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Sri Lankan President asks China for help amid worst financial crisis

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday January 9 met Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his brother Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, reaffirming bilateral relations before discussing tourism, investment and the fight against Covid-19 .

Wang, who is also China’s state councilor, arrived in Colombo on Saturday for a two-day visit to commemorate 65 years of Sino-Sri Lankan diplomatic relations and the 70th anniversary of the Rice Rubber Pact. Lanka-China, a 1952 trade deal under which Colombo supplied rubber to Beijing in exchange for rice.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa posted on Twitter that he had a “very pleasant meeting” with Mr. Wang, “focused on logistics to facilitate the return of the many (Sri Lankan medical) students to China,” tourism, investments, Covid-19 relief and mail -Preparation for Covid-19. – Straits Times

Malaysia cannot afford closures, health minister says

Malaysia cannot afford to take the same approach as China to dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic by putting containment measures in place in the country.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said it was because the closures had economic implications and would affect the well-being of the population.

“Malaysia cannot afford bottlenecks in terms of the economy and the well-being of the people. Our strategy is mitigation. – New times of the straits

Opening of a new test center in the capital

A new Covid-19 test center with the capacity to perform up to 1,000 tests per day will start operating on Tuesday to meet growing demand following a wave of new coronavirus infections since the New Year’s holidays.

Scheduled to operate until January 21, the Covid-19 test center will be on the first floor of the parking lot of Building B of the government complex on Chaeng Watthana Road, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul said on Sunday.

The free Covid-19 mass testing service is a joint venture between the National Health Security Office (NHSO), the Faculty of Medical Technology at Mahidol University and Dhanarak Asset Development, a public company under the Ministry of Finance. – Bangkok Post

Extend Home Isolation Packages from Palace to PhilHealth

Malacanang pushes the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to expand its Covid-19 home isolation benefit packages (CHIBP) to include free reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing.

Acting Presidential spokesman and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said PhilHealth currently covers free testing, but only for symptomatic patients and currently confined to public or private hospitals.

“We are also pushing PhilHealth to increase the plans for home treatment. Those caring for at home may also be covered by PhilHealth. The PhilHealth package will also include RT-PCR, ”he said in an interview with Headstart on ABS-CBN News Channel. – Philippine News Agency

HCM City Businesses Weather Economic “Storm”

Many businesses in HCM City have successfully contributed to the city’s economic recovery and development after the pandemic.

In the final days of 2021, consumers were surprised to see Chuk Chuk stalls selling fresh juices, cakes, and nutritional combos at GO !, Big C and Tops Market malls.

The introduction of the new Chuk Chuk food and beverage chain is a strategic initiative between Kido Group and Central Retail Vietnam. – Vietnam News

Campaign for fourth dose of vaccine to start January 14

The Department of Health has announced that the first phase of providing the fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, including Pfizer, will be administered from January 14.

The campaign will begin with people on the front lines including leaders of the government, Senate, National Assembly, front line doctors (public and private), government officials, military and police, authorities locals and the elderly.

Eligible individuals must meet the definition of a frontliner and be at least 60 years of age. Staff of embassies and national and international organizations as well as journalists and celebrities are also invited to join the campaign. – Khmer time

Lao and Vietnamese MPs launch “The Year of Laos – Vietnam Friendship and Solidarity”

The announcement was made yesterday during a state visit to Vietnam by the Prime Minister of Laos, Phankham Viphavanh.

Addressing the press conference, Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham said the two countries noted with satisfaction the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States and peoples, which have continued to grow. gaining strength in the recent past, Vietnam Plus reports.

The two sides agreed to begin implementation of a joint statement issued during an official visit to Vietnam by Party Secretary General and President of Laos, Thongloun Sisoulith in June 2021, as well as 14 bilateral agreements signed during ‘a trip to Laos by Vietnamese President Nguyen. Xuan Phuc in August. – Laotian weather

Public involvement is the key to nurturing election agencies: UI

Public involvement in the selection of commissioners for the General Election Commission (KPU) and the General Election Supervision Agency (Bawaslu) can strengthen electoral institutions.

Deputy Director of the Center for Political Studies at the University of Indonesia (Puskapol UI), Hurriyah made the remarks, in the webinar “Questioning the Selection of Elections Implementation: Prospects and Challenges of Fit and Proper Test in the House of Representatives “, here on Sunday.

“Public involvement in the selection process is also useful for strengthening electoral agencies. In the context of a fit and adequacy test, public engagement will help advise members of the House of Representatives. (DPR RI) “, explained Hurriyah. – AntaraNews.com

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