Fri, 07 Oct 2022

KABUL -- Two civilians were injured as a blast rocked Dasht-e-Barchi area in the western edge of the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran said.

The blast happened at about 10: 30 a.m. local time near the entrance of an electronic national identity card distribution office in the 13th Police District of Kabul city, injuring the two civilians, Zadran said. (Afghanistan-Blast-Injuries)

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NEW DELHI -- The 10th case of monkeypox was confirmed in the Indian capital city New Delhi, local media reported Saturday.

The patient has been identified as a 22-year-old woman of African-origin, who was staying in the southern part of the capital.

The fresh case put the number of monkeypox cases in the Indian capital alone to five. So far, one death from monkeypox has been reported in the southern state of Kerala. (India-Monkeypox)

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NEW DELHI -- India's trade deficit almost tripled to a record 30 billion U.S. dollars in July compared to a year ago, said official data released by the country's Commerce and Industry Ministry.

The rise in trade deficit has been attributed to a surge in imports driven by elevated global commodity prices.

Data showed India's merchandise exports rose by 2.1 percent in July to 36.3 billion dollars compared to a year earlier, while imports jumped by 43.6 percent to 66.3 billion dollars. (India-Trade Deficit)

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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's economic recovery continued during the first half of the 2021-2022 fiscal year ending in June, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has said in a report.

From July to December of 2021, the large-scale manufacturing in the country exhibited broad-based expansion, exports grew buoyant alongside growth in tax collection of the Federal Board of Revenue, and Kharif (monsoon sowing season in Pakistan) crops recorded higher production, the SBP said in its half-year report released on Friday.

However, amid multi-year high global commodity prices, rising inflation and current account deficit posed a challenge as the year progressed, the SBP said, adding that these pressures necessitated monetary tightening amidst other regulatory measures to moderate demand. (Pakistan-Economy-Recovery)

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VIENTIANE -- Laos recorded a trade deficit of 114 million U.S. dollars in July, according to a report on Friday from the Lao Trade portal website.

The total value of trade in July amounted to 968 million dollars, including 427 million dollars for exports and 541 million dollars for imports.

China remained the top export destination for Laos, followed by Vietnam and Thailand. Meanwhile, the main sources of imports for Laos included Thailand, China, Vietnam, the United States, and Japan, according to the report. (Laos-Trade Deficit)

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KABUL -- Torrential rains and flash floods have killed at least 21 people including women and children and injured scores in Afghanistan's Logar, Wardak and Khost provinces, the state-run Bakhtar news agency reported Saturday.

The heavy rains and flash floods affected a large number of villages and townships in the three provinces located in the country's eastern and central areas over the past several days, the report said. (Afghanistan-Flash Floods)

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