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Made in Qatar: Embargo and pandemic stoke autonomy drive

A Qatari arms factory that makes rifles and grenade launchers has added a product that saves rather than takes lives - ventilators, needed at home and abroad amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/2 17:03:40

China-India border situation generally stable, under control: FM spokesperson

China and India have maintained smooth diplomatic and military channels for communication over issues of their border areas where the overall situation is stable and under control, a Chinese spokesperson said Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/6/2 15:46:14

Mumbai to remain under lockdown with few relaxations till June 30

Mumbai will remain under lockdown till June 30 following extension of restrictions by India's western state of Maharashtra, with some relaxations as part of its phased unlocking plan.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/6/1 11:13:42

Bangladesh slowly hits restart button on economic activities after two-month lockdown

Offices, businesses and transports resumed in Bangladesh Sunday on a limited scale after being suspended for over two months following the COVID-19 outbreak.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/6/1 10:39:27

Indian states ban consumption, spitting of tobacco in public to prevent COVID-19

Indian states have imposed bans on consumption, spitting and smoking of tabacco and its products in public to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/31 10:45:49

4.5 km of Bangladesh's Padma Bridge visible as Chinese firm continues construction despite COVID-19

The construction of Bangladesh's largest Padma Bridge is still underway despite the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, with the 30th span installed on Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/31 9:00:02

DPRK fully supports China's decision on national security legislation for Hong Kong

The Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has said that it fully supports China's decision on national security legislation for Hong Kong, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/30 19:03:03

Pakistan to establish national cell against rising locust threat: minister

The Pakistani government has decided to form the National Locust Control Cell against the rising attacks of the locust swarms across the country, which are posing a serious threat to the national food security, the information minister said Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/29 8:45:37

October not the time to make final decision, says Tokyo 2020 CEO Muto

Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said here on Thursday that October is not the time for the Olympics organizers to make a final decision on whether the Games can be held in 2021.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/29 1:03:38

India's top court says no train, bus fare for stranded migrants

India's top court Thursday ordered the federal government to ensure free travel to stranded migrants to their home states by trains and buses.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/28 23:38:23

Racist attacks spike in Australia, with anti-China politicians calling themselves 'Wolverines'

Despite a campaign by a local Australian government targeted at xenophobia, Chinese observers said the COVID-19 pandemic is fueling racist attacks against Chinese and Asian communities in the country, partly due to the country's deep-rooted racism, which can be seen in a group of anti-China politicians who call themselves “Wolverines.”
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/28 22:12:23

US needs 5-8 more months to rid coronavirus: researcher

As the US, which has reported the highest number of coronavirus infections for months, saw the number of COVID-19 deaths surpass 100,000 on Thursday, a Chinese data scientist predicted that the country may need another five to eight months to be free of new cases, as it is relaxing social distancing policies and interstate travel bans.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/28 21:33:40

S.Korea sees large viral case spike

South Korea reported its biggest spike in coronavirus cases in nearly two months on Thursday, as officials scramble to tackle fresh clusters that have raised concerns of a possible second wave of infections.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/28 17:48:41

Distributing stimulus package through Bangladeshi banking channel Impact on the banking sector

Amidst this coronavirus outbreak, the Government of Bangladesh has announced a number of stimulus packages for different sectors and beneficiaries. There are so far at least seven major stimulus packages declared by the Government and are to be distributed by the banking sector under the guidance of Bangladesh Bank circulars to support the economy through these unprecedented challenging times.
Source: Financial Express | 2020/5/28 15:33:45

Thai PM defends his decision to extend state of emergency till end June

Thai Prime Minister said Tuesday he feared a second wave of COVID-19 infections will emerge if the emergency decree ends with Thais becoming less vigilant and letting their guards down, after the Cabinet meeting approved the extension of the emergency until the end of June.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/28 14:12:40

Malaysia reports dramatic drop in COVID-19 cases after spike, no new deaths

15 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Malaysia on Wednesday, a dramatic drop from the 187 the day before, with no new deaths.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/28 10:03:04

Arson attacker of Japanese anime studio gets arrested

Japanese police on Wednesday formally arrested a man on suspicion of an arson attack on an animation studio in the city of Kyoto in 2019 that killed 36 people, a police spokesman said.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/27 16:58:41