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Hong Kong to extend travel curbs until after Lunar New Year to stem Omicron

The Covid-19 travel extension or the ban on bars, beaches, gyms and cinemas, as well as dining-in after 6 pm to curb Omicron spread will be in place throughout the Lunar New Year holiday and continue until Feb. 3
People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus, walk on a street in Hong Kong. Hong Kong International Airport said that it would ban passengers from over 150 countries and territories from transiting in the city for a month, as it sought to stem the transmission of the highly contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus  (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus, walk on a street in Hong Kong. Hong Kong International Airport said that it would ban passengers from over 150 countries and territories from transiting in the city for a month, as it sought to stem the transmission of the highly contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus  (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Updated on Jan 15, 2022 08:06 PM IST
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Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz

Hong Kong suspends transit flights from most of the world due to Covid-19

The move comes as the city has seen around 50 cases of the fast-spreading Omicron variant since the end of last year.
 An airport security guard walks past a sign at the departure hall of Hong Kong Airport.(Reuters / File)
 An airport security guard walks past a sign at the departure hall of Hong Kong Airport.(Reuters / File)
Published on Jan 14, 2022 12:31 PM IST
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Wear two masks to keep Omicron at bay, Hong Kong experts say

Wearing a cloth mask over a surgical mask can “tighten the gap not covered by the surgical mask, which is often very loose,” said David Hui, a professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
A student wears a mask and face shield while waiting for the first bell amid the Covid-19 pandemic at Washington Elementary School in Lynwood, Calif. (AP)
A student wears a mask and face shield while waiting for the first bell amid the Covid-19 pandemic at Washington Elementary School in Lynwood, Calif. (AP)
Published on Jan 13, 2022 03:14 PM IST
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Hong Kong bans flights from 8 countries amid Omicron spread. Check details

Hong Kong is imposing strict new virus control measures for the first time in almost a year amid concerns over the omicron variant which is threatening to spur a winter wave.
Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam speaks during a news conference in Hong Kong, Wednesday, (AP)
Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam speaks during a news conference in Hong Kong, Wednesday, (AP)
Published on Jan 05, 2022 02:22 PM IST
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Written by Shubhangi Gupta | Edited by Sohini Goswami, New Delhi

Hong Kong reports first Covid case from unknown source in months

After almost three months, Hong Kong reports a Covid positive case as the city gears up to face Omicron outbreak.
The latest case involves a 42-year-old man who works in the North Point neighborhood and has no established links to international travel, said Albert Au, an official at the Centre for Health Protection in Hong Kong. (Bloomberg)
The latest case involves a 42-year-old man who works in the North Point neighborhood and has no established links to international travel, said Albert Au, an official at the Centre for Health Protection in Hong Kong. (Bloomberg)
Published on Jan 04, 2022 05:37 PM IST
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Hong Kong news site shuts as pro-Beijing lawmakers sworn in

Citizen News is the third news outlet to close in recent months, following pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily and online site Stand News.
Lawmakers have their group photos taken after their oath-taking ceremony of the legislative council in Hong Kong.(AP)
Lawmakers have their group photos taken after their oath-taking ceremony of the legislative council in Hong Kong.(AP)
Published on Jan 03, 2022 02:48 PM IST
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PTI | , New Delhi

Stand News raid: Hong Kong police charge 2 from news outlet with sedition

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said at a news conference Thursday that the arrests were not targeted at the media. Stand News, meanwhile, announced after the crackdown that it is ceasing operation.
Police are seen outside the Stand News office building, after a raid in which seven people were arrested, on Wednesday.(Reuters Photo)
Police are seen outside the Stand News office building, after a raid in which seven people were arrested, on Wednesday.(Reuters Photo)
Published on Dec 30, 2021 04:20 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Hong Kong's Stand News shuts down after police raid, arrests

  • The online news site stated that its website and social media will no longer be updated and will be taken down soon.
Stand News chief editor Patrick Lam is brought to the news outlet's office building in handcuffs after police were deployed to search the premises in Hong Kong's Kwun Tong district.(AFP Photo)
Stand News chief editor Patrick Lam is brought to the news outlet's office building in handcuffs after police were deployed to search the premises in Hong Kong's Kwun Tong district.(AFP Photo)
Published on Dec 29, 2021 02:19 PM IST
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Fire breaks out in Hong Kong World Trade Centre, nearly 350 people trapped

