B'desh extends ban on all passenger flights until April 7
Curfew in 6 SL districts to continue indefinitely
  • Curfew in 6 SL districts to continue indefinitely(11:23)
    Colombo, March 29 (IANS) A curfew currently in force in Sri Lanka's Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutura, Puttalam, Kandy and Jaffna districts would continue until further notice due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the country, the Presidents Media Division (PMD) said on Sunday.
'Afghan govt team violates US-Taliban deal'
  • 'Afghan govt team violates US-Taliban deal'(10:51)
    Kabul, March 29 (IANS) The Taliban has said that it had some reservations about the peace negotiating team formed by the Afghan government, saying it violated the deal the militant group signed with the US last month, a media report said.
Kabul residents flout lockdown rules
  • Kabul residents flout lockdown rules(10:32)
    Kabul, March 29 (IANS) Many residents of Kabul paid little attention to the coronavirus lockdown imposed by the Afghan government due to the coronavirus pandemic and treated the day more like a holiday, a media report said.
Sri Lanka reports first COVID-19 death
  • Sri Lanka reports first COVID-19 death(09:06)
    Colombo, March 29 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Health Ministry said that a 60-year-old man who tested positive for the novel coronavirus has died while being under critical care at the National Infectious Disease Hospital on the outskirts of Colombo.
Pak's western, eastern borders to be closed for 2 more weeks
  • Pak's western, eastern borders to be closed for 2 more weeks(08:31)
    Islamabad, March 29 (IANS) Pakistan has decided to keep its western borders with Iran and Afghanistan as well as its eastern border with India closed for two more weeks due to the cornavirus pandemic, a top government official sad here.
ADB gives B'desh $300,000 in aid against COVID-19
  • ADB gives B'desh $300,000 in aid against COVID-19(14:14)
    Dhaka, March 28 (IANS) The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved an emergency grant of $300,000 to aid Bangladeshs fight against the coronavirus pandemic, a media report said on Saturday.
UN concerned over release of convicted SL soldier
  • UN concerned over release of convicted SL soldier(14:05)
    Colombo, March 28 (IANS) The UN has expressed concerns over the release of a convicted Sri Lankan soldier, who was sentenced in 2015 for the murder of eight civilians after more than a decade long trial, a media report said.
Lockdown imposed in Kabul due to hike in COVID-19 cases
  • Lockdown imposed in Kabul due to hike in COVID-19 cases(13:21)
    Kabul, March 28 (IANS) Afghan authorities have imposed a lockdown in the capital city of Kabul starting from Saturday for at least a period of three weeks as the country witnessed an increade in the number of coronavirus cases.
Pak to set up youth force to help with COVID-19 response
  • Pak to set up youth force to help with COVID-19 response(09:09)
    Islamabad, March 28 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said that his government has decided to set up a "Corona Tigers Relief Force" which would enlist youth volunteers from across the country to help deal with coronavirus relief efforts.
Pak permits nationwide movement of goods
  • Pak permits nationwide movement of goods(08:49)
    Islamabad, March 28 (IANS) Amid rising coronavirus cases in Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan has lifted the ban on the nationwide movement of goods and decided to allow opening of food-related industries to ensure adequate supply of essential items.
IMF hints at helping Pak to fight off COVID-19 impact
  • IMF hints at helping Pak to fight off COVID-19 impact(08:45)
    Islamabad, March 28 (IANS) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has announced that it would consider Pakistans request for financial assistance to shore up the countrys foreign exchange reserves and budgetary support due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on its economy, it was reported on Saturday.
Afghan govt constitutes negotiating team for Taliban talks
  • Afghan govt constitutes negotiating team for Taliban talks(14:14)
    Kabul, March 27 (IANS) The Afghan government has constituted a 21-member team to hold direct talks with the Taliban to find a negotiated settlement for long-standing peace in the war-torn country, the Ministry for Peace said on Friday.
Afghan economy can't withstand US aid cut, COVID-19 impact
Victims' kin demand probe into Kabul gurdwara attack
  • Victims' kin demand probe into Kabul gurdwara attack(11:31)
    Kabul, March 27 (IANS) The families of the people who were killed in terror attack on a gurudwara in Kabul earlier this week has demanded the Afghan government to launch an investigation into the massacre.
Afghan govt to release prisoners amid COVID-19 pandemic
  • Afghan govt to release prisoners amid COVID-19 pandemic(11:11)
    Kabul, March 27 (IANS) Based on a decree issued by President Ashraf Ghani, the Afghan government said that up to 10,000 prisoners will be released in the next 10 days in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus in jails across the country, it was reported.
Pak areas with COVID-19 cases to be sealed off
  • Pak areas with COVID-19 cases to be sealed off(08:39)
    Islamabad, March 27 (IANS) The federal and provincial governments of Pakistan have decided to seal the areas where new cases of coronavirus were reported, as the addition of over 100 cases from across the country has taken the overall number of infections to 1,193, the media reported on Friday.
Sindh, Balochistan ban congregational prayers
  • Sindh, Balochistan ban congregational prayers(08:39)
    Karachi, March 27 (IANS) Pakistan's Sindh and Balochistan provinces have banned congregational prayers at mosques in an effort to contain the coronavirus pandemic, it was reported on Friday.
UN: Asylum rights of Sikhs, Hindus fleeing Afghanistan attacks 'must be respected'
Afghan human rights commission calls for ceasefire
  • Afghan human rights commission calls for ceasefire(16:06)
    Kabul, March 26 (IANS) The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Thursday welcomed and supported an appeal from the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for immediate ceasefire to fight the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
SL to allow chartered flights to fly out tourists
  • SL to allow chartered flights to fly out tourists(14:47)
    Colombo, March 26 (IANS) Sri Lanka will allow chartered flights from any country to land here and to fly out their nationals who are currently in the island nation on a holiday or work on request, an official statement said on Thursday.
Pakistan coronavirus cases rise to 1,041
  • Pakistan coronavirus cases rise to 1,041(13:53)
    Islamabad, March 26 (IANS) The number of confirmed cases in Pakistan has increased to 1,041 as of Thursday, while the death toll was recorded at eight, according to authorities.
China asks Pak to open border for medical supplies
  • China asks Pak to open border for medical supplies(13:45)
    Islamabad, March 26 (IANS) China has asked Pakistan to open the border between the two countries for one day on Friday so that medical supplies to combat the novel coronavirus could be transported, a media report said.
Ghani releases list of 20 delegates for intra-Afghan talks
Khaleda Zia freed, quarantines at home
  • Khaleda Zia freed, quarantines at home(12:42)
    Dhaka, March 26 (IANS) The Bangladesh government has conditionally released former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and suspended her sentence for six months, as the country goes all out in its efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic, it was reported on Thursday.