VIF Neighbourhood News Digest: October 14, 2020

Pakistan re-elected to UN rights body with overwhelming majority: DAWN

Pakistan was re-elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) on Tuesday with an overwhelming majority, securing 169 votes in the 193-member UN General Assembly. Among the five candidates from the Asia-Pacific region vying for four seats, Pakistan secured the highest number of votes. Click here to read...

2 Afghan Military Helicopters Collide and Crash in Helmand: TOLO News

At least 15 people were killed after two Afghan air force helicopters collided in Nawa district of southern Helmand on Tuesday night, security sources said. The incident happened after the helicopters had dropped commandos off and were carrying wounded security forces, the source said. Another source said that eight people were killed in the incident. The Ministry of Defense has not commented on the incident.Click here to read...

GPH Ispat to export MS billet to China: Dhaka Tribune

GPH Ispat Limited, a publicly traded company has decided to enter into a contract for export of 25,000 metric tons MS billet to China, it is the first bulk cargo billet export from Bangladesh. The company signed a contract with a Chinese company to export 25,000 tons billet worth $10,175,000, the company said through a web posting on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) on Tuesday. Click here to read...

Nepal still tepid about reopening for foreign tourists as virus cases continue to rise: The Kathmandu Post

Confusion continues to reign over the reopening of the country for tourists. The latest decision is to allow foreign tourists only from mid-November, which supersedes the government’s earlier decision to allow tourists in mid-October. With an uncontrollable rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the last few weeks, the sector is doubtful if mid-November is a realistic target. Click here to read...

Govt. to set up Expressway Investment Company: Daily Mirror

The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a proposal to set up an Expressway Investment Company, a fully state-owned entity under the Treasury to own and self-finance the ongoing and future expressway projects with revenues generated from toll collections and possible revenue streams by leasing valuable land parcels surrounding the highways.Click here to read...

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