China could fall short on smog targets as industry surges: study

SHANGHAI: Major industrial areas in northern China are at risk of falling short of their winter pollution targets after surges in the production of steel and cement, the Helsinki-based Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) said on

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Cyclone Burevi slams into eastern Sri Lanka

COLOMBO : Tropical cyclone Burevi slammed into Sri Lanka’s eastern coast on Wednesday night and was expected to damage coastal buildings and power lines, as well as unleash flash floods, officials at the meteorological department said.Slideshow ( 3 images ) During

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Solid PMI in Asia drives Ringgit higher by 70 basis-point at opening

KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit reversed recent losses to open firmer against the US dollar today, as it tracked other Asian currencies’ gains, lifted by a solid November manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMIs) in the region, along with stimulus and Covid-19

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COVID-19: Thailand to take legal action against quarantine dodgers

BANGKOK: Thailand will take legal action against quarantine flouters who sneaked into the kingdom from Myanmar via natural border crossings and tested positive for COVID-19 days later.  The new wave of COVID-19 fear rises as a total of four Thai nationals

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Nepal’s female soldiers break taboos to tackle COVID crisis

KATHMANDU: Four women wearing protective gear lift the body of a coronavirus victim at the Pashupati crematorium in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, and hand it over to crematory workers – a scene unimaginable in the conservative country in recent years. Women

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India COVID-19 cases top 9.4 million

MUMBAI: India’s novel coronavirus cases rose by 38,772, the health ministry said on Monday, making it the 23rd straight day that daily cases have stayed below the 50,000 mark. The country now has 9.43 million cases, the second-highest in the

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Global shares rest after ‘awesome’ month, China factories speed up

SYDNEY: World shares paused to assess a record-busting month on Monday as the prospect of a vaccine-driven economic recovery next year and yet more free money from central banks eclipsed immediate concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Helping sentiment was a

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Ringgit opens slightly higher on continued US dollar weakness

KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit opened slightly firmer against the US dollar today, benefiting from the continued greenback weakness and potential extension of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (OPEC) output cut. At 9.01am, the local note was traded at

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Indonesian minister to resign over bribery case

JAKARTA: Indonesia’s minister for marine affairs and fisheries announced Thursday he would step down after being named a suspect in an alleged graft case, Anadolu Agency reported. Edhy Prabowo was arrested on Wednesday by the country’s anti-corruption agency in connection with a violation of lobster

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Cyclone Nivar tears down power lines, trees in India; no casualties

CHENNAI: A severe cyclone slammed into India’s southern coast early on Thursday, uprooting trees and power lines but there were no immediate reports of loss of life or extensive damage to property. Cyclone Nivar made landfall near the city of

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