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Southeast Asia plans to ease travel curbs to tackle crippling economy(Lim Huey Teng / REUTERS)

Covid-19: Southeast Asia plan easing of travel curbs to tackle crippling economy

Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2021 12:31 PM IST
While Europe and the US have already moved down the reopening path, countries in Southeast Asia have a low vaccination rate and are among the world’s most vulnerable to the delta variant but with state finances stretched, lockdowns are becoming less tenable by the day.
Kamala Harris is will be starting off her official tour of Singapore from Monday, and is scheduled to visit Hanoi on Tuesday.. REUTERS/Caroline Chia(REUTERS)
Kamala Harris is will be starting off her official tour of Singapore from Monday, and is scheduled to visit Hanoi on Tuesday.. REUTERS/Caroline Chia(REUTERS)

Kamala Harris kicks off tour to Southeast Asia week after Kabul’s fall

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Ayshee Bhaduri | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 22, 2021 02:29 PM IST
  • Kamala Harris’ itinerary includes stops in Singapore and Vietnam, where she will meet political leaders and seek to assuage apprehensions of America’s reliability as an ally.
External Affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar and Ambassador of Japan to India Satoshi Suzuki visit Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati to offer prayer on Monday. (ANI PHOTO).
External Affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar and Ambassador of Japan to India Satoshi Suzuki visit Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati to offer prayer on Monday. (ANI PHOTO).

India, Japan pitch for Assam to be hub of connectivity with Southeast Asia

By Rezaul H Laskar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON FEB 15, 2021 08:25 PM IST
  • External affairs minister S Jaishankar and Japanese ambassador Satoshi Suzuki visited Assam to review projects being implemented with Japanese support, and outlined a vision of Assam playing a crucial role in India’s efforts to link up with and benefit from new markets in Southeast Asian nations.
Health workers wearing protective suits distribute free medicines and vitamins to residents at an area placed under stricter lockdown measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Caloocan city, Philippines on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020.(AP)
Health workers wearing protective suits distribute free medicines and vitamins to residents at an area placed under stricter lockdown measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Caloocan city, Philippines on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020.(AP)

Southeast Asia detects mutated coronavirus strain sweeping the world

By Bloomberg | Posted by Anubha Rohatgi
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2020 04:01 PM IST
The strain has been found in many other countries and has become the predominant variant in Europe and the US.
While the state forgot the migrants, the “poor” employers expressed their inability to pay wages without work and work was impossible during the lockdown. The master sat on his wealth, while the worker stared at his dwindling savings.(Pradeep Pandit/HT Photo)
While the state forgot the migrants, the “poor” employers expressed their inability to pay wages without work and work was impossible during the lockdown. The master sat on his wealth, while the worker stared at his dwindling savings.(Pradeep Pandit/HT Photo)

Lessons from the migrant worker mess | Opinion

Hindustan Times/Chandigarh | By RN Prasher
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2020 05:51 PM IST
The government could have visualised that the migrants will be stuck without income and will go away. The state could have allowed the industries to run while other institutions, markets, and offices were locked down
A gamer plays PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) at the Paris Games Week (PGW), a trade fair for video games in Paris, France.(REUTERS)
A gamer plays PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) at the Paris Games Week (PGW), a trade fair for video games in Paris, France.(REUTERS)

New changes to PUBG Global Series announced

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2020 10:52 AM IST
According to a press release from the company, switching to the online-only tournaments is designed to “support PUBG esports during this time of physical distancing.”
There is no reason for us to not make an effort to ensure 100% vaccination(Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times)
There is no reason for us to not make an effort to ensure 100% vaccination(Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times)

India’s immunisation drive: Battling diseases, ensuring a healthy future

By Harsh Vardhan
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2019 07:52 PM IST
The government aimed to increase the immunisation coverage of children to 90%. The result was heartening
JP Morgan, the global banking and financial services provider, has signed a mega deal with commercial office space developer Nirlon Ltd(Reuters)
JP Morgan, the global banking and financial services provider, has signed a mega deal with commercial office space developer Nirlon Ltd(Reuters)

