Danisha Hakeem

NTU and NUS rank in top 20 universities worldwide, best universities in Asia

Two of Singapore’s public universities are ranked among the top 20 universities worldwide, according to Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings for 2019 released earlier this month. The National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have also jointly secured a place at the top of the world-renowned higher education consultancy’s list of Asia’s best universities in the …

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Taiwan’s legislative body passes resolution in support of Hong Kongers’ opposition to extradition Bill

The Legislative Yuan, Taiwan’s lawmaking body, has passed a resolution urging the government of Hong Kong to withdraw its divisive extradition Bill. The resolution, which was passed on Mon (18 Jun) after negotiations during an extraordinary meeting, also called upon the city’s government to “listen to its people with humility and minimize conflict”. “Hong Kong people have voiced their concerns …

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Hong Kong govt offices reopen after temporary closure following rally on Sun

A day after closing down its offices in central Hong Kong in the aftermath of a massive protest against the contentious extradition Bill last Sunday, the city’s government has called upon its staff to resume operations today (18 Jun). “As the roads in the vicinity of the the Central Government Offices (CGO), Tamar have generally become accessible, the CGO will …

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Carrie Lam should announce full withdrawal of extradition Bill: Hong Kong former secretary for transport and housing Anthony Cheung

Hong Kong’s former secretary for transport and housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung has urged Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to announce the full withdrawal of the city’s controversial extradition Bill by Tuesday morning (18 Jun), as she is scheduled to chair a weekly meeting of the Executive Council. Prof Cheung told South China Morning Post in an interview on Mon …

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Hong Kong central govt offices close for a day in preparation for workers’ strike, following massive rally on Sunday

Hong Kong’s central government offices will be closed today (17 Jun) as the city prepares itself for workers going on strike, following Sunday’s massive rally against the controversial extradition Bill. An official notice was issued regarding the closure, which read: “As the access roads in the vicinity of the Central Government Offices (CGO) are blocked, CGO will still be temporarily …

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Indonesia’s Constitutional Court to hold hearing of Prabowo’s legal challenge against Jokowi’s Presidential Election victory on Tuesday

Indonesia’s Constitutional Court has allowed the hearing of opposition former presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto’s lawsuit against his political opponent President Joko Widodo, who remains keen on challenging the latter’s victory in the archipelagic nation’s Presidential Election held in Apr. The Straits Times reported that the court has decided to schedule a hearing next Tue (18 Jun), a day later than …

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Lawyer Jeffrey Ong slapped with eight new charges over alleged forgery

Lawyer Jeffrey Ong Su Aun, who was arrested by Malaysian police in Kuala Lumpur last month upon the Singapore Police Force Commercial Affairs Department (CAD)’s request, was slapped with eight new charges for forgery under Section 468 of the Penal Code. The Business Times reported that the new charges arose after new police reports alleging his involvement in additional unauthorised transactions …

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Hong Kong’s legislature postpones debate on extradition bill for third time following “violent” clashes between police and protesters

Hong Kong’s lawmakers have postponed a reading of the controversial extradition bill for the third time on Thu (13 Jun) in the wake of clashes between the police and the tens of thousands of protesters in Admiralty a day before. South China Morning Post reported that a circular has been issued by the secretariat on behalf of president Andrew Leung …

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Ecuador legalises same-sex marriages in landmark ruling

After over a week of postponing its decision on the legality of same-sex marriages, Ecuador’s apex court has issued a ruling in favour of same-sex marriages on Wed (12 Jun), following two lawsuits by two same-sex couples intending to wed. Five out of the nine judges presiding over the closed hearing in the Latin American nation’s constitutional court voted to …

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