Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, June 20


HONG KONG — The government of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Saturday strongly condemned some groups for inciting strikes and class boycott to protest against the national security legislation and the enactment of a national security law for the HKSAR.

The decision on Establishing and Improving the Legal System and Enforcement Mechanisms for the HKSAR to Safeguard National Security was adopted last month at the closing meeting of the third annual session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC). (Hong Kong-National security legislation)

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HONG KONG — The Office of the Commissioner of the Chinese foreign ministry in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Saturday expressed strong disapproval of and firm opposition against the interferences in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs by external forces in a statement.

The statement came in response to some unwarranted comments about Hong Kong made by some Western politicians, senior officials of international organizations and the European Parliament.(Hong Kong-Commissioner’s office)

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HERAT, Afghanistan — Three police were killed and three others sustained injury as a roadside bomb struck a police vehicle in the western Herat province on Saturday, provincial government spokesman Jilani Farhad said.

A mine planted by militants struck a police van outside Herat city on Saturday afternoon, killing three police and wounding three others, Farhad has confirmed.(Afghanistan-Bomb attack)

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NEW DELHI — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched an employment scheme for the welfare of migrant labourers who had returned home from major cities amid the lockdown imposed to control the COVID-19 since March 25.

Titled “Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan” (Poor Welfare Employment Campaign) worth 50,000 crore Indian Rupees (6.7 billion U.S. dollars), the scheme would benefit the migrant labourers who had returned to their native places in states like Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Odisha, and Madhya Pradesh.

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