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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 […]

Only a surge in COVID-19 cases may change Singapore move for elections

Only a surge in COVID-19 cases may change Singapore move for elections

  By Ivan Lim Former AJA President Contributor to AsiaN Singapore Singapore: Many Singaporeans would agree that the prevalent Corvid-19 pandemic is an inconvenient time, for all intents and purpose, to hold a general election. However, the long-ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) strategists apparently have their own ideas. The government recently unveiled its report on […]

Chinese ambassador to Saudi Arabia enjoys reading, cooking during self-isolation

Chinese ambassador to Saudi Arabia enjoys reading, cooking during self-isolation

By Habib Toumi Riyadh: China’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Chen Wei Qing has given an outstanding example of the meaning of self-isolation at home to help in the fight against the spread of coronavirus. Ambassador Chen Wei Qing posted a tweet saying he was staying at home in response to an invitation by Saudi Arabia’s […]

China to continue sharing experience, medical resources in COVID-19 fight: FM

China to continue sharing experience, medical resources in COVID-19 fight: FM

  By Wu Gang People’s Daily Beijing: China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has announced the country’s effort to contribute to the global response of COVID-19 in five areas. During a regular press conference, MFA spokesperson Geng Shuang was asked that what will China do to help enhancing international epidemic response. The spokesperson replied that thanks […]

Lockdown declared in Pakistan’s Sindh Province

Lockdown declared in Pakistan’s Sindh Province

By Nasir Aijaz The AsiaN Representative Karachi: The Punjab government on Monday decided to enforce lockdown in the entire province for next 14 days to curb the spread of deadly coronavirus. The decision was taken by the cabinet committee. Earlier, the provincial government of Sindh declared lockdown across the province on Tuesday closing all the restaurants, […]

Kyrgyzstan adopts new measures in fight against coronavirus

Kyrgyzstan adopts new measures in fight against coronavirus

Bishkek: Kyrgyzstan is shutting educational institutions for three weeks as the country shows determination to fight the spread of coronavirus. The decision to close the institutions will be implemented on March 16, the Security Council decided at its meeting, the press service of the Kyrgyz President reported. President Sooronbay Jeenbekov chaired the meeting attended by […]

War against Coronavirus: Pakistan shuts educational institutions, seals border with Afghanistan, Iran

War against Coronavirus: Pakistan shuts educational institutions, seals border with Afghanistan, Iran

  By Nasir Aijaz TheAsiaN Representative Islamabad: Pakistan is all set to completely seal its western border with Afghanistan and Iran from Monday March 16, 2020 to prevent the spread of the pandemic coronavirus, a notification issued from the interior ministry said on Friday. The decision comes after Prime Minister Imran Khan held a meeting […]

China puts public health concerns first in its fight against COVID-19: UN coordinator

China puts public health concerns first in its fight against COVID-19: UN coordinator

By Nicholas Rosellini Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in China Beijing: 2020 marks my fourth year at the United Nations in China. 2020 is also a watershed for the UN – the 75th anniversary of its founding and the beginning of a decade of action, with only ten years left to achieve the Sustainable […]

Singapore may defer polls to fight wily Wuhan bug’s death dance

Singapore may defer polls to fight wily Wuhan bug’s death dance

  By Ivan Lim Former AJA President Contributor to AsiaN  Singapore: Nothing does better than a little humour to break the glum atmosphere created by the fearful Coronavirus outbreak. Like this anonymous post on social media: “I have been studying the virus just like every one of you and come to these conclusions. It is […]

Drama in Malaysia: Muhyiddin appointed eighth Prime Minister, but Mahathir says MPs behind him

Drama in Malaysia: Muhyiddin appointed eighth Prime Minister, but Mahathir says MPs behind him

Kuala Lumpur: Hours after Malaysia’s King Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah appointed Muhyiddin Yassin as the country’s eighth prime minister, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he has the support of 114 members of parliament for him to lead the government. The day of high-intensity drama in Malaysia started with […]

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