Category: Asia

Sri Lanka begins trial of 25 accused of plotting 2019 Easter bombings

COLOMBO, Nov 23 – A Sri Lankan court on Tuesday began the trial of 25 men accused of plotting the Easter Sunday bombings that killed nearly 270 people in 2019, as lawyers warned of a protracted and complicated legal battle ahead. The suspects were brought under heavy guard […]

Delta variant sweeps Asia, prompting curbs as vaccination remains tepid

SEOUL/SYDNEY, July 2 – The highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus is surging through Asia this week, with record numbers of infections in Australia and South Korea, prompting some countries to tighten curbs and others to hasten vaccination. The variant, first detected in India in December last […]

First batch of COVID-19 vaccines arrives in Singapore

Singapore, Dec 22: Singapore has received its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines, making it the first country in Asia to take the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech as it plans to inoculate its 5.7 million people by the third quarter of 2021. The first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech […]

Protests rumble in India over alleged gang-rape of young woman

LUCKNOW – Galvanised by the alleged gang-rape of a young woman who died of her injuries earlier this week, political parties representing India’s downtrodden Dalit community held small protests in several cities on Friday. In Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, the capital of the state where the […]

Attacks surge in northwest Pakistan as Afghan peace effort brings shifting sands

ISLAMABAD – Militants have stepped up attacks on security forces in northwest Pakistan raising fears of a revival of their insurgency and a return of lawlessness as brighter prospects for peace in Afghanistan herald shifting Islamist alliances. The ethnic Pashtun border region was for years a haven for […]

5M people infected, India’s virus outbreak still soaring

NEW DELHI — India’s confirmed coronavirus infections passed 5 million on Wednesday, still soaring and testing the feeble health care system in tens of thousands of impoverished towns and villages. The world’s second-most populous country has added more than 1 million cases this month alone and is expected […]

Asia Today: India cases climb to 4.75M as recovery improves

NEW DELHI — India has registered a single-day spike of 94,372 new coronavirus cases, driving the country’s overall tally to 4.75 million. The Health Ministry on Sunday also reported 1,114 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities up to 78,586. Even as infections are growing faster […]

India takes 13 days to cross 40 lakh COVID-19 cases from 30 lakh; record 86,432 infections reported in a day

New Delhi, Sep 5: India’s COVID-19 infection tally sprinted past 40 lakh, just 13 days after it crossed 30 lakh, with a record 86,432 cases being reported in a day, while recoveries have surged to 31,07,223 on Saturday pushing the recovery rate to 77.23 per cent, according to the […]

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