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Nepali Prime Minister Oli reshuffles cabinet

Nepali Prime Minister Oli reshuffles cabinet

-- 2020-12-26 11:57:53

Five days after dissolving the House of Representatives, Nepali Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Friday named new ministers in seven ministries that were vacant and reshuffled his cabinet. Among the n...

India announces two-day dry run of Covid immunisation drive

India announces two-day dry run of Covid immunisation drive

-- 2020-12-25 22:38:57

India has planned a two-day dry run in four of its states to check the micro-level preparedness for a nationwide Covid-19 inoculation drive. The states of Punjab in the north, Assam in the northeast,...

Japan's Shinzo Abe apologises, corrects statements on funding scandal

Japan's Shinzo Abe apologises, corrects statements on funding scandal

-- 2020-12-25 19:19:21

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday corrected statements he had made in parliament, apologising for what he said were mistakes regarding a political funding scandal that has also cast...

Hundreds protest Nepali PM's sudden dissolution of parliament

Hundreds protest Nepali PM's sudden dissolution of parliament

Reuters 2020-12-25 18:10:58

Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli faced a fresh political challenge on Friday as hundreds of opponents protested against his sudden move to dissolve parliament and call elections more than a...

Indian sailors stranded due to Covid measures, not standoff, says China

Indian sailors stranded due to Covid measures, not standoff, says China

Hindustan Times 2020-12-25 18:07:38

China on Friday said there was no link between the situation of the Indian sailors on two cargo ships carrying Australian coal stranded at Chinese ports and the current state of ties between the count...

Japan targets to eliminate gasoline-powered vehicles in 15 years

Japan targets to eliminate gasoline-powered vehicles in 15 years

-- 2020-12-25 17:27:29

Japan aims to eliminate gasoline-powered vehicles in about 15 years, the government said Friday in a plan to achieve the ambitious pledge of the country’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to go car...

Modi calls farmer protests over contested laws politically motivated

Modi calls farmer protests over contested laws politically motivated

Reuters 2020-12-25 16:47:08

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that protests by farmers against three laws brought by his government were politically motivated, as he touted the success of an agricultural scheme...

The blast that leaves Lebanon without faith in itself

The blast that leaves Lebanon without faith in itself

REUTERS 2020-12-24 16:41:41

They gather in groups, wearing black, in the shadow of buildings gutted by the explosion that shook this city on Aug 4. Men, women and children from Christian and Muslim sects cradle portraits of thei...

India records 24,712 new coronavirus cases

India records 24,712 new coronavirus cases

Reuters 2020-12-24 16:31:43

India recorded 24,712 new coronavirus infections, taking its total to 10.12 million, data from the health ministry showed on Thursday. COVID-19 infections are decreasing in India, with 23,788 new inf...

Anti-Myanmar hate speech flares in Thailand over spread of virus

Anti-Myanmar hate speech flares in Thailand over spread of virus

Reuters 2020-12-24 15:44:28

“Wherever you see Myanmar people, shoot them down,” read one Thai comment on YouTube after a surge of coronavirus cases among workers from Myanmar. The outbreak, first detected at a seafo...

India submits nine-point plan for WHO reforms

India submits nine-point plan for WHO reforms

Hindustan Times 2020-12-23 19:43:46

India has proposed a nine-point plan for reforms of the World Health Organization (WHO), including changes in mechanisms to monitor health emergencies that can cross borders and giving the head of the...

India's BJP says 'no' to repealing India farm laws despite farmers' protest

India's BJP says 'no' to repealing India farm laws despite farmers' protest

REUTERS 2020-12-23 14:12:08

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party said on Tuesday there was no question of the government repealing agriculture laws fiercely opposed by farmers who are worried deregulation will reduc...

India expected to approve AstraZeneca vaccine by next week: Report

India expected to approve AstraZeneca vaccine by next week: Report

Reuters 2020-12-23 10:25:33

India is likely to approve Oxford/AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use by next week after its local manufacturer submitted additional data sought by authorities, two sources with...

Low possibility that virus variant in UK will reduce vaccine effectiveness: Chinese expert

Low possibility that virus variant in UK will reduce vaccine effectiveness: Chinese expert

Global Times 2020-12-22 20:04:54

Chinese experts have assured the public that vaccines which the international community has pinned its hopes on to curb the COVID-19 pandemic will still be effective against the new virus variant iden...

Pakistani rights activist found dead in Toronto

Pakistani rights activist found dead in Toronto

-- 2020-12-22 19:15:19

Rights groups have called for an investigation into the death of Karima Baloch, a Pakistani activist living in exile in Toronto, Canada. Baloch, 37, a campaigner from the restive region of Balochista...

