Highlights from the local media of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
January 7th, 2016 | Volume: 2 - 4 /1
ISIS not a significant force in Afghanistan, CEO Abdullah says
Khaama Press | 6th January
Amid concerns that the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group are gaining foothold in Afghanistan, the Chief Executive Officer, Abdullah Abdullah has said the presence of the loyalists of the terror is not a significant force.
Situation in Afghanistan Remains Challenging: US
Daily Outlook Afghanistan | 7th January
The situation in Afghanistan remains challenging and the best way to ensure security in the war-torn country is through an Afghan-led peace process, the US has said, hours after an American soldier was killed and two others wounded in Helmand province bordering Pakistan.
PM Hasina praises teachers, glorifies their role
The Independent| 6th January
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said showered praises on teachers saying that their dignity is above everything as there is no way to compare teachers with others.
Export to US up 16.79pc in July-Nov
The Financial Express| 6th January
Export earnings from the USA, the largest export destination for Bangladesh products, witnessed a robust 16.79 per cent growth during the first five months (July-November) of the current fiscal (2015-2016), mostly due to the RMG sector's good performance.
World Bank global report forecasts 6.7 percent GDP growth for Bangladesh in 2015-16
Bdnews24| 7th January
The World Bank has forecast that Bangladesh's gross domestic product will grow by 6.7 percent in the current 2015-16 fiscal year. It credits increases in infrastructure spending and the hike in wages in the public sector for the acceleration in growth.
Bhutan escapes with minor damages
KUENSEL | 6th January
The 6.7 magnitude earthquake on January 4 had affected 248 structures in the country with most damages reported in the eastern dzongkhags, as they are closer to the epicentre in Manipur, India.
Bhutan role model for world: Johannes Binder KUENSEL | 6th January
Bhutan has vast potential to serve as a role model for the world in diverse fields such as sustainable tourism and alternative energy in the region, according to the new Resident Representative (RR) of Austria to Bhutan Johannes Binder.
Maldives chief prosecutor linked to graft laden banquet deal
Haaveru Online| 5th January
Chief prosecutor has links to the corruption laden state banquet deal which was hosted by the president to mark the fiftieth anniversary of independence, Haveeru has found. Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) had sought abuse of power charges against Mohamed Hussain Shareef, a former minister at the President's Office over the awarding of the contract to Newport, a posh cafe in capital Male which is relatively new to the catering business, for about MVR3.8 million.
Maldives seeks new criminal, civil judges
Haaveru Online| 6th January
Judicial watchdog opened applications Wednesday for the bench of the Criminal Court and the Civil Court. In an announcement, Judicial Service Commission (JSC) said applications are open for two vacant posts at each of the courts.
Suu Kyi's victorious party to join parliament on February 1
AFP / Mizzima | 6th January
Members of Aung San Suu Kyi's victorious pro-democracy party will take their seats in parliament on February 1, Myanmar's speaker said Wednesday, beginning a new era for a nation under army rule for decades. Suu Kyi led her National League for Democracy to a big majority in landmark elections in November, crowning the struggle against almost half a century of military rule.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli to start foreign visit from India
Himalayan News Service / The Himalayan Times | 7th January
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli will go to India before China in his maiden foreign visit. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kamal Thapa today confirmed PM Oli would kick off his foreign trips from India, soon.
Nepal-India meeting on Pancheshwor put off Rastriya Samachar Samiti / The Himalayan Times | 6th January
The Nepal-India joint meeting of Energy Secretaries, slated to take place on Thursday to hold discussions on the Pancheshwor Development Authority, has been put off citing lack of preparation. The next meeting on this multipurpose joint undertaking of Nepal and India is likely to be held in the last week of January or in the first week of February, added Sharma.
Nawaz assures support after Modi's call for action
The Nation | 6th January
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif currently in Sri Lanka on an official visit approached his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and assured him all-out cooperation in hunting down the perpetrators of Pathankot airbase attack, hours after their national security advisers spoke to each other.
Espionage tussle: Pakistan expels Bangladesh diplomat
The Nation | 6th January
Pakistani government has asked Bangladesh to withdraw one of its diplomats from Islamabad, Dhaka said Wednesday, in apparent retaliation after the expulsion of a Pakistani envoy who allegedly funded a suspected extremist on trial for espionage.
Army stresses ‘zero tolerance' for terrorist groups
DAWN | 7th January
Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif has praised security forces and intelligence agencies for their achievements in operations against terrorist groups in urban areas and stressed "zero tolerance" for such outfits.
Evidence against Asif Zardari disappears
Pakistan Observer | 7th January
Key evidence against former president Asif Ali Zardari in assets reference case has disappeared, increasing the likelihood of his acquittal in the case.
Sri Lanka says no fighter jets deal with Pakistan
Colombo Page | 7th January
The Sri Lankan government has denied reports that it has signed an agreement with Pakistan to purchase eight JF-17 Thunder aircraft despite Indian pressure.
IMF Executive Director meets Sri Lanka Finance Minister
Colombo Page | 6th January
Executive Director of International Monetary Fund (IMF) Dr. Subir Gokarn met Sri Lankan Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake at the Finance Ministry premises. Dr. Gokarn speaking on the occasion said currently he is observing economic activities in the Asian region and he selected Sri Lanka as the first stop of his observation tour.
Security forces on alert for IS groups in Sri Lanka
Colombo Gazette | 6th January
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) says the security forces are on full alert to identify if there are Islamic State (IS) terrorist members operating in Sri Lanka.