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GMS countries mull welcoming vaccinated visitors

CAMBODIA (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN)  -- Five of the six Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries  Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam are willing to welcome tourists fully-vaccinated against Covid-19 to their shores amid the pandemic, in an effort to kick-start a recovery in the tourism market dampened by Covid-19.

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- 9 killed in California mass shooting
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The accident happened underground between the Kampung Baru and KLCC stations at 8.45pm. .... More >>>
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The event addresses the theme of “Land tenure in Mekong forest landscapes: advancing the recognition of customary rights and responsible investment practices”. Due to Covid 19 restrictions on travel and public gathering, the forum will be held online by the Mekong Region Land Governance (MRLG) project, together with the Land Portal.... More >>>
- Xi, Putin witness launch of joint nuclear energy project, high-quality China-Russia cooperation boosted
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- China succeeds in first Mars landing
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INDIA (China Daily/ANN) -- With coronavirus infections surging deeper into record territory, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing growing pressure to impose a harsh nationwide lockdown amid criticism that restrictions imposed by individual states ... More >>>
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MOSCOW (TASS) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan hope that the two countries will be able to revive tourism traffic thanks to the measures Turkey is taking to curb the spread of the coronavirus.... More >>>
- Turkey releases weekly provincial COVID-19 statistics
TURKEY (Turkey News Agency) -- Turkey’s health minister on Tuesday announced the latest weekly infection rates for COVID-19 across various regions of the country. ... More >>>
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- India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 19 mln, with over 400,000 daily cases
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- China launches space station core module Tianhe
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- City poor barely on govt’s mind
BANGLADESH (The Daily Star/ANN) -- Over the last couple of weeks, Abdus Sobhan, a day labourer in the capital, saw his earnings drop to almost nothing.
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- India sends army to help hospitals hit by COVID-19 as countries promise aid
NEW DELHI (China Daily/ANN) -- India ordered its armed forces on Monday to help tackle surging new coronavirus infectionns, as nations including Britain, Germany and the United States pledged urgent medical aid to try to contain an emergency overwhelming the country’s hospitals. ... More >>>
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WASHINGTON (China Daily/ANN) -- The US State Department has added about 100 countries this week to its “Level Four: Do Not Travel” advisory list, putting the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Mexico, Germany and others on the list, citing a “very high level of COVID-19.”... More >>>
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AUSTRALIA (China Daily/ANN) -- Australia faces a challenging future and confronts the possibility of the catastrophic bushfires that ... More >>>
- Xi urges resolute efforts to curb telecom, online fraud
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- CNB seizes nearly US$1.7 million worth of drugs, including largest cannabis haul in 14 years
SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) -- The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) has seized about 20.5kg of cannabis in a drug bust - the largest haul of the drug in 14 years. The two-day crackdown, which started on Tuesday (March 16), also saw officers seize about 8.3kg of heroin, about 6.4kg of crystalline methamphetamine, also known as Ice, 1,091 Ecstasy tablets and 1,000 Erimin-5 tablets from multiple locations.
The total amount of drugs seized is estimated to be worth nearly US$1.7 million and can feed 3,950 heroin abusers, 3,700 Ice abusers and 2,930 cannabis abusers for a week.... More >>>
- Mixed reaction for “green” vaccine passport in Europe
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- Vietnam successfully clones pigs
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