Pollution deaths in India rose to 1.67 million in 2019

Pollution deaths in India rose to 1.67 million in 2019

Reuters 2020-12-22 18:13:40

Toxic air killed more people in India in 2019 than in 2017, The Lancet said in a report shared by the government on Tuesday, with 1.67 million deaths accounting for 18 per cent of all fatalities. Ind...

Tokyo prosecutors question former Japan PM Abe

Tokyo prosecutors question former Japan PM Abe

-- 2020-12-22 16:16:10

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe submitted to voluntary questioning by Tokyo prosecutors on Monday in a case against his secretary over unreported political funds, public broadcaster NHK repo...

Global coronavirus cases surpass 77 million

Global coronavirus cases surpass 77 million

-- 2020-12-22 12:38:59

More than 77 million people have been infected with coronavirus (Covid-19) globally and over 1.7 million of them died since the first cases were reported in December last year, according to data compi...

India to get Covid-19 vaccine in January

India to get Covid-19 vaccine in January

-- 2020-12-21 18:13:06

Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday said the Covid-19 vaccine may be available in the country in January next year. "I personally feel may be in January in any stage or any week, there can...

Indian farmers start hunger strike to pressure Modi on reforms

Indian farmers start hunger strike to pressure Modi on reforms

-- 2020-12-21 18:04:08

Leaders of Indian farmers sought to step up pressure on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to repeal three agricultural reform laws on Monday by starting a 24-hour relay hunger strike. Modi's govern...

India suspends all flights from UK until Dec 31

India suspends all flights from UK until Dec 31

Reuters 2020-12-21 16:38:38

India on Monday announced a suspension of all flights originating from the United Kingdom to the country until the end of the year, the aviation ministry said in a tweet. The ban will come into effec...

Nepal heads to surprise polls next year

Nepal heads to surprise polls next year

-- 2020-12-21 10:46:36

Nepal’s president has dissolved parliament at the request of Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s cabinet and announced that general elections would be held in April and May, more than a year...

Concern among Muslims over halal status of COVID-19 vaccine

Concern among Muslims over halal status of COVID-19 vaccine

-- 2020-12-20 19:33:42

In October, Indonesian diplomats and Muslim clerics stepped off a plane in China. While the diplomats were there to finalise deals to ensure millions of doses reached Indonesian citizens, the clerics...

A new generation of Thais is defying the monarchy

A new generation of Thais is defying the monarchy

Reuters 2020-12-20 19:30:13

Songphon "Yajai" Sonthirak had been a boxer for most of his young life and knew how to face down a stronger opponent: Keep your guard up, stand tall, stay focused. So he was shocked to discover, on th...

Report reveals Myanmar mobile operator Mytel fuelling state corruption

Report reveals Myanmar mobile operator Mytel fuelling state corruption

UNB 2020-12-20 19:15:20

A detailed investigation into the Myanmar military’s involvement in the information and communications technology sector has uncovered a "web of cronyism and corruption". The report, launched o...

Taiwan sends ships, aircraft as Chinese carrier passes island

Taiwan sends ships, aircraft as Chinese carrier passes island

Reuters 2020-12-20 18:44:55

Taiwan’s navy and air force were deployed on Sunday as a Chinese aircraft carrier group led by the country’s newest carrier, the Shandong, sailed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait, the d...

Sydney isolated from rest of Australia as COVID outbreak grows

Sydney isolated from rest of Australia as COVID outbreak grows

-- 2020-12-20 18:26:32

Sydney was isolated from the rest of Australia on Sunday after all of the country’s states and territories imposed travel restrictions on its residents as a coronavirus cluster in the city grew...

Nepal cabinet asks for dissolution of parliament amid ruling party feud

Nepal cabinet asks for dissolution of parliament amid ruling party feud

-- 2020-12-20 17:27:26

Nepal’s cabinet recommended dissolving parliament in an emergency meeting on Sunday as Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s party said he had lost majority support. “The prime minister...

Kabul car bombing aims Afghan lawmaker,  nine dead

Kabul car bombing aims Afghan lawmaker, nine dead

-- 2020-12-20 16:56:33

A car bombing in Kabul targeting an Afghan lawmaker killed at least nine people, officials said, reports Reuters. Lawmaker Khan Mohammad Wardak survived the blast but is among 20 injured including wo...

China announces national security rules on foreign investment

China announces national security rules on foreign investment

-- 2020-12-20 09:15:30

China published rules on Saturday for reviewing foreign investment on national security grounds, potentially broad measures that it insisted did not amount to protectionism. The review system announc...