Thu, 09 Jul 2020

NEW DELHI -- India's economic growth rate during the full financial year of 2019-20 slowed to 4.2 percent as compared to 6.1 percent expansion in 2018-19, government data released on Friday showed.

The annual expansion in the GDP at 4.2 percent in fiscal year 2019-20 is the lowest pace of growth in 11 years, as against a previously projected 5 percent. (India-GDP)

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TOKYO -- The second phase of Tokyo easing its coronavirus-linked business activities will begin on Monday, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said Friday, despite a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in the capital.

"I want the operators of those facilities to take thorough measures to prevent the spread of infection using this weekend," Koike told a press conference on the matter. (Japan-Pandemic-Easing control)

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MANILA -- The number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines on Friday reached 16,634, after the health authorities reported 1,046 more cases in the country.

The Department of Health (DOH) said in a daily bulletin that, of these, 46 are newly validated cases while 1,000 are delayed cases. (Philippines-COVID-19)

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JAKARTA -- The trade relationship between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries remains resilient despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Chinese Ambassador to ASEAN Deng Xijun said here Friday.

Citing data from China's General Administration of Customs, the diplomat said that there is a 6.1-percent growth of China-ASEAN trade in goods in the first quarter of 2020 with a value exceeding 140 billion U.S. dollars. (Indonesia-China-ASEAN-Trade)

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