Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Afghan govt again delays Taliban prisoner release
Kabul | Monday, 2020 9:45:05 PM IST
The Afghan government on Monday said its plans to release Taliban prisoners, as per the peace deal signed between the US and the militant group, had been delayed once again. ... read..

COVID-19 shutdown leads to sharp drop in Dhaka crime rate
Dhaka | Monday, 2020 6:45:05 PM IST
Due to a shutdown across Bangladesh over the coronavirus pandemic, the crime rate in the capital Dhaka has dropped sharply, a media report said on Monday. ... read..

'Lack of budget hindering Afghanistan's COVID-19 response'
Kabul | Monday, 2020 5:45:05 PM IST
The number of coronavirus cases was rising in Afghanistan was increasing because the Public Health Ministry does not have access to the required budget to fight the pandemic, a Minister has said. ... read..

Nepal to extend national lockdown as COVID-19 cases rise
Kathmandu | Monday, 2020 3:45:05 PM IST
Due to an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Nepal, the government in the Himalayan nation has decided to extend the ongoing nationwide lockdown by eight more days. ... read..

100s of trucks, truckers stranded at Pak-Afghan border
Islamabad | Monday, 2020 2:45:05 PM IST
Hundreds of Pakistani truckers and their helpers were stranded on the Afghan side of the border at two main border crossings despite Prime Minister Imran Khan orders for opening the border for good transport, it was reported on Monday. ... read..

Imran orders opening of all highways for goods supply
Islamabad | Monday, 2020 2:45:05 PM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered opening of all national highways to ensure smooth and adequate supply of food items from farms/factories to markets amid "panic buying" due the coronavirus pandemic, it was reported on Monday. ... read..

Pak govt claims 27% COVID-19 cases due to local transmission
Islamabad | Monday, 2020 2:15:05 PM IST
The Pakistan government has claimed that 27 per cent of the over 1,590 coronavirus cases were locally transmitted, a top official said here. ... read..

Pakistan deploys army to fight Covid-19
Islamabad | Sunday, 2020 11:45:05 PM IST
Pakistan Army has deployed troops across the country, including Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), to assist civilian authorities in containing the spread of Covid-19. ... read..

B'desh extends ban on all passenger flights until April 7
Dhaka | Sunday, 2020 5:45:05 PM IST
The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has extended ban on all domestic flights and almost all international flights to April 7 amid a shutdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus. ... read..

Curfew in 6 SL districts to continue indefinitely
Colombo | Sunday, 2020 5:15:05 PM IST
A curfew currently in force in Sri Lanka's Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutura, Puttalam, Kandy and Jaffna districts would continue until further notice due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the country, the Presidents Media Division (PMD) said on Sunda ... read..

'Afghan govt team violates US-Taliban deal'
Kabul | Sunday, 2020 4:45:05 PM IST
The Taliban has said that it had some reservations about the peace negotiating team formed by the Afghan government, saying it violated the deal the militant group signed with the US last month, a media report said. ... read..

Kabul residents flout lockdown rules
Kabul | Sunday, 2020 4:45:05 PM IST
Many residents of Kabul paid little attention to the coronavirus lockdown imposed by the Afghan government due to the coronavirus pandemic and treated the day more like a holiday, a media report said. ... read..

Sri Lanka reports first COVID-19 death
Colombo | Sunday, 2020 3:15:05 PM IST
Sri Lanka's Health Ministry said that a 60-year-old man who tested positive for the novel coronavirus has died while being under critical care at the National Infectious Disease Hospital on the outskirts of Colombo. ... read..

Pak's western, eastern borders to be closed for 2 more weeks
Islamabad | Sunday, 2020 2:45:05 PM IST
Pakistan has decided to keep its western borders with Iran and Afghanistan as well as its eastern border with India closed for two more weeks due to the cornavirus pandemic, a top government official sad here. ... read..

Evacuate Sikhs stranded in Afghanistan: Punjab CM (Lead)
New Delhi | Saturday, 2020 8:45:05 PM IST
Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday urged foreign affairs minister S. Jaishankar to bring stranded Sikh families back from war-ravaged Afghanistan to India. ... read..

ADB gives B'desh $300,000 in aid against COVID-19
Dhaka | Saturday, 2020 8:15:05 PM IST
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved an emergency grant of $300,000 to aid Bangladeshs fight against the coronavirus pandemic, a media report said on Saturday. ... read..

