VIF Neighbourhood News Digest: September 23, 2020

SECP issues notices to eight officers over data leak: DAWN

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) on Tuesday issued show-cause notices to its eight officers and warning letters to two employees over the issue of leakage of data of family members of Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Information retired Gen Asim Bajwa. The show-cause notices were to be issued on Monday as per recommendations of the SECP’s commission at a meeting held on Sept 19, but a last-minute decision by the commission’s human resource (HR) department to get the notices vetted by the law department led to the delay by another day. Click here to read...

Afghans Will Suffer if Peace Fails: Khalilzad: TOLO News

Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad testified before the US House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on National Security about the Trump administration’s Afghanistan policy on Tuesday and said that the US will protect its interests in all circumstances in Afghanistan and that the Afghan people will suffer if there is no peace settlement. Asked if the Taliban will honor the US-Taliban agreement if US troops are leaving and cannot enforce it, Khalilzad said the reduction in US troops does not mean the US forces cannot carry out their mission. Click here to read...

Ministries warned about overpriced materials used in projects: Dhaka Tribune

The Cabinet Division has instructed ministries and their divisions to be careful in undertaking and clearing projects, in order to avoid the unusually high pricing of materials used in the projects. All ministers, senior secretaries and secretaries were issued the instruction through a circular on Monday. The development comes on the back of media reports revealing the exorbitant pricing of products or materials used in different government projects, sparking criticism from different quarters. Click here to read...

A missing border pillar in Humla creates row between Nepal and China: The Kathmandu Post

Nepal and China are engaged in a boundary row in Humla after the Chinese side allegedly built 11 buildings in a remote part of the district that Nepal claims as its own territory. With a border pillar missing since Nepal built a road in the area several years ago, China has now constructed some buildings. There was just a hut in the area in 2005, according to Dattaraj Hamal, assistant chief district officer of Humla who visited the disputed area recently. Click here to read...

Govt. to support local auto assembly with 30% locally made components: Daily Mirror

The Sri Lanka Automotive Component Manufacturers’ Association (SLACMA) says the government is actively seeking to promote automotive assembly with locally secured components, in order to boost the industry and create better job opportunities. “The government has offered this industry policy as an incentive to promote the use of at least 30 percent the original components from Sri Lankan manufacturers,” SLACMA President Dimantha Jayawardena said. Click here to read...

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