Sun, 01 Oct 2023

TOKYO -- The Japanese parliament on Wednesday enacted legislation to allow nuclear reactors in the country to be operated beyond the current limit of 60 years in a push to cut carbon emissions and ensure stable electricity supplies.

The newly approved bill allows nuclear plants to operate for longer than 60 years if approved by the industry minister and is subject to regular inspections by the Nuclear Regulation Authority. (Japan-Nuclear Plants-Operation)

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KABUL -- Mohammad Nasir Akhund has been appointed acting Finance Minister of the Afghan interim government, according to Afghanistan's news broadcaster TOLOnews Wednesday.

"Based on the decree of the Islamic Emirate Supreme Leader, Mohammad Nasir Akhund has been appointed acting Minister of Finance," the Taliban government's spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on his Twitter page. (Afghanistan-Finance Minister)

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WELLINGTON -- An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 jolted 290 km southwest of Snares Islands, New Zealand region at 02:21:21 GMT on Wednesday, according to New Zealand's geoscience research service provider.

It occurred at 14:21:21 local time, at a depth of 33 km, said the GNS Science. (New Zealand-Earthquake)

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COLOMBO -- Sri Lankan Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena held discussions in Bangkok on Wednesday with his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-o-cha to enhance bilateral relations and strengthen trade, investment and religious ties, said a statement from the office of the Sri Lankan prime minister.

Noting that Sri Lanka and Thailand have a strong cultural and religious bond because of their shared Buddhist heritage, the statement said that the Siam Nikaya, which originated in Thailand, is one of the most revered monastic orders in Sri Lanka. (Sri Lanka-Thailand-Visit)

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