UN concerned over release of convicted SL soldier
Colombo | Saturday, 2020 8:15:05 PM IST
The UN has expressed concerns over the release of a convicted Sri Lankan soldier, who was sentenced in 2015 for the murder of eight civilians after more than a decade long trial, a media report said. ... read..

Lockdown imposed in Kabul due to hike in COVID-19 cases
Kabul | Saturday, 2020 7:15:05 PM IST
Afghan authorities have imposed a lockdown in the capital city of Kabul starting from Saturday for at least a period of three weeks as the country witnessed an increade in the number of coronavirus cases. ... read..

Pak to set up youth force to help with COVID-19 response
Islamabad | Saturday, 2020 3:15:05 PM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said that his government has decided to set up a "Corona Tigers Relief Force" which would enlist youth volunteers from across the country to help deal with coronavirus relief efforts. ... read..

Pak permits nationwide movement of goods
Islamabad | Saturday, 2020 2:45:05 PM IST
Amid rising coronavirus cases in Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan has lifted the ban on the nationwide movement of goods and decided to allow opening of food-related industries to ensure adequate supply of essential items. ... read..

IMF hints at helping Pak to fight off COVID-19 impact
Islamabad | Saturday, 2020 2:45:05 PM IST
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has announced that it would consider Pakistans request for financial assistance to shore up the countrys foreign exchange reserves and budgetary support due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on its economy, it ... read..

Afghan govt constitutes negotiating team for Taliban talks
Kabul | Friday, 2020 8:15:05 PM IST
The Afghan government has constituted a 21-member team to hold direct talks with the Taliban to find a negotiated settlement for long-standing peace in the war-torn country, the Ministry for Peace said on Friday. ... read..

Afghan economy can't withstand US aid cut, COVID-19 impact
Kabul | Friday, 2020 5:45:05 PM IST
The Afghan economy cannot withstand the $1 billion aid cut by the US and the financial pressures originating coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey. ... read..

Victims' kin demand probe into Kabul gurdwara attack
Kabul | Friday, 2020 5:45:05 PM IST
The families of the people who were killed in terror attack on a gurudwara in Kabul earlier this week has demanded the Afghan government to launch an investigation into the massacre. ... read..

Afghan govt to release prisoners amid COVID-19 pandemic
Kabul | Friday, 2020 5:15:05 PM IST
Based on a decree issued by President Ashraf Ghani, the Afghan government said that up to 10,000 prisoners will be released in the next 10 days in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus in jails across the country, it was reported. ... read..

Pak areas with COVID-19 cases to be sealed off
Islamabad | Friday, 2020 2:45:05 PM IST
The federal and provincial governments of Pakistan have decided to seal the areas where new cases of coronavirus were reported, as the addition of over 100 cases from across the country has taken the overall number of infections to 1,193, the media report ... read..

Sindh, Balochistan ban congregational prayers
Karachi | Friday, 2020 2:45:05 PM IST
Pakistan's Sindh and Balochistan provinces have banned congregational prayers at mosques in an effort to contain the coronavirus pandemic, it was reported on Friday. ... read..

UN: Asylum rights of Sikhs, Hindus fleeing Afghanistan attacks 'must be respected'
United Nations | Friday, 2020 11:45:05 AM IST
Asylum rights must be respected for Sikhs and Hindus who may be fleeing religious persecution in Afghanistan where a gurdwara was bombed this week killing at least 25 people, according to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres's Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric ... read..

Afghan human rights commission calls for ceasefire
Kabul | Thursday, 2020 10:15:05 PM IST
The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Thursday welcomed and supported an appeal from the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for immediate ceasefire to fight the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. ... read..

SL to allow chartered flights to fly out tourists
Colombo | Thursday, 2020 8:45:05 PM IST
Sri Lanka will allow chartered flights from any country to land here and to fly out their nationals who are currently in the island nation on a holiday or work on request, an official statement said on Thursday. ... read..

Pakistan coronavirus cases rise to 1,041
Islamabad | Thursday, 2020 7:45:05 PM IST
The number of confirmed cases in Pakistan has increased to 1,041 as of Thursday, while the death toll was recorded at eight, according to authorities. ... read..

China asks Pak to open border for medical supplies
Islamabad | Thursday, 2020 7:45:05 PM IST
China has asked Pakistan to open the border between the two countries for one day on Friday so that medical supplies to combat the novel coronavirus could be transported, a media report said. ... read..

