Ananta Aspen Centre is pleased to launch a new initiative from 1st September, 2015 — a daily newsletter focusing on major developments and perspectives from the local media of Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Our sincere effort is to keep you informed and updated on the events and developments in these neighbouring countries and the implications on India. Hope you find this initiative informative and useful. We value your feedback and comments.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina hopes US to restore Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) for Bangladesh
Financial Express | 9th September
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday expressed her firm optimism that Bangladesh would get the GSP facilities from the United States through implementing the action plan despite the multifaceted conspiracy of a vested group. She said no superpower but some local evil forces are responsible for cancellation of the GSP facilities.
Chittagong among top 5 international finance hubs of the future
Dhaka Tribune | 7th September
A recent opinion piece by Paul Hermann, the co-founder and managing director of Lamudi, a global real estate portal, expects the world will witness the continued growth of Chittagong along with four other financial hubs over the coming years. Its strategic location in close proximity to Myanmar and India makes Chittagong an interesting consideration for international financial service providers. Furthermore, the proposal to build road connectivity from Chittagong to Kunming, Southwest China, via Cox’s Bazar and Myanmar, will create an economic corridor to strengthen infrastructure in the region.
Extremism must be overthrown: Bangladesh Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu
the independent | 9th September
“The government has brought the militants into book and if we are late in punishing them, militancy will be inspired. Killers of the Bangabandhu and the culprits responsible for 21 August grenade attack tried to halt the progress of the country through their atrocities but they did not succeed. They must be punished,” Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu said.
Bangladesh to help enclave dwellers sell property
bdnews24 | 9th September
The Bangladesh Chief of Army Staff, General Abu Belal Mohammad Shafiul Huq told Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh that the joint working group of the two countries is aware that those enclave dwellers shifting to India need to dispose off their immovable property. “Such people will be helped by the respective Deputy Commissioners to enable them to sell their immovable property at remunerative market prices,” said General Huq who called on Rajnath Singh in New Delhi on Wednesday evening.
Pakistan Rangers delegation in Delhi for talks with India’s BSF
Dawn | 9th September
A 16-member delegation of Pakistan Rangers, headed by Rangers (Punjab) Director General Maj Gen Umar Farooq Barki, arrived in New Delhi Wednesday for routine annual talks with Border Security Force (BSF) officials.
Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal ‘not against anyone’: PM Nawaz Sharif
Dawn | 9th September
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that Pakistan would continue to maintain minimum nuclear deterrence for security purposes, but that these weapons are ‘not against any one”.
Talks not on Modi’s terms: National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz
The Nation | 9th September
Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz yesterday reiterated Pakistan’s stance that Kashmir must be on the agenda of any bilateral engagement with India and that the talks essentially take place on the principle of equality.
Three Kashmiri leaders join Hurriyat forum under Syed Ali Geelani
Geo.tv | 9th September
In what is being described as a major development, three senior Kashmiri leaders on Wednesday joined a new coalition forum led by veteran Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani in Jammu & Kashmir.
Pakistan’s SC orders govt to adopt Urdu as official language
Pakistan Observer | 9th September
The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday ordered the implementation of Urdu as the official language at all government departments.
DMK tells Modi not to back resolution on Lanka
Colombo Gazette | 9th September
DMK President M Karunanidhi said in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi “It is widely reported in the press that the USA is going to bring in a totally revised resolution seeking a domestic inquiry into alleged war crimes and human rights violations during the peak of civil war in 2009.”
Lanka targets 4 mn tourist by 2020
Daily News | 9th September
Sri Lanka would be targeting four million tourist arrivals by 2020, said Chairman Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, Paddy Vithana.
Sri Lanka’s report at UNHRC sessions to be submitted on 30th
News.lk | 9th September
A report of alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka during the final stages of the humanitarian operation is slated to be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva on the 30th of September.