Eighteen people were killed in a fire on Monday at a chemical factory in the western Indian city of Pune.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Monday that the government would provide COVID-19 vaccines free of charge to all adults from later this month.
Amazon.com Inc founder Jeff Bezos and his brother will join the winner of an auction for a seat on Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft, the billionaire said on Monday.
Key Indian cities reopened for business on Monday, with long queues for buses in the financial hub of Mumbai while traffic returned to the roads of New Delhi.
Heavy rain has lashed Sri Lanka triggering floods and landslides that have killed at least 17 people and forced tens of thousands from their homes, officials said on Monday.
The Philippines will open up its vaccination drive this week to include around 35 million people working outside their homes, such as public transport staff, in a bid to help curb COVID-19 transmission and to open up the economy.
A passenger train in Pakistan smashed into derailed carriages from another train on Monday, killing at least 36 people, government officials said.