World Bank agrees to provide $ 600 million to Sri Lanka to address the economic crisis
Colombo Page | 26th April
The World Bank has agreed to provide US$ 600 million in financial assistance to address the current economic crisis, the President’s Media Division said.
The World Bank Country Manager Chiyo Kanda, says US$ 400 million will be released shortly under the first phase.
Ms. Chiyo Kanda made these remarks at a meeting between World Bank representatives and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President's House in Colombo, today (26).

PM for more links with India for mutual benefit
Bangladesh Post | 28th April
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said initiative has taken to resume various cross-border routes between Bangladesh and India that were stopped in 1965, stressing the need for enhancing connectivity between the two countries for mutual benefits
"We have to increase connectivity. If the connectivity between the countries is increased, India's North Eastern provinces - Assam and Tripura - can have access to Chattagram port," she said.

Maldives and India to constitute parliamentary friendship group
Sun | 28th April
The leaders of the parliaments of Maldives and India have discussed creating a ‘friendship group’ between the parliaments.
Speaker of People’s Majlis of Maldives, former President Mohamed Nasheed, who is in Delhi to attend the 7th Raisina Dialogue, paid a courtesy call of the Speaker of Lok Sabha of India, Om Birla on Wednesday.
At the meeting, the two leaders agreed that regular dialogue between the parliaments of the two countries would be helpful in effective functioning of democratic institutions.

SRI LANKA

Int’l humanitarian assistance, including medicine, for cash-strapped Lanka
The Island | 28th April
The ICRC has indicated its readiness to provide humanitarian assistance, based on Sri Lanka’s requirements. The Foreign Ministry, in a communique, said yesterday that the offer of assistance had been made when head of the ICRC Delegation in Sri Lanka Loukas Petridis paid a farewell call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, on 25 April, 2022, at the Ministry.

Prime Minister proposes immediately initiating bilateral discussions on an FTA with China
Colombo Page | 26th April
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has suggested to the Cabinet that bilateral talks with China on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) be resumed immediately.
Bilateral discussions between China and Sri Lanka on a Free Trade Agreement which began in 2014 have stalled since 2017 after six rounds of talks.
The Prime Minister has also recommended that a discussion and a negotiation committee consisting of relevant parties be appointed for this purpose.

President ready to form all-party government after cabinet, PM resign
Daily Mirror | 27th April
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has informed all party leaders in government including MPs who are independent in parliament that he is ready to form an all-party government.
The President in a letter said that he agrees in principle to form an all-party government representing all parties in Parliament as a solution to the crisis facing the country at this time.
 

PAKISTAN

KU attack: 'Attempts to undermine ironclad Sino-Pak ties won't succeed'
The Express Tribune | 27th April
A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson on Wednesday said that “ironclad friendship” between China and Pakistan was unbreakable and any attempt to undermine the bilateral cooperation, mutual trust and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would not succeed.
Wang Wenbin made these remarks during his regular briefing in response to questions about the Karachi University terrorist attack.

PM Orders ‘Comprehensive Strategy’ To Curb Terrorism
The Nation | 28th April
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Wednesday directed the authorities to review National Action Plan and formulate a comprehensive strategy in consultation with the provinces to curb terrorism and ensure security in the country.
Briefing media about the decisions taken by the Federal Cabinet, which met in Islamabad on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in the chair, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said these instructions have been given to the Interior Ministry.

IMF, Pakistan technical-level talks begin
Dawn | 28th April
Minister of State for Finance Aisha Ghaus Pasha said on Wednesday that Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have started their technical level talks for an enhanced financial package from the fund.
In Dubai, a senior IMF officials told journalists that the fund has urged Pakistan to bring its current account deficit under control as the country’s new government seeks an increase in the size and duration of the current programme.
 

AFGHANISTAN

Afghan, Qatari FMs Meet in Doha, Discussing Economic & Political Issues
The Khaama Press | 25th April
Afghanistan’s Foreign Ministry announced that the Afghan delegation led by acting Foreign Minister Amri Khan Muttaqi met with Qatar’s Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammad Bin Abdurrahman Al-Thani in Doha on Sunday.
Spokesperson of the Ministry Abdul Qahar Balkhi in a series of Twitter posts said both sides discussed Afghanistan’s economic and political situation including the issue of Afghan airports.

UN Chief Warns Absence of Liquidity in Afghan Economy Can Have “Devastated Consequences”
Afghanistan Times | 27th April
The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned that the absence of liquidity in the Afghan economy could have “devastating consequences” for the people of Afghanistan. The UN chief made the remarks at a press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.  
“In the absence of cash, in the absence of liquidity in the economy of Afghanistan, the collapse of the economy can have devastating consequences for the people of Afghanistan.

