Trump calls Modi for drug, Modi says both countries will fight pandemic in 'full strength'

US President Donald Trump has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for hydroxychloroquine and the Indian leader has agreed to bring the "full strength" of India-US partnership to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Hydroxychloroquine is in short supply in the US after Trump promoted it as a preventive and a therapy for COVID-19

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Sri Lanka digitally signs World Bank credit to fight coronavirus

Sri Lanka has signed a 128.6 million US dollar credit to help its fight against Coronavirus with the country aggressively detecting cases linked to foreigners or foreign returnees, quarantining them, the Finance Ministry said

IIT-R develops low-cost portable ventilator

The Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee(IIT-R) recently hit headlines after a team of researchers at the institute developed a low-cost portable ventilator that might prove useful for the survival of COVID-19 patients

India's DRDO develops critical equipment for fighting COVID-19

India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), which has been tracking the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) since the world media started reporting its devastating impact in China’s Wuhan Province, took a call in the first week of March 2020 to enhance efforts to create countermeasures to stop the spread of the disease in India

Moody’s sees Pakistan growth rates sliding to 2pc

Moody’s Investors Service on Thursday estimated Pakistan’s growth rate could further slide to two per cent during the current fiscal year owing to Covid-19 outbreak and believed recent steps by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) would soften the impact of the pandemic on the country’s banks

SriLankan Airlines to slash staff pay

State-run SriLankan Airlines said it will slash staff pay and negotiate deferred payments from suppliers with the fleet grounded and only cargo flight to be operated, due to Coroanvirus

Maldivian makes history, becomes first to be named in Forbes Asia top 30

A tech wiz, Mohamed Afzal, has made history by becoming the first Maldivian national to be named on the Forbes list of top 30 young entrepreneurs in Asia

Sri Lanka GDP grows 2.3-pct in 2019

Sri Lanka’s gross domestic product grew 2.3 percent in 2019, down from 3.3 percent a year earlier, the statistics office said as the country started to stabilize after a currency collapse triggered by money printed to keep rates down in 2018, ECONOMYNEXT reported

Bangladesh faces $6 billion hit as world retailers cancel orders

Bangladesh, the second-largest garment producer after China, may lose roughly $6 billion in export revenue this financial year amid cancellations from some of the world’s largest brands and retailers, two major industry bodies said


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Soleimani killing will lead to reprisal, increase chances of regional conflict: Dilip Hiro

After the targeted killing of Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force by the US, the Persian Gulf nation is not going to sit silent…

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