Thu, 15 Apr 2021

HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on Friday published an amendment bill in the Gazette that requires District Council (DC) members to take oaths when taking office.

DC members should comply with the same oath-taking requirements of swearing to uphold the HKSAR Basic Law and bear allegiance to the HKSAR as other public officers, according to the Public Offices (Candidacy and Taking Up Offices) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2021. (HK-DC member-Oath-taking)

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MANILA -- Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law on Friday a bill that speeds up the procurement and administration of COVID-19 vaccines in the Southeast Asian country.

The new law or COVID-19 Vaccination Program Act of 2021 also creates a national indemnity fund to compensate any person inoculated in case of death, permanent disability, or hospital confinement due to serious adverse events. (Philippines-Law-COVID-19)

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TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga Friday said the state of emergency over the novel coronavirus will be lifted one week earlier than planned for six prefectures, although the Greater Tokyo Area will be kept under the emergency period for the time being.

Aichi, Gifu, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo and Fukuoka Prefecture will see the emergency period lifted at the end of February prior to the initial deadline of March 7, as infections in these regions as well as the strain on medical facilities have been deemed to have sufficiently improved. (Japan-State of emergency-COVID-19)

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SUVA -- The Chinese Lantern Festival was celebrated here in Fiji on Friday night with the participation of Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Chinese Ambassador to Fiji Qian Bo and about 300 people from the local Chinese community and various circles of Fiji also attended the celebrations. (Fiji-Chinese Lantern Festival)

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