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Wickremesinghe – Sri Lanka’s New PM | Bomb blast in Pak | US-ASEAN Summit | UAE President died | Africa’s first vaccine factory – World News of this Week
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Sri Lanka Crisis: Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns; Ranil Wickremesinghe returns as new PM
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has resigned from his position after widespread criticism of the ongoing Sri Lanka economic crisis.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa receives and agrees to the resignation of Mahinda as the Prime Minister.
Sri Lankan President has announced Senior opposition MP Ranil Wickremesinghe as the island nation’s new prime minister on May 12.
In his first remarks after being declared as Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that the island nation’s ties with India would be far better than under the previous administration.
Wickremesinghe also said that he has accepted and would complete the challenge of reviving the economy.
A bomb blast in Pakistan kills one person and injured 13 people
According to local media sources, a bomb blast killed one person and injured 13 people in Pakistan on May 12. The explosion happened inside a market area in Saddar, Karachi.
“The majority of them were injured after being struck by ball bearings from explosive materials,” according to the medical superintendent of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC).
Two government officials were also among the injured, according to a senior police officer.
Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) says that the explosive material was a time bomb and placed in a bicycle carrier. BDS also stated that the locally made bomb carried around 2 to 2.5 kg of explosive material.
Moreover, there was a suicidal bomb blast two weeks ago in Confucius Institute at the University of Karachi. The notable point is that it is the second bomb blast in the last three weeks.
US-ASEAN Special Summit: $150 million investment to improve infrastructure in Southeast Asian countries
US President Joe Biden began a meeting with Southeast Asian leaders by promising to invest $150 million and other steps to offset competitor China’s influence.
Biden began a two-day summit with the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Washington, US.
The first day of the meeting was a dinner at the White House with the leaders on May 12. The second would be the discussion at the State Department on May 13.
China committed $1.5 billion in development aid to ASEAN countries over three years in November alone to combat COVID and spur economic recovery.
The summit is the first time ASEAN leaders have met in the White House as a group. Moreover, it is the first meeting hosted by a US president since 2016.
The Ruler of Abu Dhabi and President of the UAE died at the age of 73
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, the ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the UAE since 2004, died on May 13 at the age of 73. He had been ailing for years, but the reason for his death was not revealed right now.
According to the Khaleej Times, the government has also declared 40 days of mourning. Flags will be flying at half-mast, while ministries and other government agencies will be closed beginning.
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, brother of the president of the UAE, would succeed in his position.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan headed the UAE and made Dubai and Abu Dhabi grew into a tourism and economic powerhouse.
Africa’s First Covid-19 manufacturing plant in Gqeberha got no orders
According to Aspen Pharmacare officials, Africa’s first facility authorised to make COVID-19 vaccines for the African market has not received a single order.
Further, it may close that manufacturing line within weeks if the scenario does not improve.
The coastal South African city of Gqeberha (then Port Elizabeth) is the location of the manufacturing facility of Aspen Pharmacare.
When they signed an agreement to begin manufacturing COVID-19 vaccinations in November, people welcomed them as a solution to the continent’s uneven access to vaccines.
However, no buyers have emerged, owing to the delayed delivery of vaccinations in Africa. That has left health organisations with a supply backlog. Commercial production of the vaccines never began.
Experts believe it is a warning flag for other African countries considering producing COVID-19 vaccines.
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