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AJA holds first Zoom meeting

AJA holds first Zoom meeting

SEOUL: Asian Journalists Association (AJA) held on July 9 its first Zoom meeting since COVID-19 caused it to put all in person meetings on hold. Due to travel bans across the globe, the association members have been using emails and messages on media platforms to continue their communication. A general assembly and an annual forum […]

Singapore opposition sees ‘Wipe-Out’ threat by PAP

Singapore opposition sees ‘Wipe-Out’ threat by PAP

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: Temporarily side-tracked by a 10 million population debate, the ruling PAP has refocused its campaign on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and its S$100 billion budgets to help Singaporeans cope with business and employment problems. Party leaders from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, downwards […]

First Black K-pop singer Reid writing ‘against-all-odds’ memoir on idol life

First Black K-pop singer Reid writing ‘against-all-odds’ memoir on idol life

SEOUL: From BLACKPINK and NCT 127 to GOT7, the K-pop industry as of late has seen a noticeable boost in diversity in respect to members’ nationalities and racial backgrounds. But still, the ethnic and regional makeup of international K-pop talents today is largely oriented towards East and Southeast Asia. All things considered, it wouldn’t be […]

70% of pilgrims this year will be non-Saudis

70% of pilgrims this year will be non-Saudis

RIYADH: 70% of the people who will perform Hajj (pilgrimage) this year will be foreigners living in Saudi Arabia while Saudi citizens will make up the remaining 30%. Hajj will this year be performed in exceptional circumstances after Saudi Arabia limited the number of people who could perform the ritual following the spread of the […]

Mid-point of Singapore general election throws up a ‘10 million hot potato’

Mid-point of Singapore general election throws up a ‘10 million hot potato’

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: Midway through the seemingly tepid Covid-19 electioneering, the political scene unexpectedly flared up as parties clashed over whether there was any plan for the city-state to host a population of 10 million. Lighting the fuse of the cracker, the feisty Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) chief, […]

Lax management on online game services pose risks

Lax management on online game services pose risks

By Phong Lan Dantri Online Newspaper, Vietnam HO CHI MINH CITY: Midnight and an online gaming shop on Nguyen Cuu Dam Street in Ho Chi Minh City was still very crowded. Most of the customers were teenagers and were staring at the screens which were displaying shootings or fighting acts. The shop owner said that most […]

No Lee Vs Lee face-off, PM’s younger brother bows out

No Lee Vs Lee face-off, PM’s younger brother bows out

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: Singapore does not need another Lee to vie for political office. Saying this, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s younger brother, Lee Hsien Yang, on Tuesday put paid to rising expectations among his supporters of a direct Lee vs Lee tussle in the coming General Election […]

Lee vs Lee slugfest in Singapore general election?

Lee vs Lee slugfest in Singapore general election?

Left: PM Lee Hsien Loong | Right: Mr Lee Hsien Yang (https://www.iresimply81.com) By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: A Lee vs Lee clash? This is the tantalising scenario in which Lee Kuan Yew’s second son Hsien Yang will be contesting the late elder statesman’s power base of Tanjong Pagar against his estranged […]

Malaysia to table sexual harassment, social work bills by year-end

Malaysia to table sexual harassment, social work bills by year-end

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development is expected to table the proposed bills on sexual harassment and recognition of social work as a profession by the end of this year. Improvements have been made to the two bills and they will be handed over to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for its perusal, Minister […]

South Korea: Once viewed as old-fashioned, coffee delivery gains traction amid contactless trend

South Korea: Once viewed as old-fashioned, coffee delivery gains traction amid contactless trend

SEOUL: Coffee delivery services are not an unfamiliar concept in South Korea. Serving persons at tea houses, or “dabang” in Korean, used to deliver cups of coffee filled with sugar and cream on foot. Big-name coffee chains such as Starbucks and small independent cafes replaced such tea houses by offering curbside services and takeaway. But […]

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