Sun, 28 Feb 2021

HANOI -- The Vinh Tan 1 thermal power plant, located in southern Vietnam's Binh Thuan province and mainly funded by a consortium under China Southern Power Grid, was awarded a prize of excellence in construction quality by Vietnam's Ministry of Construction.

At an awarding ceremony held in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi on Thursday, the power plant was also conferred with an award of excellence in operation by the country's biggest electricity company Vietnam Electricity (EVN). (Vietnam-Electricity)

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WELLINGTON -- The next steps in the New Zealand government's ambitious firearms reform program include a three-month buy-back, Police Minister Poto Williams said on Friday.

The last buy-back and amnesty was unprecedented for New Zealand and was successful in collecting 60,297 firearms, modifying a further 5,630 firearms, and collecting 299,837 prohibited parts and magazines, Williams said in a statement. (NZ-Firearms)

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MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines reported on Friday 2,178 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases in the Southeast Asian country to 509,887.

The death toll climbed to 10,136 after 20 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said. Meanwhile, 250 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 467,720. (Philippines-COVID-19-Cases)

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NEW DELHI -- At least two bodies have been recovered, and investigation is on into the blast that took place late on Thursday night in India's southern state of Karnataka, said a senior district official on Friday.

The blast took place in the state's Shivamogga town. (India-Blast)

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally rose to 10,625,428 on Friday as 14,545 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, said the latest data from the federal health ministry.

According to the official data, the death toll mounted to 153,032 as 163 COVID-19 patients died since Thursday morning. (India-COVID-19-Tally)

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