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A demonstrator shows a British National (Overseas) passport as another waves a colonial-era Hong Kong flag during a lunchtime protest at the International Finance Center (IFC) shopping mall in Hong Kong, China | Bloomberg

8-fold jump in Hong Kong residents getting UK’s BNO passport in 2019, report says

Political unrest that started last year and the introduction of national security law by China have prompted many Hong Kong residents to plan an exit from the former British colony.
Singapore | Commons

Singapore, Hong Kong top destinations for dodgy money transactions, followed by China, India

Revelations are based on a leaked trove of documents which detail more than $2 trillion in transactions between 1999-2017, flagged as possible money laundering or criminal activity.
File photo of China President Xi Jinping | Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

China is an enemy of freedom of thought. It wants the same from other powerful nations

It would be a strategic error of historic proportions to limit the understanding of China’s rise as merely a clash of interests.
Nurses wearing PPE prepare to collect a nasal swab specimen from a patient at a Covid-19 drive-through testing site at the North Inland Live Well Escondido Center in Escondido, California, US (representative image) | Photo: Bing Guan | Bloomberg

Inconsistencies in Texas data, Lebanon jail could become hotspot 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.

Africa’s low death rates, South Korean doctors end 2-week strike & 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.
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

Why Hong Kong’s free coronavirus tests for all is an experiment in trust

Hong Kong’s campaign, which kicks off on 1 September, will be the largest global attempt to test an entire city on a voluntary basis.
An image released by the US Treasury Department identifying Chinese national Zhang Taotao and his drug network. | Photo: US Treasury Department

US sanctions one of world’s most ‘significant’ drug traffickers — 32-year-old Chinese national

US imposed sanctions against Zhang Taotao and his Hong Kong-based Allyrise Technology Group Co. Ltd for trafficking fentanyl and other synthetic opioids.
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

Hong Kong reports first confirmed Covid-19 re-infection

Researchers at University of Hong Kong have determined that the patient, who recovered from an initial bout in April, was infected by 2 different strains of coronavirus.
A government-sponsored advertisement promoting a new national security law in Hong Kong. | Bloomberg

US ends extradition & tax pacts with Hong Kong as Trump mounts pressure on China

The move follows an executive order to end preferential trading treatment for Hong Kong, which Trump and his team say was now essentially just another Chinese city.

With Hong Kong in trouble, Gujarat’s GIFT City hopes to emerge as Asia’s new forex hub

PM Modi wants to pitch GIFT City in his home state Gujarat as a new Asian destination for global fund flows, rivalling the likes of Singapore & Hong Kong.

On Camera

An employee sits on a video call at the Unicredit SpA headquarters in Milan

Why shrinking offices and hot-desking are bad ideas, Covid or no Covid

Employees’ demands for flexible working will include spacious offices. Given the relative savings, slashing floor space is a false economy.
Oil Facilities And Services Ahead Of Final Year Figures After Demonetization Induced Fluctuation

Diesel demand drop forces India to import gasoline as Covid skews output

The slump in diesel demand is forcing refineries to operate below capacity, but gasoline sales are back at pre-virus levels with people resorting to personal vehicles.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.