August 05, 2020 - Mumbai, India, Asia - India's federal investigating agency will probe the death of a Bollywood actor, a government prosecutor told the country's top court on Wednesday, in the latest twist to a murky case that has dominated news and social media cycles in the country for more than a month.
August 05, 2020 - Seoul, South Korea, Asia - South Korean officials are working to keep more than a thousand people displaced by heavy rain safe and healthy with anti-coronavirus measures at crowded shelters as the government weighed declaring disaster zones on Wednesday.
August 05, 2020 - Beijing, China (PRC), Asia - China is looking to reduce its reliance on overseas markets and technology for its economic development, government advisers say, as U.S. hostility and a global pandemic increase external risks that could hamper longer-term progress.
August 05, 2020 - Tokyo, Japan, Asia - Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Wednesday economic activity could be constrained "significantly" again if strict public health measures are reinstated to prevent a further spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
August 05, 2020 - Sydney, Australia, Asia, Oceania - As countries scramble to test for the novel coronavirus, a Chinese company has become a go-to name around the world. BGI Group, described in one 2015 study as "Goliath" in the fast-growing field of genomics research, is using an opening created by the pandemic to expand its footprint globally by distributing test kits. But the company is also sending out gene-sequencing technology that U.S. security officials say could threaten national security.
August 04, 2020 – Mumbai, India, Asia - India's top private-sector lender HDFC Bank has received the approval to name insider Sashidhar Jagdishan its chief executive officer, the bank said on Tuesday, as it steers itself through the coronavirus downturn.
August 04, 2020 – Beijing, China (PRC), Asia - China is lagging far behind the $25.3 billion energy purchase target set in the Sino-U.S. phase 1 trade deal, and it's unlikely to make any significant progress in the rest five month due to plunging energy prices and escalating bilateral relation.
August 04, 2020 – Bangkok, Thailand, Asia - Flash floods killed at least two people and swept through hundreds of houses in northern Thailand, authorities said after tropical storm Sinlaku dumped heavy rains on 18 provinces over the weekend. Muddy, waist-high waters poured into homes in rural areas on Sunday. Soldiers used small boats to rescue villagers and handed out aid packs in Loei, the worst-hit province.
August 04, 2020 – Mumbai, India, Asia - Authorities issued a red alert and warned people not to venture out in Mumbai after heavy overnight rains in India's financial capital caused water-logging and disrupted traffic.
August 04, 2020 – Manila, Philippines, Asia - Residents in the Philippine capital are coming to terms with the challenges of a sudden re-imposition of stricter lockdown protocols from midnight Monday after several days of reporting record coronavirus infections. The measures will dash hopes of a swifter economic recovery and will mean a grim return to stay-home orders and strict curbs on transport, movement and commerce for millions of Filipinos, stemming from a plea from doctors for tighter measures to save hospitals from collapse.