FGN34 CHINA-US-4THLD CONSULATE China closes US consulate in Chengdu, takes over building Beijing/Chengdu: China on Monday said it took control of the US consulate in Chengdu after it was formally closed as per Beijing's directive in retaliation to America's move to shut down the Chinese diplomatic mission in Houston. FGN32 PAK-JADHAV Jadhav case: Pak govt presents ordinance in National Assembly Islamabad: The Pakistan government on Monday presented an ordinance in the National Assembly in view of the International Court of Justice's ruling in the case of Indian death-row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav, despite protests by the Opposition parties.
FGN26 LANKA-POLLS Sri Lanka drops plan to conduct advance polling for people under quarantine Colombo: Sri Lanka's election commission on Monday dropped its plan to hold advance voting for persons under quarantine due to the coronavirus after questions were raised on its decision to operate mobile polling stations.
FGN 17 VIRUS-UK-ANTI-OBESITY UK launches new weight loss strategy after COVID-19 ‘wake up call’ London: The UK government on Monday launched a new anti-obesity drive to help people lose weight and become healthier after what has been pegged as a COVID-19 “wake up call”.
FGN25 VIRUS-VACCINE-BIGGEST-STUDY Virus vaccine put to final test in thousands of volunteers Washington: The world's biggest COVID-19 vaccine study got underway Monday with the first of 30,000 planned volunteers helping to test shots created by the US government -- one of several candidates in the final stretch of the global vaccine race. FGN31 VIRUS-LD PAK Smart lockdown policy working, says Pak PM Imran as COVID-19 cases near 275,000 Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday that the smart lockdown policy adopted by his government was proving successful in containing the spread of the novel coronavirus which has claimed 5,842 lives and infected 274,289 people in the country.
FGN29 BANGLA-INDIA Bangladesh thanks India for providing 10 broad gauge diesel locomotives Dhaka: Bangladesh on Monday thanked India for providing 10 broad gauge diesel locomotives, with its Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen saying it would help bring both sides even closer and further take the 'rock solid' bilateral relations to new heights.
FGN19 SAUDI-HAJJ Pilgrims arrive in Mecca for downsized hajj amid pandemic Dubai: Muslim pilgrims have started arriving in Mecca for a drastically scaled-down hajj as Saudi authorities balance the kingdom's oversight of one of Islam's key pillars and the safety of visitors in the face of a global pandemic. PTI TEAM NSA