Wed, 08 Dec 2021

YANGON -- Myanmar's Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment for COVID-19 on Saturday announced further extension of the closure of schools nationwide until the end of October.

The move was made in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 and to make preparations for reopening schools, the committee said.(Myanmar-School Closure-Extension)

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia on Saturday lifted the ban on all flights from Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines after most of the kingdom's population have been vaccinated against COVID-19, Health Minister Mam Bunheng said in a press statement.

Cambodia banned all flights from the three ASEAN member states in August last year in order to curb COVID-19. The decision to lift the ban was made by Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen and it took effect immediately, the health minister said.

"It's part of the country's move to reopen social and economic activities gradually in all areas by adapting to the new normal and to reactivate air transport services," Bunheng said.(Cambodia-Flights)

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SINGAPORE -- Singapore will bring the recently Pandemic Special Access Route (PSAR)-authorized Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine into the National Vaccination Program, the Ministry of Health said Saturday.

The move will allow the small minority of unvaccinated individuals, especially those who cannot take the mRNA vaccines due to medical conditions, to become fully vaccinated safely.(Singapore-China-Vaccine)

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SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir -- Three members of a nomadic family were killed and one was critically injured Saturday after a landslide hit their makeshift tent in Indian-controlled Kashmir, officials said.

The landslide triggered by incessant rains hit the household at village Noorpora of Tral in Pulwama district, about 45 km south of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.(India-Kashmir-landslide)

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NEW DELHI -- At least 12 trekkers from two different teams were killed after being caught in snow between Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, officials said Saturday.

Rescue teams have retrieved the bodies and intensified the search for missing ones.

"As per information received on Thursday about missing tourists, two bodies were retrieved from Himachal Pradesh side and five bodies and two injured were recovered from Uttarakhand side," an official at Himachal Pradesh's emergency operation center said. "Two persons from the group are still missing."(India-Trekkers-Snow)

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KABUL -- The Torkham border crossing point which links Afghanistan and Pakistan has been reopened and those having travel documents can cross it, Abdul Qahar Balkhi, spokesman for the Afghan foreign ministry, has said.

"The Torkham gate is reopened and those Afghans have passport and Pakistan visa can cross the border," Balkhi said in his twitter account.

Reopening of Torkham crossing point has been announced after the visit of Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to Kabul on Thursday.(Afghanistan-Pakistan-Border Crossing)

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