Sri Lanka cancels election rallies over new virus wave Jul 13, 2020 0 31 12345 AFPColomboSri Lanka’s ruling party Sunday called off its rallies ahead of upcoming parliamentary elections and delayed the international airport’s reopening over a surge in virus cases.The South Asian country of 21 million lifted its coronavirus lockdown in late June after declaring there was no longer any community spread of the virus. But a swathe of cases emerged last week, including an outbreak at a drug rehabilitation centre last week that saw 253 patients test positive in a single night.“All public meetings where the president and the prime minister were due to attend today, tomorrow and the day after have been cancelled,” President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) party said in a statement. Rajapaksa’s brother Mahinda is the country’s prime minister.The party said all their candidates were also told to call off upcoming public gatherings ahead of the August 5 poll. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Hongkongers rally to vote in pro-democracy primaries in defiance Jul 13, 2020 0 464 Aishwarya, daughter Aaradhya test positive for coronavirus Jul 13, 2020 0 398 Indonesia military academy hit by virus outbreak Jul 13, 2020 0 28 Australia cannot guarantee residency for Hong Kongers, says minister DPA Sydney There is no guarantee that Hong Kongers will be granted permanent residency visas in Australia, acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge said Sunday. Tudge’s comments come days after Prime Minister Scott .. Quake rattles Chinese city hit by massive 1976 disaster AFP Beijing A 4.7-magnitude earthquake struck the northern Chinese city of Tangshan on Sunday, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), reviving memories of a devastating 1976 quake there that was the .. Thailand plans to test trial COVID-19 vaccine on humans by October Bangkok Thai researchers said on Sunday they would begin testing a new coronavirus vaccine on humans from October following successful trials on animals. A pharmaceutical company will begin producing doses of the .. Amitabh Bachchan stable, his home Jalsa containment zone New Delhi Bollywood superstar actor Amitabh Bachchan is stable with mild symptoms of the novel coronavirus, the hospital where he is admitted in Mumbai said on Sunday. The 77-year-old and his son Abhishek Bachchan were .. Afghan govt calls for Taliban to return to peace process DPA Kabul An Afghan government spokesperson on Sunday called for the Taliban to reject violence and return to the stalled intra-Afghan peace process in the wake of weeks of bloodshed across the country. “The time has come .. Indonesian police foil attempt to smuggle 36 endangered turtles Jakarta: Indonesian authorities have detained seven people for allegedly attempting to smuggle 36 endangered green sea turtles, police said Sunday. The police in Bali nabbed the smugglers in the waters off Serangan, a ..