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Heavy rains wreak havoc in southern India, Sri Lanka

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Days of unexpectedly heavy rainfall have wreaked havoc in India's southern Tamil Nadu and neighboring Sri Lanka,  killing a nearly a dozen people in flood-related and lightening incidents. At least four of 40 infants in the newborn-care unit of a government hospital died in central India when a fire swept through the unit late on Monday, government officials said, the latest in a string of hospital fires in the country this year that have killed dozens. Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to put the whole sugar supply on the market for sale in the midst of the country's inflation and to control the escalating price of the sweetener. Pakistan and local Taliban militants have agreed a one-month ceasefire, Pakistan's Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Monday, opening the possibility of a fuller peace accord to help end years of bloodshed. For the first time in three years, the World Health Organization and the United Nations children’s agency have launched a four-day effort to vaccinate millions of children in Afghanistan against polio. The programme backed by the Taliban, aims to address the 3.3 million children who have gone unvaccinated since 2018. Nepal's Army chief General Prabhuram Sharma received a guard of honour and called on his Indian counterpart General MM Naravane on in New Delhi Tuesday as he began his official visit to India to bolster defence ties. A 10-day long fair organised to give a marketing platform to rural women in India’s northeast state of Manipur is receiving a good response from visitors.
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