Jeremy Lin joins Dwight Howard in Taiwan, signs with P. League’s Kaohsiung

MANILA, Philippines – The stars keep getting bigger and bigger in Taiwan’s pro basketball leagues. Months after Dwight Howard joined the Taoyuan Leopards and catapulted the T1 League’s popularity outside Asia, the Kaohsiung Steelers of the P. League+ (PLG) are now set for their own surge of popularity after signing NBA champion Jeremy Lin on Thursday, […]

Toyota boss bows out on news outlet he trusts – his own

When the head of Toyota announced on Thursday he would step down as CEO, Akio Toyoda opted for the news outlet he sees as the fairest source of information on the automaker’s environmental record: his own. For the last three years, the 66-year-old has built up the “Toyota Times”, hiring Japanese journalists and ramping up […]

Thailand’s ruling party picks veteran kingmaker Prawit as PM candidate

BANGKOK, Thailand – Thailand’s ruling pro-military Palang Pracharat party has chosen political veteran and former army chief Prawit Wongsuwon as its prime minister candidate, a senior official said on Friday, January 27, as parties gear up for an election that must be held by May. Prawit, an adept political dealmaker in Thailand’s conservative establishment and […]

Alibaba, Tencent ‘golden shares’: China is pulling different strings to control Big Tech

Hong Kong CNN  —  Investors have raced back into Chinese tech stocks this year, encouraged by an apparent truce in a two-year battle between some of the country’s most powerful regulators and its biggest internet companies. But the enthusiasm may prove to be premature; Beijing is tightening its grip on household names such as Alibaba […]

UN expresses concern on banning female employees at NGOs in Afghanistan

Photo for representation. AP New Delhi: UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths has said that the UN agencies will not be able to operate smoothly if female employees cannot go back to work. According to a report in the Tolo News, Martin Griffiths Afghanistan. Meanwhile, a few days ago strong majority of the U.N. […]

Budget 2023: FM urged to boost women entrepreneurs, increase outlay to gender-focussed programs

Image of Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Twitter/ @BJP4Gujarat With an eye toward the 2030 deadline to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, The Strategic Plan 2022-2025, details how UN Women will catalyse urgent and sustained action to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls with 4 vital impact areas – ending violence […]

How UK’s cost-of-living crisis is pushing mothers to the breaking point

London: At an east London church on a bitterly cold winter’s day, Beautine Wester-Okiya picks her way through boxes of donated baby clothes, toys and other assorted items destined for local people battered by the UK’s cost-of-living crisis. It’s the frontline of something the special needs nurse could never have imagined before — dire poverty […]

Thailand’s ruling party picks veteran kingmaker Prawit as PM candidate

BANGKOK, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Thailand’s ruling pro-military Palang Pracharat party has chosen political veteran and former army chief Prawit Wongsuwon as its prime minister candidate, a senior official said on Friday, as parties gear up for an election that must be held by May. Prawit, an adept political dealmaker in Thailand’s conservative establishment and […]

Biden extends deportation protection for Hong Kong residents

US President Joe Biden. ANI Washington: President Joe Biden on Thursday signed off on a two-year extension of a program that protects Hong Kong residents in the U.S. from deportation, renewing the protection until January 2025. Biden first authorized the program, the Deferred Enforced Departure for Certain Hong Kong Citizens, in August 2021 for 18 […]

Hong Kong to ban CBD, categorises it a ‘dangerous drug’

Representational image. Flickr Hong Kong: Hong Kong will ban CBD starting Wednesday, categorising it as a “dangerous drug” and mandating harsh penalties for its smuggling, production and possession, customs authorities announced Friday. Supporters say CBD can treat a range of ailments including anxiety and that, unlike its more famous cousin THC — which is already […]

AI-Reimagined Portraits Of Ancient Powerful Rulers Of India

The AI-reimagined portrait of Chandragupta Maurya. (Image source: Twitter) On the 74th Republic Day, a Twitter thread showing the AI-reimagining of historic rulers created quite a stir on the internet. Ever imagined what some of the most powerful rulers of India looked like during their reigns? Well, the progress made by Artificial Intelligence (AI) is […]

South Korea extends restrictions on China arrivals amid concerns over post holiday COVID surge

Photo for representation. AFP New Delhi: South Korea said it will continue to restrict the entry of short-term travellers from China through the end of February over concerns that the spread of Covid-19 in that country may worsen following the Lunar New Year’s holidays. South Korea in early January stopped issuing most short-term visas at […]

Philippines to appeal ICC resumption of drug war probe

Former Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. AP Manila, Philippines: The Philippine government said Friday it intended to appeal an International Criminal Court decision to reopen an inquiry into Manila’s brutal anti-drug campaign, which left thousands dead. The Hague-based tribunal launched the enquiry in 2019 but suspended it later that year at the request of the government […]

Fight disinformation! Join the 2023 #FactsFirstPH video contest.

