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  • 10 Chinese military aircraft enter Taiwan’s air defence identification zone
    Taipei [Taiwan] (ANI): China’s 10 military aircraft entered the southwest sector of Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ) on Saturday just one day after 11 incursions were recorded, reported local media.The Chinese aircraft included eight Shenyang J-16 fighter jets, one Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft, and one Shaanxi Y-8, reported Taiwan News citing the country’s Ministry of National Defence. Taiwan issued radio warnings, tasked aircraft and deployed air defence missile systems to monitor the Chinese planes, said the Taiwanese military.It came after 11 Chinese aircraft entered Taiwan’s ADIZ on Friday.China claims full sovereignty over Taiwan, a democracy of almost 24 million people located off the southeastern coast of mainland China, despite the fact that the two sides have been governed separately for more than seven decades.Taiwan, on the other hand, has countered the Chinese aggression by increasing strategic ties with democracies including the US, which has been repeatedly opposed by Beijing. (Image source: Unsplash)
  • Taiwan finds remains of crashed F-16 jet’s pilot
    Taipei [Taiwan], January 14 (ANI): Taiwan’s search and rescue teams have found what are believed to be the remains of the pilot who was flying the F-16V fighter jet of the country’s Air Force that crashed off the nation’s southwest coast on Tuesday, reported local media.The 27-year-old Captain Chen Yi ‘ s suspected human remains were found at around 4 pm near Dongshi Township in Chiayi County, reported Focus Taiwan citing the Taiwanese military. The remains will be analysed on Friday and the findings will be released later in the day, according to Chiayi District prosecutors.On Wednesday morning, rescuers had found debris belonging to the missing Air Force F-16V fighter but there were no signs of its pilot. Taiwan military’s UH-60M helicopter first spotted debris from the aircraft tires, at around 10:48 am Wednesday.The F-16 aircraft vanished off the radar on Tuesday during a routine training mission in Taiwan. The Taiwanese air force had launched a search-and-rescue operation to find the jet which had taken off from the Chiayi Air Base at 2:55 pm [06:55GMT]. (Image source: Instagram)
  • South Korea’s money supply hit highest increase rate in 13 years
    Seoul [South Korea] (ANI/Global Economic): As individual investors have sold risky assets such as stocks due to the base interest rate hike, S. Korea’s money supply surpassed 39 trillion won, hitting the highest rate. The increase rate is the highest level in 12 years and 11 months.According to the Bank of Korea’s report, ‘Currency and Liquidity in November 2021’ released on the 12th, the money supply in the market (based on M2) increased 39.4 trillion won (1.1%) month-on-month to 3589.1 trillion won in November 2021. Compared to a year ago, it increased 12.9% from the previous month (12.4%). This is the highest level in 12 years and 11 months since December 2008 (13.1%). M2 is a measure of the money supply that includes money market funds (MMF), regular deposits and instalment savings of less than 2 years, and beneficiary certificate in addition to M1 (cash, checking deposits, and easily-convertible money).The money supply in the market first surpassed 3000 trillion won in April last year and has continued to hit the highest every month.In November last year, the money supply increased in both households and businesses. By economic entity, the money supply in households and non-profit organizations increased from 17.2 trillion h to 1734.7 trillion won, up 1.0% from the previous month.Jung Jin-woo, deputy director of the Financial Statistics Team at the Bank of Korea’s Economic Statistics Bureau, said, “Although the increase rate of housing-related […]
  • 20 employees of Samsung Electronics who visited CES tested positive for COVID-19
    Seoul [South Korea],(ANI/Global Economic): About 20 executives and employees of Samsung Electronics who visited the US have been tested positive for COVID-19. According to the industry on the 11th, about 20 employees of Samsung Electronics who attended the ‘CES 2022,’ world’s largest electronics and IT exhibition held in Las Vegas, the US from the 5th to the 7th, have been confirmed for COVID-19. Samsung Electronics announced this through company notice.Those employees of Samsung Electronics were tested positive for COVID-19 before boarding a flight to Korea. With Samsung Electronics’ medical support, all of them are in self-quarantine in the US. Samsung Electronics is planning to negotiate with the US health authorities to dispatch three chartered planes to transfer their employees to Korea on the 11-12th and allow them to stay at the quarantine facility in Korea. (Image – Alamy)
  • Taiwan’s F-16 goes missing, country’s air force launches search operation
