Sat, 10 Jun 2023

KABUL -- More than 7,000 families have received food assistance in two Afghan provinces in recent days, authorities said on Monday.

In eastern Parwan province, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) with the cooperation of the Afghan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development distributed food packages to 4,400 destitute families in Jabalusaraj and Surkhi Parsa districts, the ministry confirmed in a statement.

The packages consisted of flour, cooking oil, beans, and salt, according to the statement. (Afghanistan-Food Assistance)

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HONG KONG -- The government of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) announced on Monday that it will accept the COVID-19 vaccination records issued by Ecuador, Kenya, Seychelles, and Venezuela as recognized records for persons arriving at Hong Kong who have stayed in overseas places.

The relevant arrangements will take effect on Wednesday local time. The HKSAR government also reminds persons traveling to Hong Kong that the COVID-19 testing certificates under the EU Digital COVID Certificate mechanism can serve as a documentary proof for pre-boarding nucleic acid tests.

On Monday, Hong Kong registered 113 new COVID-19 cases by nucleic acid tests, and 121 additional cases through self-reported rapid antigen tests, official data showed. (Hong Kong-COVID 19-Overseas Vaccination)

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DHAKA -- The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the government of Bangladesh have signed a 200 million U.S. dollars on-lending facility to Infrastructure Development Co. Ltd (IDCOL) to finance infrastructure projects in Bangladesh.

IDCOL is a government-owned non-banking financial institution established for infrastructure financing in Bangladesh.

AIIB's investment will provide IDCOL with financing that it will further onlend to private companies to support infrastructure projects, said the Beijing-based lender in a statement posted on its website recently. (Bangladesh-AIIB-Infrastructure)

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KATHMANDU -- Nepal and India on Monday inked six deals on cooperation in areas including hydropower and education during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Nepal.

The six memoranda of understanding were signed in Lumbini, southern Nepal.

During his stay in Nepal, Modi held talks with Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba. (Nepal-India-Ties)

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