HONG KONG -- Chief Executive of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam said Saturday that she is upbeat about Hong Kong's future as a global center of innovation and technology (I&T), which will complement Hong Kong's position as an international financial center.
The HKSAR government has pushed forward the I&T development in the past four years and so far has invested more than 130 billion Hong Kong dollars (about 16.7 billion U.S. dollars) to implement various projects, Lam said at the award presentation ceremony of Hong Kong's first City I&T Grand Challenge contest. (HK-IT Hub)
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COLOMBO -- The Sri Lankan government, on Saturday said the number of Sri Lankans who had been administered both doses of the Sinopharm vaccine had surpassed the 10 million mark.
State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals, Channa Jayasumana said the total number of locals who had been administered both doses of Sinopharm reached 10,028,710 on Friday evening while the vaccination drive was ongoing across the country. (Sri Lanka-COVID-19-Vaccination)
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VIENTIANE -- The streamlined "China-standard" bullet train, or electric multiple unit (EMU) train, for the China-Laos railway arrived at the newly built China-Laos Railway Vientiane Station on Saturday.
The EMU train was officially delivered to the Laos-China Railway Co., Ltd., a joint venture based in the Lao capital Vientiane in charge of the railway's construction and operation, at a handover ceremony held in the station with the attendance of Chinese Ambassador to Laos Jiang Zaidong and Lao Minister of Public Works and Transport Viengsavath Siphandone. (Laos-China-Train)
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MANILA -- The Philippine government said on Saturday that the death toll from the severe tropical storm Kompasu has climbed to 22, with another 16 people reportedly missing.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the death toll could further rise to 39, adding it is verifying reports of 17 other deaths and one missing from landslides and flooding in the northern Philippine regions and Palawan, an island located off Luzon island. (The Philippines-Tropical storm death)