Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Sept. 27

NEW DELHI — India’s COVID-19 tally is inching towards the 6-million mark, reaching 5,992,532 on Sunday, as the death toll reached 94,503, according to the latest data released by the federal health ministry.

As many as 88,600 new COVID-19 cases and 1,124 deaths were reported across the country in the past 24 hours. According to the ministry’s latest data, 4,941,627 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals. (India-COVID-19 cases)

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KUNDUZ, Afghanistan — The Afghan security forces have killed eight Taliban militants, including an insurgent’s divisional commander, during an ongoing operation in northern restive Kunduz province, provincial police spokesman said Sunday.

“The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have cleared four villages from Taliban militants and eliminated eight militants in Aliabad district during an ongoing operation during the recent days. Twelve militants have also been wounded during the clashes during the period,” spokesman Hijratullah Akbari told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Militants)

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NEW DELHI — India’s main ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lost its oldest alliance partner — the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) after it announced its withdrawal from the country’s ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) as a mark of protest against the recent farm bills passed in the parliament, a senior SAD leader confirmed on Sunday.

SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal reportedly told media that the farm bills passed by the Indian parliament were detrimental to the farmers’ interests. (India-Politics)

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DHAKA — Bangladesh reported 1,275 new COVID-19 cases and 32 new deaths on Sunday, making the tally at 359,148 and death toll at 5,161, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

The official data showed that 10,685 samples were tested in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh. The total number of recovered patients in the country stood at 270,491 including 1,714 new recoveries on Sunday, said the DGHS. (Bangladesh-COVID-19 cases)


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