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Can't afford laxity, new Covid-19 crisis can come: Indian PM Modi

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday while holding a review meeting with senior officials from districts that are lagging in the vaccination coverage said if we become lax,  a new crisis can come despite covering the milestone of one billion vaccinations. He said there is a need to take the Covid-19 inoculation drive door-to-door now. Indian authorities on Tuesday handed over 10 fishermen to Pakistan,  who had been arrested in western Gujarat state for illegally crossing over to the Indian territory. Fishermen from both the countries frequently stray into each other's territory and then end up spending years in jails. Daily commuters in Pakistan's Karachi city have expressed dismay over an increase in transport fares after frequent hike in fuel prices this month,  which has shaken their domestic budgets. Locals claimed that they have lost all hope in the government,  which is least bothered about their sufferings amid an all-time high inflation. The Taliban has announced a complete ban on the use of foreign currency in Afghanistan,  a move sure to cause further disruption to an economy pushed to the brink of collapse by the abrupt withdrawal of international support. The surprise move came hours after militant group Islamic State attacked a military hospital in central Kabul,  killing at least 25 people. The Taliban which stormed to power in Afghanistan this year after ousting the Western-backed government,  has allowed all boys and younger girls back to class,  but has not let girls attend secondary school. Girls and young women are still deprived of education in the country and are desperate to get back to class. Nepal's Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba thanked his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for providing vaccines against the coronavirus disease in a timely manner to his country as they held talks on the sidelines of the COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow on Tuesday. According to India's Foreign Ministry,  the two leaders noted the excellent cooperation between India and Nepal during the pandemic particularly through the supply of vaccines,  medicines and medical equipment from India to Nepal as well as by ensuring the flow of goods across the borders. Deuba also thanked Modi for India's continued support for Nepal's development endeavours,  post-earthquake recovery and expected similar kind of support and cooperation in the future too. He sought India's support and cooperation to open up three new air routes over India,  Nepal's Foreign Secretary Bharat Raj Poudyal told the Kathmandu Post. Immersed in festive spirit,  people across Nepal and India have begun celebrations for Diwali,  the festival of lights with fervour. Hindus across Nepal on Wednesday honoured their dogs with baths,  garlands and special treats,  on the second day of the five-day long festival of lights called 'Tihar'.  
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