Wed, 29 Mar 2023

TOKYO -- Governor of Japan's Okinawa Prefecture Denny Tamaki has requested a detailed explanation from the Japanese government on its plan to strengthen defense forces in the southwest region, which was mentioned in the updated security documents.

The governor made the request when submitting a petition to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday, local media reported. (Japan-Security Documents-Okinawa)

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NEW DELHI -- At least five people died in a fire that broke out inside a private hospital in India's eastern state of Jharkhand on Saturday, confirmed a local cop over phone.

The fire broke out on the second floor of the Hazra Hospital in the Bank More area of the Dhanbad district in the early hours of the day. (India-Hospital Fire-Injuries)

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NEW DELHI -- The third pilot in the twin air crash involving two Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jets on Saturday was found dead, confirmed the IAF.

Earlier in the day, two fighter jets, a Sukhoi-30 and a Mirage-2000, crashed in central India while they were on a routine operational flying training mission. The wreckage of the two jets were found 100 km apart. (India-Jets Crash-Death)

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COLOMBO -- Sri Lanka's economy, though contracted by 11 percent in 2022 and possibly 3.5 percent or 4 percent this year, will see growth in 2024, said President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday.

However, the president warned, if the economic projects implemented by the government and the debt restructuring program are disrupted, the country is still at risk of falling into an economic crisis. (Sri Lanka-Economy Growth)

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