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Kopi-tiam pundits hedge bets on Singapore polls outcome

Kopi-tiam pundits hedge bets on Singapore polls outcome

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN  SINGAPORE: The kopi-tiam, Singapore’s well-known name for the coffee shop, is the go-to place in the city-state to get your latest update on engrossing political gossip. Freshly brewed events come alive, with arm-chair critics holding forth, in between sips of kopi-O (black) orteh-tarik (pulled tea), on […]

Inside a Bahrain quarantine center: 5 meals a day, games, buffets and refreshments around the clock

Inside a Bahrain quarantine center: 5 meals a day, games, buffets and refreshments around the clock

By Habib Toumi Manama: Bahraini citizens have shared their quarantine routines, expressing satisfaction with the possibilities and structures available to maintain their physical and mental health, and debunking allegations that the isolation for 14 days meant the end of the world. “The humanitarian factor by Team Bahrain has been very important in our daily routines […]

No Ramadan bazaars in several states across Malaysia this year

No Ramadan bazaars in several states across Malaysia this year

KOTA KINABALU: The government of Sabah, the second largest of the 13 states of Malaysia, will not hold the traditional Ramadan bazaars this year in additional efforts to curb the COVID-19 outbreak. It is likely to join several other Malaysian states, including Kedah, Selangor, Terengganu and Melaka,that earlier this week  have announced that Ramadan bazaars will […]

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 […]

Post-Corona politics, economics, social culture – What will change?

Post-Corona politics, economics, social culture – What will change?

By Peter Jaegeul Song, Staff Reporter at Asia N Seoul: The danger and threat of the COVID-19 virus, or coronavirus, is still ongoing. This is because the number of confirmed people in Korea has been on a steady rise, as well as the spread of virus-caused damage and risks in the United States, Europe and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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