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Higher, Better: India-Afghanistan Bilateral Trade Now Exceeds $1 Billion

Ghani and Modi expressed determination to strengthen connectivity, including through Chabahar port and Air-Freight Corridor.

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NEW DELHI: President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani paid a visit to India on September 19, 2018, at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The two leaders reviewed and positively assessed the progress of the multi-faceted India-Afghanistan strategic partnership.

They expressed satisfaction at the increase in bilateral trade that has crossed the US $ 1 billion mark.

The two leaders also appreciated the successful conclusion of the India-Afghanistan trade and investment show in Mumbai from September 12-15, 2018 and expressed determination to strengthen connectivity, including through Chabahar port and Air-Freight Corridor.


It was agreed to deepen the New Development Partnership in the areas of high impact projects in this field of infrastructure, human resources development and other capacity-building projects in Afghanistan.

President Ghani briefed the Prime Minister on initiatives by his government towards peace & reconciliation and also in confronting the challenges of terrorism and extremism imposed on Afghanistan and its people.

The Prime Minister reiterated India’s support to an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled peace and reconciliation process that would enable Afghanistan to continue as a united,  peaceful, inclusive and democratic nation and emerge as an economically vibrant country.

The Prime Minister emphasized India’s unwavering commitment to supporting the efforts of the Government of Afghanistan to this end, as also for the security and sovereignty of Afghanistan. He unequivocally condemned terrorist attacks and violence in Afghanistan which have caused immense loss of precious human lives and expressed solidarity with the people and national defence forces of Afghanistan in their fight against terrorism.


While expressing satisfaction at the coordination and consultation on activities at various international fora, the two sides agreed to strengthen this cooperation and also to work even more closely with their regional and international partners for prosperity, peace, stability and progress.

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COVID-19 World: 10,00,000 Cases, 53,000 Deaths; And Counting

The true extent of the pandemic is likely to be significantly greater.

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WORLDWIDE: More than 1,014,499 people have been diagnosed with the COVID-19 disease worldwide, as the death toll surpassed 53,000 while about 212,000 patients recovered. Alarmingly, while the first 100,000 cases of the virus were reported after 55 days of its discovery, the first 500,000 cases mark was reached within a mere 76 days — indicating that the rate of infection appears to also be growing.

Total cases reported by Thursday grew 10 per cent from a day earlier, the first time the rate has hit double digits since the virus took hold outside China.

Dubbed COVID-19 by the World Health Organisation, the virus first spread in the city of Wuhan in China’s Hubei province in December, before reaching across to Italy, Iran and South Korea.


What makes it worse is that the true numbers are believed to be much higher, because of testing shortages, many mild cases that have gone unreported, and suspicions that some countries are covering up the extent of their outbreaks — as concerns have been raised over the truthfulness of figures coming from some governments including Tehran and Beijing.

The USA has seen by far the most cases, with at least 234,462, while Italy and Spain have also passed the 100,000 thresholds. Next is Germany, which has reported at least 84,264 cases, and then China, where the outbreak began, which researchers say has seen at least 82,432 cases.

US President Donald Trump acknowledged on Wednesday that the federal stockpile is nearly depleted of the protective equipment needed by doctors and nurses, and some “horrific” days lie ahead.


The case numbers skyrocket, rising from more than 12,000 to more than 212,000 in the space of a fortnight. Deaths in the country have also risen from 175 to 4,746 in the same span of time, while today figures showed more than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week in the latest indication that the pandemic is ravaging the nation’s economy.

In one of the worst hotspots around the country, Louisiana, deaths climbed to at least 310 and confirmed infections spiked 42% to nearly 9,200, in what Governor John Bel Edwards attributed in part to backlogged test results finally coming back from laboratories.

“We want people focused on what they can do about it. Don’t be despondent. Don’t despair. Don’t throw your hands up,” he said. “We can determine how bad it gets by whether we comply with the social distancing, the stay-at-home order and all the hygiene we’ve been promoting.”

Among the grimmest scenarios, the coronavirus pandemic death toll in Spain passed 10,000 on Thursday, as the country reported its highest single-day number of deaths since the outbreak began, with the total rising by more than 1,000 to 10,096 among 110,238 infections.

