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Singapore’s pivot to Covid-19 home recovery baffles some residents as cases surge
When Tan tested positive for Covid-19 last week, she was worried about being separated from her infant daughter.Thankfully, the fully vaccinated 40-year-old Singaporean qualified for the city state’s home recovery programme and has been able to recuperate at home.“I am glad I am able to do home recovery,” said Tan, who gave only one name. “I have a toddler and even though I can’t touch or hug her, I’m still able to see her from afar. I can also get whatever I need more easily than in a care…
1 hour ago | Tech in Asia
Mapping the key players in Indonesian proptech
Many leading players are subsidiaries of larger regional companies, but a number of homegrown startups are coming up.
1 hour ago | Channel News Asia
Vietnam delays reopening resort island over low vaccination rate
HANOI: Vietnam has pushed back a plan to re-open the resort island of Phu Quoc to foreign tourists until November, after failing to meet targets for inoculating residents due to insufficient vaccine supplies, state media reported. The Southeast Asian nation, which is currently shut to all visitors apart fr
2 hours ago | BBC
China brand sparks backlash for "welcome to hell" kid's shirt
Major brand JNBY has since pulled the item, which also features images of the Grim Reaper.
2 hours ago | SCMP
China-Australia relations: wheat purchases increase ahead of ‘bumper harvest’ despite trade stand-off
China is snapping up cargoes of Australian wheat despite a bitter trade stand-off between the two countries, as crop downgrades elsewhere lead to a global shortfall in output.The buying spree comes as Australia, a key global food supplier, is expecting a second consecutive bumper harvest, while Northern Hemisphere producers have been hit by adverse weather and drought.China, the world’s top importer of agricultural products, has imposed anti-dumping duties on Australian wine and barley and…
2 hours ago | SCMP
Meet the defiant Afghan athletes vowing to fight the Taliban’s ban on women’s sports
The US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 enabled women athletes to represent the country at the Olympic Games for the first time.Even so, the progress was only gradual; Afghanistan has sent 23 athletes to the Games since then, yet only four have been women.Now, the Taliban’s return to power following the American withdrawal this summer threatens to put an end to what little progress has been made.On September 8, the Taliban’s cultural commission official Ahmadullah Wasiq announced a ban on women…
2 hours ago | Tech in Asia
Data of millions of Thai Shopee users reportedly put for sale online
Based on the ecommerce player's findings, the data was "unrelated to any Shopee database," according to a Bangkok Post report.
3 hours ago | SCMP
Kamala Harris gently presses Indian PM Narendra Modi on human rights during US meeting
US Vice-President Kamala Harris invoked her familial ties to India as she gently pressed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on human rights during a history-making meeting on Thursday between America’s first vice-president of Indian descent and the leader of a country that has become an increasingly close ally.Harris, during public remarks at her ceremonial office before the closed-door session, told Modi that as democracies around the world are under threat “it is imperative that we defend…
3 hours ago | BBC
Indian police arrest 26 for suspected gang-rape of 15-year-old girl
The 15-year-old girl in Mumbai was alleged gang-raped for around nine months.
3 hours ago | Channel News Asia
South Korea reports record daily COVID-19 cases; planning how to live with virus
SEOUL: South Korea has set a record for daily COVID-19 cases at 2,434, breaking the previous record set last month, as the country grapples with a wave of infections that began in early July, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said on Friday (Sep 24). The mortality rate and number of se
4 hours ago | Channel News Asia
Japan, citing 'shared values', welcomes Taiwan trade pact application
TOKYO: Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said he welcomed Taiwan's application to join a trans-Pacific trade pact this week, citing shared democratic values with the island, which China claims as its own.
4 hours ago | Tech in Asia
These are the most active investors in Israel’s startups
Which investors are writing the most checks to Israel-based startups?
