Monday, 2 August 2021

Asia

India bootleg alcohol death toll cross 100

NEW DELHI: The death toll from a toxic bootleg alcohol scandal in the north Indian state of Punjab rose to 100. Police have arrested 25 people so far over the worsening tragedy, which started coming to light late last week, the Press Trust of India news agency said. Hundreds of ...

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Millions return to lockdown in Philippines as virus cases soar

MANILA: More than 27 million people in the Philippines – about a quarter of the population – will go back into lockdown Tuesday after overwhelmed health workers warned the country was losing the battle against the coronavirus. Since the beginning of June, when much of the country emerged from one ...

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China halts Hong Kong extradition treaties with Canada, UK

China announced the suspension Tuesday of Hong Kong’s extradition treaties with Canada, Australia and Britain in a tit-for-tat move following similar decisions by those countries over a controversial new security law. Western nations have angered Beijing over their responses to the law imposed on Hong Kong which they see as ...

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Bangladesh: Floods death toll up as conditions worsen

DHAKA: At least 111 people have now died in Bangladesh due to floods that have ravaged the country’s northern parts for almost a month, authorities said on Saturday. Eleven more fatalities were reported in various flood-hit areas as the situation continues to deteriorate since the onset of monsoon rains at the ...

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Giant blue whale briefly washes up near Kupang

KUPANG: A giant 23-metre (75-foot) whale briefly washed up near a beach in Indonesia but it was unclear how the enormous marine mammal died. Curious onlookers crowded the shore of coastal Kupang city as officials scrambled to figure out what to do with the bloated carcass, which was first spotted ...

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Taliban explosives truck kills 8 Afghan soldiers

KABUL: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed truck near an Afghan military convoy, killing eight soldiers, the defence ministry said, in the latest attack claimed by the Taliban. The attack, which took place in Sayed Abad district of Wardak province near the capital Kabul, also wounded nine soldiers, the ministry ...

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Bangladesh allows phase-3 trial of Chinese vaccine

DHAKA: For the second day in a row, the World Health organisation reported a record spike in global covid-19 cases, with 259,848 new cases in the last 24 hours. Most of the new cases were reported from the US, India, Brazil and South Africa. Bangladesh’s medical regulatory body on Sunday approved the final ...

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New lockdowns ordered as India virus cases near one million

PATNA: One of India’s most impoverished states went into lockdown, but near-normal traffic on Patna’s streets showed the difficulty of corralling over 125 million people. The lockdown in the northern state bordering Nepal started as India reported more than 600 deaths in the previous 24 hours, and the Red Cross ...

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Iran drops India in key rail project

TEHRAN: In a startling development, Iran has reportedly dropped India from a key rail project along the border with Afghanistan after New Delhi showed reluctance in joining the project due to US sanctions. The Iranian government has decided to proceed in the long-stalled project without India’s participation, citing delays from the ...

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