Daily Archives: 2019-11-20

SOS: Diehards hold out at Hong Kong campus as foreign pressure rises

by Nicolas ASFOURI / Ayaka MCGILL Dozens of pro-democracy protesters stood firm within a besieged Hong Kong university on Wednesday, where an “SOS” sign was laid out as supporters took up calls to distract police surrounding the campus by disrupting city transport. The four-day standoff between demonstrators and police at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) rippled overseas, with the UN’s …

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Arrests ordered in Philippines vaping ban

Just hours after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced he would ban e-cigarette use, police were ordered on Wednesday to begin arresting people caught vaping in public and to confiscate the devices. The abrupt prohibition, revealed by Duterte late Tuesday, adds to a growing global backlash against a product once promoted as less harmful than smoking. Duterte called the devices “toxic” …

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China foreign ministry lambasts US Senate’s passing of “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy” bill, citing interference in China’s internal affairs

The People’s Republic of China’s foreign ministry has strongly criticised the United States, following the Senate’s passing of a bill that supports the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Geng Shuang, a spokesperson from the ministry, said in a statement on Wed (20 Nov) that China “strongly condemns and opposes” the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act”, and that the …

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‘Barbarians’: Inside Chinese media coverage of Hong Kong

by Patrick BAERT In China’s state-run media, protests that have rocked Hong Kong for almost six months are the work of bloodthirsty “barbarians” or “terrorists” backed by foreign forces. Coverage of the unrest in China, where the Communist Party strictly controls the narrative of all issues it deems sensitive, is in stark contrast to that seen in the West. Western …

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Indian IT experts at FinTech Festival want SG to setup $billion funding arrangement for Indian start-ups

According to a report from an Indian news media on Monday (18 Nov), 2 Indian “IT experts” want Singapore to put in place a billion-dollar funding arrangement for investments in Indian start-ups that are supposedly poised for exponential growth (‘Singapore should put in place billion dollar funding arrangement for Indian start-ups: Experts‘). Girija Pande, Chairman of Apex Avalon Consulting, and …

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“PMD ban evidences poor policy planning model” – SPP’s Jose Raymond

On Tuesday (19 November), the newly-elected chairman of Singapore People’s Party (SPP) Jose Raymond took to his Facebook to conclude that the sudden ban of personal mobility devices (PMDs) earlier this month shows that the Government failed to look at “stakeholder engagement and consensus building in policy making”. This is because nearly 7000 food delivery riders were not aware of …

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Chan says government shares Singaporeans’ concerns with job competition and prospects

Earlier this month (9 Nov), Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing warned people not to “stoke fears” online with regard to the Singapore-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) which was signed between both countries in 2005. He said claims that CECA has cost job opportunities for Singaporeans are aimed to “stoke fears” in times of economic uncertainties. CECA does …

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OHCHR urges Hong Kong’s authorities to take accountability for alleged police brutality against protesters, reiterates condemnation of violence from both sides

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Tue on (19 Nov) has called for accountability not only against individuals who have perpetuated violence in the Hong Kong protests, but also in relation to allegations of police brutality. Stating that the OHCHR is “deeply concerned at the risk of further escalation of violence in Hong Kong”, Rupert …

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