    Beijing [Taiwan] (ANI): An F-16 aircraft vanished off the radar during a routine training mission in Taiwan on Tuesday, reported Sputnik.A search-and-rescue operation has been launched by the Taiwanese air force to find the jet. The jet took off from the Chiayi Air Base at 2:55 pm [06:55GMT] and disappeared from radars at 3:23 p.m, reported Focus Taiwan citing the country’s military.A response centre has also been set up to monitor the search and rescue operation.Taiwan received F-16s from the US, which is the island nation’s main arms supplier. Last year, Taiwan had commissioned the US government’s defence contractor Lockheed Martin last year to upgrade its ageing fleet of F-16s to more advanced F-16Vs, reported Sputnik. (Image source: Unsplash)
  • Nepal to close educational institutions till Jan 29 amid rise in COVID cases
    Kathmandu [Nepal] (ANI): Nepal’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has decided to close all the educational institutions starting from Tuesday till January 29 after the country witnessed a surge in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.In a statement, the ministry said that the decision has been made in line with the recommendation made by COVID-19 Crisis Management Coordination Center (CCMCC). “Educational institutes will remain closed as per the recommendation of the CCMCC. The ministry will not take further decisions. We will issue a notice, accordingly,” the ministry said.On Sunday, a meeting of the CCMCC recommended that the government close schools until January 29 keeping in mind the increasing cases of COVID-19.The Nepalese government took the decision in view of the increasing number of coronavirus cases.Nepal saw 1,167 new cases on Sunday. (Image source: Instagram)
  • People in Nepal stage protest against imposition of luxury tax on menstrual products, tampons
    Lalitpur [Nepal]: A street drama, flash mob and display of banners and placards raising voice against the imposition of luxury tax; shooting the price of menstrual products and tampons are back in Nepal. Youth activists of Nepal have again resorted to peaceful protest after a pause of a few months as the government commit to make efforts to bring the price of pads and tampons down.“Though they said that no additional taxes have been imposed on but there has been no action about it so we are back on the streets,” Anisha Jha, one of the demonstrators here said on Friday. “This is huge discrimination to all the women who bleed. Government should not actually impose any tax because menstruation products are not luxury, we are not using it as luxury items but it is an essential item that every bleeding people, not only just women but every individual who bleeds needs this,” Priyanka Budhathoki, one of the producers of podcast series “Talks About Periods” told ANI.“So, therefore we are here today to tell our government that it is complete crap, everything they are doing by imposing all these taxes on menstruating people is actually very wrong,” she added.Protest against the imposition of tax had started in Nepal right after the House of Representatives approved a replacement bill amending the annual budget plan of 2021/22. The new approval subsequently increased the price of sanitary […]
  • New COVID-19 cases in Philippines hit record high, death toll crosses 52,000
    Manila [Philippines]: The Philippines reported a record high 26,458 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, pushing the total number of the confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 29,36,875.The country’s Department of Health (DOH) said that the number of active cases or patients still battling the disease soared to 1,02,017 as the positivity rate soared to 43.7 percent. Saturday’s case count surpassed the 26,303 cases tallied on September 11, 2021, while the country was battling the third wave of infections.Experts said suspected cases of Omicron are fueling surges in communities and further straining the hospitals’ capacity to cope with the continuing pandemic.The DOH said that 265 more people died from COVID-19 complications, bringing the country’s death toll to 52,135. The reported deaths include those who died in the previous months.“With the enormous number of people being positive with the just short duration of time and most of them are manifesting upper respiratory track symptoms, then I would say there is already community transmission of Omicron variant,” infectious diseases specialist Rontgene Solante told a televised press conference on Saturday.Indeed, Solante said the government hospitals “are seeing increasing numbers” of COVID-19 patients daily, including the severe and critical cases.Jonas del Rosario, the spokesperson for the Philippine General Hospital, echoed Solante’s assessment, saying the government-owned hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) has reached full capacity.“Our ICU right now is full. The ICU ends for COVID-19 patients are […]
  • North Korea will not take part in Beijing Winter Olympics, says Report
