Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have detained an ethnic Uyghur who is a citizen of Afghanistan, according to members of his family who say they have called on Kabul’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to assist in advocating for his case. Abdughopur Abdureshid was born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1988, but his
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SINGAPORE: A student-run group from the National University of Singapore (NUS) on Monday (Oct 19) called on the university to show “transparency and accountability” following the dismissal of a professor at Tembusu College for inappropriate behaviour. Dr Jeremy Fernando was sacked by the university following an internal investigation after it received two complaints alleging that
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SINGAPORE: Four new COVID-19 cases were reported in Singapore on Monday (Oct 19), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.  All four infections were imported cases who were placed on stay-home notice upon their arrival in Singapore, and tested during this period said MOH. No locally transmitted COVID-19 cases were reported. Advertisement Advertisement A 40-year-old Singaporean woman and a
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Minister of Environment and Water on Monday (Oct 19) said he expected water supply to be restored within 24 hours in Selangor, as 5 million consumers were hit by water cuts, the second major disruption within a week.  This comes after Air Selangor announced on Saturday that water supply to 686 areas was affected by a burst pipe
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Dozens of academics and experts on China have hit out at a New Zealand university for its investigation of Anne-Marie Brady, a university professor who publicized links between the country’s universities and Chinese state interests. The University of Canterbury has said it is investigating complaints against Brady from universities and individuals linked to a report
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SINGAPORE: A 27-year-old foreign worker died after he was electrocuted in a workplace accident on Thursday (Oct 15). The worker was dismantling an electrical distribution board at 170 Still Road, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said on Monday in response to queries from CNA. Advertisement Advertisement The Police National Service Department is located at that
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YANGON: After spending years in confinement, few understand uncertainty, isolation and family separation better than Myanmar’s former political prisoners. As the coronavirus spreads in Myanmar, sending thousands of people into quarantine facilities, the detainees under military rule are using their experiences to help promote mental health of those now in isolation, amid concern about infection,
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PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia recorded more than 800 COVID-19 cases for a third day, with 865 new infections reported on Monday (Oct 19) taking the cumulative total to 21,363, said health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.  Dr Noor Hisham added that there were 7,456 active cases with infectivity potential. Advertisement Advertisement Three new deaths, all in Sabah,
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SINGAPORE: Hearse operators will have to follow new guidelines for the transfer of the deceased, which are aimed at improving funeral service standards in Singapore, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Monday (Oct 19).  The regulations, which are developed in partnership with the Association of Funeral Directors Singapore (AFD), mainly cover the “best practices” for transfer of the
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SINGAPORE: A Chinese couple on trial for obstructing COVID-19 contact tracing efforts will not be allowed to return to China before the trial resumes in January, after a High court review of a district judge’s decision granting them permission to leave Singapore. Justice Vincent Hoong on Monday (Oct 19) agreed with the prosecution’s application to overturn the decision
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MUMBAI: India’s tally of coronavirus infections stood at 7.55 million on Monday (Oct 19), having risen by 55,722 cases in the last 24 hours, health ministry data showed. The world’s second-most populous country also has the second-highest number of infections in the world, after the United States, which has around 8.1 million. Advertisement Advertisement However,
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SINGAPORE: Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Singapore’s economy, the electronics sector has continued to grow, with more than 130 companies in the industry offering more than 2,800 jobs, training and traineeship opportunities since April.  Of these, about 1,880 are for jobs, according to the Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) latest jobs situation report released on Monday (Oct 19).
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