Asia Briefs: India reports 3 confirmed cases of Zika virus

India's Health Ministry reported three confirmed Zika cases from the western state of Gujarat on May 15, said the World Health Organisation.
India's Health Ministry reported three confirmed Zika cases from the western state of Gujarat on May 15, said the World Health Organisation. PHOTO: ST FILE

India reports 3 confirmed cases of Zika virus

NEW DELHI • India has reported cases of the Zika virus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said, adding that efforts should be made to strengthen surveillance.

India's Health Ministry reported three confirmed cases from the western state of Gujarat on May 15, said WHO. Two cases were found during testing in February and November last year, while one was detected this January.

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15 family members killed in Afghan road accident

KABUL • At least 15 members of a single family died when a pickup truck veered off the road and plunged into a river in northern Afghanistan, officials said.

Women and children were among the dead after the accident last Saturday on the main Kabul-Parwan highway linking the north and south of the country, which is notorious for crashes.

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Bangladesh re-installs 'Lady Justice' statue

DHAKA • Bangladesh yesterday re-installed a controversial statue deemed un-Islamic by religious hardliners on the grounds of the Supreme Court, just days after its removal sparked angry protests by secular groups.

The "Lady Justice" sculpture of a blindfolded, sari-clad woman holding scales was relocated to the back of the court building.

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Myanmar's Ma Ba Tha group gets new name

YANGON • Myanmar's ultra-nationalist Ma Ba Tha movement announced yesterday that it was rebranding under a new name, days after the Buddhist authorities banned the network which has been accused of stoking Islamophobia.

The group's new name is the Buddha Dhamma Philanthropy Foundation.

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