There are 117 countries and territories that have reported over 100 cases, 50 with outbreaks of over 1,000 and seven that have reported 50,000 or more COVID-19 cases – the US, Italy, Spain, Germany, China, France and Iran.


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COVID-19: Spain Sees New Daily High As Death Toll In Europe Surpasses 21,000

Following Italy and Spain, Germany became the latest European nation with over 50,000 confirmed cases.

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MADRID (Spain): The COVID-19 pandemic continued to ravage Europe, with the death toll in the region climbing to over 21,000 out of more than 360,000 confirmed cases.

According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), a total of 616,742 COVID-19 cases and 29,532 deaths have been reported globally as of 10:00 a.m. CET Sunday, of which, 361,457 cases and 21,496 deaths were registered in Europe.

Following Italy and Spain, Germany became the latest European nation with over 50,000 confirmed cases, while Spain saw the highest single-day fatalities in the day.


Highest Daily Deaths In Spain: 

With 838 deaths recorded in the past 24 hours, Spain saw the highest daily COVID-19 death toll on Sunday, according to data from its Ministry of Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Services.

The figure is six more than the previous figure, bringing the total death tally to 6,528 since the first death in the country was confirmed on March 3.


Meanwhile, the country detected 6,549 new COVID-19 patients, pushing the total number of confirmed cases to 78,797.

Madrid continues to be the worst affected part of the country as the pandemic has claimed 3,082 victims, or 47 percent of all deaths nationwide, and infected 22,677 people in total.

Italy Remains Worst Hit: 

In Italy, the worst-hit European country, local news media noted, a day after its death toll topped 10,000, that around one-third of the worldwide death toll from the pandemic so far has been contained within Italy’s borders.

As of Sunday, 10,779 people have died from COVID-19 in the southern European country. That is more than Spain and China, the next two countries suffering the most fatalities, combined.


Meanwhile, the total number of people confirmed to have coronavirus in Italy — combining active cases, deaths, and recoveries — climbed to 97,689 Sunday, 5,217 above the level recorded a day earlier.

Civil Protection Department Chief Angelo Borrelli said the number of new cases was higher than 3,651 a day earlier, but evidence showed that new cases could be plateauing.

Rising Caseload Elsewhere: 

With 3,965 new COVID-19 cases, Germany’s total number has increased to 52,547, making it the third nation in Europe with over 50,000 cases. Meanwhile, the death toll in the country remained low at 389 as of Sunday.

In Britain, the total number is approaching the 20,000 mark. With 2,433 more cases, the country has confirmed 19,522 cases as of Sunday morning.

Also on Sunday, Belgium and the Netherlands became the latest European countries with over 10,000 cases each, after Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Britain and Switzerland.

With 1,702 new cases in the past 24 hours, the total number of confirmed cases in Belgium, a country with some 11 million population, has reached 10,836, while total deaths increased to 431, according to data from the public health institute Sciensano.

In the Netherlands, the total number of cases and deaths has reached 10,866 and 771 respectively. With 132 new deaths, the death toll was the highest single-day figure so far in the country after Friday’s 112 and Saturday’s 93.

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COVID-19: Not A Single Case In Bangladesh In The Last 48 Hours

The death toll remains at 5 though there are reports of 5 deaths due to severe flu-like symptoms from some districts.

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DHAKA (Bangladesh): In what could be served as a beacon of hope, no new cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the last 48 hours in Bangladesh.

Professor Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), said during an online press briefing on Sunday afternoon that “there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 infected patients in Bangladesh in the last 24 hours.”

Bangladesh on Saturday also reported no new cases of COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours, meaning that the country’s total infections remain static at 48 confirmed cases as of Friday.


On Friday, four more people were tested positive for COVID-19, making the total to 48 in the country.

Bangladesh on Wednesday announced the fifth death.

While the death toll remains at 5, there are reports of 5 deaths due to severe flu-like symptoms from some districts.


A total of 15 COVID-19 patients have recovered so far in Bangladesh.

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