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A street stands deserted in the Kampong Glam area during a phased lockdown due to the coronavirus in Singapore, on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Mostly empty offices, staggered work hours, face shields and contact tracing -- that's what Singapore's cautious return to work will look like under the watchful gaze of the hub's financial regulator. The authority's approach is part of a phased reopening of the city-state, which has been under one of the longest lockdowns in Asia as authorities battled a second wave of coronavirus infections | Bloomberg file photo

Why Chinese companies fleeing the ‘Cold War’ is good news for Singapore

Although it doesn't need new capital and its population isn't open to an influx of overseas professionals, Singapore will be relieved with the promise of jobs and a boost to business.
A vendor uses a smartphone while waiting for customers at a newspaper stand in Mumbai, India | Photographer: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Apna, ‘LinkedIn’ for poor Indian workers who don’t know English, gets $8 million investment

Apna app helps users access job opportunities by entering name, age, & skills to generate a virtual 'business card' that’s shared with potential employers.
A woman waves goodbye to her doctors while getting discharged from the hospital after her recovery from Covid-19 | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

69% say govt should issue ‘Covid Warrior’ certificate to those recovered, finds survey

About 61% of the respondents to the survey conducted by LocalCircles said that the system to issue 'Covid Warrior' certificates should be linked to a citizen's Aadhaar number.
PM Narendra Modi | ANI

I&B ministry could launch new magazine on 15 Aug but future of its Employment News uncertain

I&B ministry's new periodical will highlight Modi govt’s achievements and initiatives. But future of its 4-decade-old Employment News appears bleak due to poor circulation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Assocham event in New Delhi on 20 December | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Present a National Employment Policy for long-term in 4 months: PM Modi tells GoM

At a meeting with PM Modi, a GoM on skill development and employment suggests setting up a Central Board of Vocational Education on the lines of CBSE.
A shop that reopened in May at Delhi's Nai Sarak | Photo: ANI

India added 2.1 crore jobs in May, after hitting rock-bottom in April: CMIE

Only 28 crore people had jobs in April, down from 39.6 crore in March. But with partial lifting of lockdown, small traders & wage labourers got employed again.
Representational image | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

The coronavirus isn’t the end of your career

Figure out what your industry needs, show your boss you can deliver, and use that to protect your job or even negotiate the next move.
File photo of healthcare workers wearing Personal Protection Equipment | representational image | Wikipedia

Deepak Nayyar on govt’s ‘exit dilemma’, Dipankar Gupta promotes universal health care

Today’s political, economic & strategic punditry from Ram Madhav, Rohit Prasad, Kanika Datta and more.
Indian economy

Unemployment in March highest since September 2016, CMIE data shows fallout of Covid-19

Nationwide lockdown sees record fall in employment and labour force participation as economic activity comes to a halt.
Representational image | Pixabay

It is time to stop agewise employment discrimination

As retirement age goes up everywhere, nations will be forced to deal with increasingly disgruntled old people, who also happen to be most disciplined voters.

On Camera

Plastic pollution in water bodies

Banning glitter is not going to save the oceans

Humans release 1.5 million tons of primary microplastics into the ocean annually, a sum equivalent to one disgorged plastic bag for every person each week.

Karnataka High Court stops Franklin Templeton debt funds closure without investor consent

Franklin Templeton shut six of its fixed-income and credit-risk funds run in India in April, locking in Rs 308 billion of investor monies following a liquidity crisis.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.