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Indian PM Modi refuses to back down on farm reforms despite huge protests

By Sanjeev Miglani 3 Min Read NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday resisted calls for the repeal of farm reforms that have ignited the biggest protests by farmers in years around the national capital, saying they were being misled and that deregulation would benefit them. Slideshow ( 5 images )Thousands of people from..

Indian farmers vow to step up protests, reject government appeal to lift blockade

By Manoj Kumar, Anushree Fadnavis 2 Min Read NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Thousands of protesting Indian farmers refused to comply with a government appeal to stop blockading major highways into New Delhi on Sunday and vowed to intensify their action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s liberalising reforms. Slideshow ( 5 images )Farmers from states aro..

Elite runners brave Delhi race despite COVID-19 surge, pollution concerns

By Anushree Fadnavis, Manoj Kumar 3 Min Read NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Some of the world’s leading long-distance runners participated in a half-marathon in New Delhi on Sunday, even as India’s capital grapples with a surge in COVID-19 cases and air pollution that has recently been among the world’s worst. Slideshow ( 3 images )More than 60 professional..

Malaysia’s COVID-19 cases top 65,000 after four consecutive days of four-digit increases

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia recorded a four-digit increase in positive COVID-19 cases for the fourth day in a row on Monday (Nov 30) with 1,212 infections. There were also three new deaths recorded in Sabah, Kedah and Labuan. The youngest fatality was a 22-year-old man who died at Hospital Lahad Datu. Advertisement Advertisement The Malaysian citizen h..

China to force firms to report use of plastic in new recycling push

SHANGHAI: Restaurants, e-commerce platforms and delivery firms will be forced to report their utilisation of single-use plastics to the authorities and also submit formal recycling plans, China's commerce ministry said in proposals published on Monday (Nov 30). The Ministry of Commerce said it had established a nationwide system for retailers ..

Australia demands China apologise after ‘repugnant’ fake image posted on Twitter

Issued on: 30/11/2020 - 11:31 Australia demanded an apology after a senior Chinese official posted a fake image of an Australian soldier holding a knife with blood on it to the throat of an Afghan child, calling it "truly repugnant" and demanding it be taken down. Advertising Read more Prime Minister Scott Morrison called a media briefing to con..

Hong Kong curbs karaoke, closes games centres after reporting 76 new COVID-19 cases

HONG KONG: Hong Kong tightened restrictions aimed at containing a rise in coronavirus cases on Monday (Nov 30), limiting gatherings to no more than two people, closing karaoke lounges and games centres and telling most civil servants to work from home. The measures come in addition to restrictions announced on Sunday that will see all schools close..

UN Highlights Arrests, Killings in Indonesia’s Papua Region

AdvertisementThe United Nations has once again voiced its consternation about the tense political situation in Indonesia’s Papua region, after months of escalating tensions between the authorities and pro-independence activists. In a statement dated November 30, U.N. Human Rights Office spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani pointed to a rash of violence and arrests that have taken place since the killing by separatists of 16 laborers working on the Tran..

Students on the Frontlines: Student Activism in the Disaster-hit Philippines

AdvertisementLast November 17, I was contacted by a former student who wanted to ask my opinion on a proposed academic strike by students from the Philippines’ Ateneo de Manila University. She told me that she was still undecided on whether or not she would join the strike. There was a lot at stake if she did. Strikers pledged not the submit academic requirements as a gesture of protest against what they termed the government’s “criminal negligen..

New Zealand files charges over volcanic island eruption tragedy

Issued on: 30/11/2020 - 04:36 New Zealand's workplace regulator has filed charges against 13 parties following an investigation into a volcanic eruption on White Island in 2019 which killed 22 people. Advertising Read more A surprise eruption on the White Island, also known by its Maori name of Whakaari, on Dec 9 last year, killed 22 people..

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