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No Ramadan bazaar in Malaysia’s Sabah this year – State Secretary

No Ramadan bazaar in Malaysia’s Sabah this year – State Secretary

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah government in principle is not allowing Ramadan bazaar throughout the state this year in the effort to curb the COVID-19 outbreak. State Secretary Safar Untong said the ruling was in line with the government’s decision to prohibit the ‘tamu’ and farmer’s market, Bernama news agency reported. “The state government will make an official announcement […]

South Korea to allocate Kyrgyzstan $50,000 to combat coronavirus

South Korea to allocate Kyrgyzstan $50,000 to combat coronavirus

BISHKEK: Korea will allocate Kyrgyzstan $50,000 to combat coronavirus, the South Korean embassy in Kyrgyzstan reported. “In connection with an increase in cases of coronavirus infection in the Kyrgyz Republic, the Korean Government, aware of the lack of medical equipment and the need to improve medical services to combat coronavirus in the Kyrgyz Republic, has […]

AFC President  praises health professionals, AFC associations for outstanding responses to COVID-19

AFC President  praises health professionals, AFC associations for outstanding responses to COVID-19

By Habib Toumi Kuala Lumpur: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has praised the outstanding contributions of the frontline health professionals, carers and responders for their tremendous endeavors to help and protect communities across Asia and the world. In a statement posted by AFC, Shaikh Salman also praised the work […]

35 million South Koreans to benefit from ‘disaster relief money’ for households

35 million South Koreans to benefit from ‘disaster relief money’ for households

SEOUL: The South Korean government will grant “emergency disaster relief money” to a majority of the country’s households in a one-off stimulus program to help with the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis, President Moon Jae-in said Monday. He also unveiled a plan to seek another supplementary budget during a third session of the emergency […]

COVID-19 pandemic and India

COVID-19 pandemic and India

By Pramod Mathur India <Spotfilm> CEO, AJA Senior member NEW DELHI: An Extraordinary Virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit was convened on March 26, 2020. The aim was to discuss challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and forge a coordinated global response. Earlier, Prime Minister Modi had a telephonic conversation with the Chair, The Crown Prince of […]

South Korea’s culture minister vows utmost help to revive coronavirus-hit arts, tourism

South Korea’s culture minister vows utmost help to revive coronavirus-hit arts, tourism

  SEOUL: South Korean Culture Minister Park Yang-woo has vowed utmost efforts to help the recovery of the country’s arts, sports and tourism sectors, among the worst hit areas in the COVID-19 pandemic. “The sectors that are getting a particularly acute impact from COVID-19 are culture, sports and tourism. The pandemic has made it impossible […]

Kuwait academics warn against spreading coronavirus rumors

Kuwait academics warn against spreading coronavirus rumors

KUWAIT: Posting and circulating rumors and fake news in the time of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak could have detrimental impacts on people’s morale and state’s ability to tackle and overcome the serious health challenge, Kuwaiti academics have warned. “Rumors harm society and spark panic and fear among its members,” Professor of Sociology at the […]

South Koreans turn to social media challenges to beat coronavirus blues

South Koreans turn to social media challenges to beat coronavirus blues

SEOUL: When YouTuber Ddulgi uploaded a four-minute video on making dalgona coffee on the global video-sharing platform in mid-February, she did not expect it to turn into a mega-hit garnering over 3 million views in less than a month. Amid “social distancing” measures due to COVID-19, more South Koreans are turning to social media challenges […]

Popular Seoul park to close on virus fears

Popular Seoul park to close on virus fears

SEOUL: A park in southeastern Seoul, famous for its picturesque cherry blossom trees, will close until mid-April as part of precautionary measures to contain the new coronavirus. Seokchon Lake Park in Songpa Ward will close from Saturday to April 12, according to a Facebook post written by ward chief Park Sung-soo. The ward will open […]

Malaysia announces $57.78 billion stimulus package to deal with coronavirus fallout

Malaysia announces $57.78 billion stimulus package to deal with coronavirus fallout

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s government will channel RM25 million to the vulnerable groups through the RM250 billion ($57.78 billion) economic stimulus package announced on Friday by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. The funds are to be channelled towards supporting people and businesses most adversely impacted by the economic disruption from the Covid-19 outbreak and the prime minister said […]

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