JP Morgan takes up 1.15 million sqft space at Mumbai’s Nirlon Knowledge Park

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2019 10:59 AM IST
The company has signed a long-term leave and licence agreement to take up approximately 1.15 million sqft of office space that is expected to be delivered by the second quarter of 2021.
The Prime Minister said one of the key elements of his government is to strengthen the ties with ASEAN countries.(BJP Twitter)
The Prime Minister said one of the key elements of his government is to strengthen the ties with ASEAN countries.(BJP Twitter)

Northeast India will be gateway to Southeast Asia: PM Modi in Bangkok

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2019 08:09 PM IST
Modi hailed India’s ties with Thailand and talked about the similarities between the two cultures as he addressed thousands of people of Indian origin in Bangkok’s Nimibutr Stadium at the ‘Sawasdee PM Modi’ event.
Shares fell in Taiwan and were mixed in Southeast Asia.(AP Photo/representative image)
Shares fell in Taiwan and were mixed in Southeast Asia.(AP Photo/representative image)

Asian shares mixed amid uncertainties on Brexit, China trade

Tokyo | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2019 11:45 AM IST
Asian shares were mixed Monday amid uncertainties about Britain’s exit from the European Union and the ongoing trade conflict between the US and China.
Thailand, the current chair of the group, has lauded the declaration as a “big step” for the region, whose coasts have seen whales and sea turtles wash up dead in recent years with large amounts of plastic rubbish in their stomachs.(Representative Image)
Thailand, the current chair of the group, has lauded the declaration as a “big step” for the region, whose coasts have seen whales and sea turtles wash up dead in recent years with large amounts of plastic rubbish in their stomachs.(Representative Image)

The ‘top-5’ countries throwing plastic waste in the Oceans

Bangkok | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2019 04:03 PM IST
But individual efforts alone can’t fully stop the 8 million tonnes of plastic that make their way to the ocean each year, and with four of the five worst ocean polluters in Southeast Asia, the region’s governments must take action, he says.
Pakistan lies in the middle of a vital aviation corridor and the airspace restrictions impact hundreds of commercial and cargo flights each day, adding flight time for passengers and fuel costs for airlines.(HT Photo)
Pakistan lies in the middle of a vital aviation corridor and the airspace restrictions impact hundreds of commercial and cargo flights each day, adding flight time for passengers and fuel costs for airlines.(HT Photo)

Pakistan extends airspace closure on Indian border to June 14

Islamabad | By Reuters
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2019 05:20 PM IST
Pakistan closed its airspace in February after a suicide attack by a Pakistan-based militant group in Indian-controlled Kashmir led to aerial bombing missions on each other’s soil and a fighter dogfight over Kashmir.
A woman next to coffins during a mass burial of victims, two days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, at a cemetery near St. Sebastian Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka April 23(REUTERS)
A woman next to coffins during a mass burial of victims, two days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, at a cemetery near St. Sebastian Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka April 23(REUTERS)

Fight International terrorism through global counter-terrorism cooperation

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2019 07:55 PM IST
The Christchurch to Batticaloa bridge should also serve as a warning to governments that continue to sponsor terrorists: the fallout from such violence is both uncontrollable and unpredictable
This is the third time that airline has extended suspension of these flights, which was first announced for last Thursday.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
This is the third time that airline has extended suspension of these flights, which was first announced for last Thursday.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)

Jet Airways says international ops to remain grounded till Thursday

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2019 08:21 PM IST
In an internal communication, chief executive Vinay Dube also said the airline’s board will meet Tuesday to discuss the next step for the carrier.
The new species, Homo luzonensis is named after Luzon Island, where the more than 50,000 year old fossils were found during excavations at Callao Cave.(AP)
The new species, Homo luzonensis is named after Luzon Island, where the more than 50,000 year old fossils were found during excavations at Callao Cave.(AP)

New species of tiny early humans discovered

Melbourne | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON APR 11, 2019 06:51 PM IST
The team uncovered the remains of at least two adults and one juvenile within the same archaeological deposits in the Philippines, proving the region played a key role in hominin evolutionary history.
A Bengaluru-based study found that the dhole is prone to local extinctions in 37,000 square km surveyed across Western Ghats.(HT Photo)
A Bengaluru-based study found that the dhole is prone to local extinctions in 37,000 square km surveyed across Western Ghats.(HT Photo)