At least eight people have been hospitalised, while many more are said to be still trapped in the building.
Rescue workers evacuate people from the site after a fire broke out at the World Trade centre in Hong Kong, China.(REUTERS)
Rescue workers evacuate people from the site after a fire broke out at the World Trade centre in Hong Kong, China.(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 15, 2021 01:30 PM IST
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Hong Kong eases China travel, border plans still on after Omicron case

Hong Kong does not alter plans to reopen the city’s border despite China’s northern port of Tianjin confirming the country’s first omicron case in an incoming traveller and issued quarantine-free rules for limited business trips to mainland China
Hong Kong eases China travel, border plans still on after Omicron case(Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP)
Hong Kong eases China travel, border plans still on after Omicron case(Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP)
Updated on Dec 14, 2021 01:52 PM IST
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Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz

China orders Covid-19 test for travel with some border cities amid Omicron scare

People who intend to leave from China's border cities with overland ports of entry must show proof of negative test results within 48 hours before departure but not those from cities with ports of entry linked to Hong Kong or Macau.
China orders Covid-19 test for travel with some border cities amid Omicron scare(Photo by Bruce Röttgers on Unsplash)
China orders Covid-19 test for travel with some border cities amid Omicron scare(Photo by Bruce Röttgers on Unsplash)
Updated on Dec 11, 2021 03:07 PM IST
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Reuters | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Beijing

This city has overtaken Hong Kong, Paris as most expensive. List here

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) said that rising shekel and price increases for goods were the main factors in Israel’s Tel Aviv taking the top spot.
Tel Aviv has supplanted Paris and Singapore as the most expensive city in the world. (AFP Photo)
Tel Aviv has supplanted Paris and Singapore as the most expensive city in the world. (AFP Photo)
Published on Dec 01, 2021 02:14 PM IST
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By | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi

Hong Kong will not open up to global travel until mid-2022

Hong Kong and China remain the only places left in the world still pursuing a “Covid Zero” strategy that seeks to eliminate local transmission of the coronavirus through strict measures including long quarantines, rigorous contact tracing and targeted testing blitzes.
Hong Kong will not open up to global travel until mid-2022 (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP)
Hong Kong will not open up to global travel until mid-2022 (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP)
Updated on Nov 09, 2021 02:06 PM IST
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Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz

Hong Kong grants bail to arrested pro-democracy activists

The activists were accused of taking part in an unofficial primary election last year that authorities said was part of a plan to paralyze the Legislative Council and subvert state power. The primary was held to choose the best candidates to field as the pro-democracy camp sought to win a majority of seats.
Three of the 55 arrested people were not released — activists Joshua Wong and Tam Tak-chi, who were already in jail on separate charges, and former Hong Kong Democratic Party Chairman Wu Chi-wai, who remained in custody for failing to meet bail conditions in a separate protest-related case. In picture - Activist Benny Tai talks to media as he leaves the police station on bail.(REUTERS)
Three of the 55 arrested people were not released — activists Joshua Wong and Tam Tak-chi, who were already in jail on separate charges, and former Hong Kong Democratic Party Chairman Wu Chi-wai, who remained in custody for failing to meet bail conditions in a separate protest-related case. In picture - Activist Benny Tai talks to media as he leaves the police station on bail.(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 08, 2021 06:55 PM IST
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Hong Kong | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Srivatsan K C

Mike Pompeo angers China with Hong Kong threat, plan to send envoy to Taiwan

Pompeo said he was also “appalled” by the arrest of an American citizen in Wednesday’s crackdown and added: “The United States will not tolerate the arbitrary detention or harassment of US citizens.”
US Secretary Mike Pompeo.(REUTERS)
US Secretary Mike Pompeo.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 08, 2021 08:38 AM IST
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Washington/Beijing | ByReuters | Posted by Shivani Kumar

US human rights lawyer arrested in Hong Kong granted bail

John Clancey, who works at law firm Ho Tse Wai & Partners, was one of 53 people arrested Wednesday under the national security law over their participation in an unofficial primary election last year that authorities say was part of a plan to paralyze the government and subvert state power.
While most of those arrested were candidates in the primaries, John Clancey was a treasurer for political organization Power for Democracy, which was involved in the event(REUTERS)
While most of those arrested were candidates in the primaries, John Clancey was a treasurer for political organization Power for Democracy, which was involved in the event(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 07, 2021 07:49 PM IST
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Hong Kong | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri

Jailed Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong suspected of violating city’s new security law

Wong, who won the primary vote, has been repeatedly detained for his role in organising pro-democracy rallies. He was also among 12 opposition candidates disqualified from running in the legislative election, which has since been postponed with the government citing the coronavirus.
Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong is seen in Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre after jailed for unauthorised assembly near the police headquarters during the 2019 anti-government protests in Hong Kong, China.(Reuters/ File photo)
Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong is seen in Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre after jailed for unauthorised assembly near the police headquarters during the 2019 anti-government protests in Hong Kong, China.(Reuters/ File photo)
Published on Jan 07, 2021 03:40 PM IST
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Hong Kong | ByReuters| Posted by Mallika Soni

China goes online to mock ‘beautiful sight’ of US Capitol chaos

On Thursday morning, state media tabloid Global Times tweeted side-by-side photo comparisons of Hong Kong protesters occupying the city’s Legislative Council Complex in July 2019 with Wednesday’s Washington riots.
US President-elect Joe Biden said the US rioters were undermining democracy by trying to overturn Trump’s defeat in November’s election.(REUTERS)
US President-elect Joe Biden said the US rioters were undermining democracy by trying to overturn Trump’s defeat in November’s election.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 07, 2021 11:12 AM IST
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Beijing | ByAgence France-Presse | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri

HK arrests 53 oppn figures, sparks outcry

Police confirmed 53 people - including a US citizen - were arrested for “subversion” in an early morning operation that involved about 1,000 officers.
Former law professor Benny Tai (left) after his arrest.
Former law professor Benny Tai (left) after his arrest.
Published on Jan 07, 2021 01:47 AM IST
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Hong Kong | ByAgencies, Hong Kong

Moody’s withdraws SBI’s forex bonds’ ratings

The agency said the rating withdrawal are on those forex bonds issued by SBI through its branches at the Dubai International Finance Centre, Hong Kong, London, and Nassau, a county in Florida, US.
The move comes on a day when the bank is reportedly hit the dollar-bond market with a benchmark issue (upwards of USD 500 million).(Reuters file photo)
The move comes on a day when the bank is reportedly hit the dollar-bond market with a benchmark issue (upwards of USD 500 million).(Reuters file photo)
Published on Jan 06, 2021 08:35 PM IST
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Mumbai | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma

EU calls for ‘immediate release’ of Hong Kong activists

China is the bloc’s second-biggest trading partner behind the United States, and the EU is China’s biggest trading partner.
The mass arrests, including of former lawmakers, were the largest crackdown on Hong Kong’s democracy movement since the law was imposed by China.(Reuters file photo)
The mass arrests, including of former lawmakers, were the largest crackdown on Hong Kong’s democracy movement since the law was imposed by China.(Reuters file photo)
Published on Jan 06, 2021 06:21 PM IST
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Brussels | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Deepali Sharma

Explainer: Hong Kong mass arrests chill democracy movement

The arrests will remove more activists from the scene, reducing the possibility of renewed protests and eliminating many as future candidates for office. They warn a younger generation that formed the backbone of protests that even holding an unofficial primary can result in legal action.
The sudden arrest of dozens of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, in the most sweeping use of a new national security law to date(REUTERS)
The sudden arrest of dozens of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, in the most sweeping use of a new national security law to date(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 06, 2021 05:46 PM IST
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Hong Kong | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri

Hong Kong democracy activists demand govt releases ‘political prisoners’

At a press briefing to address the mass arrests of pro-democracy activists in a dawn sweep, members of the democratic camp said the arrests were “shameful” and represented oppression on the right to vote.
Pro-democratic party members respond to the mass arrests during a press conference in Hong Kong.(AP Photo)
Pro-democratic party members respond to the mass arrests during a press conference in Hong Kong.(AP Photo)
Published on Jan 06, 2021 03:05 PM IST
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Hong Kong | ByReuters| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal

‘Assault on universal rights’: Incoming US secretary of state on Hong Kong arrests

“The Biden-Harris administration will stand with the people of Hong Kong and against Beijing’s crackdown on democracy,” tweeted Antony Blinken, US President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of state.
Antony Blinken, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for secretary of state. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Antony Blinken, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for secretary of state. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Updated on Jan 06, 2021 11:41 AM IST
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ByBloomberg | Posted by Karan Manral

