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Troops disengaged on most of China-India border: Beijing

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MNA International Desk: Tensions soared between the world’s two most populous nations in June after the deadliest fighting in decades erupted between Indian and Chinese troops on the Himalayan border Chinese and Indian troops have “completed disengagement” on most parts of the disputed border between their two countries, China’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday, after violent clashes broke out earlier this year. Tensions soared between the world’s two most populous nations in June after the deadliest fighting in decades erupted between Indian and Chinese troops on the Himalayan border. “The situation on the ground continues to cool down and de-escalate,” ...

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U.S. orders China to close Houston consulate

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MNA International Desk: The United States has abruptly ordered China to close its consulate in Houston, accusing diplomats of aiding economic espionage and the attempted theft of scientific research as the Trump administration sharply escalates its moves against China. China vowed to retaliate, calling the action illegal. Hours after the administration issued its order on Tuesday, consulate employees burned papers in open metal barrels in a courtyard of the Houston building, prompting police officers and firefighters to rush to the area. The move comes as President Trump’s campaign strategists, anxious about his failures on the pandemic, are pushing a comprehensive ...

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China and Bangladesh form joint venture on renewable energy

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MNA Business Desk: China and Bangladesh has established a new joint venture company (JVC), titled “Bangladesh-China Power Company (Pvt) Ltd (Renewable),” to implement renewable energy projects having a target to generate around 500 MW of electricity. State-run North-West Power Generation Company Ltd (NWPGCL) and China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC) inked a joint venture agreement on Tuesday to form the JVC where both the companies will have equal stakes. Authorised capital of the JVC is Tk 10 billion, while its paid-up capital is Tk 160 million.State minister for the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources (MPEMR) Nasrul ...

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Mainland China sees rise in new coronavirus cases

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MNA International Desk: Mainland China reported 30 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, up from 19 a day earlier as the number of cases involving travellers from abroad as well as local transmissions increased, highlighting the difficulty in stamping out the outbreak. The National Health Commission said in a statement on Sunday that 25 of the latest cases involved people who had entered from abroad, compared with 18 such cases a day earlier. Five new locally transmitted infections were also reported on Saturday, all in the southern coastal province of Guangdong, up from a day earlier. The mainland has now reported ...

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US, China continue ‘war of words’ over coronavirus outbreak

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MNA International Desk: A war of words between China and the United States showed no signs of let up on Monday, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a phone call with a top Chinese diplomat expressing ‘strong US objections’ over what Washington sees as Beijing’s efforts to shift blame for the spread of the coronavirus. Ties between the world’s top two economies, already complicated due to issues including trade, intellectual property rights as well as press freedoms, have further been tested by the outbreak of coronavirus, which causes the sometimes fatal, highly contagious respiratory illness COVID-19, reports Reuters. ...

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Three new coronavirus patients detected in Bangladesh

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MNA National Desk: Three more persons — two children aged under 10 and one woman — were diagnosed with COVID-19 in the country Sunday. With the latest, the number of coronavirus cases in the country stands at eight; three of them have already recovered. Two people, who had recently returned from Italy and Germany, were detected as COVID-19 cases Saturday. The new three cases that were detected Sunday are the family members of one of those two cases detected a day ago. Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) director Professor Dr Meerzady Sabrina Flora on Monday briefed the ...

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China assures to make up for coronavirus impact on mega projects: Momen

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MNA Business Desk: China has assured Bangladesh of making up for the impact caused by coronavirus outbreak on the mega projects like Padma bridge. The assurance came as he had a conversation with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi over the phone a couple of days ago, Bangladesh foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen told newsmen after a programme in the city on Thursday. He said though there was a disruption in project implementation due to the absence of many Chinese workers in the China funded projects, it would be made up for in the long run. “…he [ assured me ...

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Fighting coronavirus is vital to protect world’s future

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MNA Editorial Desk: Around 2,500 people died worldwide and over 76,000 are infected from the deadly COVID-19, a form of commonly known coronavirus. It has been declared a world health emergency as the medical experts and the scientists are yet to find any viable cure of this dangerous disease. The doctors are depending on treatment of different symptoms of the disease till now but it is inadequate to save the infected certainly. Most importantly, there is no sign of slowing down of the spread of this virus. Every day we are getting news of new patients infected with coronavirus in ...

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Coronavirus infected 78,000 people globally

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MNA International Desk: A viral outbreak that began in China has infected nearly 78,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it. The latest figures reported by each government’s health authority as of Saturday in Beijing: — Mainland China: 2,345 deaths among 76,288 cases, mostly in the central province of Hubei — Hong Kong: 69 cases, 2 deaths — Macao: 10 cases — Japan:754cases, including 634 from a cruise ship docked in Yokohama, 3 deaths — South Korea: 433 cases, 2 deaths — Singapore: ...

