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HANOI -- Vietnam is preparing to mark the birth of its 100 millionth citizen next month with a publicity campaign to promote the positive effect of population growth on the economy, Vietnam News Agency reported on Sunday.

According to the General Statistics Office, Vietnam had 99.2 million citizens as of April 2022, making it the 15th most populous country in the world and among the third most populous in Southeast Asia. (Vietnam-Population)

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ISLAMABAD -- A polio vaccination campaign to immunize more than 21.54 million children under the age of five will kick off in Pakistan's southern Sindh province and eastern Punjab province on Monday, the Pakistani Health Ministry said.

In the first phase of the drive, more than 17 million children during the five-day campaign from March 13 to March 17 would be vaccinated in 13 districts of Punjab, 16 districts of Sindh and the federal capital Islamabad, the ministry said in a statement on Sunday. (Pakistan-Health-Polio)

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DHAKA -- The apex trade organization of Bangladesh held the "Bangladesh Business Summit 2023" in partnership with the Bangladeshi government here on Saturday.

The three-day summit came as part of efforts to further boost the country's growing trade, commerce and investment sectors. (Bangladesh-Business Summit)

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh's inflation hit 8.78 percent in February, driven by both food and non-food prices, official data showed on Sunday.

Bangladesh's inflation increased to 8.78 percent in February from 8.57 percent in January, the data showed. (Bangladesh-Inflation) Enditem

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