    Pyongyang [North Korea]: North Korea will not take part in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics over the activities of “hostile forces” and the COVID-19 pandemic, Russian news agency reported citing North Korean media on Friday.“We could not take part in the Olympics due to the hostile forces’ moves and the worldwide pandemic, but we would fully support the Chinese comrades in all their work to hold splendid and wonderful Olympic festival,” Sputnik reported citing KCNA news agency. The KCNA has cited a letter from the North Korean Olympic Committee and the Ministry of Physical Culture and Sports to the Chinese Olympic Committee.The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing will be held from February 4-20. The massive security deployment and checks are being carried out by China soon before the Beijing Winter Olympics.Meanwhile, in an effort to conduct Winter Olympics next month hassle-free, China is adamant about implementing a Zero-COVID policy, further complicating problems for its citizens.China had welcomed the year 2022 with the worst tally of COVID-19 cases for any seven-day period since subduing the country’s first epidemic nearly two years ago.The worst situation is said to be found in Xi’an town and since December, it is in the grip of a COVID-19 wave, according to Hong Kong Post.For over two weeks now, Xi’an’s 13 million residents are confined to their homes.Only one person per household is allowed to leave home every two days to […]
  • Kazakh President Tokayev seeks help from Russia-led alliance to quell unrest
    Nur-Sultan [Kazakhstan]: Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Thursday sought help from a Russia-led security alliance of former Soviet states to quell the unrest in his country.Tokayev sought military support from the six-member Collective Security Treaty Organization, reported NHK World. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who chairs the CSTO, revealed that the organization has decided to send peacekeeping forces to Kazakhstan for a limited period.Protests over soaring fuel prices have been held across Kazakhstan since the beginning of this year.Meanwhile, a massive protest took place today in the western town of Zhanaozen against the doubling of the price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), which most Kazakhs use as car fuel, according to the media outlet.It reported that the price rise came as the country ended a gradual transition to electronic trading for LPG to halt state subsidies for fuel and let the market dictate prices.Demonstrations have extended to other Kazakh towns and villages – sparking the most geographically widespread protest in the country’s history – and have encompassed wider grievances.On Wednesday, some demonstrators in the largest city of Almaty stormed government buildings and the presidential residence, reported NHK World.The Kazakh government declared a state of emergency to try to bring the violence under control.The country’s Internal Affairs Ministry says eight police and national guard troops have died and more than 300 have been injured, reported NHK World.President Tokayev said at a pre-dawn security meeting on […]
  • Kazakhstan’s President imposes state of emergency, curfew in Nur-Sultan
    Nur-Sultan [Kazakhstan]: Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev imposed a state of emergency in capital city Nur-Sultan from January 5-19 amid protests in the country.“Due to a serious and direct threat to the citizens’ safety, in order to ensure social security, restore law and order, protect the rights and freedoms of citizens, we introduce a state of emergency within the city of Nur-Sultan for the period from 16:00 p.m. of January 5, 2022 till 12 a.m. of January 19, 2022,” a presidential decree read. During the state of emergency, entry and exit from Nur-Sultan will be restricted, protests will be prohibited, and weapons will be seized from individuals, according to the decree.
  • Omicron cases spike in Thailand during Christmas, New Year holidays
    Bangkok [Thailand]: Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health said on Tuesday that a total of 2,062 Omicron cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the country.Supakit Sirilak, medical sciences director-general from the Ministry of Public Health, noted that omicron cases in the country had spiked up quickly from around 700 before the Christmas and New Year holidays to over 2,000 cases currently. According to the official, out of the Omicron infections, 1,105 were among foreign arrivals and the remainders are local transmissions. Nevertheless, the Delta variant is still the prevailing variant in Thailand, accounting for 70 to 80 percent of the new infections.Supakit warned that Omicron cases will continue to rise rapidly, as more testing and close monitoring of the situation are required to control the potential spread.Six provinces – Bangkok, Kalasin, Roi Et, Phuket, Chonburi and Samut Prakan – have reported around 70 percent of these Omicron cases detected in the country.As of Monday, Thailand has vaccinated 64 percent of its population with two doses, while around 10 percent had already received a booster shot, government data showed.