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Coronavirus: Playing classical music for South Korea hospital patients
March 31, 2020
Musicians in South Korea have played a classical music concert for coronavirus patients.
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PBOC cuts rate to make up for coronavirus losses
March 30, 2020
CHINA’S central bank yesterday pumped liquidity into the market through seven-day reverse repos while cutting the interest rate by 20 basis points to lower lending costs and offset the economic shock
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Tokyo confirms 78 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths
March 31, 2020
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Tuesday confirmed 78 new infected cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, a record number for a single day, while ...
Ex-nurse acquitted of 2003 murder after 12 years in prison
March 31, 2020
Mika Nishiyama was indicted after admitting to killing the patient in 2004, but she later retracted her confession, saying she had been coerced by investigators.
India News
NREGS wages go up, thanks to inflation
April 1, 2020
As new rates come into force from Wednesday, the national average wage stands at Rs 202 per day, which is Rs 20 higher than 2019-20. None of the states has registered zero increase while the lowest hike is Rs 13 and the highest Rs 34. The welcome changehas been possible because of a spike in retail inflation for agriculture labourers - Consumer Price Index (Agriculture Labour).
Tablighi meet turns into nightmare for states
April 1, 2020
Government authorities are tackling a logistical nightmare as they try to map the movements of thousands of people who attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation end-February and early March in New Delhi and then dispersed, many carrying the novel coronavirus to states across the length and breadth of India.
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Coronavirus, Vladimir Putin, India’s Workers: Your Wednesday Briefing
March 31, 2020
Here’s what you need to know.
Coronavirus in Israel: Cases Soar Among Ultra-Orthodox Jews
March 31, 2020
Failure to comply with government restrictions is causing the coronavirus to spread in ultra-Orthodox communities up to eight times faster than elsewhere in Israel.
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As Wuhan reopens, China revs engine to move past coronavirus. But it’s stuck in second gear.
March 31, 2020
Businesses that recently resumed operations have been told to close again as the country weighs an economic reboot against the risk of new infections.
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ASIA • Business
China defies coronavirus to top global IPO table in first quarter
March 31, 2020
Shanghai and Shenzhen eclipse New York bourses with more than $11bn raised
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Coronavirus live updates: HSBC, Standard Chartered shares fall after lenders cancel dividend payments
April 1, 2020
HSBC shares fell 9.5% in Hong Kong and Standard Chartered was down 7.18% as of 9:36 a.m. HK/SIN.
Asia stocks mixed as private survey of China's manufacturing activity beats expectations
April 1, 2020
The Caixin/Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' index for March came in at 50.1, above expectations of a reading of 45.5 by analysts in a Reuters poll. It came on the back of February's reading of 40.3, the sharpest contraction on record.
White House predicts 100,000 to 240,000 will die in US from coronavirus
March 31, 2020
President Donald Trump prepared Americans for a surge in coronavirus cases, saying the U.S. is facing a "very, very painful two weeks."
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China Post-Coronavirus Outbreak: Economy Sees ‘Massive Uptick’ In Activity
March 31, 2020
China's government official figures suggest a V-shape. Market will wait for private sector data before it celebrates any China win.
For China’s Factories, Virus Brings ‘Survival Of Fittest’ Test
March 31, 2020
While production in China is getting back into gear, demand from consumer markets in Europe and the U.S. is threatening to collapse as the coronavirus outbreak is flaring up in these regions.
The Frontlines Of COVID-19: Logistics Firms Go All-In To Transport Life-Saving Medical Equipment
March 31, 2020
With the sudden lack of both supply and demand, some logistics firms have capitalized on the moment, finding new sources of demand and new roles to fill in a crisis that’s unlike anything we’ve seen before.
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ASIA • Markets
Renewed Consolidation Likely For Malaysia Stock Market
April 1, 2020
The Malaysia stock market bounced higher again on Tuesday, one session after it had ended the four-day winning streak in which it had advanced almost 85 points or 6.5 percent. The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index now rests just above the 1,350-point plateau although it figures to head south again on Wednesday. The...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
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TPG's market launch may end up as just a flash in the pan: analysts
March 31, 2020
AUSTRALIA'S TPG Telecom unveiled its first commercial price plan for the Singapore mobile market on Tuesday, more than a year after it launched free trial services in December 2018.
AGMs must include live webcast, quorum will be satisfied by attendance of 10: SGX RegCo
March 31, 2020
ISSUERS who hold their annual general meetings (AGMs) before April 30 must provide a live webcast for attendees, the Singapore Exchange Regulation (SGX RegCo) said on Tuesday in a joint statement with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority and the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
March marks market's worst showing since GFC
March 31, 2020
SINGAPORE'S stock market suffered a serious bear mauling in March which left a trail of blood that rivalled the worst of the 2008 global financial crisis.
Yanlord nets 2.8b yuan in pre-sales for Nanjing and Nantong apartments
March 31, 2020
YANLORD Land Group said it achieved an estimated pre-sales total of 2.8 billion yuan (S$572.7 million) through successful weekend launches of its apartment units in Nanjing and Nantong, in China's Jiangsu province.
SIA's massive fund raiser a call to the faithful
March 31, 2020
IT HAS been said that if the medicine tastes bad, it could be good for you.
LMIRT, First Reit announce mall, retail space closures as Jakarta considers lockdown
March 31, 2020
LIPPO Malls Indonesia Retail Trust (LMIRT) and First Real Estate Investment Trust (First Reit) on Tuesday announced closures of their malls from April 1 to 14.
Forex Markets
Asia Data Rebounds in First Signs Of Life
March 31, 2020
Asia appears to be showing signs of post-coronavirus life this morning, with data released from across
Asia Morning: Stopping The Rot
March 20, 2020
The air above the world’s financial markets smelled of cordite and rang loud with the sound of
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Coronavirus will not cause global rice shortage unless panic buying and export bans persist
March 31, 2020
The world will not run into rice shortages due to the disruption in supply chains caused by the new coronavirus, provided surges in panic buying and export bans do not spiral out of control, industry experts have said.Food hoarding and export controls have stoked anxiety over food security, as the number of coronavirus deaths and infections globally continue to rise.Rice prices rose more than 13 per cent to a six-year high of US$490 per tonne this month, according to the UK-based International…
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ASIA • Insights
South Korea keeps covid-19 at bay without a total lockdown
March 30, 2020
But the long-term outlook is still uncertain
The etiquette of face-masks in Hong Kong
March 28, 2020
Some locals accuse foreigners of sloppy hygiene
China goes back to work
March 26, 2020
But not back to normal
The pandemic will boost China’s standing, its propagandists claim
March 26, 2020
But beware simple predictions
India and Pakistan try to keep a fifth of humanity at home
March 26, 2020
But for many in the subcontinent, the restrictions mean instant ruin
Let Taiwan into the World Health Organisation
March 26, 2020
A champion against covid-19 is shut out of the body that fights the pandemic
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