Tourists banned from first wave of ‘travel bubbles’, says Thai health minister, Asia News

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The “travel bubble” scheme will open first to business groups and international-school teachers who can be easily tracked, not general tourists, said Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul on Friday (June 19). He was speaking after meeting with Japanese ambassador Nashida Kazuya. Japan is among the countries deemed at low risk for Covid-19 contagion that are being considered for the “travel...

India’s Modi backs down on farm reforms in surprise victory for protesters, Asia News

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NEW DELHI - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday (Nov 19) he would repeal controversial farm laws that farmers have protested for more than a year, a significant climbdown for the combative leader. The sudden concession on the three laws comes ahead of elections early next year in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, and two other northern states...

Intellasia East Asia News – Operating Engineers Local 501 Commends Australian Gaming Regulator’s Action on Junkets

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<!-- --> LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 501 (https://local501.org/) commends the government of New South Wales, Australia and its Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority for their recent regulatory and enforcement actions against VIP-junket activity in the gambling industry. The modern VIP-junket model, in which junket agents recruit and often issue credit to high rollers...

Antimicrobial Overuse Creating Superbugs

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Indonesia says arrival of 30 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses delayed to 2022, Asia News

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JAKARTA - Indonesia’s health minister said on Thursday that the country would receive 20 million doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine via a bilateral deal in 2021, instead of the 50 million doses that had been initially agreed. The remaining 30 million doses will be shipped in 2022, minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin told a parliamentary hearing. Indonesia is also slated to...

Mauritius oil spill clean-up likely to be completed by January: Ship owner

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TOKYO: The clean-up of a massive oil spill in August from a vessel off Mauritius will likely be mostly completed by January, the bulk carrier's owner, Japan's Nagashiki Shipping, said on Thursday (Nov 5). Of the roughly 1,000 tonnes that spilled from the...

Reports say a coup is underway in Myanmar — Radio Free Asia

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Myanmar soldiers are seen inside City Hall in Yangon, Myanmar February 1, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer   Aung San Suu Kyi attends the opening session of the 31st ASEAN Summit...

18 children among 52 hurt in Germany car ramming: Police

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FRANKFURT AM MAIN: A car that rammed into a carnival procession in central Germany Monday (Feb 25) injured 52 people, including 18 children, police said, adding that the perpetrator's motive remains unclear."Among the victims are 18 children (while) ... at present 35 people...

Intellasia East Asia News – YFDAI and Polygon Announce Collaboration to Deliver Dynamic Scalability for YFDAI’s growing DeFi Ecosystem

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<!-- --> SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--YFDAI Finance, well known for its fast-growing Decentralized Finance ecosystem of products and services, has concluded months of diligence with the announcement of a collaboration with Polygon (formerly Matic Network). This collaboration will assist YFDAI in reducing transaction gas fees while enhancing scalability, interoperability and user experience for its user base. Polygon is a...

Singapore reports 3,003 new COVID-19 cases, 17 more deaths

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Of the new cases reported on Thursday, 3,000 infections are locally transmitted, comprising 2,780 in the community and 220 in migrant workers' dormitories.  The remaining three are imported cases, MOH said in its daily update released to the media at about 11.15pm.  As of Thursday, Singapore has reported 210,978 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. HOSPITALISATIONS A total of 1,683 cases are...