VIF Neighbourhood News Digest: May 1, 2019
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PAKISTAN
China may lift its hold leading to ban on JeM chief: Dawn
May 1, 2019

China on Tuesday hinted at ‘progress’ on designation of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar by the United Nations’ 1267 Sanctions Committee, as the United States called for resolving the contentious matter. Senior Pakistani officials disclosed to Dawn that China could lift its technical hold leading to Azhar’s designation, while developments in this regard are likely to be shared by the Foreign Office with the media at a special briefing scheduled for Wednesday (today). Click here to read...

AFGHANISTAN
Peace Jirga’s Admin Board Completed Despite Rifts: Tolo News
May 1, 2019

The administrative board of the Grand Consultative Jirga on Peace was completed after all its members – five deputies and five secretaries – were elected by the delegates at the end of the second day of the gathering, sources confirmed. Almost 3,200 delegates from around the country have gathered in the Jirga to decide on the future of the peace process in Afghanistan. The election of the Jirga's administrative board was supposed to be completed on the first day, but it was reportedly delayed due to rifts on some members of the board. Four women are included in the 10-member administrative board which is headed by former Jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf. Click here to read...

NEPAL
Social security scheme, after being launched with a pomp, receives lukewarm response: Kathmandu Post
May 1, 2019

Employers have shown little interest in joining the Contribution Based Social Security Scheme, which was hailed as a landmark scheme for the welfare of private sector workers when it was launched in November last year. The launching of the scheme had seen massive promotions from the government, which claimed the scheme as the beginning of a new era in the country. Rallies led by workers and their unions were taken out in various parts of the country and promotional banners and posters were plastered all across the Capital. Click here to read...

CHINA
Beijing, Vientiane ink action plan for BRI works: China Daily
May 1, 2019

President Xi Jinping called for a new era of China-Laos relations as he inked an action plan to jointly build a community with a shared future with his Laotian counterpart Bounnhang Vorachit on Tuesday in Beijing. Click here to read...

Patriotism the cement uniting nation, Xi says: China Daily
May 1, 2019

President Xi Jinping called on the country's youth to uphold Marxism beliefs, follow the Party's leadership and devote themselves to the nation and the people. Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks on Tuesday at a gathering to mark the centenary of the May Fourth Movement at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Click here to read...

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