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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)

Hong Kong grants bail to arrested pro-democracy activists

By Associated Press | Posted by Srivatsan K C | Hong Kong
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 06:55 PM IST
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.
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US Secretary Mike Pompeo.(REUTERS)
US Secretary Mike Pompeo.(REUTERS)

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

By Reuters | Posted by Shivani Kumar | Washington/Beijing
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 08:38 AM IST
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.”
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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)

US human rights lawyer arrested in Hong Kong granted bail

By Associated Press | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Hong Kong
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 07:49 PM IST
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.
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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)

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

By Reuters| Posted by Mallika Soni | Hong Kong
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2021 03:40 PM IST
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.
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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)

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

By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Beijing
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 11:12 AM IST
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.
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Former law professor Benny Tai (left) after his arrest.
Former law professor Benny Tai (left) after his arrest.

HK arrests 53 oppn figures, sparks outcry

By Agencies | Hong Kong, Hong Kong
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2021 01:47 AM IST
Police confirmed 53 people - including a US citizen - were arrested for “subversion” in an early morning operation that involved about 1,000 officers.
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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)

Moody’s withdraws SBI’s forex bonds’ ratings

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 08:35 PM IST
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.
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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)

EU calls for ‘immediate release’ of Hong Kong activists

By Associated Press | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Brussels
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 06:21 PM IST
China is the bloc’s second-biggest trading partner behind the United States, and the EU is China’s biggest trading partner.
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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)

Explainer: Hong Kong mass arrests chill democracy movement

By Associated Press | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Hong Kong
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 05:46 PM IST
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.
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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)

Hong Kong democracy activists demand govt releases ‘political prisoners’

By Reuters| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Hong Kong
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 03:05 PM IST
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.
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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

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

By Bloomberg | Posted by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 11:41 AM IST
“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.
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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)

Dozens of Hong Kong pro-democracy figures arrested: Report

By Associated Press | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar | Hong Kong
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 07:39 AM IST
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.
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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)

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

By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Hong Kong
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2021 04:15 PM IST
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).
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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)

NYSE scraps plan to delist China telecom firms

By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Deepali Sharma | New York
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2021 03:07 PM IST
No detailed reason was given for the sudden reversal, which the exchange said came after “further consultation with relevant regulatory authorities”.
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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)

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

By Asian News International | Posted by Srivatsan K C | Beijing
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 06:22 PM IST
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.
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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)

Hong Kong postpones school re-openings to Lunar New Year

By Bloomberg | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 03:34 PM IST
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.
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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)

India’s market cap swells to $2.5 trillion

By Ashwin Ramarathinam | Livemint
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 05:59 AM IST
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.
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The Hong Kong government appointed a committee to approve the emergency use of the vaccines, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said last week, signaling the city is moving closer to authorizing the candidates.(AFP (Representative Image))
The Hong Kong government appointed a committee to approve the emergency use of the vaccines, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said last week, signaling the city is moving closer to authorizing the candidates.(AFP (Representative Image))

Hong Kong in talks to use vaccine records for travel, HKET says

By Bloomberg | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 01:34 PM IST
The electronic-registration system will record when and which type of vaccine a person/citizen has received and will remind the user when to receive a second shot, Secretary for Innovation and Technology Alfred Sit was cited as saying in a radio interview.
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The front facade of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is seen in New York, US.(Reuters)
The front facade of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is seen in New York, US.(Reuters)

NYSE to delist 3 Chinese telecom companies to comply with US executive order

By Asian News International| Posted by Mallika Soni | New York
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 12:42 AM IST
The three companies -- China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom Hong Kong -- will be delisted between January 7 and January 11 and proceedings to delist them have started, according to a statement by the NYSE.
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As Indian markets are perceived to be in bull market, analysts feel steep valuations of markets could be risky
As Indian markets are perceived to be in bull market, analysts feel steep valuations of markets could be risky

Recovery in earnings and economy may catapult markets in 2021

By Nasrin Sultana | Livemint
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 06:00 AM IST
Markets hit an all-time high on the last day of a volatile 2020 which had a divergent trend of a sharp fall and unexpected rebounds.Both the BSE Sensex and Nifty gained 15-16% in rupee terms in the year
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Media mogul Jimmy Lai, a critic of Beijing who had been a frequent visitor to Washington, is widely believed to be a target of the new national security law.(REUTERS)
Media mogul Jimmy Lai, a critic of Beijing who had been a frequent visitor to Washington, is widely believed to be a target of the new national security law.(REUTERS)

Hong Kong’s top court puts media tycoon Jimmy Lai back in custody

By Reuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Hong Kong
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2020 02:55 PM IST
The Court of Final Appeal’s ruling comes a week after Lai, one of Hong Kong’s most prominent democracy activists who is accused of colluding with foreign forces, was released on HK$10 million ($1.3 million) bail along with extensive restrictions that included barring him from using social media.
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Bitcoin has now quadrupled in value this year amid the global coronavirus pandemic.(REUTERS)
Bitcoin has now quadrupled in value this year amid the global coronavirus pandemic.(REUTERS)

