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India’s Chinese-language tour guides lost for words amid border tensions

With peak season arriving, business has all but dried up, prompting Chinese-language guides to ponder a new career.

12 minutes ago
Starry might: Indians turn to astrology to ease Covid-19 fears

From housewives to politicians and Harvard graduates, Indians of all stripes have long turned to astrologers in times of stress.

15 minutes ago
Virus hotspot Melbourne to lift curfew after nearly two months

Australia’s second-biggest city will accelerate the easing of social distancing restrictions as infections slow to fewer than 20 cases a day.

27 Sep 2020 - 10:47PM
Hong Kong records six new Covid-19 cases, including local construction worker

One colleague at Kai Tak construction site has tested preliminary positive, while another was feeling ill when approached by health officials.

27 Sep 2020 - 6:04PM
Japan to ease Covid-19 entry curbs for all countries; BTS axes concert

Tokyo is considering limiting the entry of foreigners to about 1,000 each day, with increased virus testing capacity at airports.

25 Sep 2020 - 9:40PM
Australia’s Tasmania is coronavirus-free, but reels from closed borders

The Covid-19 victory has come at a cost for Tasmania, where almost 1 in 5 jobs is reliant on tourism.

25 Sep 2020 - 11:30AM
Singapore population drops as firms hire fewer foreign workers

The city state’s total population dropped 0.3 per cent to 5.69 million as of June from a year ago, as the services sector saw fewer foreigners employed.

25 Sep 2020 - 9:21PM
Malaysian property agents suffer as Covid-19 hits sales, foreigners exit

Malaysian real property agents have a wish list to present to the government as the property market suffers from the Covid-19 pandemic and the suspension of a visa programme.

25 Sep 2020 - 9:54PM
Free staycations for Bali residents as Indonesia tests virus protocols

Over 4,000 people will get free tours and hotel stays to test measures to keep tourists safe. This comes as the country reported its biggest daily rise in cases.

24 Sep 2020 - 8:16PM
Japan resumes flights to China, reopens its borders – but not to tourists

The East Asian nation is looking to allow in up 1,000 business travellers, tertiary students and long-term foreign residents a day from next month, in what is seen as a test run for a wider reopening ahead of the Olympics.

24 Sep 2020 - 8:26PM
Indonesians risk bullets to scavenge for gold as Covid-19 hits economy

The soaring price of gold has fuelled a boom in illegal mining in Indonesia, but there are concerns the use of mercury can harm miners and the environment.

24 Sep 2020 - 3:41PM
Singapore trials travel-pass scheme for senior business executives

The passes, which the health ministry says will be strictly limited, give holders returning to the island nation the option to take a Covid-19 test and self-isolate until the results are out – in lieu of receiving a stay-home notice.

24 Sep 2020 - 9:50AM
New Zealand identifies its first coronavirus case – seven months after infection

The infection occurred in late February after exposure to a visitor from Italy but the family suffering symptoms was not tested at the time.

23 Sep 2020 - 3:26PM
Empty beaches, free food in Thailand, for the few there to enjoy them

Thailand’s beaches are empty and luxury hotels are offering bargain stays. The few visitors are greeted with unusual warmth. It may be like the country was 40 years ago, but for many of the Thais the tourist trade employs, the situation looks dire.

23 Sep 2020 - 5:29PM
Indian Sikhs barred from visiting Pakistan holy site amid coronavirus fears

Travel corridor created to let Indian Sikhs visit Pakistan holy site remains closed on sacred day.

24 Sep 2020 - 11:30AM
Vogue Singapore launches in the teeth of an economic storm

‘Super difficult’ is how Norman Tan, editor-in-chief of Vogue Singapore, describes the launch of the luxury fashion magazine’s 27th global edition amid the disruption and economic downturn triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic.

23 Sep 2020 - 5:29PM
Hongkongers were most angry during dine-in ban amid pandemic: survey

Survey was based on 400,000 posts on social media, more than 4.7 million online comments, and interactions among internet users between May 16 and September 6.

23 Sep 2020 - 12:37AM
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