MANILA, Philippines – How can we put facts front and center at a time when disinformation is rampant on social media, and algorithms continue to amplify lies and hate? How can understanding media help in fighting disinformation? As part of its initiatives to promote media and information literacy, the #FactsFirstPH initiative, through Rappler’s civic engagement […]

‘Leapfrog’: Tips from experts on how to develop a mindset that helps employees thrive

Public Domain. Marie Kondo is so well known in Japan that she no longer rides the Tokyo metro. Soft-spoken and petite, Marie is a professional organiser who helps people declutter their homes. As a child after returning from school, Marie could barely wait to put her bag down before she began to find things to […]

Hong Kong to ban CBD, label it a ‘dangerous drug’

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong will ban CBD starting Wednesday, categorizing it as a “dangerous drug” and mandating harsh penalties for its smuggling, production and possession, customs authorities announced Friday. Supporters say CBD can treat a range of ailments including anxiety and that, unlike its more famous cousin THC — which is already illegal […]

Hong Kong to ban CBD, label it a ‘dangerous drug’

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong will ban CBD starting Wednesday, categorizing it as a “dangerous drug” and mandating harsh penalties for its smuggling, production and possession, customs authorities announced Friday. Supporters say CBD can treat a range of ailments including anxiety and that, unlike its more famous cousin THC — which is already illegal […]

Hong Kong to ban CBD, label it a ‘dangerous drug’

HONG KONG – Hong Kong will ban CBD starting Wednesday, categorizing it as a “dangerous drug” and mandating harsh penalties for its smuggling, production and possession, customs authorities announced Friday. Supporters say CBD can treat a range of ailments including anxiety and that, unlike its more famous cousin THC — which is already illegal in […]

Japan’s drainage canal has koi fish swimming in them

The video reveals a man recording a drainage system in Japan. Inside the drainage waters, a school of koi fish of various shapes, sizes, and colours can be seen swimming. If you talk about the most developed country in the world, Japan is surely in contention. From astounding skyscrapers to mesmerising robotics and mind-blowing automobile […]

Budget 2023-24 Expectation: Shift focus towards preventive healthcare

Representational image. Image courtesy: AFP/ Manjunath Kiran The public healthcare budget in India continues to be extremely low at less than 2 per cent of the GDP. Compare this to developed countries where spending stands at 10-15 percent. Although, the Ayushman Bharat program for public healthcare launched by the government is a good effort, this […]

Explained: How China’s economic slowdown could affect the rest of the world

The annual GDP growth of China fell to 3 per cent, much below the 5.5 per cent official target in 2022. AP Beijing: According to China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the annual GDP growth of the country fell to three per cent, much below the 5.5 per cent official target in 2022 and its economic […]

Barbs and beards from Babiš as crunch Czech election test looms

Barbs and beards from Babiš as crunch Czech election test looms Behind in the polls, the former PM has resorted to a no-holds-barred attack on his presidential rival, Petr Pavel The former Czech prime minister Andrej Babiš faces a potentially career-defining reckoning this weekend when voters deliver their verdict in a presidential election that polls […]

Woman decides to go for a walk on the busiest train tracks at Shibuya Station【Video】

Gives odd explanation for dangerous behavior. At pretty much any time of day or night, you’ll see a lot of people walking around Shibuya. It’s one of Tokyo’s most popular shopping, dining, and nightlife districts, after all. Shibuya is also one of the city’s prime fashion centers, with plenty of bold wardrobe choices on display. So, […]

15 pub quiz questions to test your general knowledge – January 27

Friday is finally upon us, which means its time for the weekly ECHO pub quiz. You can’t beat a good quiz and every week we put together our own version to really test your knowledge. From music, TV and film questions, to history, geography and science – there’s something to suit everyone. We all love […]

India coach Graham Reid says his contract will be reviewed

India men’s hockey team coach Graham Reid. Image: Hockey India Rourkela: Under-pressure Indian men’s hockey team head coach Graham Reid’s contract, which runs till 2024 Paris Olympics, could be under review at the end of the ongoing World Cup after the hosts made a shock exit from the showpiece before the quarterfinal stage. The Indian […]

India a ‘bright spot’ in world economy right now: Top UN economist

Geneva: India is a “bright spot” in the world economy currently and is on a “strong footing”, projected to grow at 6.7 per cent next year, a very high growth rate relative to other G20 member countries, a top UN economist said. These remarks were made by the Chief of the Global Economic Monitoring Branch, […]

Mike Pompeo terms India ‘wild card’ in Quad, says China’s aggressive actions caused India to join

Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has claimed that India, which has charted an independent course on foreign policy, was forced to change its strategic posture and join the four-nation Quad grouping due to China’s aggressive actions. India and China are locked in a lingering border standoff in eastern Ladakh for over 31 months. […]

Republic Day 2023: From Vicky Kaushal’s Sam Bahadur to Sidharth Malhotra’s Yodha to PAGES, content to look forward to

Republic Day 2023 : The popularity of movies from other genres is aside and the popularity of patriotic films and series is aside. The connection between the audience and the patriotism is something more than average. The movies & series not just give us a spine-chilling experience but also leaves us sobbing. Over the years […]