Mon, 17 Jan 2022

CANBERRA -- The state government of South Australia (SA) has imposed further border restrictions amid concerns about the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

Premier Steven Marshall on Saturday announced that SA's borders will remain open to domestic travellers but those from the COVID-hit Australian Capital Territory (ACT), New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria must have a coronavirus test on arrival and isolate until it comes back negative. (Australia-COVID-19-Border Restrictions) KABUL -- Afghan security forces have discovered and seized a variety of weapons from eastern Panjshir province, the state-run news agency Bakhtar reported Saturday.

"Security forces of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan during several military operations have collected 74 rounds of different types of weapons in Abshar district of Panjshir province," Bakhtar said in its report.

The seized weapons have been submitted to relevant organs, the news agency added. (Afghanistan-Panjshir)

MACAO -- Electric manned aircraft, modularized integrated building technologies, intelligent recharging platform for electric vehicles, and contactless delivery robots...these are just a glimpse of the many hi-tech products showcased at the first BEYOND International Technology Innovation Expo.

The expo, being held in China's Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR), pools together the latest achievements of around 300 multi-national corporations, unicorn companies and start-ups worldwide. (Macao-BEYOND Expo,Feature) KATHMANDU -- The Nepali authorities have come up with a plan to regulate Internet of Things (IoT) and machine to machine (M2M) communication by prioritizing data security.

The draft regulatory framework unveiled by the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) on Friday covers the issuance of licenses to IoT and M2M service providers, spectrum distribution and data security. (Nepal-IoT Regulation) JAKARTA -- Semeru volcano in Indonesia's East Java province erupted on Saturday, leaving one killed, two missing and 40 others injured, a local official told a joint virtual press conference.

The disaster also damaged scores of houses in the district and hot lava hampered rescuers from evacuating eight trapped miners who asked authorities by mobile phones for help, said the Lumajang District's Deputy Head Indah Amperawati Masdar. (Indonesia-volcanic-eruption) KABUL -- A bomb blast rocked Police District 4 of Kabul, capital of Afghansitan, on Saturday with no casualties confirmed, Interior Ministry spokesman Qari Sayed Khosti said.

The blast took place in Taimany locality of Police District 4 but caused no loss of life and property damage, the spokesman said. (Afghanistan-Blast)

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