Wed, 18 May 2022

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani Minister for Commerce Syed Naveed Qamar said on Thursday that his country has been taking special measures to further enhance trade ties and connectivity with Central Asian countries to boost the national economy.

Pakistan has been working on a policy to enhance trade and connectivity with Central Asia, and the government has already taken several measures to materialize the policy, the minister said. (Pakistan-Central Asian countries-Trade)

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HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government announced Thursday that about 3.38 million people had received their third COVID-19 vaccine dose as of Thursday, accounting for 50 percent of the population aged 12 or above.

The HKSAR government appealed to eligible persons for receiving the third dose of COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible to enhance protection and to prepare for the implementation of stage three Vaccine Pass at the end of this month. (Hong Kong-COVID-19-Vaccination Rate)

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COLOMBO -- Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed leader of the United National Party Ranil Wickremesinghe as the prime minister on Thursday.

Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the prime minister by Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Colombo Thursday evening.

Wickremesinghe had served as the prime minister. (Sri Lanka-Prime Minister)

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NEW DELHI -- India's federal education ministry has issued guidelines for schools to combat the ill effects of the ongoing heatwave, officials said Thursday.

With India Meteorological Department (IMD) declaring a heatwave in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) from Friday, the guidelines say schools should reduce hours, relax uniform norms and restrict outdoor activities. (India-Heatwave)

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