Asiatic wild dogs may soon vanish from their forest homes

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 04, 2019 10:53 PM IST
The study found that dhole occupancy or dhole signs which were detected in 35% of the sites surveyed in 2007 had reduced to only 30% of the sites by 2015.
Nazrin Hassan was the chief executive of Cradle Fund, a Malaysian firm that is an agency of the finance ministry and invests in start-ups.(Twitter)
Nazrin Hassan was the chief executive of Cradle Fund, a Malaysian firm that is an agency of the finance ministry and invests in start-ups.(Twitter)

Widow, teenage stepsons of Malaysian CEO charged with his murder

Malaysia | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2019 08:14 PM IST
A murder conviction carries a mandatory death penalty in Malaysia.
Of an orphan and a woolly mammoth, essays on migration, and a debut novel are perfect for this weekend’s reading list!(HT Team)
Of an orphan and a woolly mammoth, essays on migration, and a debut novel are perfect for this weekend’s reading list!(HT Team)

HT Picks: The most interesting books of the week

Hindustan Times | By HT Team
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2019 09:01 PM IST
A delightful book for children, a volume on labour migration, and a novel feature in this week’s list of good reads
Thai ambassador Chutintorn Gongsakdi has said India, Myanmar and Thailand should expedite negotiations on a motor vehicles pact and legal infrastructure.(HT Photo)
Thai ambassador Chutintorn Gongsakdi has said India, Myanmar and Thailand should expedite negotiations on a motor vehicles pact and legal infrastructure.(HT Photo)

Thai envoy lays stress on motor vehicles pact

New Delhi | By Anisha Dutta and Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2018 04:54 PM IST
The nearly 1,400-km trilateral highway is aimed at giving a massive boost to trade in Southeast Asia and is an integral part of India’s “Act East” policy.
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd smashed the 2017 record on Sunday, surpassing 168 billion yuan ($24.15 billion) sales in under sixteen hours.(Bloomberg)
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd smashed the 2017 record on Sunday, surpassing 168 billion yuan ($24.15 billion) sales in under sixteen hours.(Bloomberg)

Alibaba Singles’ Day smashes $25 bln sales record in under 16 hours

Shanghai | By Reuters
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2018 06:42 PM IST
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd smashed the 2017 record for its Singles’ Day sales event on Sunday, surpassing 168 billion yuan sales in under sixteen hours.Singles’ Day, also called “Double 11” is the world’s biggest online sales event, outstripping U.S. shopping holiday Black Friday.
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic (2nd-L), Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine (2nd-R) and Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands (R) attend the official draw ceremony and gala of the WTA Finals Singapore.(AFP)
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic (2nd-L), Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine (2nd-R) and Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands (R) attend the official draw ceremony and gala of the WTA Finals Singapore.(AFP)

Kiki Bertens keen to capitalise on WTA Finals reprieve

Singapore | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON OCT 20, 2018 02:40 PM IST
Bertens has had her best year on tour to date, winning three titles and reaching the Wimbledon quarter-finals.
Phuket, like Bali in Indonesia and Boracay in the Philippines, has become a top holiday destination in Southeast Asia. It is trying to raise awareness about the alternatives to plastic.(Shutterstock)
Phuket, like Bali in Indonesia and Boracay in the Philippines, has become a top holiday destination in Southeast Asia. It is trying to raise awareness about the alternatives to plastic.(Shutterstock)

Thai island Phuket is making guests check out of plastic waste, trying to go plastic-free

Reuters | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2018 11:52 AM IST
Hoteliers in the Thai island of Phuket are pioneering a series of initiatives aimed at reducing the use of plastic, tackling the garbage that washes up on its shores, and educating staff, local communities and tourists alike on the art of plastic recycling.
A shopper looks at a shelf of vegetables wrapped in plastics at a grocery store in Bangkok. There are more than eight billion tons of plastic littering the planet – the lion's share of which is not recyclable – and plastic production is expected to double in the next two decades according to a study in the journal PLOS ONE.(AFP)
A shopper looks at a shelf of vegetables wrapped in plastics at a grocery store in Bangkok. There are more than eight billion tons of plastic littering the planet – the lion's share of which is not recyclable – and plastic production is expected to double in the next two decades according to a study in the journal PLOS ONE.(AFP)

