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The Orchard road in Singapore. | Pixabay

Decline of shopping mecca Orchard Road shows just how badly Covid has hit Singapore

With global travel restrictions robbing Singapore of around $20 billion in tourism receipts, the glitzy shopping hub is tracing the country’s economic decline.
PM Modi with BJP president Amit Shah at the party headquarters, New Delhi

Elections have become meaningless in India — the BJP wins even when it loses

Who needs elections when the BJP is going to install its government everywhere by hook or crook?
China deploying more spy ships to snoop on adversaries

10 cases of piracy, armed robbery on Indian and Bangladeshi ships this year, report says

According to ReCAAP ISC, there have been 51 such incidents in Asian waters during January-June 2020, almost double from last year during the same period.
Barrier tapes is wrapped around tables and chairs at a food court during a partial lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus in Singapore. | Bloomberg

Singapore slumps into a recession as its GDP plunges by a record 41.2%

Singapore is one of the first countries to report quarterly GDP data, and the figures show it’s taking a bigger hit than many others in Asia.
A woman casts her ballot as she votes during the general election in Singapore on July 10, 2020. Photographer: Roslan Rahman/AFP via Getty Images

Australia to Singapore, poll results show coronavirus isn’t steamrolling elections

Whatever challenges a post-pandemic normal might bring, Asia's recent electoral experiences show there hasn't been a mad rush to throw office-holders out.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong | Commons

Singapore’s Lee retains power but ruling party has weakest showing ever

The outcome is a warning to other governments which have faced questions over their handling of a pandemic that has crippled economies around the world.
A woman casts her ballot as she votes during the general election in Singapore on July 10, 2020. Photographer: Roslan Rahman/AFP via Getty Images

Singapore heads to polls as the city grapples with coronavirus

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s ruling party seeks to extend its 55-year rule with a fresh mandate to counter the city-state’s worst-ever recession amid the Covid crisis.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong | Commons

Why Singapore’s ruling party easily wins big in every election

In 12 previous elections over more than five decades, the PAP ⁠— which has led Singapore since its independence in 1965 ⁠— has never won less than 93% of parliamentary seats.
Singapore | Commons

Why Singapore’s 4-G leaders need to return to Lee Kuan Yew to navigate Covid world

Singapore, which was established by Lee Kuan Yew in 1965 after its divorce from Malaysia, must go through another wrenching reinvention to emerge from the pandemic era.
Marina Bay in Singapore | Flickr

Singapore is in survival mode and is looking to reinvent itself. Yet again

The country's ruling party is positioning for a post-Covid world with planned investment in health and biomedical sciences, climate change & artificial intelligence.

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.
Mukesh Ambani at ThePrint Off the Cuff

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.