MUMBAI -- Nine persons were reported dead and eight persons were critically injured after a fire broke out at a private hospital in India's Central state of Madhya Pradesh on Monday afternoon.
Around 150 persons were believed to be inside the three-storey hospital in Jabalpur, 1,094 km from Mumbai, but all the trapped people have been rescued, said Akhilesh Gaur, Chief Superintendent of Police of Jabalpur. (India-Hospital Fire-Casualties)
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YANGON -- Three towns in the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar have experienced the hottest July days in nearly 70 years, according to the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology on Monday.
Sittwe, the capital of western Myanmar's Rakhine State, logged its highest temperature for a July day in 75 years on July 29, reaching a record-breaking temperature of 34.3 degrees Celsius, the weather bureau said. (Myanmar-Towns-Heat)
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JAKARTA -- The Indonesian government has launched its own metaverse platform, named MetaNesia, as an effort to adapt to the fast-changing digital ecosystem, the country's State-owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir said Monday.
The virtual world, launched Sunday, is developed by state-owned telecommunications company PT Telkom Indonesia, and will be the place for Indonesia's small and medium enterprises to promote their goods on an equal footing with larger foreign businesses. (Indonesia-Metaverse)
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PHNOM PENH -- Post-COVID-19 pandemic recovery, rising global inflation and regional security will be top on the agenda at the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting (55th AMM) and related meetings, which will be held from Wednesday to Friday here, a senior Cambodian diplomat said on Monday.
Foreign ministry's secretary of state Kung Phoak said the 55th AMM and related meetings will be a good opportunity for foreign ministers of ASEAN and its dialogue partners to meet and discuss ways to address major challenges together for the sake of peace, stability and common development in the region and in the world. (Cambodia-ASEAN-Meeting)