Thailand to ban imports of high-tech trash, plastic waste

Bangkok | By Reuters
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2018 02:35 PM IST
Environmentalists say waste once destined for China is being re-routed to Southeast Asia, and new laws are needed or existing laws better enforced to prevent illegal imports.
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Singapore on August 4.(REUTERS)
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Singapore on August 4.(REUTERS)

US pledges nearly $300 million security funding for Southeast Asia

Singapore | By Reuters
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2018 12:21 PM IST
The United States’ developing vision for a “free and open Indo-Pacific” comes at the same time as China ramps up its influence as part of is Belt and Road plan to bolster trade ties with nations in Southeast Asia and beyond.
The port of Hambantota, Sri Lanka, which was built by one state-owned Chinese company and is now operated by another, March 5, 2018.(NYT)
The port of Hambantota, Sri Lanka, which was built by one state-owned Chinese company and is now operated by another, March 5, 2018.(NYT)

China’s strategic ambitions seen in the Hambantota port in Sri Lanka

By Abhijit Singh
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2018 12:03 PM IST
New Delhi’s Indian Ocean woes aren’t confined to Sri Lanka. Across the Indian Ocean’s littorals, the Chinese navy has been preparing to establish a stronger security presence. On Pakistan’s Makran coast, the PLAN has deployed regularly, including at Gwadar, also constructed by CMPorts. Earlier this year, the PLA is said to have initiated talks with the Pakistan military for another outpost at Jiwani.
Students of engineering faculty at Damascus University in 2012.(AFP File Photo)
Students of engineering faculty at Damascus University in 2012.(AFP File Photo)

500 Syrian students to study in India under government’s new plan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Neelam Pandey, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2018 07:37 AM IST
The scheme is aimed at bringing students from countries in south Asia, southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa to top institutions in India including IIT, NIT, DU and JNU.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said China has no plans to create chaos in the world -- although he defended his country’s claim to disputed islands in the South China Sea.(Reuters File Photo)
Chinese President Xi Jinping said China has no plans to create chaos in the world -- although he defended his country’s claim to disputed islands in the South China Sea.(Reuters File Photo)

China not ‘expansionist’ but won’t give up an inch of territory: Xi Jinping tells US

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2018 06:58 PM IST
Xi Jinping stood firm on the Beijing’s occupation of small islands in the center of Southeast Asia, where it has installed modern weapons systems, runways and aircraft hangers.
This photo taken on May 12, 2018 shows a dog looking out onto a garbage-filled creek in Manila. About eight million tonnes of plastic waste are dumped into the world's oceans every year - the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic being tipped into the sea every minute... of every day.(AFP Photo)
This photo taken on May 12, 2018 shows a dog looking out onto a garbage-filled creek in Manila. About eight million tonnes of plastic waste are dumped into the world's oceans every year - the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic being tipped into the sea every minute... of every day.(AFP Photo)

World Environment Day: Southeast Asia’s plastic ‘addiction’ blights world’s oceans

Reuters, Bangkok | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2018 12:48 PM IST
As World Environment Day takes place and the United Nations calls for the “biggest-ever worldwide cleanup” of plastic pollution, experts are focused on Southeast Asia, home to four of the world’s top marine plastic polluters.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(PTI photo)
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(PTI photo)

PM Modi calls for free navigation, rules-based order for Asian seas amid territorial disputes

Reuters, Singapore | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2018 01:37 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting three countries in Southeast Asia this week as part of an “Act East” policy of strengthening relations in the region amid concern over China’s rising maritime influence, in particular in the disputed South China Sea.
PM Narendra Modi gestures during a rally after the inauguration of the 135km long Eastern Peripheral Expressway (NH-II), at Bagpat in Uttar Pradesh.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
PM Narendra Modi gestures during a rally after the inauguration of the 135km long Eastern Peripheral Expressway (NH-II), at Bagpat in Uttar Pradesh.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

PM Modi leaves for Indonesia, to hold talks with world leaders

Indo Asian News Service, New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2018 03:06 PM IST
PM Modi said he was “confident that my visit to Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore will provide a further boost to our Act East Policy and enhance our relations and engagements with all the three countries”.
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