Bitcoin touches $29,000 for another high in banner year

By Bloomberg | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 07:18 AM IST
The largest cryptocurrency climbed to as high as $29,292 before pulling back slightly to trade at $28,520 as of 9:12 am in Hong Kong Thursday. It has advanced almost 50% in December, on track for its biggest monthly gain since May 2019.
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One of the 12 Hong Kong activists detained in mainland China over an illegal border crossing is seen in a vehicle after a transfer conducted at the China-Hong Kong border of Shenzhen Bay Port , in Hong Kong, China.(Reuters)
One of the 12 Hong Kong activists detained in mainland China over an illegal border crossing is seen in a vehicle after a transfer conducted at the China-Hong Kong border of Shenzhen Bay Port , in Hong Kong, China.(Reuters)

Chinese court jails 10 Hong Kong democracy activists for up to three years

By Agence France-Presse| Posted by Mallika Soni | Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2020 01:52 AM IST
A number of activists have fled the city for overseas and political organisations have shuttered their doors as Beijing seeks to keep a lid on unrest that rocked the financial hub for months last year.
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Jimmy Lai, who has been frequently criticized by Chinese authorities for his support for local democratic movements, was released on bail by a Hong Kong court last week(via REUTERS)
Jimmy Lai, who has been frequently criticized by Chinese authorities for his support for local democratic movements, was released on bail by a Hong Kong court last week(via REUTERS)

Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai steps down from Next Digital helm

By Bloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON DEC 30, 2020 10:45 AM IST
Jimmy Lai, a prominent critic of Beijing and local authorities, tendered his resignation “in order to spend more time dealing with his personal affairs,” according to a statement from the media group he founded three decades ago. He also stepped down from the position of executive director.
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Chung is the first public political figure prosecuted under the new security law.(Reuters)
Chung is the first public political figure prosecuted under the new security law.(Reuters)

Hong Kong teen jailed for China flag insult

By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Shivani Kumar | Beijing
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 03:46 AM IST
Tony Chung, a 19-year-old who led a now-disbanded pro-democracy group, was convicted earlier this month for throwing the Chinese flag to the ground during scuffles outside Hong Kong’s legislature in May 2019.
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The hearing began as scheduled on Monday afternoon and a convoy of vehicles were seen departing around four hours later.(REUTERS)
The hearing began as scheduled on Monday afternoon and a convoy of vehicles were seen departing around four hours later.(REUTERS)

China starts ‘Hong Kong 12’ activists’ trial

By Agencies, Shenzhen
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 05:29 AM IST
Ten of the so-called “Hong Kong 12” were in court in the southern city of Shenzhen to face charges linked to an illegal border crossing. Chinese authorities took them into custody after their boat was intercepted on August 23.
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The US embassy on Monday called for the release of 12 Hong Kong fugitives on trial in Shenzhen.(REUTERS)
The US embassy on Monday called for the release of 12 Hong Kong fugitives on trial in Shenzhen.(REUTERS)

China rejects US call to release Hong Kong fugitives

By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Beijing
PUBLISHED ON DEC 28, 2020 02:42 PM IST
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a news briefing that the US remarks “disregard facts”.
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The State Administration for Market Regulation kicked off an antitrust investigation into Alibaba last week and dispatched officials to its Hangzhou headquarters(REUTERS)
The State Administration for Market Regulation kicked off an antitrust investigation into Alibaba last week and dispatched officials to its Hangzhou headquarters(REUTERS)

China’s crackdown on Alibaba worsen China’s internet selloff

By Bloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 10:57 AM IST
Once hailed as the standard-bearers of China’s economic and technological ascendancy, Alibaba, now face increasing pressure from regulators worried about the speed with which they’re amassing hundreds of millions of users and gaining influence over almost every aspect of daily life.
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Ahmed Khan poses with a refrigerator at Woosung Street in Hong Kong's old-school neighborhood of Jordan.(AP)
Ahmed Khan poses with a refrigerator at Woosung Street in Hong Kong's old-school neighborhood of Jordan.(AP)

‘Give what you can give, take what you need to take:’ This refrigerator in Hong Kong has something for everybody

By Associated Press | Posted by: Sanya Budhiraja | Hong Kong
PUBLISHED ON DEC 25, 2020 05:58 PM IST
The door of the fridge sitting outside a hockey academy opens to reveal it is stuffed with packets of instant noodles, biscuits, tins of food and even socks and towels for anyone who may need them.
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The Alibaba Group logo is seen during the company's 11.11 Singles' Day global shopping festival at their headquarters in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China.(REUTERS)
The Alibaba Group logo is seen during the company's 11.11 Singles' Day global shopping festival at their headquarters in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China.(REUTERS)

Alibaba to be probed for antitrust charges

By Sutirtho Patranobis | Livemint, Beijing
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 05:21 AM IST
The announcement spooked many investors who dumped shares of Alibaba’s subsidiaries and affiliates, as well as other internet firms that risk being targeted by Chinese antitrust regulators.
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