VIF Neighborhood News Digest: November 21, 2019
Shahbaz resigns as public accounts committee chief: Dawn

November 21, 2019
National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser has convened a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Nov 28 for the election of its new chairman, a position that fell vacant after resignation by Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif. In his resignation, which he submitted on Nov 18, a day before his departure to London with former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president nominated party MNA from Sheikhupura Rana Tanvir Hussain as his replacement. Click here to read...

Wahid Muzhda, Political Analyst, Assassinated In Kabul: Tolo

November 21, 2019
Wahid Muzhda, an Afghan political analyst, was assassinated Wednesday in Kabul when at least one unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle attacked him in the PD7 area close to the Russian embassy, the Ministry of Interior confirmed. Nasrat Rahimi, the ministry spokesman, said the incident occurred around 5:00 pm while Muzhda was going to the mosque. The reason for his death is not clear, and police are investigating the incident, Rahimi added. According to Rahimi, the attackers fled the area after assassinating Muzhda. Muzhda was a poet and writer, and worked in the Foreign Ministry during the Taliban's regime and was a member of the Gulbuddin Hekmatyar Party.Click here to read...

PM pays homage to Armed Forces martyrs: Dhaka Tribune

November 21, 2019
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has paid glowing tributes to the martyred members of Bangladesh Armed Forces on the occasion of the Armed Forces Day 2019. The prime minister paid the homage by placing a wreath at the Shikha Anirban (flame eternal) in Dhaka Cantonment on Thursday morning. After laying the wreath, she stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the armed forces martyrs, who made supreme sacrifices during the War of Liberation, reports BSS.Click here to read...

Govt negotiators meet with armed groups in Chiang Mai: Myanmar Times

November 21, 2019
Members of the government’s Peace Commission met on Wednesday with the leaders of the 10 ethnic armed groups that have signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It was the first meeting since representatives of the powerful Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) failed to attend last month’s celebration of the NCA’s fourth anniversary, allegedly because they were blocked en route by the Tatmadaw (military). At Wednesday’s meeting, Colonel Sai Ngan, general secretary of the RCSS, said it is important to hold a Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting (JICM) as soon as possibleClick here to read...

Choose opposition leader through democratic means: Patali: Daily Mirror

November 21, 2019
Former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka who supported presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa said that the UNP parliamentary group should be given the chance to select the opposition leader of parliament through a ballot. Mr. Ranawaka told Daily Mirror that the MPs should be given the opportunity to select the opposition leader through democratic means. He said the government should step down forthwith. Click here to read...

After meeting with the President, Oli reshuffles Cabinet: The Kathmandu Post

November 21, 2019
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli reshuffled his Cabinet late Wednesday, removing six ministers and three state ministers, and inducting new faces to replace them. The Cabinet reshuffle, which was expected earlier in the afternoon, was delayed after Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal, both co-chairs of the ruling Nepal Communist Party, held an hours-long meeting with President Bidya Devi Bhandari. Ghanshyam Bhusal, Hridayesh Tripathi, Basanta Kumar Nembang, Lekh Raj Bhatta, Rameshwor Raya Yadav and Parbat Gurung have been inducted into the Cabinet. Oli removed all state ministers to bring in Motilal Dugad, Nawaraj Rawat and Rambir Manandhar. Click here to read...

REC ready to train teachers on continuous formative assessment: Kuenselonline

November 21, 2019
Royal Education Council will train 180 primary teachers on continuous formative assessment this winter. This is in preparation to do away with examinations for classes PP to III from the 2020 academic session. The education conference last December resolved to do away with the examinations. The educationists at the conference also decided that teachers would be given professional development training for formative assessment. REC director Kinga Dakpa said that the budget is approved and the training package is ready. Click here to read...

Ambassador raises concerns about UK's Hong Kong comments: China Daily

November 21, 2019
Liu Xiaoming, China's ambassador to the United Kingdom has expressed grave concerns and registered his strong opposition to the British government's recent remarks about Hong Kong in a meeting with Dominic Raab, Britain's foreign secretary, on Monday. Click here to read...

Hong Kong human rights bill clears US Congress, is sent to Donald Trump to sign into law: South China Morning Post

November 21, 2019
The US House of Representatives on Wednesday approved the Senate’s version of legislation that could pave the way for diplomatic action and economic sanctions against Hong Kong, moving the bill to US President Donald Trump. Click here to read...

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