Afghan Coal Exports Increased by 16%
TOLO News | 26th April
The export of Afghan coal has increased by 16% compared to the same period of the previous year, said the Ministry of Finance.
Afghanistan has exported over 1.8 million tons of coal abroad, according to the Ministry of Finance. Most of the coal was exported to Pakistan.
“The majority of our exportation is to Pakistan. Some traders export the coal from Pakistan to other countries,” said Ahmad Wali Haqmal, a spokesman for the Ministry of Finance.
 

BANGLADESH

Cabinet: Cholera situation in Dhaka worst in last two decades
Dhaka Tribune | 28th April
The government is worried about the recent spike in cholera cases across the country as this disease is not very familiar in a developing country like Bangladesh.
The cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina discussed the issue intensively on Thursday. 
Seeking anonymity, a minister who was in the meeting told Dhaka Tribune that the recent spike in cholera was a matter of disgrace for the countrymen.  

UN wants to deploy more peacekeepers from Bangladesh
Prothom Alo | 27th April
United Nations officials have expressed interest in deploying more peacekeepers from Bangladesh in bilateral meetings with Chief of Army Staff General S M Shafiuddin Ahmed at UN Headquarters (UNHQs) in New York.
The Bangladesh army chief had meetings with senior officials of the UN on various issues of mutual interest, including peacekeeping operations during his visit to UNHQ on 25 and 26 April, according to a message received here on Wednesday.
 

BHUTAN

India’s External Affairs Minister to visit Bhutan tomorrow
Kuensel | 28th April
India’s External Affairs Minister, Dr S Jaishankar, will be on a two-day official visit to Bhutan from April 29 to 30.
The minister is visiting the country at the invitation of Bhutan’s Foreign Minister, Dr Tandi Dorji.
The press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the senior officials from India’s Ministry of External Affairs would be accompanying the minister, who also visited Bhutan in June 2019.

Govt. discusses trade issues with three state govts. of India
Business Bhutan | 27th April
Optimistic that the relaxations of COVID-19 restrictions will ensure the smooth functioning of businesses and enhance industrial exports, Economic Affairs Minister Loknath Sharma said issues confronted at the border areas are being discussed with the counterparts in India.
“The economic affairs ministry is taking such matters with the state governments of Assam, Meghalaya, and West Bengal,” the minister said, adding that the issues are more on the ground and there are no one-time fixes to the problems.
 

MALDIVES

Japan extends aid to Maldives Coast Guard
The Edition | 28th April
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) through a grant facilitated by the government of Japan has donated several equipment to the Maldives Coast Guard.
The equipment were handed over during a special ceremony held on Wednesday afternoon at the site of Hulhumale' Coast Guard operations.
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Maldives and China sign Certificate of Assistance for Foreign Ministry
Raajje | 28th April
Maldives and China signed the Certificate of Assistance for the Maldives Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Certificate of Assistance was signed during a ceremony held the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday.
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ahmed Khaleel signed the Certificate on behalf of the Maldives and the Ambassador of China to the Maldives, Wang Lixin signed on behalf of the People’s Republic of China.
 

MYANMAR

Myanmar Junta Officially Endorses Militias to Attack Anti-Regime Civilians
The Irrawaddy | 28th April
Myanmar’s regime has officially endorsed pro-junta militias that are increasingly targeting civilians who oppose military rule.
Junta spokesman Major General Zaw Min Tun told the regime-controlled media in Naypyitaw on Wednesday that the regime was implementing a “public security system” and will strengthen them to eliminate “terrorist” forces.

Junta convicts Aung San Suu Kyi of accepting bribes from former Yangon chief minister
Myanmar Now | 27th April
Myanmar’s detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi was handed a five-year prison sentence on Wednesday for supposedly receiving bribes of cash and gold from Yangon’s former chief minister. 
It is the sixth charge for which the National League for Democracy (NLD) leader has been sentenced by the court in Naypyitaw since December, bringing her total sentence so far to 11 years.
 

NEPAL

Nepal's GDP projected to grow at 5.84pc
The Himalayan Times | 28th April
The Central Bureau of Statistics has projected the country's economic growth to be 5.84 per cent at consumer price in the current fiscal year based on the available economic data.The CBS projection unveiled today in its preliminary report is 1.16 percentage points lower than the government's targeted growth rate of seven per cent. However, it is still higher than the growth projection for the current fiscal year made by the Asian Development Bank (3.9 per cent) and the World Bank (3.7 per cent). The International Monetary Fund had projected Nepal's economy would grow by 4.1 per cent in 2022.

Hundreds of children sick after receiving typhoid shots freshly rolled out by ministry
The Kathmandu Post | 29th April
Hundreds of children throughout the country are suffering from the side effects of the government-administered typhoid vaccine with at least one child developing serious neurological problems. Doctors have yet to confirm if the vaccine was responsible for the neurological problems.
Hospitals providing treatment throughout the country have reported that the number of children seeking care after receiving the typhoid vaccine is large, officials at the Ministry of Health and Population said.

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