Tue, 05 Dec 2023

NEW DELHI -- Indian government has made laboratory testing of cough syrups mandatory prior to their export, officials said Tuesday.

According to a notification issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) on Monday evening, an amendment in the export policy of cough syrup has been made.

The revised policy which will come into effect from June 1 states that companies will have to get a certificate of analysis from a government-approved laboratory. (India-Cough Syrup-Testing)

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JAKARTA -- The opposition party National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) leads the national polls of Timor-leste's parliamentary election, local media reported on Tuesday.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the media reports said that Timor-Leste's Election Administration Technical Secretariat had completed the counting of 100 percent of total votes. The CNRT, which is led by Xanana Gusmao, won 41.62 percent of the total votes counted.

The ruling party Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (Fretilin), led by former prime minister Mari Alkatiricurrent, followed with 25.75 percent or 178,248 votes. Other main parties, the Democratic Party and Kmanek Haburas Unidade Nasional Timor Oan (KHNUTO) obtained 9.32 percent and 7.52 percent, respectively. (Timor-Leste-Parliament-Election)

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LANGKAWI, Malaysia -- The 16th Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) kicked off on Tuesday in Langkawi in Malaysia's Kedah state, after a four-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

First launched in 1991, the biannual event is a platform for various forums in maritime and aerospace industries, bringing together representatives of associated sectors as well as officials and decision-makers from a number of countries.

This year's event, running from May 23-27, sees the participation of hundreds of exhibitors from the defense and commercial sectors, with the display of country pavilions. (Malaysia-Exhibition)

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BANGKOK -- Seven people were killed and 23 others injured after a school sports arena collapsed in northern Thailand, a Thai government spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday.

The accident occurred at around 7:00 p.m. local time on Monday when the roof of a primary school sports arena in Phichit province collapsed in a heavy rainstorm, according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM).(Thailand-Weather-Accident)

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COLOMBO -- Sri Lanka's cabinet has approved a proposal by President Ranil Wickremesinghe to grant incentives to businesses with strategic importance that will commence operation at the Colombo Port City, a spokesman said here on Tuesday.

Cabinet spokesman Bandula Gunawardena told reporters that the Port City is an important part of Sri Lanka's attempts to attract foreign investment, which is crucial to stabilizing and modernizing the economy.

Spanning 269 hectares of reclaimed land from the sea, the Port City will comprise five precincts including the Financial District, Central Park Living, Island Living, the Marina and the International Island. (Sri Lanka-Colombo Port City)

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins has concluded a series of international meetings with Pacific region leaders in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Hipkins engaged in constructive bilateral discussions with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, PNG Prime Minister James Marape, Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

"We also discussed strengthening our trade links, including through a visit by the New Zealand trade minister in the coming months," Hipkins said on Tuesday, adding regional unity is critical to the resilience of the Pacific.(New Zealand-PNG-Meetings)

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