Wed, 05 Aug 2020

YANGON -- Bodies of at least 50 jade scavengers have been recovered while many others are still missing in a landslide in Myanmar's Kachin state on Thursday, U Dollar, an official from the local village administration office, told Xinhua.

Caused by the monsoon rains, the landslide occurred at a jade mining site in Sate Mu village tract of Hpakant township at 08:00 a.m. local time, said a release from the Fire Services Department. (Myanmar-Landslide)

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NEW DELHI -- The total COVID-19 cases in India surpassed 600,000-mark, reaching 604,641 on Thursday, and the death toll rose to 17,834, said the latest data released by the federal health ministry.

The ministry said 434 new deaths due to COVID-19, besides fresh 19,148 positive cases, were reported during the past 24 hours across the country, taking the number of deaths to 17,834 and the total cases to 604,641. (India-COVID-19-Cases)

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand Minister for Health David Clark announced on Thursday that he decided to resign as a minister and leave the cabinet.

The surprise announcement came amid months of public outcry on Clark's dereliction of duty during and after the country's COVID-19 lockdown. (New Zealand-Minister-Resign)

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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan saw an eight-year-high inflation rate of 10.74 percent during the recently concluded FY20 (July 2019-June 2020) due to multiple factors, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) said on Wednesday.

Surge in the consumer price index (CPI) was witnessed by monitoring the prices of different commodities and services including cost of education, house rent, utility bills and food and beverages, according to the PBS. (Pakistan-Inflation)

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