Mon, 15 Aug 2022

MANILA -- A ferry carrying 165 people caught fire and sank in central Philippines on Sunday, leaving a 53-year-old male passenger dead and one missing, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.

The coast guard said the 157 passengers, including 15 children, and eight crew members, were on the boat Mama Mary-Chloe when the fire broke out around 1:00 p.m. local time in the vicinity waters off Tugas Island and Tilmobo Island in Bohol province. (Philippines-Ferry-Fire)

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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday said the government will take measures to help narrow the digital divide and promote literacy and skills among youth in all forms of education and learning.

"With the increased role of technology and use of the digital medium, we have come to realize that digital transformation is the key to achieving innovative, exclusive and sustainable growth," Sharif said here while addressing virtually the Commonwealth Summit currently held in Kigali, Rwanda's capital. (Pakistan-Commonwealth-PM)

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DHAKA -- Floods triggered by heavy seasonal rains and onrush of rivers in Bangladesh have killed 82 people since last month, authorities said.

According to the daily flood report of the Health Emergency Operation Center and Control Room on Saturday, most victims drowned but some died in snake bites, lightnings and other reasons in the flood-hit areas between May 17 to June 25. (Bangladesh-Flood-Deaths)

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DHAKA -- The Padma Bridge built by a Chinese enterprise held an opening ceremony here on Saturday in Bangladesh.

In her inauguration ceremony speech, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that after the launch of the bridge, it will become an important transportation junction to establish direct communication between the capital Dhaka and 21 districts in the southern part of the country by road and rail. (Bangladesh-Padma Bridge-Opening)

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