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The young girl who became pen-pal with Bollywood's biggest stars
February 26, 2021
A unearthed photo album uncovers personal letters from the biggest stars of the 1950s and 60s.
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Zoom era sees plastic surgeries boom in US
February 25, 2021
Sitting in the consultation room of a swanky cosmetic surgery clinic in Washington, Hudson Young removed his mask under the satisfied gaze of his doctor.
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Japan to lift state of emergency over COVID-19 in six prefectures from Monday
February 26, 2021
With the decision to cancel the declaration in Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto, Aichi, Gifu and Fukuoka starting March 1, the focus in those areas will shift ...
Japanese journalist in Myanmar released from police custody
February 26, 2021
"Thanks very much to all my friends. I'm OK. I'm safe," Yuki Kitazumi said after leaving a police station in Yangon following a brief detainment ...
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India's Q3 GDP growth at 0.4% as against -7.5% in September quarter
February 26, 2021
India's gross domestic product (GDP) for the third quarter (Q3) ended December 2020 stood at o.4 per cent, government data released on Friday showed. "GDP at constant (2011-12) prices in Q3 of 2020-21 is estimated at Rs 36.22L cr, as against Rs 36.08L cr in Q3 of 2019-20, showing a growth of 0.4%t," data released by the ministry of statistics and programme implementation showed.
Sensex crashes 1,939 points: Key reasons behind the plunge
February 26, 2021
Equity indices fell sharply on Friday as a spike in global bond yields stirred up inflation worries and spooked investors across the world. The benchmark BSE sensex nosedived 1,939 points or 3.80 per cent to close at 49,100; while the broader NSE Nifty tanked 568 points or 3.76 per cent to close at 14,529.
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A Spreadsheet of China's Censorship Shows the Human Toll
February 26, 2021
An online spreadsheet with an anonymous minder tabulates Xi Jinping’s crackdown on speech.
Harvard Professor's 'Comfort Women' Claims Stir Wake-up Call
February 26, 2021
The professor was widely criticized for writing that the women served Japanese troops willingly during World War II. A Korean survivor called the uproar a “blessing in disguise.”
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The end of Cold War thinking
February 26, 2021
On the 75th anniversary of a defining Cold War moment, does the U.S. need to devise a strategy of "containment" for China?
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Huawei takes HSBC to court in Hong Kong in Meng Wanzhou extradition row
February 26, 2021
Lawsuit seen to be a test case of the legal system in the Asian financial centre
India emerges from virus-driven recession after drop in Covid cases
February 26, 2021
Analysts warn of long-lasting economic scars from the pandemic, particularly for banks
US launches air strikes against Iranian-backed groups in Syria
February 26, 2021
Biden orders first military action since taking office in retaliation for attacks in Iraq
Modi harnesses cricket and politics to remake India
February 26, 2021
Critics claim PM and favoured tycoons have too much power over the sport and economy
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Trading tax hike won't harm competitiveness of Hong Kong's stock market, says financial secretary
February 26, 2021
Hong Kong's Financial Secretary Paul Chan said on Wednesday that the government will raise the stamp duty paid on listed stock trades from 0.1% to 0.13%.
China's economy could double in size by 2035 — and surpass the U.S. along the way
February 26, 2021
China would surpass the U.S. as the world's largest economy around 2027-2028, said an economist from the Bank of America.
U.S. partners in Asia may not wait around as Biden prioritizes domestic issues
February 26, 2021
In recent years, Asia-Pacific countries have signed two mega trade agreements — the CPTPP and RCEP — that exclude the U.S.
Japan's Nikkei 225 sheds nearly 4% as Asia-Pacific stocks sell off
February 26, 2021
The yield on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note briefly crossed the 1.6% level on Thursday to trade at its highest level in more than a year.
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Sensex Ends 1,939 Points Lower; Nifty Nears 14,500
February 26, 2021
Indian shares suffered heavy losses on Friday, with weak global cues and a sudden increase in Covid-19 cases in a few Indian states playing spoilsport. Equity markets opened gap down and weakened further as the session progressed amid concerns over a surge in U.S. bond yields. Markets were hedging...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
Asian Shares Tumble As Bond Yields Surge
February 26, 2021
Asian stocks hit one-month lows on Friday as a rout in global bond markets sent yields flying and sapped investors' appetite for riskier assets. China's Shanghai Composite index dropped 75.97 points, or 2.12 percent, to 3,509.08 amid a global equity market rout. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index ended...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
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IHH Healthcare Q4 net profit surges to RM419.4m
February 26, 2021
IHH Healthcare's net profit surged more than 10 times to RM419.4 million (S$137.5 million) in the fourth quarter of 2020, from RM40.6 million in the corresponding period of the previous year.
Venture Corp H2 profit falls 8.1%
February 26, 2021
VENTURE Corporation on Friday posted a net profit of S$166.8 million for the six months ended Dec 31, 2020, down 8.1 per cent from S$181.5 million in H2 2019.
UOL Group posts 97% drop in FY2020 net profit
February 26, 2021
NET profit for UOL Group plunged 97 per cent to S$13.1 million for the year ended Dec 31, 2020, on the back of attributable fair value and other losses of S$246.7 million.
Asian markets dip on Friday; STI ends 0.82% lower
February 26, 2021
ASIAN markets ended the week in the red, as rising US Treasury bond yields stoked inflation fears and caused a sharp overnight fall in Wall Street technology shares.
China Aviation Oil posts 27.6% drop in H2 profit to US$32.6m
February 26, 2021
CHINA Aviation Oil (CAO) on Friday posted a 27.6 per cent drop in net profit to US$32.6 million for its second half ended Dec 31, 2020, from US$45 million a year ago.
Brokers' take: Analysts raise target price on UOB as net interest margin bottoms out
February 26, 2021
ANALYSTS have raised target prices on UOB as they believe the bank's net interest margin has bottomed out.
Sias requests offer price revision, two-week extension for GL offer
February 26, 2021
INVESTOR watchdog Securities Investors Association (Singapore), or Sias, has called for GL's offeror to " seriously reconsider" improving the offer price to reflect the true value of GL.
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Phoenix Media names Shanghai’s former city spokesman as CEO, splitting founder Liu’s job to improve corporate governance
February 26, 2021
Liu Changle, founder of Phoenix TV, has stepped down as chief executive officer while keeping his title as chairman of Phoenix Media Investment (Holdings), as one of the largest Chinese-language broadcasters restructures its management to enhance corporate governance.The division of the two roles, effective February 26, is to “enhance corporate governance of the group … in compliance with the corporate governance code [of Hong Kong’s listing rules],” the board of Phoenix Media said in a filing…
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ASIA • Insights
Indonesia’s government pushes back against Islamic dress codes
February 27, 2021
Many non-Muslim schoolgirls resent being forced to wear a hijab
The Indian government’s toolkit for persecuting critics
February 27, 2021
Its treatment of them is not just unfair, but wildly hypocritical
South Korea’s government has failed to make housing cheaper
February 25, 2021
Voters are not happy
As Malaysia’s politicians bicker, its royals gain authority
February 20, 2021
Nine hereditary rulers take turns to be king—and kingmaker
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