Sri Lanka aims to boost exports

After coming to power with a landslide election victory, the new Sri Lankan government under the leadership of the Rajapaksa brothers is aiming to boost the country’s exports this year. At least four state ministers have been appointed to develop key local products such as gems, batiks, coconut, rubber, and tea, media reports said on

Over 100,000 COVID Cases in Bangladesh

The number of coronavirus cases in Bangladesh crossed the 100,000 mark on Thursday, authorities said, as the densely populated South Asian country struggles to contain the pandemic. The country recorded 3,803 new cases in the past 24 hours from Wednesday morning, taking the total number of cases to 102,292, reports Efe news. With the new

Nepal Extends Flight Suspension

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) said the suspension period of all domestic and international commercial passenger flights has been extended till July 5. “Special permission from CAAN is required for repatriation flights, rescue flights, freighter flights and flights related to the medical and other essential supplies,” it said in a statement on Sunday.

Afghan Peace Meet to take place in Doha

The Afghan government and Taliban have announced that the first peace talks between the two sides will take place in the Qatari capital of Doha, where the militant group has its political office and had signed a long-awaited peace agreement with the US on February 29. “The Afghan government has only agreed for a first

Nepal to Start Easing Lockdown

The Nepal government has decided to ease the lockdown starting from Thursday in low-risk areas, including Kathmandu Valley, by allowing markets to reopen and private vehicles to ply while adopting effective precautions against COVID-19. A Cabinet meeting on Wednesday decided to make the lockdown flexible and give momentum to economic and market activities that have

Maharashtra Daily Record Cases Overtakes UK

Exactly 90 days after Covid-19 sneaked into Maharashtra on March 9 through a Pune-based couple, coronavirus has infected a staggering 88,528 persons in the state — with the current rate of daily infections surpassing that of the United Kingdom! With 266,598 cases, India has already overtaken Covid-19’s alleged birthplace, China (around 83,040 patients), France (150,315),

Sri Lanka Plans to Restart Tourism

Sri Lanka, among the top tourist destinations in Asia, has released guidelines for limited resumption of international tourism from August 1 after months of sealed borders during a coronavirus-induced lockdown focusing on repeated testing and pre-booking. Sri Lanka had registered 1,857 cases of COVID-19 and 11 deaths by Monday, most of them among navy personnel

Navy Evacuates 2,874 Indians from Maldives

With Indian Naval Ship (INS) Jalashwa evacuating 700 stranded Indians from Male in the Maldvies on Sunday, the Navy has so far ferried 2,874 people from the Maldives and Sri Lanka as part of the Vande Bharat Mission, according to the force on Sunday. While INS Jalashwa has brought in 2,672 citizens, INS Magar has

2 dead in Karachi residential building collapse

At least two people were killed and eight others injured after a multi-storey residential building in Karachi collapsed, officials said on Monday, adding that rescue operations were underway. The incident took place Lyari’s Liaquat Colony on Sunday night. Speaking to Dawn news, an Edhi Foundation official said that rescue workers had pulled two bodies from