Sun, 17 Oct 2021

YANGON -- Myanmar's Foreign Affairs Ministry said the country is looking forward to the confirmation on the ASEAN special envoy's visit, a press release said here on Thursday.

Regarding a visit by the special envoy, also the Second Minister of Brunei's Foreign Affairs Erywan bin Pehin Yusof, the ministry said it had explained the exercise of maximum flexibility in accommodating the ASEAN special envoy's visit to Myanmar, which was planned to be made earlier this week. (Myanmar-ASEAN Envoy-Visit)

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NEW DELHI -- Indian stock markets indices, the Sensex and the Nifty, rallied high and ended at record levels on Thursday, recording the sixth straight session of growth.

While the Sensex sprinted 569 points to end at 61,306, the Nifty jumped 174 points by crossing the 18,300-mark. (India-Stock Markets)

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BANGKOK -- Thailand announced on Thursday a further easing of COVID-19 restrictions nationwide starting from Oct. 16, as the country's immunization rates have been increasing recently.

According to the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), the night-time curfew will be reduced to four hours from 11.00 p.m. to 3.00 a.m. Moreover, the number of "dark red" provinces which are under maximum control will be cut down from 29 to 23 provinces. (Thailand-COVID19-Restrictions)

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TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida dissolved the House of Representatives on Thursday for an upcoming general election, calling on the Japanese people for support as he seeks a public mandate for his government formed last week.

The general election is slated to be held on Oct. 31 after the four-year term of lower house members expires on Oct. 21, with campaigning to begin on Oct. 19. (Japan-General Election)

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SYDNEY -- The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) government has rolled out a series of grants to help small businesses entice wary residents back into restaurants and entertainment venues in an effort to reinvigorate Sydney's lockdown-ravaged economy.

After exiting over 100 days spent in lockdown this week, the NSW government announced a 66-million-Australian dollar (about 48.8-million- U.S. dollar) "alfresco restart package" on Thursday. (Australia-COVID-19-NSW)

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