VIF Neighbourhood News Digest: September 29, 2020

'Friends not masters': FM Qureshi assures Afghanistan of complete support for peace process: DAWN

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday assured Afghanistan of Pakistan's complete support for the Afghan peace process, stating that Islamabad wanted to be "friends not masters". The foreign minister was speaking at a conference at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad alongside the chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation Dr Abdullah Abdullah. The Afghan leader is currently in the capital on a three-day official visit. Click here to read...

Blast in Daikundi Kills 14 Civilians: Interior Ministry: TOLO News

At least 14 civilians were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in Kijran district in the central province of Daikundi on Tuesday morning, according to a statement by the Interior Affairs Ministry. The bomb targeted a bus carrying civilians in Dasht-e-Sulaiman village, said Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior Affairs. He said that seven women, five children and two men were among those killed in the blast. Click here to read...

Flood situation deteriorates in Ganges, Brahmaputra basins: Dhaka Tribune

The overall flood situation in the Ganges and Brahmaputra basins have deteriorated further with inundation of fresh low-lying areas and standing crops in the Brahmaputra basin during the last 24 hours. Of the 16 river points both in Ganges and Brahmaputra Basins, being monitored in many districts under Rajshahi division regularly, water levels increased at 15 points, while declined at one point. Click here to read...

Harsh laws are prepared but not always implemented effectively, past records show: The Kathmandu Post

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli met survivors of acid attacks and activists demanding harsher penalties against perpetrators twice this month within a span of 10 days. Soon, words were out from the Prime Minister’s Office that laws to discourage such attacks would be formulated. President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Monday authenticated three ordinances—Acid and Other Fatal Chemicals (Regulation) Ordinance 2020, Ordinance to Revise some provisions in Criminal Codes and Criminal Procedure, and Nepal Police and Provincial Police (Operation, Coordination and Supervision) Act. All of them are related to deter acid attacks. Click here to read...

Cabinet approves proposal to ban cattle slaughter: Daily Mirror

The Cabinet has given approval for the proposal to ban cattle slaughter in the country, Cabinet Spokesman and Mass Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said. He said that and legalising the decision would be continued in due course. He said the approval was given to amend the two already existing Ordinances relating cattle slaughter. Click here to read...

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