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Daily COVID-19 cases in India fall below 2-lakh mark after over one month

The country also reported the lowest death toll in 21 days with 3,511 fresh fatalities New Delhi: The daily count of coronavirus cases in the country fell below the 2-lakh mark after over a month taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 2,69,48,874, while the death toll rose to 3,07,231, according to the Union …

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Indonesian gig workers: the quest for labour-protection

Not so long after a viral tweet by an underpaid freelance teacher at Ruangguru, drew attention to the education-based technology company’s exploitation of interns, Indonesia saw strikes and massive protests from couriers for Shopee,  a leading e-commerce start-up in South East Asia. Ironically, amidst mainstream media attention to the resilience of the country’s logistics sector …

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Official Hints at Challenges for Chinese Businesses in Uzbekistan – The Diplomat

Crossroads Asia | Economy | Central Asia The Uzbek state plays a huge role in the country’s economy, generating difficulties for foreign investors trying to operate in Uzbekistan. Advertisement In a recent interview, Jin Yulong, an adviser on trade and economic issues at the Chinese Embassy in Uzbekistan, spoke about the state of commercial relations between the two countries. …

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2021 – The year of digital vaccine passports

Countries around the world are exploring ways to show proof of an individual’s Covid-19 immunity in order to allow travel and another easing of social restrictions. England’s NHS vaccine passport has arrived and the European Union has approved a Digital Covid Certificate. Airlines too are already offering digital platforms that contain passenger health information. About …

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zennya nets US$1.2M to scale its mobile healthcare, medical last-mile logistics services in Philippines

zennya, a mobile healthcare and medical last-mile logistics startup in the Philippines, said today it has recently secured US$1.2 million in a funding round led by local VC firms Foxmont Capital Partners, Ignite House of Innovation, and DayOne Capital Ventures. The round also saw participation from several prominent families and angels from the Philippines and …

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Grab to increase fares by S$1 to improve earnings for drivers in Singapore

SINGAPORE: From June, passengers using ride-hailing platform Grab will have to pay an additional S$1 as the Singapore-based firm says it wants to improve earnings for its drivers.  The increase – which will apply to all its transport services except the standard taxi, GrabHitch and GrabCoach options on its app – will take effect from …

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SARS-CoV-2 Variants, Explained – Asian Scientist Magazine

AsianScientist (May. 24, 2021) – This time last year, the world was markedly different. Caught in the throes of COVID-19, countries like Singapore and the US implemented unprecedented lockdowns, while in places like Italy, medical workers waged a spirited fight against a mounting death toll. Since then, the situation has considerably eased in most parts—largely …

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China and green energy drive copper prices to record high

TOKYO — Analysts are predicting “Dr. Copper” will go on a sustained rally as the China-led global economy shows signs of climbing out of the coronavirus slump, though some long-term investors are adamant about staying away. The benchmark copper price on the London Metal Exchange in early May hit a record high, at $10,460 a …

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