India to become first Asian country to launch a Plastics Pact

The FINANCIAL —  UK partners with India to deliver a circular plastics economy.India has become the first Asian country to develop a plastics pact, launching a ground-breaking new initiative to bring together leading businesses at a national level to make commitments for…

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Twin Peaks: Record International Number of Twin Births

The FINANCIAL -- The number of twins being born in the world has reached an all-time high, with 1.6 million twins now delivered each year, according to new research from Oxford, which shows most are now being born in the global south according…

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ADB partners with BMJ on new coronavirus guidelines for health workers

The FINANCIAL — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has partnered with leading healthcare knowledge provider, the BMJ, to launch a new online coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Information Centre for healthcare professionals tackling the pandemic. The website provides nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals…

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ADB propses 5 ways to restore tourism in Central Asia

The FINANCIAL — From the snowy peaks of the Pamir mountains to the vast wilderness of the Karakum desert, Central Asia is a region of astonishing natural beauty and historical significance. In recent years, the region has emerged as a rising tourism…

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ADB increased operations in PNG by $1 bln

The FINANCIAL — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has endorsed a new country partnership strategy (CPS) for Papua New Guinea (PNG) covering 2021–2025. A blueprint for ADB’s operations in PNG, the new CPS focuses on developing the transport and energy sectors; reforming…

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COVID-19 to plunge South Asia into the worst recession

The FINANCIAL —  South Asia is set to plunge into its worst-ever recession as the devastating impacts of COVID-19 on the region’s economies linger on, taking a disproportionate toll on informal workers and pushing millions of South Asians into extreme poverty, says the…

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More than 320 000 used condoms washed and resold in Vietanm

The FINANCIAL — A factory in Vietnam was busted washing and reselling used condoms to pass them off as new, according to police who have seized more than 324,000 used condoms which were being recycled to be sold again. Paid workers were…

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Apple’s first floating store will open in Singapore

The FINANCIAL — Apple today previewed Apple Marina Bay Sands, the first Apple Store to sit directly on the water. Appearing as a sphere floating on the iridescent Marina Bay, the store introduces a new and captivating retail experience at one of the…

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Stock markets mixed after Wall Street slides

The FINANCIAL — Global stock markets were mixed Monday after the fact that Wall Street turned in its biggest weekly decline in more than two months. London and Frankfurt opened higher. U.S. futures were lower. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong retreated…

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