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Sri Lankan women wrongfully detained in Saudi Arabia due to abusive kafala system –...

At least 41 Sri Lankan women, the majority of whom are migrant domestic workers, have spent months on end arbitrarily detained at...

Global COVID death toll surpasses 3 million

More than 3 million deaths related to COVID-19 infection have been reported around the world, foreign media reported. The...

Japan troops to conduct nationwide drills for 1st time in 30 yrs

Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force said Thursday it will conduct nationwide exercises involving all of its units for the first time in about...

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Murali named Wisden Almanack’s ODI cricketer of the 2000s

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first One-Day International, five ODI cricketers of the decade have been named in the 2021...

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India approves Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine for emergency use

India granted emergency use approval to Russia's highly effective Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, making it the third such shot approved by the...

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Japan troops to conduct nationwide drills for 1st time in 30 yrs

Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force said Thursday it will conduct nationwide exercises involving all of its units for the first time in about...

Sri Lanka signs USD 500 mn loan agreement with China

The Government of Sri Lanka has signed a loan agreement of USD 500 million with the China Development Bank (CDB).

North Korea completes building new 3,000-ton submarine: Report

South Korean and U.S. intelligence authorities believe North Korea is ready to roll out a new 3,000-ton submarine, only waiting for the...

Tokyo Gas to install 19 offshore wind turbines in carbon-free push

Tokyo Gas Co. will install 19 offshore wind turbines near the eastern Japan coast from 2024 as the government moves toward its...

Japan COVID patient receives world’s 1st living donor lung transplant

Kyoto University Hospital said Thursday it has performed the world's first living donor lung transplant on a patient who lost functionality of...

South Asia

India approves Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine for emergency use

India granted emergency use approval to Russia's highly effective Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, making it the third such shot approved by the...

Delhi Fire Services received over 2500 calls in March

The fire department responded to 2,573 calls in Delhi in March as compared to over 1,600 in last year, officials said on...

India finalizes air bubble pact with Sri Lanka

India’s Civil Aviation Ministry stated that Sri Lanka has established a bilateral air bubble arrangement with India for the operation of special...

Pakistan’s first liver autotransplantation procedure performed at DUHS

In a first  for Pakistan, the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), Karachi, performed a liver autotransplantation procedure successfully.

Nearly 100 migratory birds found dead amid second wave of bird flu in Himachal

Around 100 migratory birds have been found dead in Pong Dam Lake in the last two weeks after the outbreak of a...

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South Eastern Asia

Top tourist destinations in Thailand temporarily closed to visitors

People have been travelling in droves from main cities, especially Bangkok, to their hometowns or to famous attractions during the Songkran holidays....

Singapore becomes 1st country to ratify RCEP deal

Singapore ratified the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, becoming the first participating country of the world's largest free trade deal to do so,...

Museum of Ice Cream among 3 tourist attractions opening in Singapore

Singapore is opening three new tourist attractions – including the US-based Museum of Ice Cream – even as global travel remains limited...

BUSINESS

Toyota eyes record 9.2 million unit global output in 2021

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to increase its global output to a record high of around 9.2 million vehicles in 2021 as sales...

Bitcoin tops $40,000 on continued monetary easing

The price of digital currency Bitcoin topped $40,000 for the first time Thursday as continued monetary easing by major central banks over...

Sport

FIFA suspends Chad and Pakistan football associations

The Bureau of the FIFA Council took the following decisions concerning the governance of two member associations. Suspension...

Tokyo 2020: No international fans at Olympics and Paralympics

No international fans will be permitted at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer because of concerns over the coronavirus...

Hackers trained by Tokyo Olympics organizers to fight cyberattacks

The organizing committee of this summer's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has trained 220 IT security experts or so-called white hat hackers to...

Masked and muted Olympics will still dominate crowded 2021 in sports

The rescheduled Tokyo Olympics will be the centrepiece of a crammed sporting year in 2021 as sports administrators who had their calendars...