Xinhua Asia Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, May 11

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HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government announced Wednesday that the overall vaccination rate for the first dose of COVID-19 vaccines at residential care homes (RCH) for the elderly and disabled persons has reached 84 percent.

The HKSAR government launched the third stage of outreach vaccination service on April 15 and set the target of providing outreach vaccination service to unvaccinated RCH residents who have recovered from COVID-19, and those who are due to receive the next vaccine dose after their first or second dose by Tuesday. (Hong Kong-Vaccination Rate-Elderly)

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ISLAMABAD -- A collision between a passenger van and a truck killed at least 15 people and injured 10 others on Wednesday in Pakistan's southern Sindh province, police and rescue officials said.

The van carrying over 25 passengers was hit by the truck coming from the opposite direction at the Indus Highway in the Manjhand area in Jamshoro district of the province, Senior Superintendent of Police Jamshoro Javed Ahmed Baloch told Xinhua. (Pakistan-Road Accident-Toll)

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COLOMBO -- Sri Lanka's Central Bank Governor Nandalal Weerasinghe on Wednesday warned that the economic situation in the country will worsen if political stability is not achieved.

Speaking to journalists in the capital Colombo, Weerasinghe said he has conveyed to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and other political leaders that he would step down from the post, if the current political crisis is not solved in the coming weeks. (Sri Lanka-Central Bank Governor-Warning)

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NEW DELHI -- India's civil aviation watchdog Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has suspended nine pilots and 32 cabin crew members for testing positive during their pre-flight alcohol tests conducted between Jan. 1 and April 30.

According to the DGCA breather analyzer data, one pilot and five cabin crew members of Go Air, four pilots and 10 cabin crew members of IndiGo, one pilot and six cabin crew members of Spice Jet, one pilot of Air India Express, four crew members of Air Asia, one pilot and two cabin crew members of Vistara, one pilot of Alliance Air and five crew members of Air India failed the pre-flight alcohol tests. (India-DGCA-Pilots Suspension) Enditem

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