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PTI report in The Indian Express online July 21, 2017 at 1.11pm
Washington : Pakistan created terror groups such as the Taliban, the Haqqani network and the Lashkar-e-Taiba to keep India “off balance” and protect Islamabad’s interests in war-torn Afghanistan, according to former US diplomats and officials. William Milam, a former US ambassador to Pakistan, and Philip Reiner, a former senior director for South Asia at the National Security Council during the Obama administration, said Pakistan’s notorious spy agency, the ISI, continues to protect and assist these groups, according to The …

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AFP report in Dawn, July 21, 2017
The US Defense Department withheld $50 million in Pakistan military payments after Pentagon chief Jim Mattis accused Islamabad of not doing enough to counter the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network, an official said Friday.
“Secretary Mattis told congressional defense committees that he was not able to certify that Pakistan took sufficient actions against the Haqqani network to permit full reimbursement of the fiscal year 2016 Coalition Support Funds,” Pentagon Spokesman Adam Stump said.
The United States had allotted $900m in military aid to Pakistan through the special fund. …

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by Wendy Wu in South China Morning Post, July 21, 2017 at 11.26 pm
Rising local government and state firm borrowings are stalling Beijing’s efforts to contain debt risks in the Chinese economy, according to a government-backed research institution.
The national leadership, headed by President Xi Jinping, listed “deleveraging” as a top economic priority in late 2015, but local authorities and state-owned enterprises continued to rely on debt for economic expansion, amplifying financial risks for the rest of the economy, it said.
In a report released on Friday, the Beijing-based National Institution for …

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Xinhua report in Global Times, July 21, 2017 at 18:50:36
Zhang Yujun, former assistant chairperson of China Securities Regulatory Commission, has been expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) and dismissed from public office for “severe disciplinary violations,” the top anti-graft body said Friday.
Zhang was found to have seriously violated political and organizational discipline and attended banquets that could influence the fairness of official duty, according to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the CPC.http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1057464.shtml

Bangladesh »

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by Rozina Islam in Prothom Alo, July 21, 2017 at 23:44 hrs
Awami LeagueExtremists are infiltrating Khulna Awami League and some of them have even managed posts in the committees and have contested in elections on the ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s (AL) ticket.
Rumours have it that deputy ministers, members of parliament and local influential leaders are patronising such moves, much to the discomfit of the grassroots AL leaders and activists. To make things worse, a mudslinging game has begun too there.
Prothom Alo investigations found that Shiplu Bhuiyan, the union parishad chairman …

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Report in bdnews24.com, July 22, 2017
Former law minister Abdul Matin Khasru has been made a member of the Awami League Presidium, its highest policymaking forum.
The newest Presidium member, Khasru, had been serving as legal affairs secretary in the Central Working Committee for the past six years.
He served as law minister in Sheikh Hasina’s 1996 cabinet.
Supreme Court lawyer SM Rezaul Karim will replace the four-time Comilla-5 MP as new legal affairs secretary.
The party’s Joint General Secretary Mahbub-Ul Alam Hanif confirmed bdnews24.com of these changes in the committee on Friday night.
“Party President …

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Report in The Daily Star, July 22, 2017
Two women surrendered to police, who cordoned off a suspected militant hideout in Gangni upazila of Meherpur since this morning.
Meanwhile, a man was also arrested during the raid at Bamondi village in the upazila, Akram Hossain, officer-in-charge (OC), of Gangni Police Station, told The Daily Star this morning.
Law enforcers cordoned off a single-storey house around 11:00am, the OC said adding that the raid is taking place amid heavy rainfall in the area.
An operation will be conducted at the house after Counter Terrorism and …