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File photo of US Senator Ted Cruz, one of the four people sanctioned | Source: Wikimedia Commons

China sanctions US senators Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and 2 others in retaliatory move

The move come 3 days after the US sanctioned a top member of China’s ruling Communist Party and three other officials over alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang.
Ocean in Sri Lanka

Saudi Arabia, Russia, UK, Germany hope to ‘wow’ citizens with Covid staycations

Covid put a giant dent into the tenth of global economic output tourism accounts for. Countries are hoping to recover some of these losses from domestic travellers.

Amazon’s bizarre email to employees gives TikTok a scare

Amazon told employees to delete the Chinese app from work phones, but later claimed the email was an error.
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Microsoft’s LinkedIn sued for spying on Apple device users through app

Apple developers and testers found that the LinkedIn app was secretly reading data on Apple's Universal Clipboard, which included sensitive information such as emails and texts.
(Representational Image) walk with umbrellas past stores in Wuhan on 30 April | Photo: Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

Wuhan showed us how Covid could spread, now it offers clues to how economies may recover

Beijing: Three months after it reopened its economy, Wuhan’s uneven recovery offers a glimpse of the hard road back to normality for cities after containing the coronavirus. As of May, factory output, retail sales and exports in the city were nowhere near the same level as last year. That’s even though some factories worked throughout the lockdown and normal activity had resumed by April. Private consumption continued to lag factory production, mirroring the divergence seen across China. The end of Wuhan’s quarantine on April 8 was a triumphant moment for China and an important show of confidence that it had successfully contained the deadly virus in the place where it first broke out. While factories and offices quickly got back to business, consumers were slower to return, with residents cautious and habits such as cooking at home and shopping online persisting after the 76-day lockdown. Then, just as people were beginning to...
The logo of Reliance Jio, the mobile network of Reliance Industries Ltd., is displayed at a store in Mumbai, India. | Photographer: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Reliance Jio raises $4 billion from share sale to investors

Mukesh Ambani's Jio has now sold about 25% of its shares to buyers, including Facebook and US private equity firms KKR & Co., and Silver Lake.
A riot police runs after a petrol bomb lands near his feet during a protest in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong, China, on 2 November 2019 | Laurel Chor | Bloomberg

How China’s new security law is already changing the face of Hong Kong

The law uses vague language to ban subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces, with sentences as long as life in prison.
The Facebook Inc. application is displayed for a photograph on an Apple Inc. iPhone in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Facebook is struggling to respond to growing demands from Washington to explain how the personal data of millions of its users could be exploited by a consulting firm that helped Donald Trump win the presidency. Photographer: Bloomberg/Bloomberg

Facebook mulls political-ad blackout ahead of US presidential election

A halt on ads could defend against misleading election-related content spreading as people prepare to vote.

To be the next China, India needs a new housing plan

Giving rural migrants an incentive to return to cities is crucial to restoring economic activity to pre-Covid levels. Low-cost housing is a good starting point.
Representational image of gym equipment | Pixabay

Gyms will have to work up more of a sweat to bring people back as Covid restrictions ease

The new world of fitness will be characterised by social distancing, obsessively wiping down equipment and, for those who don’t want to brave the gym, sessions with a virtual coach at home.

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Uyghur Muslim women in the Grand Bazaar in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China

TV anchors outrage over Uyghurs in China, but stay quiet about Indian Muslims

After cheering the ban on Chinese apps, the latest coping mechanism of Indian TV news seems to be focusing on the plight of the Uyghur Muslims in China.
The Reserve Bank of India | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

RBI’s March rate cut was biggest surprise in history of monetary policy panel, paper says

India’s rate-setting panel is due to meet in the first week of August as the economy heads toward its first annual contraction in more than four decades.

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Indian Army to order second batch of 72,000 Sig 716 assault rifles from US

The new rifles will replace the existing Indian Small Arms System (Insas) rifles used by the forces and manufactured locally by the Ordnance Factories Board.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.