Ex-Guantanamo detainees and wanted man named by Taliban to new caretaker government
The Taliban on Tuesday announced the formation of a hardline interim government for Afghanistan, filling top posts with veterans of the militant group who oversaw the 20-year fight against the US-led military coalition.
Taliban banns Afghan women from sport
Afghan women, including the country’s women’s cricket team, will be banned from playing sport under the new Taliban government, according to an official in the hardline Islamist group.
ShopUp raises USD75 million in Bangladesh’s largest funding
ShopUp, a startup that is digitising neighbourhood stores in Bangladesh, raised USD75 million in a new financing round that is also the largest in South Asia.
A COVID-19 success story
A recent assessment conducted with support from the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicated that there was ‘little or no effect’ of the pandemic on essential health services delivery in the country.
China to maintain communication with Taliban government
China said on Wednesday it is ready to maintain communication with the leaders of the new Taliban government in Afghanistan, calling it a "necessary step" in reconstruction.
UK criticises Hong Kong arrests
British foreign minister Dominic Raab criticised the arrest of members from pro-democracy group by Hong Kong police on Wednesday calling it another example of how China was using a security law to stifle dissent in the former British colony.
India deepens anti-terrorism ties with Russia
India and Russia believe that foreign militant groups operating from Afghanistan pose a threat to central Asia and to India and agreed to deepen anti-terrorism cooperation at a meeting of their national security chiefs on Wednesday, officials said.
India may let foreign investors buy up to 20% in LIC IPO
The Indian government is considering allowing foreign institutional investors to buy up to a total of 20 percent in state-owned Life Insurance Corporation (LIC), reported Reuters citing a government source.
Former PM to lead coronavirus recovery
Former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin was appointed chairman of a council that will focus on economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
IBN seeks to draw USD10 billion investments over five years
The Investment Board Nepal (IBN), a high-level government body formed to facilitate large-scale investments, on Wednesday unveiled a strategic plan aiming to attract investments of 10 billion U.S. dollars in the next five years.
Singapore reports highest cases in more than a year
Singapore's health ministry recorded 328 new domestic coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the highest daily number of new infections in more than a year.
🇱🇰 Sri Lanka
Government issues line by line response to Al Jazeera story on food and forex shortage
Sri Lankan Government issued a line by line response to an Al Jazeera news story published earlier this week under the title “Sri Lanka declares food emergency as forex crisis worsens”