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  • Donald Trump says US will strike ‘very big’ trade deal with India, but not soon
    by Reuters on 19. februar 2020 at 06:20

    United States President Donald Trump said Washington and New Delhi were working on a major trade deal, but he was not sure if it would be completed before the US presidential election in November.As Trump heads to India on his first official trip on Monday, negotiators have been trying for weeks to put together a limited accord giving the US greater access to India’s dairy and poultry markets and lowering tariffs on other products.But no breakthrough has yet been announced, and a planned trip…

  • Coronavirus: 781 Westerdam cruise passengers test negative in Cambodia
    by DPA on 19. februar 2020 at 05:57

    Nearly 800 passengers from the MS Westerdam cruise ship remaining in Cambodia have tested negative for the coronavirus, the country’s health ministry said on Wednesday.Spokeswoman Or Vandine said the ministry was waiting on additional lab results for other passengers, but did not say how many tests were pending.The 781 passengers – some on the ship and others staying in a Phnom Penh hotel – who tested negative for the Covid-19 disease did not have “health-related problems at all”, she said.The…

  • Singapore Budget 2020: the list of promises
    by Today Online on 19. februar 2020 at 05:30

    With Singapore in the grip of a coronavirus outbreak and the economy expected to take a beating, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Tuesday unveiled a “unity Budget” to help the city state weather the uncertainties ahead with a slew of measures for families, workers, elderly citizens and businesses.The Singapore government’s S$106 billion (US$76 billion) plan comprised ministries’ expenditures, special transfers and fund top-ups, and included two packages totalling S$5.6 billion to help…

  • Indian Airlines’ US$2.2 billion purchase of Airbus jets scrutinised as probe intensifies
    by Bloomberg on 19. februar 2020 at 04:30

    Officials in India have intensified a probe into whether a US$2.2 billion Airbus jetliner sale to a state-owned airline involved bribes, according to a person directly involved in the investigation.India’s Enforcement Directorate is inspecting a payment of 1.42 billion rupees (US$20 million) linked to the 2006 purchase of 43 jets by Indian Airlines, as well as a commitment to provide aircraft-overhaul facilities that were never built, according to the person, who asked not to be named as the…

  • Modi shows how India’s ‘boisterous democracy’ can be used to benefit the few
    by Arnab Neil Sengupta on 19. februar 2020 at 03:00

    After spending 21 years abroad, I returned to India with my family in 2018 hoping to spend more time with ageing relatives, rebuild once-strong friendships and revive rusty professional ties. It did not take long for me to realise that, during my years abroad, not only had I become a different person, but India, too, had become a different country. So, I said my goodbyes and relocated to Dubai. But, like the millions of other Indians who have left their country in search of a better future, I…

  • Coronavirus: South Korean church cluster in Daegu brings total number of cases to 46
    by Reuters,Agence France-Presse on 19. februar 2020 at 01:26

    The number of coronavirus cases in South Korea rose to 46 on Wednesday, after 15 new cases were reported, including a cluster of nearly a dozen centred on the southeastern city of Daegu.Of the new cases, 13 were in Daegu and neighbouring North Gyeongsang province, said the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), and eleven were believed to be linked to a single patient, a 61-year-old woman.Ten of them attend the same church as the woman, who was the 31st case, the KCDC said.The…

  • Coronavirus: elderly guests to leave first as Diamond Princess quarantine ends in Japan
    by Kyodo,Agence France-Presse on 19. februar 2020 at 01:07

    Passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship on Wednesday began disembarking after a controversial two-week quarantine period in Yokohama that raised questions about the Japanese government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.The disembarkation of nearly 3,000 people was expected to take three days at least, according to the government.In the first group, some 500 mainly elderly passengers who have tested negative for the virus will leave the ship after final check-ups with doctors.The…

  • Singapore’s 2020 budget contains clear signals the PAP is ready for a general election
    by Aaron Low on 19. februar 2020 at 00:00

    Before he began his budget speech, Singapore’s Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat sheepishly told parliament that he would speak for a tad longer than usual.In years past, he would confine his speech to two files, said Heng, who is also Singapore’s deputy prime minister – but because of the sudden outbreak of the Covid-19 disease, he had to expand it.“To support the national effort, the budget file grew and grew. So today, I have three files instead of two. So please be patient,” he said to a few…

  • Donald Trump has plenty of fans in India. They even built a wall for his visit to block the view of slums
    by Reuters on 18. februar 2020 at 14:45

    Bussa Krishna first began worshipping Donald Trump four years ago when the US president appeared to him in a dream.Since then, after a run of good fortune, the Indian real estate broker has transformed his modest home into a shrine to the US president, who is due in India on Monday for a two-day visit.“My love for him has transformed into reverence. That has given me immense happiness. Hence instead of praying to other gods, I started praying to him,” Krishna said.Krishna, who lives alone in a…

  • Facebook follows Singapore government’s order but slams ‘disproportionate’ use of fake news law
    by Agence France-Presse on 18. februar 2020 at 14:14

    Facebook blocked the page of an anti-government website in Singapore on Tuesday after a demand from authorities but slammed the “disproportionate” use of a controversial law against online misinformation.The widely criticised legislation gives ministers powers to order internet platforms and websites to put warnings next to posts they deem false, and also order that pages be blocked in the tightly regulated city state.Political website States Times Review (STR) – which regularly posts articles…