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Sri Lanka to launch WeChat Pay for Chinese tourists

A Sri Lankan bank said on Wednesday that Chinese tourists visiting the island country could pay for their goods and services through the WeChat Pay facility in order to attract more Chinese tourists.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/1/9 17:41:56

Nationwide trade union strike enters 2nd day in India

The nationwide strike called by Central Trade Unions (CTUs) across India entered second straight day Wednesday to protest against the government's alleged anti-worker policies and unilateral labor reforms.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/1/9 16:37:07

Chilly Delhi

Passengers wrapped in warm clothes at a railway station on a foggy winter morning, at Prem Nagar, on Tuesday in New Delhi, India. It was a cold day in the national capital with dense fog delaying over 13 trains and disrupting flight operations in the morning hours.
Source: VCG | 2019/1/8 20:33:39

10 civilians killed in bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan

At least 10 civilians were killed and 13 others wounded after a bomb ripped through a district bazaar in eastern Afghan province of Paktika on Monday, a local official said.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/1/7 17:24:16

Taliban seeks venue change for peace talks with US

The Taliban will not attend planned peace talks with the US in Saudi Arabia this month, and want to shift the venue to Qatar, Taliban officials said on Sunday, seeking to fend off Riyadh's push to include the Afghan government in talks.
Source: Reuters | 2019/1/6 20:08:39

Sunlight now drives many refugees' water systems in Bangladesh: UN

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said Friday that its first five solar-powered safe water systems at Cox's Bazar refugee settlements in Bangladesh are delivering at their full capacity with the aim to supply all refugees this way.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/1/5 13:17:38

Bangladesh former ruling party general secretary dies at 67

Syed Ashraful Islam, Bangladesh's public administration minister and ex-ruling party general secretary, has passed away at 67 in Bangkok after a long battle with cancer.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/1/4 13:58:33

India expects to complete construction of 21 nuclear power reactors by 2031: minister

India now has nine nuclear power reactors at various stages of construction in India, and 12 more will be built in the near future, Junior Minister for Atomic Energy and Space Jitendra Singh said here on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/1/4 9:54:15

Hindu groups counter protest against women using temple

Conservative Hindu groups forced India's southern state of Kerala to a standstill on Thursday as they protested against the state government for allowing two women to defy an ancient ban and enter a Hindu temple.
Source: Reuters | 2019/1/3 21:33:40

Sri Lanka receives 2.3 million tourists in 2018

Sri Lanka received 2.3 million tourists last year, with December recording the highest number of arrivals with over 250,000 tourists, a statement from the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) said Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/1/3 17:54:52

Mongolian parliament speaker rejects to resign

Mongolian Parliament speaker Miyegombo Enkhbold has rejected demands for him to resign, the press office of the legislative body said Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/1/3 17:52:05

Afghanistan announces new timeline for presidential runners' registration

The Afghan Independent Elections Commission (IEC) announced a new timeline for candidates' registration of the country's fourth presidential elections, a statement from the entity said on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/1/3 16:59:29

Defying ban, 2 Indian women secretly enter flashpoint Hindu temple

Two women secretly entered one of Hinduism's holiest shrines on Wednesday, breaching a blockade around the Sabarimala temple where devotees have been enraged by an Indian Supreme Court decision to overturn a ban on women aged between 10 and 50.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/2 21:23:39

Bangladesh's opposition alliance demands reelection as PM Hasina heads towards overwhelming victory

Hours after parliament polls closed Sunday, leaving at least 17 people dead, ex-Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led major opposition alliance demanded reelection under a non-partisan interim government.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/31 10:17:22

Troops patrol streets as Bangladesh gears up for general elections

Troops were patrolling the streets of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka after the Election Commission authorized the deployment of over 12,000 soldiers to assist the civil administration in ensuring security ahead of the parliamentary polls on Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/30 16:55:57

Volcano-triggered tsunami displaces over 40,000 in Indonesia

So far 40,386 people have been displaced by a volcano-triggered tsunami in western Indonesia, spokesman of the Indonesian disaster agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told a press conference on Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/28 15:41:26

India actively promotes renewable energy: minister

India has a total installed capacity of around 73.95 Gigawatt (GW) of renewable energy projects, out of which 37.84 GW has been added during the last four-and-a-half-years, Minister for New and Renewable Energy and Power R.K. Singh told the Lower House on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/28 15:06:12

6.1-magnitude earthquake strikes eastern Indonesia, no tsunami warning issued

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake rocked Indonesia's eastern Papua Barat province on Friday, but no tsunami warning was issued, the meteorology and geophysics agency said.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/28 13:36:25