. Notably, a group of proud Bhutanese entrepreneurs also joined the gathering to present their locally crafted products.
During the event, Director General Dorji Dhradhul addressed the audience, shedding light on Bhutan’s latest tourism policies. He highlighted a significant development, which involved reducing the Sustainable Development Fees from USD 200 per person per night to USD 100 per person per night.
Business Bhutan | 21st October
The Biological Corridor (BC) Nine Bill of Bhutan, 2023 was adopted by the National Assembly (NA) on Thursday after all the 41 members voted in favour of the Bill that was recommended for endorsement by the National Council (NC).
This comes after the Energy and Natural Resources minister, Loknath Sharma introduced the BC Nine Bill of Bhutan in the NC on October 5. While introducing the Bill, the minister said that the concern for the proposed biological corridor is that it will come as restriction to the people.
The Edition | 23rd October
Work on the new foreign investment bill, which requires foreign investors to attain a special license for the purpose, commences.
Preliminary reading of the bill was addressed at the parliament sitting on Monday, October 23.
The bill seeks to create policies on issuing permits for foreign investors, ensuring legal protection and preservation of these investors, underline the circumstances under which foreign investments can be acquired by the state, methods of providing compensation for such investments, and issuance of specific licenses for foreign contractors working in the Maldives.
Sun | 24th October
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has decided to donate two million cans of tuna to Palestine, as the humanitarian crisis in the country continues to escalate.
The decision was announced by Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid in a post on X on Tuesday.
“President @ibusolih has decided to send 2 million cans of tuna to our brothers and sisters in Palestine, in response to the grave need for humanitarian support at this time of crisis,” he said.
Shahid described the donation as a symbol of Maldives’ deepest solidarity with the people of Palestine.
Raajje | 22nd October
Russia continues to top the Maldives tourist arrival markets, as the tenth month of the year inches closer to its end.
This was revealed by the Ministry of Tourism in its latest daily statistics, publicized on Sunday.
As such, although India topped the tourist markets for Maldives halfway through the year, it was replaced by Russia recently.
The Irrawaddy | 24th October
China’s Ambassador to Myanmar, Chen Hai, has met the junta’s foreign minister, Than Swe, to discuss Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects.
Regime leader Min Aung Hlaing was not invited to the BRI’s 10th anniversary event last week in Beijing, despite heavy junta lobbying.
Chen proposed cooperation on “eight major steps” announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the BRI forum to enable both countries to prosper, according to the embassy’s Facebook page.
Myanmar Now | 23rd October
The junta will require a one-month mandatory military training course for hundreds of students from higher education institutions operating under the Ministry of Border Affairs amid major losses of Myanmar army soldiers in battles against the anti-coup resistance nationwide.
The affected universities and colleges are the University for the Development of the National Races located in Sagaing, and two degree colleges of Nationalities Youth Resource Development, located in Yangon’s Dagon Seikkan and in Ohn Taw in Sagaing.
The Himalayan Times | 20th October
The European Union has allocated €70 000 (over Rs 9.8 million) in response to the earthquake that hit the western part of Nepal earlier this month.
This EU funding will help reconstitute the stocks that the Nepalese Red Cross Society used during its emergency response which targeted 7,500 people in the worst-hit localities in Sudurpaschim Province, the epicentre of the quake.
Namely, the funding will help to supply new shelter and household items, including tarpaulins, blankets and mattresses as preventive measures of other disasters.
The Kathmandu Post | 21st October
China has in recent months stepped up its engagement across several fronts in Nepal. It is sending several high-profile leaders and officials to Nepal in order to engage with different state entities while it is also inviting Nepali leaders, top officials and civil society members, among others, to China. One of its goals is to build support for various programmes launched by President Xi Jinping.
Onlinekhabar | 20th October
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is visiting Nepal from October 29 to November 1.
A meeting of the Council of Ministers on Thursday approved the formal visit of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said Minister for Communications and Information Technology Rekha Sharma.
Likewise, the cabinet meeting also approved the US visit of Foreign Affairs Minister NP Saud from October 25 to November 2.