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Bangladesh ill-prepared to fight potential coronavirus outbreak

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh’s healthcare system remains inadequately prepared to cope with the potential outbreak of fatal coronavirus, which has so far killed more than 600 people. While state-backed hospitals have taken precautionary measures to respond to the novel virus, no such steps are visible in their private peers who have received hardly any government advice. Visits to several city hospitals, the FE correspondents found the display of warning messages on their premises about the virus that broke out in China whose Wuhan City was the epicentre. Dhaka Medical College Hospital director A K M Nasir Uddin said the hospital ...

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Bangladesh to screen all inbound travellers amid coronavirus scare

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MNA National Desk: Temperature screening measures at airports and other ports of entry into Bangladesh have been extended to cover all inbound travellers in a bid to prevent a deadly coronavirus from spreading. The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), the government’s disease wing, announced the move at a media briefing on Saturday. Previously, only travellers arriving in the country from China were required to undergo screening tests. But the virus has killed over 700 people since its outbreak in China’s Wuhan late last year and cases have since been confirmed in 25 countries around the world, bdnews24.com ...

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Death toll from new coronavirus set to surpass SARS

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MNA International Desk: The new coronavirus epidemic in mainland China is almost certain to become more deadly than SARS on Saturday as the death toll passed 700, health experts warned of mask shortages and more cases were confirmed on a quarantined Japanese cruise ship. The number of new infections in China’s Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak, rose on Friday from a day earlier, Chinese health officials said, reversing two days of declines and showing the difficulty of predicting the epidemic’s peak. The death toll in mainland China jumped by 86 to 722, and is poised to pass the ...

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Coronavirus may spread even without symptoms: Experts

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MNA Editorial Desk: Can individuals infected with the Wuhan coronavirus spread it to others even if they aren’t showing symptoms? It’s one of the most important questions confronting scientists. If even asymptomatic people can spread the virus, then it will be much, much harder to slow its spread. Doctors in China claimed asymptomatic transmission was possible, and a letter published Jan 30 in the New England Journal of Medicine appeared to back them up. In the letter, scientists described a cluster of infections in Germany that had started with a traveller from Shanghai. The traveller had seemed healthy during her ...

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No coronavirus found in samples of eight returnees: IEDCR

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MNA Editorial Desk: No coronavirus was found in the samples of eight persons who were admitted in Kurmitola General Hospital on 01 February after returning from Wuhan in China. Seven of them were sent back to Ashkona Hajj Camp on Sunday for quarantine. Another returnee with high temperature than accepted level remained under observation in the hospital. There are now eight persons with three old and five new suspects in quarantine at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka. The information was revealed at a press briefing at the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control & Research (IEDCR) on Monday. IEDCR Director ...

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India reports its first case of coronavirus

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MNA International Desk: India said on Thursday a patient in Kerala had tested positive for novel coronavirus, the first case in the country of the virus which originated in China and has so far killed 170. The patient was a student of Wuhan University in China, India’s government said in a statement. The patient is stable and in isolation at a hospital, the statement added. A senior Indian government official said bringing Indian nationals from Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus, was not the best option due to the risk of infection but increased pressure from the citizens, most of ...

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Commodity market impact from the coronavirus in China

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MNA Business Desk: A new coronavirus that has killed 170 people in China and spread to over a dozen other countries has roiled global commodity markets, raising fears of weaker demand and disrupting raw material supply chains in the world’s most populous country. All but around 100 of the nearly 8,000 cases so far identified have been in mainland China, but the virus has caused global alarm because it is still too early to know how dangerous it is and how easily it spreads among people. The World Health Organisation will meet on Thursday to decide whether its rapid spread ...

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DGHS orders list of all China returnees in last 14 days amid virus fears

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MNA Editorial Desk: The Directorate General of Health Services has directed local authorities to draw up a list of all returnees from China in the last 14 days amid the outbreak of a fatal coronavirus. Deputy commissioners, police superintendents and civil surgeons have been asked to prepare the list in their respective districts, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) said in a statement on Wednesday. The decision was taken at a meeting of the DGHS headed by its Director General Prof Abul Kalam Azad on Tuesday, the statement said. “Civil surgeons were informed about the overall situation ...

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Returnees from China to remain under govt observation

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MNA Editorial Desk: Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday said the government will keep those who will return to Bangladesh under observation before China lifts the ongoing 14-day restriction to avoid any risk. “We’re not delaying. We’re fully ready to bring them (Bangladesh citizens) back once China allows,” he told reporters adding that the government does not want to see the transmission of coronavirus in other places. The Foreign Minister said the Chinese government remains very strict in following the 14-day quarantine period and did not even accept the proposals of Japan and the USA to take back ...