5 hours ago | Channel News Asia
Taiwan blasts 'arch criminal' China for Pacific trade pact threats
TAIPEI: China is an "arch criminal" intent on bullying Taiwan and has no right to oppose or comment on its bid to join a pan-Pacific trade pact, Taiwan's government said in an escalating war of words over Tai
5 hours ago | BBC
The China factor in India's Quad strategy
The 'Quad' - India, Australia, Japan and the US - meet for the first time as a group next week.
6 hours ago | BBC
Singapore migrant workers are still living in Covid lockdown
The workers in Singapore are enduring one of the longest Covid confinement periods in the world.
6 hours ago | Channel News Asia
Japan CPI stopped falling for first time in 13 months, still below BOJ target
TOKYO: Japan's core consumer prices stopped falling for the first time in just over a year in August, government data showed, a source of solace for the central bank struggling to accelerate inflation towards its elusive 2 per cent target. The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications data showed nat
6 hours ago | Channel News Asia
'Death sentence': Low-lying nations implore faster action on climate at UN
UNITED NATIONS: Faced with what they see as an existential threat, leaders from low-lying and island nations implored rich countries at the United Nations General Assembly this week to act more
6 hours ago | Channel News Asia
Doctors scale rockslides, invoke gods to vaccinate Himalayan villages
MALANA, India: To visit the Indian village of Malana deep in the Himalayas, a COVID-19 vaccination team scrambled over a landslide that blocked the road the day before, scaled a retaining wall and then began a three-hour trek down and up a river valley. Despite the hostile terrain, the northern state of Hi
6 hours ago | SCMP
Has Vietnam turned a corner in its coronavirus fight?
On the day Hanoi re-emerged from coronavirus lockdown, Tran Khanh Thien went out for a ride. After nearly two months of movement restrictions, the Vietnamese capital’s streets were once again lined with parked cars and filled with the noise of roaring motorbike engines.Restaurants and shops were open, the 27-year-old entrepreneur said of his outing on Tuesday, though there were still plenty of signs urging social distancing and “100 per cent of people” were wearing masks.Meanwhile, in Ho Chi…
6 hours ago | Tech in Asia
Meesho founders back KitaBeli’s series A extension funding
Kopi Kenangan Capital, the angel fund launched by the founders of Indonesian coffee chain Kopi Kenangan, also chipped in.
7 hours ago | Channel News Asia
North Korea says Seoul's call to declare end of Korean War is premature
SEOUL: South Korea's call to declare a formal end to the Korean War is premature as there is no guarantee it would lead to the withdrawal of the "US hostile policy" toward Pyongyang, North Korea state media KCNA reported on Friday (Sep 24), citing Vice Foreign Minister Ri Thae Song. South Korea President M
8 hours ago | SCMP
Quad leaders, meeting in person for first time, are seen to plan several initiatives for confronting China
The leaders of a new military alliance that the Chinese government has lashed out against in recent months are gathering in Washington and, analysts say, Beijing’s reactions may be undermining its own interests by pushing the Quad into closer military coordination with other US allies.US President Joe Biden is to host the prime ministers of Australia, India and Japan – Scott Morrison, Narendra Modi and Yoshihide Suga – on Friday, after assembling the group via video link just months ago. The…
8 hours ago | Channel News Asia
Cloud kitchens gain traction in Indonesia as pandemic drives demand
JAKARTA: The COVID-19 pandemic was raging when Nurul Fauzia decided to open her own food business in December last year selling pastries and puddings. She needed to supplement her income after her pilot husband had his salary reduced.
8 hours ago | Channel News Asia
Commentary: Asian countries must restrain hawkish AUKUS parties
The AUKUS pact signals renewed interest in shoring up military pacts in the Indo-Pacific. The challenge is whether Asian countries can keep competing powers in check, says Humphrey Hawksley.
8 hours ago | Channel News Asia
US sending Bangladesh extra 2.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses: White House
WASHINGTON: The United States is shipping another 2.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to hard-hit Bangladesh, a White House official told AFP on Thursday (Sep 23), after the Biden administration announced a ramping up of global donations. The latest shipment - 2,508,480 Pfizer doses - brings
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