VIF Neighbourhood News Digest: July 22, 2020

Journalist released after outcry over abduction: DAWN

Senior journalist Matiullah Jan was released in the late hours of Tuesday after a widespread outcry over his abduction by nearly half a dozen plainclothes and uniformed men from outside a government school in broad daylight in the federal capital. The ‘forced abduction’, which was caught on CCTV cameras, not only enraged journalist community and rights organisations but also triggered serious security concerns among legal fraternity, political parties and diplomatic circles. Click here to read....

Teen Girl Kills 2 Taliban in Ghor, Under Police Protection: TOLO News

Qamar Gul, a 15-year-old, shot and killed two Taliban fighters after they dragged her parents from their home and killed them for allegedly supporting the government in the western province of Ghor, said local officials on Wednesday. The incident happened on July 16. Qamar Gul said that the Taliban killed her father and mother in front of her and her brother in Taywarah district of the province and she decided to “avenge her family.” Click here to read....

415 more Bangladeshi nationals returned home from KSA: Dhaka Tribune

A special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines has brought back 415 Bangladeshi nationals from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Biman spokesperson Tahera Khondoker confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune on Wednesday. The returnees had been stranded in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) due to travel restrictions imposed by the Saudi authorities to contain the spread of Covid-19 infection. Click here to read....

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to contest November general elections: Business

Myanmar's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will be a candidate in this November's general election, a spokesman for her National League for Democracy party said on Tuesday. NLD spokesman Zaw Myint Maung announced after a meeting of the party's Central Executive Committee that Suu Kyi and President Win Myint will run in the November 8 polls. Click here to read....

Government decides to lift the four-month-long coronavirus lockdown, but with conditions: The Kathmandu Post

The government has announced an end of the nationwide lockdown that it had imposed starting March 24 to contain the spread of Covid-19. Minister for Finance and Communication Yubaraj Khatiwada, who is also the government spokesperson, told a press briefing that Monday's Cabinet meeting had decided to lift the lockdown effective from Tuesday midnight with a few restrictions such as a ban on large gatherings still in place. The government had imposed the nationwide lockdown in March, after two cases of Covid-19 were reported in the country. Click here to read....

STF had provided security to rogue narcotic racketeers: Daily Mirror

Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris making submissions yesterday before the Colombo Chief Magistrate Ms. Lanka Jayaratne, stated that information had been received that some members of the police STF had provided armed security to the suspected narcotic officials involved in the drug trafficking case, and to take necessary court action in that regard. Click here to read....

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