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Sri Lanka, Maldives eliminate measles, rubella in SE Asia: WHO

Maldives and Sri Lanka were verified on Wednesday for having eliminated rubella, making them the first two countries in the World Health Organization South-East Asia region to achieve that ahead of the 2023 target, the WHO in Sri Lanka said in a statement

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India, Sweden to cooperate in fight against COVID-19

India'sHealth Minister Harsh Vardhan and his Swedish counterpart Lena Hallengren on Tuesday discussed via video link the status and plans to handle coronavirus and decided to co-operate in the field of health and medicine

Bangladesh eases more curbs to lure investors shying away from China

Bangladesh Bank is relaxing restrictions further to attract foreign direct investment being diverted from China amidst the coronavirus pandemic

Infosys flies techies, families to Bengaluru from US

Global software major Infosys flew some of its techies and their families from the US to the city in a chartered flight amid the COVID-19 pandemic, an official said on Tuesday

Bangladesh Red Crescent Society gets Tk 90.6 lakh from EU to combat flood impacts

In response to severe flooding that submerged parts of Bangladesh in late June, the European Union is providing EUR 100,000 (Tk 90.6 lakh) to Bangladesh Red Crescent Society for early anticipatory action in order to reduce impacts on the most affected communities

Saudi Arabia pledges to build 100 schools in Afghanistan

Saudi Arabia has pledged funding for 35 development projects, including the construction of 100 schools, in Afghanistan, according to a statement from the Saudi Arabian embassy in Kabul

Covid vaccine could be out by December: Bangladeshi scientist

Claiming success in preliminary animal modelling trial of COVID-19 vaccine, Globe Biotech Limited has claimed to be the first company from Bangladesh to have a COVID-19 vaccine under development

Maldives, Saudi Fund sign US$ 50 mln agreements on housing, fisheries sector development

The Government of Maldives and the Saudi Fund for Development (SDF) on Sunday signed two agreements totalling 50 million US dollars on affordable housing scheme project and fisheries sector development project

Already fragile, Himalaya faces COVID-19 risk

The 300 million inhabitants of the Himalayan mountains, already threatened by the climate crisis, now face new risks to their livelihoods from the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic

Pakistan gets Rs335 bn debt relief from G-20

Pakistan has reconciled its debt with over one dozen bilateral creditors so far out of total 20 countries and then debt relief agreement will be signed with each of the country separately before deadline of December 31, 2020, in order to avail debt relief of slightly over $2 billion (Rs335 billion), The News has learnt

India sounds confident of Covid vaccine development

As India races to bring a vaccine for COVID-19 by mid-August, the government said that it is entering the human trial stage which "marks the beginning of the end"

Pakistan to open four border points with Iran

The Pakistan government has opened four border points with neighbouring Iran from Sunday for trade. The four border entry points in Balochistan would remain opened throughout the week, The Express Tribune reported

India allows import through Benapole after Bangladesh exporters’ tit-for-tat move

India has finally allowed goods in from Bangladesh through Benapole Land Port in Jashore days after Bangladeshi exporters blocked imports from across the border

'India-Bangladesh Border Haats to boost economy, people's ties'

Border Haats along the India-Bangladesh frontier must restart soon while maintaining necessary precautions against COVID-19, including social distancing, as these markets boost the economy, fortify ties among the people of the two neighbouring nations, and also check illegal trades, experts and economists said

Banks in Bangladesh have the lowest capital base in South Asia

The capital base of Bangladesh's banking sector is much weaker than in peer countries -- a situation that not only highlights its frailty but also the heightened vulnerability amid the coronavirus pandemic

Neighbours can do power trading on Indian power exchanges soon

Indian power exchanges may soon host buyers and sellers from neighbouring countries as India looks to operationalise cross-border sale and purchase of electricity for which regulations were finalised last year

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Following protests, US says students in-person, online course combinations can get visas

Facing a firestorm of protests both abroad and within the US, the State Department is trying to reassure students and universities by reiterating that those taking a combination of in-person and…