Ghani releases list of 20 delegates for intra-Afghan talks
Kabul | Thursday, 2020 7:15:06 PM IST
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has released a list of 20 representatives to negotiate with the Taliban, an important step towards the much-awaited intra-Afghan talks, a media report said. ... read..

Khaleda Zia freed, quarantines at home
Dhaka | Thursday, 2020 6:45:06 PM IST
The Bangladesh government has conditionally released former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and suspended her sentence for six months, as the country goes all out in its efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic, it was reported on Thursday. ... read..

3,700 arrested for violating curfew in SL
Colombo | Thursday, 2020 6:15:06 PM IST
At least 3,700 persons were arrested on charges of violating the islandwide police curfew currently in effect in Sri Lanka as a preventive measure against the coronavirus pandemic, a senior officer sais here on Thursday. ... read..

SL starts program to deliver essential goods to homes
Colombo | Thursday, 2020 5:45:05 PM IST
To encourage physical distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Sri Lnkan government hs started a special programe to deliver essential goods including medicines and food items, to homes, it was reported on Thursday. ... read..

B'desh announces stimulus package to counter COVID-19 impact
Dhaka | Thursday, 2020 2:45:05 PM IST
Bangladesh has announced a stimulus package of 50 billion taka ($5.9 million) to help export-oriented industries to counter the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic ar home and abroad. ... read..

Pak Prez urges scholars to ban congregational prayers
Islamabad | Thursday, 2020 2:45:05 PM IST
Pakistan President Arif Alvi has urged religious scholars to take urgent action to halt congregational prayers in the country as a preventive measure againt the spread of the novel coronavirus. ... read..

Imran urges provinces to 'reassess' complete lockdowns
Islamabad | Thursday, 2020 2:15:05 PM IST
While reiterating his hesitance in imposing a full-scale lockdown in Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan urged the country's leaders to "discuss and reassess" their strategies in order to find a way to tackle the situation brought about by the coronavirus ... read..

Sri Lanka urges for international debt relief due to COVID-19
Colombo | Thursday, 2020 11:15:05 AM IST
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appealed to international donor agencies to provide debt relief to vulnerable and developing nations who have been hit by the COVID-19 virus, his office said in a statement. ... read..

Imran against lockdown, Nepal's infra lack a concern for India
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2020 11:45:05 PM IST
While there have been some concerns over India not going for aggressive testing of Covid-19, a larger concern in the area appears to be that of the situation in the eight-nation SAARC block, where the health infrastructure in most members, especially thos ... read..

No DTC buses to Nepal till March 31
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2020 9:45:05 PM IST
The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has suspended its bus service to Kathmandu in Nepal till March 31 amid coronavirus scare for the safety of passengers, bus crew and the general public. ... read..

Pakistan coronavirus cases reach 903
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2020 8:45:05 PM IST
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Pakistan has reached 903 on Tuesday, while the death toll stood at six, according to authorities. ... read..

Myanmar reports first coronavirus cases
Yangon | Tuesday, 2020 5:15:05 PM IST
Myanmar has confirmed the country's its first coronavirus infections, which was detected in two citizens returning from overseas, the Ministry of Health and Sports said on Tuesday. ... read..

US reduces assistance to Afghanistan over political impasse
Kabul | Tuesday, 2020 4:45:05 PM IST
The US has decided to reduce assistance to Afghanistan by $1 billion this year due to the Afghan leadership's failure to form an inclusive government, the Stat Department announced. ... read..

B'desh declares public holiday, army to assist in COVID-19 fight
Dhaka | Tuesday, 2020 3:15:05 PM IST
Due to the increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country, the Bangladeshi government has declared a public holiday from March 26 to April 4, while the army will be deployed to assist authorities in the fight against the pandemic. ... read..

Pakistanis stranded at Qatar, UAE airports set to return
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2020 3:15:05 PM IST
In order to facilitate the return of Pakistani nationals stranded at the Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Doha airports due to the coronavirus pandemic, the government in Islamabad has permitted Fly Dubai and Qatar Airways to operate special flights, which are expect ... read..

Pak approves financial relief package over COVID-19 impact
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2020 2:45:05 PM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved a financial relief package for different segments of society who were vulnerable to the adverse impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the countrys economy, it was reported on Tuesday. ... read..

Troops deployed across Pakistan to fight COVID-19
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2020 2:45:05 PM IST
Pakistan's Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has ordered the deployment of troops and militarys medical resources across the country to fight the coronavirus pandemic which has so far infected 878 people and killed six others, a media report s ... read..

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