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UK’s Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier will sail to India this autumn
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UK’s Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier will sail to India this autumn

New Delhi, India:, The British High Commission (BHC) said on Monday informed that, the UK's carrier strike group, led by HMS Queen Elizabeth is set sail to India in the autumn on its maiden operational deployment as a representation of the 'Indo-Pacific tilt' in its foreign policyThe BHC statement said that the HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier will sail to India, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and the wider region."The Carrier will visit West Coast Ports where it will engage in a series of events to maximise bilateral relations benefitting both countries' trade and political alliances. The ship will conduct a series of joint exercises with Indian military forces in the Indian Ocean, expanding our interoperability and enhancing our capabilities to defend against shared threats and protect our d...
China warns ASEAN countries to be alert to ‘external forces’ interference in Myanmar
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China warns ASEAN countries to be alert to ‘external forces’ interference in Myanmar

As the military in Myanmar faces international criticism for its violent crackdown on the citizens,China has called on Southeast Asian nations to be on alert against external interference in Myanmar.Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi accused external forces of provoking “trouble and intensifyingdivisions” in Myanmar. The remarks have come amid rising tensions between China and westerncountries over a slew of issues.Wang made the remarks while wrapping up his week-long series of meetings with his counterpartsfrom Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines in Fujian.“We are aware that we have to be alert to some external forces infiltrating Myanmar with ulteriormotives, provoking trouble and intensifying divisions, which makes the situation more complicated,”Wang told Chinese state me
Xi’s dream project ‘Belt Road Initiative’ in trouble amid China’s shrinking economy
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Xi’s dream project ‘Belt Road Initiative’ in trouble amid China’s shrinking economy

Due to China’s dwindling economy, President Xi Jinping's dream of setting a new world order seems to have come to a halt after the Covid-19 slowed down the Belt Road Initiative (BRI), pushing it towards becoming financial inviable.According to media reports, Beijing has been forced to cut back on new loans and investments under the BRI due to covid-19 induced economic troubles.According to the Green Belt and Road Initiative Centre, a research organization, Chinese investment has reduced to USD 47 billion in 2020--a whopping slump of 54 per cent in just one year.Wang Xiaolong, director-general of the Chinese Foreign Ministry's International Economic Affairs Department, said 20 per cent of the BRI projects were seriously affected while other 30-40 per cent witnessed adverse impact.China's ec
Queue up early for storied Hong Kong eatery
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Queue up early for storied Hong Kong eatery

The Bangkok edition can seat up to 120 guests and is the seven-year-old Hong Kong brand's largest outlet in the world. The queue for tables at Kam's Roast Bangkok on Feb 12, the first day it opened in Thailand, was phenomenal. Cantonese cuisine enthusiasts and roasted meat lovers were drawn into this Hong Kong-style barbecue restaurant for its star-studded specialities. Roast goose, roast duck, honey-glazed barbecued pork belly and soya chicken, which graced the display facade of the kitchen, are the menu highlights. Established in Hong Kong in 2014, Kam's Roast might seem like a young player in the island's long-running and revered arena of Cantonese roasts. Interestingly, just four months after the opening in Hong Kong, it won a Michelin star and has continued to retain it for seven...
Southeast Asian nations urge halt to violence in Myanmar
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Southeast Asian nations urge halt to violence in Myanmar

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Southeast Asian foreign ministers urged a halt to violence and the start of talks on a peaceful solution in Myanmar, where the military seized power from an elected government and is escalating its use of mass arrests and deadly force against peaceful protesters. Myanmar’s top diplomat briefed other foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations during a video conference Tuesday, according to the meeting’s agenda. It was the first meeting of foreign ministers of the 10-member ASEAN since the Feb. 1 coup, when Myanmar’s military detained Aung San Suu Kyi and other leaders. Brunei, which heads ASEAN this year, had proposed that a joint statement be issued after the meeting. But the ministers apparently failed to agree on a declaration, and Brunei is
Covid-19: China’s plan to show off its vaccine backfires
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Covid-19: China’s plan to show off its vaccine backfires

