HomeLatestXinhua Asia-Pacific news abstract at 1600 GMT, April 3

Xinhua Asia-Pacific news abstract at 1600 GMT, April 3

COLOMBO — Sri Lanka is ready to extend duty-free allowances for migrant staff on the airport beginning May to be able to encourage remittance, Minister of Labor and Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara stated on Monday.

The improve will likely be based mostly on the amount of cash remitted by the employees, Nanayakkara stated throughout a media briefing. (Sri Lanka-Remittance)

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JAKARTA — Indonesia posted its inflation at 4.97 % year-on-year in March, the bottom within the final seven months, in response to Statistics Indonesia (BPS) on Monday.

The March inflation determine was in comparison with 5.47 % in February and 5.28 % in January, nevertheless it was nonetheless above the central financial institution’s goal vary of two % to 4 %. (Indonesia-Inflation)

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BAMYAN, Afghanistan — Afghan authorities have distributed China-donated humanitarian support and help offered by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to needy households within the nation’s central Bamyan province over the previous week, an official stated on Monday.

Each household obtained a bag of fifty kg rice and 50 kg wheat offered by China and a pocket of cleaning soap and a well being package assisted by the UNICEF, stated Provincial Director for Natural Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs Mawlawi Shakir Tahir, appreciating China and the UNICEF for sending humanitarian help to Afghanistan at a vital stage the place a majority of Afghans are affected by poverty.

The joint help of China and UNICEF has been distributed to 446 households in 4 districts, the official added. (Afghanistan-China-UNICEF-Aid)

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SEOUL — South Korea, the United States and Japan started a two-day naval train in worldwide waters south of South Korea, officers stated on Monday.

The anti-submarine and search-and-rescue train will likely be staged from Monday to Tuesday in worldwide waters south of the South Korean southern island of Jeju, in response to South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense. (S. Korea-US-Japan-Drills)

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HANOI — The worth of Vietnamese seafood exports slumped 27 % within the first quarter from a 12 months earlier to 1.85 billion U.S. {dollars} as inflation in most international locations has soared to multi-year highs, denting world progress and exacerbating weak demand, Vietnam News Agency reported on Monday.

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) stated shipments of shrimps, a key earner, posted a year-on-year plunge of 40 % within the first three months to 577 million {dollars}, catfish exports tumbled 32 % to 447 million {dollars}, and tuna shipments fell 31 % to 179 million {dollars}. (Vietnam-Seafood-Export)

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TOKYO — Japan’s giant producers’ enterprise confidence worsened in December, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) stated in its quarterly Tankan survey report on Monday.

According to the BOJ, sentiment dropped for the fifth consecutive quarter to its lowest degree in additional than two years, owing to larger prices for uncooked supplies amid a potential world financial slowdown. (Japan-Manufacturing-Business Confidence)