Philippines To Tighten Measures Against African Swine Fever, Animal-Borne Diseases

MANILA, Feb 27 (NNN-PNA) – Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte, ordered to create an inter-agency task force, that will coordinate government measures, to prevent the entry of animal-borne diseases, regarding the spread of African swine fever (ASF) in the country. In an executive order, signed on Feb 21, and made public…

Sri Lanka To Get First Electric Train

COLOMBO, Feb 27 (NNN-SL NEWS) – Sri Lanka’s Transport Ministry, today (Thursday) said, it will construct the country’s first electric rail track, in the central highlands of Kandy, to ease traffic and further develop the island’s transport sector. State Minister of Transport, Dilum Amunugama, told media that, the new electric…

COVID-19: Saudi Arabia suspends entrance for Umrah

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 (NNN-BERNAMA-SPA) — Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended the entrance of pilgrims for Umrah activity and visiting the Prophet’s Mosque as proactive preventive measures to prevent the arrival of COVID-19 to the Kingdom, said its Foreign Ministry on Wednesday. Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported that the Kingdom is also temporarily…

Pakistan Launched Polio Vaccination Campaign For Children Under Five

ISLAMABAD, Feb 27 (NNN-APP) – The year’s first nationwide polio vaccination drive began last week, apart from Karachi, where the campaign began a week earlier, aiming to vaccinate approximately 39.6 million children. The campaign involved nearly 265,000 polio workers, going door-to-door, to inoculate children under the age of five. A…

Update: 27 Dead, Over 200 Injured In Indian Capital Violence

NEW DELHI, Feb 27 (NNN-PTI) – The death toll in the communal violence in the Indian capital rose to 27 and more than 200 were injured on Wednesday evening. While 25 deaths have been confirmed at Guru Teg Bahadur hospital, the other two deaths were reported at Lok Nayak Jai…

Japan’s Abe Asks Big-Event Organisers To Mull Cancellations Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

TOKYO, Feb 27 (NNN-NHK) – Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, asked organisers of big sport and cultural events to consider cancelling or postponing them in the next two weeks, in an effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 in the country. Abe made the request at a task force…

Bus Mishap Claims 24 Lives In Western India

NEW DELHI, Feb 26 (NNN-PTI) – As many as 24 people were killed and five others injured, when a bus fell into a river, in India’s western state of Rajasthan on Wednesday (today), confirmed a local cop. The mishap occurred in the Lakheri area of the state’s Bundi district. The…

Five Killed, Three Missing In Indonesia’s Floods

JAKARTA, Feb 26 (NNN-ANTARA) – Five people were killed and three others went missing, during floods in and around Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, a disaster agency official said today (Wednesday). Nearly 20,000 people were forced to flee their home a day earlier, but some parts of the city and its nearby…

Vietnam Culls Hundreds Of Thousands Of Poultry Amid Bird Flu Spread

HANOI, Feb 26 (NNN-VNA) – More than 100,000 poultry have been culled in 10 provinces and cities of Vietnam, where A/H5N6 and A/H5N1 bird flu broke out, the country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reported today (Wednesday). The Ministry said, between early Jan and Feb 24, Vietnam had 34…

Laos Sees Increasing Income From Rice Export To China

VIENTIANE, Feb 26 (NNN-KPL) – Laos earned more from the sale of rice to China in the past few years due to trade preference arrangements between the two countries. In 2017, the value of rice sold to China was 5.6 million U.S. dollars. This figure increased to 7.25 million U.S.…
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