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Airlines cut China flights as companies restrict travel on virus fears

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MNA Business Desk: Airlines including United Airlines Holdings said they were cancelling some flights to China as demand fell sharply and global companies told their employees not to travel on deepening fears over the spread of a flu-like virus. The coronavirus that originated in the city of Wuhan has killed 132 people in China as of Wednesday and spread across the world, rattling financial markets. The United States warned that Americans should reconsider visiting China, while Britain advised against all but essential travel to mainland China. South Korea also advised its citizens to stay away. Facebook became the first major ...

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China virus death toll jumps to 41

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MNA International Desk: A deadly viral outbreak in China has now killed 41 people, while the number of infected cases has soared to nearly 1,300, authorities said Saturday. The 15 new deaths all took place in Wuhan, the city of 11 million where the deadly respiratory contagion first emerged, the Hubei Health Commission said. At least 444 new cases of the virus have been found, raising the total number to 1,287, the National Health Commission said in a separate statement. The disease has spread to 30 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities. Wuhan and 13 other cities in Hubei have been ...

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Bangladesh airports on alert for deadly coronavirus spreading from China

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MNA Editorial Desk: The authorities have put the airports on alert to prevent deadly coronavirus from spreading in Bangladesh by screening travellers from China where the number of patients has more than tripled in days and a third person has died. The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) has in a letter asked the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh to act to avoid the possible risk related to the Chinese virus, Meerjady Sabrina Flora, a director at the institute, said on Monday, reports bdnews24. The government’s disease wing has also trained health workers at the airports for detection ...

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BD eyes fresh funds from China for implementing six key projects

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MNA Business Desk: As part of chasing Chinese money, Bangladesh now eyes fresh funds from the Asian giant for implementing six new key projects. The projects involving several billions of dollars are seen as crucial to the socio-economic development of the country, and the relevant ministries recently placed a list with the Chinese officials. The projects included the construction fo Bhola Bridge on Barisal-Bhola road over the rivers Tetulia and Kalabadar, the procurement of six sea-going vessels, the establishment of Sheikh Hasina Institute of Information Technology and Hi-Tech park and the construction of Core Port Infrastructure of Pyra Port An ...

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China launches BeiDou satellite

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MNA International Desk: China sent a new satellite of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) into space from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province at 1:43 am Tuesday. Launched on a Long March-3B carrier rocket, it is the 49th satellite of the BDS satellite family and the 24th satellite of the BDS-3 system. It also marked that a total of three BDS-3 satellites have been sent into the inclined geosynchronous Earth orbit. The launch was the 317th mission for the Long March series of carrier rockets. The new satellites and the carrier rocket were developed by the China ...

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India, China can together unlock potential

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MNA International Desk: It is widely acknowledged that China and India are playing pivotal roles in regional and global affairs in the 21st century. Indeed, both countries have taken comparable stances or approaches to many critical policy areas, such as international trade and global governance reform, on intergovernmental platforms. As emerging economies and the two most populous countries, China-India cooperation can affect the livelihood and welfare of 2.7 billion people. The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China held in 2017 ushered in a new era of Socialism with Chinese characteristics. New Delhi’s pursuit of a New India ...

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Global praise for China’s efforts to reduce poverty

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MNA International Desk: China’s achievements in combating poverty over the past 70 years are unprecedented, experts worldwide have said as the country continues to celebrate its weeklong National Day holiday. In the past 70 years, China has lifted over 800 million people out of poverty, which is the greatest poverty reduction feat in history, said United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres last month in a message conveying his best wishes on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Former UN General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces said China’s poverty reduction work provides an example ...

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China celebrates 70th founding anniversary today

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MNA International Desk: China is holding a grand celebration, followed by a military parade and mass pageantry at Tian’anmen Square in Beijing today (Tuesday) on its National Day, marking the 70th founding anniversary of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). More than 100,000 people will take part in a mass parade to show the PRC’s unity and strength. The parade will include people from all walks of life and all ethnic groups, like – workers, farmers, teachers, students, doctors, civil servants, and square dance lovers, representing different aspects of society. “The mass pageantry and military parade will last for about ...

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BD, China, Myanmar to jointly evaluate progress of Rohingya repatriation

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh, China and Myanmar have agreed to form a “tripartite joint working mechanism” to evaluate the situation on the ground for Rohingya repatriation. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen came up with development after a joint meeting with his Chinese and Myanmar counterparts on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday. “On the ground, Bangladesh, China and Myanmar will evaluate the progress jointly,” Dr Momen told reporters after the meeting adding that Myanmar agreed with the Chinese proposal though Myanmar had some objections initially at the meeting. The first meeting of the ...

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