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ISLAMABAD -- The Pakistani rupee hit an all-time low against the U.S. dollar on Monday during the intraday trade in the interbank market, according to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP).

During the intraday trading, the rupee fell to as low as 232, but it closed at 229.88, losing 0.66 percent against the U.S. dollar, according to the figures released by the SBP, adding that the rupee closed at 228.37 on Friday last week. (Pakistan-Rupee-Fall)

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN -- Fourteen boxes of fireworks were seized last weekend by the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) at a stall in the Tutong District.

According to the local daily Borneo Bulletin on Monday, the suspect, a 58-year-old female permanent resident, believed to be involved in the sale of the prohibited items, has also been detained. (Brunei-Fireworks-Ban)

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HONG KONG -- Over 194,000 people in Hong Kong have taken the fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccines, official data showed Monday.

Since the start of a mass inoculation program in February last year, about 6.76 million people, or 92.9 percent of the eligible population in Hong Kong, have taken at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccines, while over 6.5 million, or 89.4 percent of the eligible population, have taken two doses. (Hong Kong-COVID-19)

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COLOMBO -- Sri Lankan Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera on Monday said that gas stations in the country will only accept the national fuel pass or QR code system from Aug. 1.

Wijesekera said all gas station owners must adopt the QR code system immediately and in the future, and only gas stations in compliance with the system will be given priority in fuel distribution. (Sri Lanka-Fuel) Enditem

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