Tue, 18 May 2021

HONG KONG -- Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government Paul Chan on Friday updated business leaders from Britain on Hong Kong's leading position as a global investment and trade hub at an online meeting.

Chan highlighted the restoration of social and political stability due to the enactment of the national security law in Hong Kong and the improvement to the electoral system of Hong Kong. (Hong Kong-Financial Chief-Britain)

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JAKARTA -- The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia increased by 5,500 in the past 24 hours to 1,668,368, with the death toll from the epidemic adding by 187 to 45,521, the Indonesian Health Ministry said on Friday.

According to the ministry, 5,202 more patients were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries from the pandemic to 1,522,634. (Indonesia-COVID-19)

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ISLAMABAD -- The first-ever containerized shipment from Pakistan's southern Karachi port left for Uzbekistan after getting clearance from the country's northwest Torkham border under the Transport Internationaux Routiers (TIR) rules, Abdul Razak Dawood, advisor to Pakistani prime minister on commerce and investment, said on Friday.

Calling the development "the beginning of a new era whereby there would be free movement of trucks between Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asian Republics (CARs)," Dawood said in a tweet that Pakistan's Ministry of Commerce had been working to open up trade with Uzbekistan and beyond since long. (Pakistan-Uzbekistan-TIR)

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MUMBAI -- India's western state of Maharashtra has extended its stringent restrictions to curb the COVID-19 resurgence by two weeks till May 15.

The western state had imposed restrictions till April 30 that included imposing section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code that prohibits assembly of five or more people at one spot and shutting down all establishments with essential services being exempted for the next two weeks across the state without levying a lockdown. (India-Maharashtra-Restrictions)

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MANSEHRA, Pakistan -- Pakistan's Suki Kinari (SK) Hydropower Project in the northwestern part of the country achieved the second-stage river closure on Friday, entering a new phase of its dam construction.

The successful cut of the Kunhar River's main riverbed with the river being diverted to spillway is to create free-from-water working areas for construction of concrete dam of the power station under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), located in the Mansehra district of the South Asian country's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. (Pakistan-CPEC-SK hydropower)

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