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Pedestrians wear protective masks in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong. The study was conducted across six hospitals in the city | Paul Yeung | Bloomberg

Record spikes in Hong Kong, Tokyo feed fears of second wave of Covid in Asia

The resurgences in the Asian hubs come after weeks of people returning to work and restaurants re-opening, raising questions for the need of social distancing again.
Signage is displayed outside the IMF | Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg

IMF sees Asia’s economic pain persisting as coronavirus curbs limit recovery

While regional growth is tipped to rebound to 6.6% next year, that won’t be enough to replace all of the output lost due to the crisis. Image is fine
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Asia lost a decade to counter China. But India and Quad can lead new strategy now

Asia has a spaghetti bowl of regional security structures. A new pan-Asian strategy with India in the lead can help counter China’s belligerence.
Vehicles sit in traffic in the rain on a road outside the CentralWorld shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand | Photographer: Taylor Weidman/Bloomberg

Thailand’s plan to makeover Asia’s deadliest roads is made of rubber

Thailand, the world’s biggest producer of rubber, aims to turn 1 million metric tons of it into 12,282 km of barriers and guide posts, absorbing about a quarter of the annual harvest.
People waiting to enter a supermarket have their identity documents checked by staff before they can enter the premises, as a protective measure against the spread of COVID-19, in Singapore (Representational image) | Photo: Roslan Rahman | Getty Images/AFP via Bloomberg

Coronavirus has made our cities less appealing. But moving out is easier said than done

Megacities in Asia won't disappear. However, the virus has shown the dangers of concentrating too much human capital in one physical location.
Emissions from a factory (Representational Image) | Flickr

CO2 levels rise despite lockdown, Asia’s water crisis and other global Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.

Asia’s factories remain in doldrums even as lockdowns ease

Purchasing managers indexes for South Korea, Japan, Taiwan fell, while readings for Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Philippines improved but remained below 50.
Commuters take the Woodlands Causeway to Singapore from Johor a day before Malaysia imposes a lockdown on travel on 17 March | ANI Photo via Reuters

Asia’s cautious reopenings mean economic recovery will be slow and uneven

After an era that saw a boost in tourism and freer capital markets, an Asia disconnected from the world would be a major step back.
Bankruptcy (representational image) | thebluediamondgallery

‘Material Adverse Change’ – How Covid crisis threatens to disrupt India’s bankruptcy process

If wranglings around MAC drag on in tribunals and courts, India’s appeal may fade amid an oversupply of distressed assets everywhere.
A passenger outside the Mumbai international airport | Representational image | PTI

Janata curfew is Modi’s 2nd stab at social mobilisation, but it can be a double-edged sword

PM Modi’s TV broadcast has made citizens responsible for their own well-being in the face of COVID-19. If it works, it could lead to more ambitious measures.

On Camera

Representational photos | Hindu priests perform evening prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi | Kanishka Sonthalia/Bloomberg

Want to preserve secularism in India? Well, preserve the Hindu ethos first

Secularism in the Indian context would mean maintaining equidistance from  all religions. Unfortunately, that equidistance never happened.
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Mukesh Ambani is now world’s fourth richest man, overtakes Europe’s wealthiest

Reliance's shares have more than doubled from a low in March as its digital unit got billions in investments from companies including Facebook Inc. and Google.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Artillery guns, assault rifles, AFVs — Here’s a list of 101 items MoD won’t import in future

Contracts worth almost Rs 4 lakh crore will be placed with the domestic industry within the next six to seven years.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.