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  • COVID-19 impact: Hong Kong suspends flights connecting India from April 20 to May 3 Apr 18, 2021 11:18 PM IST

    COVID-19 impact: Hong Kong suspends flights connecting India from April 20 to May 3

    Apart from India, the Hong Kong government has also suspended flights to and from Pakistan as well as the Philippines from April 20 to May 3.

  • Hong Kong and Macau suspend Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine over 'flawed' vials Mar 24, 2021 07:58 AM IST

    Hong Kong and Macau suspend Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine over 'flawed' vials

    The statements from Hong Kong and Macau did not give any details on how the packaging was defective.

  • COVID-19 update | Hong Kong orders compulsory coronavirus testing after gym cluster hits financial community Mar 13, 2021 09:57 PM IST

    COVID-19 update | Hong Kong orders compulsory coronavirus testing after gym cluster hits financial community

    The city's government said 35 of the new cases were related to the outbreak at Ursus Fitness, a gym in the city's Sai Ying Pun district.

  • China moves to overhaul Hong Kong politics, squeezing democratic opposition Mar 11, 2021 07:57 PM IST

    China moves to overhaul Hong Kong politics, squeezing democratic opposition

    Currently half of the 70 seats in the Legislative Council, known as LegCo, are directly elected, a proportion which will shrink with the extra seats picked by the electoral committee. The other half represents industries, unions, and professions and is largely stacked with pro-Beijing figures.

  • Baidu looks to raise $3.03 billion in Hong Kong listing Mar 11, 2021 07:47 PM IST

    Baidu looks to raise $3.03 billion in Hong Kong listing

    The shares will be priced at no more than HK$295 per share for retail shareholders and represent 3.4% of the company's total shares, it said in documents sent to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Chinese lawmakers endorse tighter control over Hong Kong Mar 11, 2021 02:29 PM IST

    Chinese lawmakers endorse tighter control over Hong Kong

    The National People’s Congress voted 2,895-0, with one abstention, to endorse changes that would give a pro-Beijing committee power to appoint more of Hong Kong’s lawmakers, reducing the number elected by the public.

  • Freedom House downgrades India to 'partly free' Mar 04, 2021 03:16 PM IST

    Freedom House downgrades India to 'partly free'

    The democracy research institute, which is independent but receives US funding, pointed to mob violence against Muslims, intimidation of journalists and rising judicial interference since Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party won power in 2014.

  • Hong Kong police charges 47 pro-democracy activists with security crime Feb 28, 2021 01:28 PM IST

    Hong Kong police charges 47 pro-democracy activists with security crime

    Last month 55 of the city's best-known democracy campaigners were arrested in a series of dawn raids.

  • Hong Kong's move to overhaul broadcaster fans fears of media crackdown Feb 20, 2021 10:36 AM IST

    Hong Kong's move to overhaul broadcaster fans fears of media crackdown

    The government issued a 157-page report accusing Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), an outlet that has often reported critically on officials, of lacking transparency and objectivity.

  • Chinese Year of Ox puts spotlight on Hong Kong's wild bovines Feb 09, 2021 02:22 PM IST

    Chinese Year of Ox puts spotlight on Hong Kong's wild bovines

    The Chinese Year of the Ox began on February 5 and in the shadow of Hong Kong's futuristic urban skyline, wild bovines are getting some love. Cattle and water buffalo embody hard work and serenity in the 12-animal Chinese zodiac, and were used on Hong Kong farms for centuries to plough rice fields, pull carts and provide milk and meat. But as farms began to shut down in the 1970s, many animals were abandoned and their descendants became the wild cattle and buffalos now commonly seen in rural Hong Kong.

  • Thousands flee Hong Kong for UK, fearing China crackdown Jan 31, 2021 10:32 PM IST

    Thousands flee Hong Kong for UK, fearing China crackdown

    The moves are expected to accelerate now that 5 million Hong Kongers are eligible to apply for visas to Britain, allowing them to live, work and study there and eventually apply to become British citizens.

  • 72-year-old Scotch whisky fetches over $54,000 in auction Jan 29, 2021 07:10 PM IST

    72-year-old Scotch whisky fetches over $54,000 in auction

    The whisky, the oldest from the Glen Grant distillery, is in a Dartington crystal decanter with an American black walnut presentation box.

  • Kuaishou IPO: ByteDance's Chinese rival mulls raising $5.4 billion Jan 25, 2021 04:26 PM IST

    Kuaishou IPO: ByteDance's Chinese rival mulls raising $5.4 billion

    Kuaishou's valuation may double after its Hong Kong IPO and reach at $60.9 billion, up from the $28.6 billion it achieved in a funding round last year.

