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Amid coronavirus pandemic, Bahrain TV young reporters display courage, dedication

Amid coronavirus pandemic, Bahrain TV young reporters display courage, dedication

By Habib Toumi Manama: For Yahya Al Omari, the festive Eid could not be for spending time with the family, enjoying the first hours of the feast marking the end of the blessed month of Ramadan. For the young Bahrain TV News reporter, reporting on how Bahrain dealt with the challenge imposed by the coronavirus […]

Upholding ethical responsibility, religious services adapt to social-distancing guidelines

Upholding ethical responsibility, religious services adapt to social-distancing guidelines

By Habib Toumi MANAMA: As countries are easing restrictions imposed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, places of worships are also slowly opening up, but with precautions. Mosques, churches, synagogues and temples, with large open space that accommodates hundreds and even thousands of people, have been thinking of ways to limit the possibility for […]

Vietnamese coastal cities to attract more visitors as virus fears ease

Vietnamese coastal cities to attract more visitors as virus fears ease

By Phong Lan Vietnam HANOI: Vietnamese people are having chances to enjoy a cool summer holiday at the beaches as the country has so far successfully curbed the virus outbreak. After staying at home for some time following the government’s social distancing regulation, life has now almost returned to normal in Vietnam and people are flocking […]

COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia reach 49,176

COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia reach 49,176

Riyadh: Saudis have called for stricter action against expatriates who break the curfew rules and do not abide by the measures taken by the state to stem the spread of the Coronavirus in the country. The calls followed the announcement that 59 per cent of the 2,307 cases registered on Friday were of foreigners living in Saudi […]

Lee Gi Woo appointed AsiaN Chairman

Lee Gi Woo appointed AsiaN Chairman

SEOUL: Faithful to the motto “New Asia, New Dynamics”, AsiaN will this month have a new chairman – Lee Gi Woo. Making the announcement, Lee Sang-Ki, publisher, founder of Asia Journalists Association (AJA) and AsiaN CEO, said that Lee Gi Woo has strong ties with the Asia Journalists Association. “In 2005, when I was the […]

From Grade 9 Civil Servant to Vice-Minister of Education, Lee Gi Woo’s Happy Challenge’ continues

From Grade 9 Civil Servant to Vice-Minister of Education, Lee Gi Woo’s Happy Challenge’ continues

By Lee Sang-Ki Founder of Asia Journalists Association (AJA) AsiaN CEO Seoul: Autobiographies often tend to be exaggerated or distorted. Especially, autobiographies that are published before running for election. They can easily be filled with self-flatteries. However, I recently found an autobiography written in a frank and humble manner: “Lee Gi Woo’s Happy Challenge” of […]

Malaysia does not recognise refugee status of Rohingyas

Malaysia does not recognise refugee status of Rohingyas

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s government said it does not recognise the refugee status of any groups, including the Rohingyas, even if they are United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) card holders. Such groups were, instead, classified as illegal immigrants (PATI), Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin said. Malaysia is not party to the 1951 Refugee Convention or […]

Suwon building robust standards in COVID-19 response

Suwon building robust standards in COVID-19 response

Suwon: South Korea, one of the first nations after China to be hit with a major coronavirus outbreak, sought to mitigate the spread of the disease and ensure the safety of its citizens and residents. South Korea’s response system to the epidemic is considered the best model and Suwon, the biggest basic local government in […]

Spectre of COVID-19: Run from dorms to Singapore citizenry

Spectre of COVID-19: Run from dorms to Singapore citizenry

  By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN  SINGAPORE: An early favourite in the Covid-19 world wrestling challenge, Singapore began to falter midway in the match, leading to what some have characterised as a costly lesson of presumption. Entering the ring, with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as the vigilant coach, was the […]

Time to be humbler, more human as we deal with coronavirus fallout

Time to be humbler, more human as we deal with coronavirus fallout

By Habib Toumi MANAMA: A Tunisian superstar has called on people to draw lessons from the coronavirus tragedy that has befallen the world to engage in introspection, work on ways to get rid of their arrogance and become humbler. “We are going through a worldwide tragedy, and people have to look carefully into their lives […]

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