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15 Killed in a Landslide in Arunachal Pradesh; Afghan Government Honors the Kabul Explosion Victims; Pakistani Prime Minister to Address Nation on Panama Papers Leak

India 15 killed in a landslide in Arunachal Pradesh Officials in the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh confirmed that on Friday a landslide triggered by rains killed at least 15 people (BBC, NYT/AP). The landslide hit a camp located at an altitude of more than 3,000m (9,800ft), which housed construction workers for a nearby hotel ...

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - SEPTEMBER 10: The largest Afghan flag is seen during an inauguration ceremony of Wazir Akbar Khan hill in Kabul on September 10, 2014. Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj raised the largest Afghan flag in Kabul as Sushma Swaraj announced a one million dollar donation to build a park on Wazir Akbar Khan hill.  (Photo by Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - SEPTEMBER 10: The largest Afghan flag is seen during an inauguration ceremony of Wazir Akbar Khan hill in Kabul on September 10, 2014. Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj raised the largest Afghan flag in Kabul as Sushma Swaraj announced a one million dollar donation to build a park on Wazir Akbar Khan hill. (Photo by Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

India

15 killed in a landslide in Arunachal Pradesh

Officials in the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh confirmed that on Friday a landslide triggered by rains killed at least 15 people (BBC, NYT/AP). The landslide hit a camp located at an altitude of more than 3,000m (9,800ft), which housed construction workers for a nearby hotel project, in Tawang district. There were reportedly 20 workers sleeping in the camp when the landslide hit and all the other members of the camp have been accounted for. Landslides are common in the area, but usually during the monsoon season, which runs from June through September.

Supreme Court stays Uttarkhand High Court’s decision on President’s rule

The Supreme Court of India on Friday granted a stay until April 27 on an earlier decision by the Uttarkhand High Court to dismiss President’s Rule — direct rule of the state by the federal government — in the state (Hindu, HT). On Thursday, Uttarkhand High Court dismissed the federal government’s decision to use Article 356 of the Indian Constitution and install President’s Rule in Uttarkhand, calling it against the spirit of the law. In its ruling, the court said that the federal government acted in “blatant falsehood” and the speaker of the state assembly had “double standards.” The court also ordered the Uttarakhand state government to get a vote of confidence from the state legislature on April 29.

India attracted more FDI than China in 2015

According to a report released on Friday by fDi Intelligence, a unit of the Financial Times group, in 2015 India received the highest amount of foreign direct investment (FDI), totaling $63 billion (Quartz). According to the report India moved past China which was at the top for many years. The number of projects using FDI rose by 8% in India to 697 in 2015 over the previous year. This is still lower than China’s FDI-based 789 projects, which indicates that the value of investments was much higher in India.

Afghanistan

Afghan government honors the Kabul explosion victims

Afghanistan’s Presidential Palace on Friday announced that the country flag would be lowered to half-staff for two days to mourn the victims of the Taliban attack in Kabul on Tuesday (TOLO News). On Tuesday, a truck bomb exploded in the entrance of a security compound killing dozens and wounding hundreds. The announcement said the half-staff status will be carried out in Afghan embassies around the world.

Weak Afghan border puts Tajikistan at risk

According to a New York Times report on Thursday, incidents of violence on the Afghan-Tajik border are becoming more frequent where sections of the border are not sufficiently guarded (NYT). Last month, three Tajik construction workers were attacked by a group of Afghan men with assault rifles who crossed the border in broad daylight. The gunmen shot and wounded one worker and took the other two across the border into Afghanistan. Tajik border guards negotiated the release of the kidnapped a few days later. As the Afghan Taliban undertake their spring offensive in cities like Kunduz that are near the border, Tajikistan authorities fear the threat of violent Islamism will spill over into the country, according to the report.

Pakistan

Pakistani Prime Minister to address nation on Panama Papers leak

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is scheduled Friday evening to address the nation regarding the ‘Panama Papers’ leak which implicated three of his children (Dawn). In Sharif’s April 6 address following the release of a trove of documents from a law firm in Panama that handles off-shore accounts, the PM announced that he would set up a judicial commission to investigate offshore companies owned by his sons Maryam, Hasan and Hussain. Dawn sources expect Sharif to announce the formation of the commission.

–Alyssa Sims and Shuja Malik

Edited by Peter Bergen

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