VIF Neighborhood News Digest: November 11, 2019
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PAKISTAN
Pakistan condemns restrictions on Eid Milad-un-Nabi congregations in occupied Kashmir: Dawn
November 11, 2019

The Foreign Office (FO) on Sunday condemned the restrictions imposed by Indian authorities on congregations in occupied Kashmir on Eid Milad-un-Nabi. "All roads leading to the Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar and other holy shrines and mosques in India- occupied Jammu and Kashmir were sealed by the Indian occupation forces to stop any processions on this auspicious occasion, which is traditionally observed by Kashmiris with great fervour," read a statement issued by the FO. Click here to read...

AFGHANISTAN
Vote Recount Begins Despite Opposition by Campaigns: Tolo
November 11, 2019

The Independent Election Commission, or IEC, has started the vote recounting process in Kabul despite opposition by major election campaign teams who demand the sorting out of “fraudulent votes” ahead of any further move. The votes of 8,494 polling stations, out of a total of 26,000, will be recounted, according to the head of the IEC secretariat, Habib-Ur-Rahman Nang. Vote recounting in other provinces will begin on Monday, Nang said on Sunday. Click here to read...

BANGLADESH
Cyclone Bulbul kills 8 in Bangladesh: Dhaka Tribune
November 11, 2019

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has confirmed that eight people have been killed and at least 15 others injured due to the impact of cyclonic storm "Bulbul" in Bangladesh. The confirmation was announced in a statement released on Sunday evening. In Khulna, two people died in separate incidents after a tree fell over them during the storm in Dacope and Dighalia upazilas of the district. Two others were also injured. Click here to read...

MYANMAR
Myanmar urges ASEAN to boost war on poverty: Myanmar Times
November 11, 2019

U Aung Thu, minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, urged the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to intensify cooperation in rural development and poverty reduction. “As total poverty eradication is essential for the sustainable development of a nation, I urge all ASEAN members to cooperate in lifting its citizens out of poverty,” he told ministers during a meeting in Nay Pyi Taw. He attributed the current success of the 10-member group in reducing poverty to exchanging experiences and finding new approaches in efforts to fight the problem. Click here to read...

SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka President Pardons Man Who Smashed Swedish Teen's Skull Into 64 Pieces, Sparks Outrage: NDTV
November 11, 2019

Sri Lanka's president has pardoned a death-row prisoner who murdered a Swedish teenager just a week before he leaves office, officials said Sunday, in a move that sparked national outrage. Convicted killer Jude Jayamaha, from a wealthy, high-profile family, walked out of Welikada prison Saturday following the highly unusual amnesty granted by President Maithripala Sirisena. Sirisena, who is stepping down after Saturday's presidential election at which he is not a candidate, announced last month he was considering a request to grant Jayamaha a pardon. Click here to read...

NEPAL
Nepal hopes to resolve Kalapani dispute through a meeting of the foreign secretaries: The Kathmandu Post
November 11, 2019

In the wake of an uproar caused by the release of a new political map by India, Nepal hopes to iron out border differences through a foreign secretary-level meeting. As pressure mounts on the KP Sharma Oli administration to address India’s inclusion of Kalapani, which Nepal claims as its own, within Indian borders, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has requested India’s Ministry of External Affairs to schedule a meeting of the foreign secretaries to initiate talks. Click here to read...

BHUTAN
Light at the end of hydropower tunnel: Kuenselonline
November 11, 2019

After considerable hiccups, controversies and surprises, hydropower projects in the country are envisaging a light at the end of the tunnel. The hydropower cooperation between Bhutan and India has resulted in fruition of four hydropower plants and a power generation of more than 2,100MW. “While the two countries have explored various areas of cooperation including science and technology and fintech, hydropower will remain an important part of Indo-Bhutan story,” said Indian Ambassador to Bhutan, Ruchira Kamboj. Click here to read...

CHINA
Chinese president's signed article lauded by Greeks: Xinhuanet
November 11, 2019

Chinese President Xi Jinping's signed article on Greek newspaper Kathimerini (The Daily) has been widely applauded by people from various circles of the country. They said that both countries are ancient civilizations, and Xi's visit will inject new vitality into and write a new chapter for China-Greece relations. Click here to read...

Xi requires all-round progress in military development at primary level: People's Daily
November 11, 2019

Chinese President Xi Jinping has stressed efforts to promote all-round progress in developing the military at the primary level. Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), made the requirement while attending a CMC meeting held in Beijing from Nov. 8 to 10 Click here to read...

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