China wanted to showcase its scientific prowess and deliver a geopolitical win with its coronavirus vaccine. However, that plan is facing severe backlash in some places.Officials in Brazil and Turkey have complained that Chinese companies have been slow to ship the doses and ingredients.A few reports also suggest that China’s vaccines, while considered effective, cannot stop the virus as well as those developed by Pfizer and Moderna, the American drugmakers.In the Philippines, some lawmakers have criticized the government’s decision to buy a vaccine made by a Chinese company, Sinovac.Officials in Malaysia and Singapore, which ordered doses from Sinovac, have had to reassure their citizens that they would approve a vaccine only if it had been proved safe and effective.“Right now, I would no
Know why Bangladeshi intellectual hate Pakistan to the core?
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Know why Bangladeshi intellectual hate Pakistan to the core?

As Bangladesh remembered those who were brutally killed and tortured by Pakistani forces in 1971, several human rights foundations and activists of the country came forward in protest demanding an apology from Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and severe punishment for those involved in the 1971 genocide. On December 14, Bangladesh observed the Martyred Intellectuals Day to mark the day of brutality when Pakistani forces, with the help of their local collaborators named Razakar, Al-Badr and Al-Shams, killed hundreds of intellectuals in Dhaka and other parts of Bangladesh in 1971. Rallies, protests and human chains were organized all across the country in the memory of the intellectuals who were tortured and killed by Pakistani forces. Muktijuddho Manch (Liberation War Fo...
Bangladeshi Muslims form human chain, protest to show solidarity with Uyghurs
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Bangladeshi Muslims form human chain, protest to show solidarity with Uyghurs

A protest rally and human chain was held on 12.11.20 at Dhaka National Press Club by Islamic scholars and Ulemas under the banner of ‘Uyghur Muslim Rights Council’ (Uyghur Musalmaner Odhikar Parishad) demanding political and religious rights for the persecuted Uyghur minority Muslims in Xinjaing Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. The Uyghur Muslims are persecuted by the Chinese government and they are not allowed to practice their Islamic faith by the Communist government of China. The demonstration was part of Bangladeshi Muslims showing solidarity with their fellow Uyghur Muslims. Colorful placards depicting atrocities perpetrated by the Chinese, demolition of ancient Mosques to construct public toilets, weeping Uyghur women being paraded to detention centers, enforced birth control
TraceTogether check-in at venues is better, (cyber) safer
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TraceTogether check-in at venues is better, (cyber) safer

SINGAPORE - By the end of the year, Singapore will be switching to a new Covid-19 management tool: TraceTogether-only SafeEntry. This system is more effective for contact tracing and provides better cyber hygiene, making the switchover a no-brainer. TraceTogether-only SafeEntry combines what are now two separate systems: TraceTogether, to identify those in close contact with Covid-19 patients; and SafeEntry - which digitally checks in visitors at most venues - to determine which premises have been visited by those infected with the coronavirus. Once the integrated TraceTogether-only SafeEntry system is fully rolled out, no one will be able to use their phone cameras or the SingPass mobile app to scan the SafeEntry QR code to enter cinemas, restaurants, workplaces, schools and shopping m...
Shoplus: Thailand leads in Q2 social growth
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Shoplus: Thailand leads in Q2 social growth

Shoplus: Thailand leads in Q2 social growth Thailand saw the biggest second-quarter growth in social commerce across Asean, while strong social media engagement has played a monumental role in boosting live commerce in the country, says Shoplus, an artificial intelligence-powered social selling service by Taiwan-based iKala. "Thais spend an average of 4-5 hours a day on social media, the highest in the world. People tend to share information and engage with others online, which plays a part in driving live social selling to grow rapidly. This is a huge change in how people are shopping," said Kimmy Chen, general manager of Shoplus. Shoplus provides a one-stop service solution, including AI-live selling, AI-based chatbots and AI-messenger plug-ins for commerce merchants across multi-devi...