VIF Neighbourhood News Digest: October 22, 2020

PAKISTAN
NCOC warns of shutting down services, again: DAWN

With no let-up in the number of Covid-19 cases, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Wednesday warned that if people continued to flout health guidelines, it would have no choice but to order closure of services again. Click here to read...

AFGHANISTAN
Fraud, Waste and Abuse Cost US $19B in Afghanistan: SIGAR: TOLO News

Nearly $19 billion of US money was lost in more than a decade of war in Afghanistan to fraud, waste and abuse, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction's (SIGAR) said in a new report. As of Dec 2019, the US Congress appropriated nearly $134 billion since Fiscal Year 2002 for Afghanistan reconstruction. Of that amount, SIGAR reviewed approx. $63 billion and found that nearly $19 billion of amount reviewed was lost to waste, fraud, and abuse, the report said. Click here to read...

BANGLADESH
Conspiracies fuelling the cargo vessel strike?: Dhaka Tribune

Despite government initiatives to normalize the ongoing countrywide cargo vessel strike, workers and owners' association leaders representing the sector are reluctant to go for a compromise, thus hindering efforts for a solution. Click here to read...

NEPAL
Contact tracing was never effective. Government decision on tests and treatment has made it even more difficult: The Kathmandu Post

On Wednesday, Janardan Adhikari, a health coordinator at Tarakeshwor Municipality, did not receive any call from people infected with the coronavirus or those who had come in close contact with the Covid-19 infected. With the government deciding not to pay for Covid-19 tests and treatment for the general public, except for those who are poor, single women, disabled, elderly people above 70 years, frontline health workers and security personnel and cleaning staff, people infected with the virus or those who came in close contact with them have stopped contacting health workers for tests or other related information. Click here to read...

SRI LANKA
Four-day curfew clamped on Gampaha district: Daily Mirror

A four-day quarantine curfew was clamped on the Gampaha District from last night upto 5 am on Monday, October 26 with Police warning that curfew laws will be strictly enforced. Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said public transport services would be allowed to operate through curfew imposed areas, but such vehicles will not be permitted to stop in these areas unless in an emergencyClick here to read...

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