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Asia’s air travel may take three years to recover from Covid-19
Asia, Singapore, World

Asia’s air travel may take three years to recover from Covid-19

SINGAPORE (BLOOMBERG) - Asian air travel may take another three years to recover fully from the devastation wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic, lagging behind rebounds in other regions and offering a stern headwind for refiners making jet fuel. It will take until 2024 for international air travel across the region to reach pre-virus levels, a year after global traffic hits that milestone, according to the International Air Transport Association (Iata). Similarly, consultancy Energy Aspects says jet fuel consumption will reach pre-pandemic volumes only in 2023-2024. Low rates of vaccination in many countries, the challenge posed by the fast-spreading Delta variant and persistent lockdowns have all set back the recovery even as the United States and Europe press on. All that means Asia's av...
Asia, China, World

South Korea’s opposition attacked on China’s cruelty

SEOUL – The biggest South Korean opposition party has announced that they’ll fight against the Chinese cruelty. They specifically called the names of Hong Kong where China recently closed a pro-democracy newspaper. Harvard-educated Lee Jun-seok, the newly installed leader of the People Power Party, said in an interview with Bloomberg that generational change is taking place and he aims to harness it at home to return his conservative group to the presidency, and abroad to revisit Seoul's relations with the international community. "We're definitely going to have to fight against the enemies of democracy," Lee, the youngest person ever selected to lead a major South Korean political party, said from his office Friday. Lee, who took part in Hong Kong protests in 2019, said the
Any activity without permission the countries territory is Illegal: Vietnam
Asia, China, Conflict, World

Any activity without permission the countries territory is Illegal: Vietnam

Beijing, China: Vietnam said on the context of China conduction research in the Paracel Islands that every activity without their permission illegal. It has been reported that China plans to deploy one of its "largest-ever" oceanographic research and training vessels, named the Sun Yat-sen University, in October of this year, reported Vietnam News. Speaking at the press briefing on Thursday Foreign Ministry's Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said, "As we have reiterated many times, Vietnam has sufficient legal grounds and historical evidence to assert its sovereignty over the Truong Sa (Spratly Islands) and Hoang Sa Islands (Paracel Islands). Vietnam has lawful rights over these waters which is provided by the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)". Paracel Is...
China not opening Khunjerab trade border even after the promise
Asia, Business, China, Conflict

China not opening Khunjerab trade border even after the promise

ISLAMABAD: Even after the promise, China is still not agreeing to open the trade route connected to Pakistan in fear of COVID-19 Earlier, following Pakistan’s persistent requests, China had agreed to open the Khunjerab border for trade by May 1, 2021 with stiff conditions in view of the Covid-19 situation. However the neighboring country has yet not opened the border despite all arrangements made on Pakistan’s side of the border. “We have been informed that China may allow goods cross the border by July 10, 2021, but we are still uncertain about the development,” said Javed Hussain, head of Gilgit Baltistan Exporters, Importers Association, who had held a meeting with Chinese officials at Ministry of Commerce here in Islamabad on June 30. According to him, it was agreed in the me
China’s gene company accused of collecting genetic data of women from world-wide
Asia, China

China’s gene company accused of collecting genetic data of women from world-wide

Beijing, China: Chinese company gene is being accused of collecting genetic data of millions of women worldwide and giving it to the military for research over traits of the populationA Chinese daily tabloid newspaper Global Times reported that the Chinese gene company BGI Group on Thursday refuted the review reports done by Reuters and termed it “factually incorrect.” The company said that it has never provided data from its non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) to Chinese authorities and the prenatal tests were not developed in partnership with China’s military and it strictly adheres to national and international requirements on data privacy. The company was responding to Reuters’ report which it calls “factually incorrect.” The statement came after Reuters reported on Wednesday that
Anurak takes over men’s teams in caretaker capacity
Asia, Business, World

Anurak takes over men’s teams in caretaker capacity

Former Thailand star Anurak Srikerd. The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) has appointed former Thailand international Anurak Srikerd as the interim head coach of the Thai national men's teams. Akira Nishino, who is the official head coach of the War Elephants, returned to Japan to take care of some "personal business" after the Thais finished fourth in their group and failed to reach the final stage of the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 Fifa World Cup. While Nishino has apparently missed the deadline to submit his report on the Thai failure in the United Arab Emirates, the FAT has yet to confirm if the veteran Japanese coach has been relieved of his duties. The FAT said Anurak has been appointed to continue the work needed to prepare the Thai squads for participation in the 2022 A...
Cheap alcoholic drink haunting tribal people in Pakistan
Asia, Business

Cheap alcoholic drink haunting tribal people in Pakistan

Landi Kotal, Pakistan:  The tribal region of Pakistan is addicted to an alcoholic drink called Drone, the most threatened people are youth and regular drinkers. The moonshiners and youth in the remote Tirah Valley of Khyber tribal district of Pakistan's province can easily concoct "Drone" due to the availability of its ingredients at cheap prices. "The ingredients of this alcoholic drink are easily available over-the-counter drugs, syrups and cold drinks," a resident. A Tirah-based doctor confirmed that the concoction originated in Tirah and proliferated quickly to the settled districts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. "It has been given this funny name because it instantly makes you high and you start feeling light," the doctor said, reported Dawn. The communities hit hardest b...
China’s Yantian port witnesses coronavirus outbreak, pause in trade might increase inflation
Asia, China, Politics

China’s Yantian port witnesses coronavirus outbreak, pause in trade might increase inflation

Coronavirus cases have been found in Chinese port of Yantian which might cause more disruption than the blockage of Swiss canal and the shortage might the increase the already existed inflation. Up to 5% of global freight capacity is being held up in China following a recent COVID-19 outbreak at the country's largest container terminal, a German think tank warned this week. The bottleneck comes as the global economy is already smarting from major delays to shipping caused by coronavirus lockdowns around the world. Yantian port, in China's southern trade hub Shenzhen, stopped accepting export containers last month after a local COVID infection cluster involving port workers. New data from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) published Tuesday showed the...
Former US NSA: Pakistan responsible for Taliban’s return to power
Asia, Conflict

Former US NSA: Pakistan responsible for Taliban’s return to power

Kabul, Afghanistan: America gives responsibility of Taliban’s return to power to Pakistan. As Pakistan has always secretly supported most of the terrorist groups.He blamed Islamabad for supporting the Taliban and providing them safe havens in Pakistan during the past two decades. “Parts of the Pakistani government are directly responsible for the Taliban’s return to power”, Bolton said in an interview with the Voice of America (VOA), reported The Khaama Press.Pakistan’s intelligence and other internal circles have been in contact with the Taliban for decades, Bolton added. As the deadline for the evacuation of the US troops approaches and the Taliban has overrun numerous districts across Afghanistan, Bolton blamed Pakistan for being “a safe haven for the Taliban” and supporting them
Pakistan accused of helping Taliban hide in-country
Asia, Conflict

Pakistan accused of helping Taliban hide in-country

Pakistan is being accused by John Bolton, the former White House National Security Advisor in order to provide Taliban a safe environment in the territory to live. “Parts of the Pakistani government are directly responsible for the Taliban’s return to power”, Bolton said in an interview with the Voice of America (VOA). Pakistan’s intelligence and other internal circles have been in contact with the Taliban for decades, Bolton added. As the deadline for the evacuation of the US troops approaches and the Taliban have overrun numerous districts across Afghanistan, Bolton blames Pakistan for being “a safe haven for the Taliban” and supporting them against the US and Afghan forces attacks. “I am concerned about the future consequences”, he expressed concern. At the same time, Bolto