Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Oct. 9

COLOMBO -- Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday separately met with visiting senior Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi and the two sides discussed closer cooperation between their countries.

Yang, a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), arrived in the island country on Thursday for an official visit.(Sri Lanka-China-Ties)

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MALE -- Maldives has mandated testing for groups of 10 or more travelling from the capital region of Greater Male to other islands in the country, local media reported here Friday.

Dr. Ahmed Shaheed from the Health Emergency Operation Center's Technical Advisory Group was quoted by state-owned Public Service Media as saying that policies for travel within the country are being revised in order to prevent community spread.(Maldives-COVID-19)

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MUMBAI -- A webinar was held in India on Friday on the eve of the 110th birth anniversary of Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis that will be commemorated on Saturday.

The webinar titled "Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis's legacy continues to live on in the hearts of Indian and Chinese people" was held with several speakers, including his 98-year old brother sharing his legacy.(India-Webinar-Dr. Kotnis)

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KATHMANDU -- COVID-19 cases in Nepal surpassed 100,000 mark on Friday, Nepal's Ministry of Health and Population said.

"With new 2,059 cases, COVID-19 cases in the country reached 100,676," said Jageshwor Gautam, spokesperson at the health ministry at a press meet on Friday.(Nepal-COVID-19)

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