  • Hong Kong locks down thousands for compulsory COVID-19 testing Jan 23, 2021 10:34 AM IST

    Hong Kong locks down thousands for compulsory COVID-19 testing

    Hong Kong's government said there are 70 buildings in the "restricted area" and that it aims to finish the COVID-19 testing process within about 48 hours, so that people can start getting to work on January 24.

  • Hong Kong extends work from home for civil servants until January 27 Jan 19, 2021 05:36 PM IST

    Hong Kong extends work from home for civil servants until January 27

    The COVID-19 restrictions come ahead of Lunar New Year festivities which have been curtailed for a second consecutive year and are expected to keep any protests or other opposition activities figures at bay.

  • In wheelchair, paraplegic Lai Chi-wai climbs up skyscraper in Hong Kong Jan 17, 2021 04:36 PM IST

    In wheelchair, paraplegic Lai Chi-wai climbs up skyscraper in Hong Kong

    The 37-year-old climber, whose car accident 10 years ago left him paralysed from waist down, could not make it to the top of the 300 metre-tall Nina Tower on the Kowloon peninsula.

  • A quarantine nightmare: Three weeks in a hotel, if you can find one Jan 07, 2021 11:06 PM IST

    A quarantine nightmare: Three weeks in a hotel, if you can find one

    At a time when global travel has been disrupted in myriad ways, Hong Kong’s policy stands out for its length and the confusion it has unleashed. Some travelers who had already booked two-week hotel slots said they had tried to secure an extension, only to have the entire reservation canceled.

  • COVID-19 impact | Hong Kong extends face-to-face school closures until mid-February 2021 Jan 04, 2021 04:42 PM IST

    COVID-19 impact | Hong Kong extends face-to-face school closures until mid-February 2021

    Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung said all kindergartens and schools would suspend face-to-face teaching until after the Lunar Year Holiday which ends on Feb. 15.

  • No snake soup for Hong Kong's young snake catcher Jan 02, 2021 07:15 PM IST

    No snake soup for Hong Kong's young snake catcher

    Like many other snake catchers in the city, Lee is self-taught. He first started handling snakes at the age of 17, when he worked as an apprentice in a Hong Kong snake shop.

  • One Good Thing: Hong Kong street refrigerator keeps giving Dec 25, 2020 03:26 PM IST

    One Good Thing: Hong Kong street refrigerator keeps giving

    The door of the fridge sitting outside a hockey academy opens to reveal it is stuffed with packets of instant noodles, biscuits, tins of food and even socks and towels for anyone who may need them.

  • Xiaomi's market valuation crosses $100 billion mark: Report Dec 23, 2020 04:39 PM IST

    Xiaomi's market valuation crosses $100 billion mark: Report

    Xiaomi's stock picked up as much as 9.1 percent on Wednesday at the Hong Kong stock exchange, making it as 13th stock in the city’s benchmark Hang Seng Index to have a market capitalisation above $100 billion.

  • GIC Pte partners with ESR Cayman for $750 million JV for investment in industrial, logistics realty in India Dec 22, 2020 04:06 PM IST

    GIC Pte partners with ESR Cayman for $750 million JV for investment in industrial, logistics realty in India

    Under the new joint venture, a 2.2 million sq ft build-to-core asset near Mumbai and Thane will be seeded, after relevant regulatory approvals.

  • Leaving Hong Kong - A family makes a wrenching decision Dec 21, 2020 06:51 PM IST

    Leaving Hong Kong - A family makes a wrenching decision

    Since the imposition of the national security law, there has been a broad crackdown. Leading pro-democracy activists have been arrested, some democratic lawmakers have been disqualified, activists have fled into exile, and protest slogans and songs have been declared illegal.

  • India may relax scrutiny of deals for non-Chinese investors from Hong Kong soon: Report Dec 21, 2020 05:37 PM IST

    India may relax scrutiny of deals for non-Chinese investors from Hong Kong soon: Report

    As per the proposals, beneficial owners from nations sharing a land border with India will have to mandatorily seek the Centre's approval to acquire over 10 percent stake in any local firm.

  • Hong Kong to ban flights from Britain over new virus strain: Health Chief Dec 21, 2020 01:40 PM IST

    Hong Kong to ban flights from Britain over new virus strain: Health Chief

    "From midnight there will be no more passenger flights arriving in Hong Kong from the United Kingdom," health secretary Sophia Chan told reporters

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