Sat, 23 Jan 2021

MANILA -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Tuesday said it has approved 400 million U.S. dollars in loan to support Sri Lanka's government in reforming its education system to meet the demand for highly skilled workers.

According to the Manila-based bank, the Secondary Education Sector Improvement Program will support reforms under Sri Lankan government's General Education Sector Development Plan for the 2020-2025 period, which focuses on upper secondary education. (Sri Lanka-ADB-Education)

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HONG KONG -- The governments of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and Singapore have decided to defer the commencement of the Hong Kong-Singapore Air Travel Bubble (ATB) till next year.

The HKSAR government said in a press release that the two governments will review the arrangement for 2021 towards late December in view of the recent developments of the COVID-19 epidemic in Hong Kong. (HK-Singapore-Air Travel Bubble)

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SEOUL -- South Korean automakers' global car sale fell last month on weak global demand, industry data showed Tuesday.

Local carmakers, including Hyundai, Kia, GM Korea, Renault Samsung and Ssangyong, sold a total of 674,040 vehicles at home and abroad in November, down 4.7 percent from a year earlier. (South Korea-Car sale)

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand kicked off its APEC host year on Tuesday, with a welcome ceremony taking place on Wellington's waterfront.

"APEC is a hugely important international event, and New Zealand is hosting amidst the challenge of global disruption and pandemic," said Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta in a statement. (New Zealand-APEC-Host year)

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