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Coronavirus
VERY HIGH
Pakistan Deaths
15,982
11024hr
Pakistan Cases
745,182
536424hr
Sindh
270,963
Punjab
261,173
Balochistan
20,662
Islamabad
68,665
KPK
103,419

South Asia

Delhi COVID-19 cemetery running low on space as deaths mount
South Asia

Delhi COVID-19 cemetery running low on space as deaths mount

  • "You told me not to go outside but I didn't listen," he cries. "It's my fault," he shouts over and over. "I'm sorry."
  • On Thursday, a steady stream of ambulances arrived at the Jadid Qabristan cemetery on the outskirts of the ancient walled city, where a vast patch of wasteground was turned into a COVID-19 burial ground last year.
Published 16 Apr, 2021 06:18pm
Second S.Korean deal to produce Russia's Sputnik V
South Asia

Second S.Korean deal to produce Russia's Sputnik V

  • The deal to produce Sputnik V - for export rather than domestic use - is the second in South Korea and comes after biotech firm GL Rapha signed a deal late last year to make more than 150 million doses of the vaccine per year.
  • Huons said on Friday its consortium will begin producing sample batches in August and would respond flexibly to supply demand from the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Russia's sovereign wealth fund.
Published 16 Apr, 2021 05:04pm
India's military chief concerned about US pullout from Afghanistan
South Asia

India's military chief concerned about US pullout from Afghanistan

  • India is concerned about a vacuum developing in Afghanistan following the proposed withdrawal of United States and NATO forces from the country, the chief of the defence staff said on Thursday.
  • General Bipin Rawat told a security conference that the worry was “disruptors” would step into the space created by the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan.
Published 15 Apr, 2021 09:50pm
Thailand readies restrictions as coronavirus cases surge
South Asia

Thailand readies restrictions as coronavirus cases surge

  • "We have to divide up the areas based on seriousness, which is different and so measures have to be suitable for each area," Chawetsan told a briefing.
  • Activities involving over 50 people would be prohibited and 18 provinces, including Bangkok, classified as red zones and the remaining 59 provinces as orange.
Published 15 Apr, 2021 07:46pm
China says time to up pace on Iran negotiations after Natanz disruption
South Asia

China says time to up pace on Iran negotiations after Natanz disruption

  • "We do think that all these developments have reinforced our conviction that what is needed most now as a top priority is to do away with any disruptive factors and pick up the pace of negotiation here," Wang Qun, China's ambassador to the UN atomic watchdog, told reporters after senior diplomats ended a meeting in Vienna.
Published 15 Apr, 2021 06:23pm
Biden ready to announce U.S. withdrawal, even as peace eludes Afghanistan
South Asia

Biden ready to announce U.S. withdrawal, even as peace eludes Afghanistan

  • President Joe Biden’s planned announcement on Wednesday of a complete U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 aims to close the book on America’s longest war, as critics warn that peace is anything but assured after two decades of fighting.
  • As officials disclosed Biden’s pullout plans, the U.S. intelligence community renewed deep concerns on Tuesday about the outlook for the U.S.-backed government in Kabul, which is clinging to an eroding stalemate.
Published 14 Apr, 2021 01:45pm
Chinese premier calls for more communication between China, US
South Asia

Chinese premier calls for more communication between China, US

  • "If you believe you've been harmed or bullied in China, tell us first," Zhang Huanteng, vice director of the Department of National Economy at the NDRC.
  • "We'd feel very wronged if we aren't aware of things and the US government tells us first," said Zhang, adding that Chinese regulators were baffled when they first read the US Section 301 Report, which set off the Sino-US trade war.
Published 13 Apr, 2021 05:39pm
Iran sees record spike in COVID cases after holiday travels
South Asia

Iran sees record spike in COVID cases after holiday travels

  • Health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state TV on Tuesday that 24,760 new daily cases were identified, taking the total to 2,118,212 cases. The daily death toll rose to 291, the highest since Dec. 9, to bring the total to 65,055.
  • Lari said 295 counties have been classified as very high-risk "red" zones, and 99 as high-risk "orange" areas, while 45 counties were rated "yellow" and just 9 as low-risk "blue" zones.
Published 13 Apr, 2021 06:09pm
Japan proposes joint naval drill with Germany
South Asia

Japan proposes joint naval drill with Germany

  • Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi held the talks with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer via video conferencing.
  • In the East China Sea, Beijing claims a group of uninhabited Japanese-administered islets, and the dispute has long troubled bilateral relations.
Published 13 Apr, 2021 05:41pm
Taliban not attending peace conference in Turkey, thwarting U.S. efforts to secure peace deal
South Asia

Taliban not attending peace conference in Turkey, thwarting U.S. efforts to secure peace deal

  • On Monday, a Taliban spokesperson stated that the religious militia group will not be attending a peace conference tentatively planned for later this week in Turkey, jeopardising U.S. efforts to facilitate a practical peace plan.
  • Officials from the Biden Administration, the United States and Turkey stated that they intended to begin the conference on Friday, which was set to last around 10 days.
Updated 13 Apr, 2021 12:47pm
China March new bank loans rise but broad credit growth eases
South Asia

China March new bank loans rise but broad credit growth eases

  • March new loans 2.73 trln yuan vs forecast 2.45 trln yuan.
  • Q1 new loans at record high - Reuters calculations.
  • March M2 money supply +9.4% y/y, vs forecast of +9.6%.
  • Outstanding TSF +12.3% Y/Y, vs 13.3% in Feb.
  • March TSF 3.34 trln yuan, vs forecast 3.70 trln yuan.
Published 12 Apr, 2021 06:31pm