NEW DELHI -- Authorities in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on Saturday said the death toll in the dam disaster has risen to 72 and the search for missing people was underway.
"As of now, a total of 72 bodies and 30 human body parts have been retrieved from different places," read a statement issued by police. "Out of these 40 bodies and one body part has been identified." (India-Flood-Death Toll)
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BANGKOK -- Thai Permanent Secretary for Public Health Kiatiphum Wongrajit will become the first Thai to be vaccinated with Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine from China on Sunday.
Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul confirmed on Saturday the permanent secretary will be shot as the first Thai with the Chinese vaccine on Sunday morning at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute in Nonthaburi province, northwest of Bangkok.
Anutin said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and he himself will visit the institute to witness the first shot of Sinovac. (Thailand-Official-Sinovac Vaccine)
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WELLINGTON -- Over 15,000 people gathered and crowded on the side of the airstrip of Hood Aerodrome in Masterton, New Zealand on Saturday, to watch the biennial Wings Over Wairarapa airshow.
Wings Over Wairarapa 2021 began on Friday and will run for three days. It featured over 70 aircraft including vintage, military, New Zealand Defence Force, jets, helicopters, aerobatic displays, and skydiving.
The audiences have previously seen aircraft from WWI and WWII, including the world-famous Vintage Aviator aircraft collection owned by Peter Jackson, which includes replicas of some of the earliest aeroplanes and this year was no different. (New Zealand-Aircraft Show)
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NEW DELHI -- International commercial flights to and from India shall remain suspended until March 31, officials said Saturday.
According to a circular issued by the country's civil aviation watchdog - Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday evening, the restriction would exempt international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA.
Commercial flights were suspended when the country imposed a complete nationwide lockdown in March last year to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. (India-Commercial Flights-Suspension)
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KABUL -- Three family members of a slain journalist have been killed in a shooting by unknown men in Afghanistan's western Ghor province, an independent war monitoring group reported Saturday.
On Jan. 1, Bismillah Adil Aimaq, head of a local radio station, lost his life in an attack along a road in the city of Firoz Koah, capital of Ghor. Militants broke into his parents' house in Firoz Koah on Thursday night, Reduction in Violence (RiV) group reported on its website. (Afghanistan-Family Members-Shoot)