COLOMBO -- Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in a special gazette notice issued early Tuesday, declared that the new parliament will convene on Aug. 20 following the parliamentary elections to be held Wednesday.
The Elections Commission on Monday said that an estimated 16.2 million voters will be able to vote in Wednesday's election which will elect a new 225-member parliament. (Sri Lanka-Parliament-President)
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MANILA -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 112,593 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported a record high of 6,352 new cases on Tuesday.
The DOH said that the number of recoveries rose to 66,049 after 240 patients have survived the disease. (Philippines-COVID-19-Caseload)
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NEW DELHI -- The Chinese embassy in India Tuesday urged India not to politicize regular cooperation regarding Confucius Institutes in the country.
In response to a media query on the decision of the Ministry of Education of India to review China-India higher education cooperation programs including Confucius Institutes, spokesperson of Chinese Embassy in India Ji Rong said, "We hope Indian relevant parties can treat Confucius Institutes and China-India higher education cooperation in an objective and fair manner." (India-China-Confucius Institute)
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SEOUL -- South Korea's heavy rain, which lasted for four straight days, has left 13 people dead and 13 others missing as of Tuesday, according to the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters.
Another seven were wounded because of the downpour in the country's central region, including Seoul and the metropolitan area. (South Korea-Heavy Rain)