Dozens of Hong Kong pro-democracy figures arrested: Report

At least seven members of Hong Kong’s largest Democratic Party — the city’s largest opposition party — were arrested, including former party chairman Wu Chi-wai. Former lawmakers, including Helena Wong, Lam Cheuk-ting, and James To, were also arrested, according to a post on the party’s Facebook page.
Agnes Chow, Anthony Wong Yiu Ming, Tiffany Yuen Ka-wai, Denise Ho Wan See, Lester Shum, Eddie Chu, Joshua Wong and Gregory Wong pose for photo at a campaigning during primary elections aimed for selecting democracy candidates, in Hong Kong, China July 11, 2020.(Reuters File Photo)
Agnes Chow, Anthony Wong Yiu Ming, Tiffany Yuen Ka-wai, Denise Ho Wan See, Lester Shum, Eddie Chu, Joshua Wong and Gregory Wong pose for photo at a campaigning during primary elections aimed for selecting democracy candidates, in Hong Kong, China July 11, 2020.(Reuters File Photo)
Published on Jan 06, 2021 07:39 AM IST
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Hong Kong | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar

Hong Kong: Amid protest and pandemic, experts warn govt of social unrest among youth

The pent-up resentment against the government and frustration over the coronavirus pandemic among students has been described as ‘powder keg waiting to go off’, reported South China Morning Post (SCMP).
A health worker collects a swab sample from a woman at a makeshift testing centre on a soccer field following the coronavirus disease outbreak in Hong Kong on December 8, 2020.(Reuters file photo)
A health worker collects a swab sample from a woman at a makeshift testing centre on a soccer field following the coronavirus disease outbreak in Hong Kong on December 8, 2020.(Reuters file photo)
Published on Jan 05, 2021 04:15 PM IST
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Hong Kong | ByAsian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal

NYSE scraps plan to delist China telecom firms

No detailed reason was given for the sudden reversal, which the exchange said came after “further consultation with relevant regulatory authorities”.
The reversal comes just four days after the NYSE said it was ending trading in the companies to comply with an order by the Trump administration barring investment in firms with ties to the Chinese military.(AP file photo)
The reversal comes just four days after the NYSE said it was ending trading in the companies to comply with an order by the Trump administration barring investment in firms with ties to the Chinese military.(AP file photo)
Published on Jan 05, 2021 03:07 PM IST
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New York | ByAgence France-Presse | Posted by Deepali Sharma

China asks US to stop interfering with Hong-Kong related issues

In a press conference, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said China is a country ruled by law and anyone who violates it must be punished.
The remarks come after US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo reacted on the sentencing of 10 Hong Kongers who have been detained in China after they tried to flee to Taiwan.(Reuters)
The remarks come after US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo reacted on the sentencing of 10 Hong Kongers who have been detained in China after they tried to flee to Taiwan.(Reuters)
Published on Jan 04, 2021 06:22 PM IST
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Beijing | ByAsian News International | Posted by Srivatsan K C

Hong Kong postpones school re-openings to Lunar New Year

Hong Kong has been one of the most aggressive places worldwide to close schools despite research from the likes of the United Nations warning about the adverse consequences of doing so.
Besides schools, the government will extend other social distancing measures by another two weeks until January 20.(Bloomberg)
Besides schools, the government will extend other social distancing measures by another two weeks until January 20.(Bloomberg)
Published on Jan 04, 2021 03:34 PM IST
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ByBloomberg | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh

India’s market cap swells to $2.5 trillion

Investors are expecting a sharp economic recovery in 2021 and companies whose fortunes are tied to the revival are leading the stocks’ rally. Continued foreign inflows coupled with a pickup in earnings and the rollout of vaccines are expected to sustain the upward momentum.
In 2020, the Indian markets outperformed many other major markets. India’s market capitalization gains were about 17.4%, one of the highest globally after China’s 48.5%, the US (24%) and Hong Kong (18%).(PTI)
In 2020, the Indian markets outperformed many other major markets. India’s market capitalization gains were about 17.4%, one of the highest globally after China’s 48.5%, the US (24%) and Hong Kong (18%).(PTI)
Updated on Jan 04, 2021 05:59 AM IST
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