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Hong Kong's jobless rate retreats from 17-year high
Hong Kong, April 23 (IANS) Hong Kong's jobless rate declined in the first quarter of this year as the pressure on the labor market began to ease due to an abating Covid-19 epidemic, official data showed.
2021-04-23
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK to temporarily ban flights from India, Pak, Philippines
Hong Kong, April 19 (IANS) The Hong Kong government has announced its decision to ban commercial passenger flights from India, Pakistan and the Philippines for 14 days from Tuesday as these countries were "extremely high-risk for Covid-19".
2021-04-19
Category: International, Hong Kong,Health/Medicine
HK-based airline bans Vivo phones post airport fire: Report
Hong Kong, April 13 (IANS) After cargo pallets containing Vivo Y20 smartphones caught fire at Hong Kong airport this week, a major cargo airline has reportedly announced a ban on Vivo phones.
2021-04-13
Category: International, Hong Kong,Technology
10,242 arrested over HK social unrest
Hong Kong, April 9 (IANS) The Hong Kong government's Department of Justice said that 10,242 people have been arrested between June 9, 2019 and February 28, 2021 over the social unrest in city, of which 2,521 are undergoing judicial proceedings.
2021-04-09
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
Number of multi-millionaires in Hong Kong reaches new high
Hong Kong, April 9 (IANS) A survey released by Citibank Hong Kong showed that the number of multi-millionaires in Hong Kong has reached 515,000, up 2.18 per cent compared with the previous survey released in September last year.
2021-04-09
Category: International, Hong Kong,Business/Economy
4 jailed for rioting, illegal assembly at HK airport
Hong Kong, April 1 (IANS) Four men involved in the 2019 rioting and illegal assembly at the Hong Kong International Airport were sentenced to imprisonment for 13 to 45 months by a local court.
2021-04-01
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK to ease some Covid curbe
Hong Kong, March 29 (IANS) Hong Kong will ease some Covid-19 control measures from leisure facility closures to travel restrictions as new infections have continued to drop and an increasing number of residents have received the vaccine, a top official said here on Monday.
2021-03-29
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
'Most rated infra and project finance Cos can manage bond refinancing risks through 2023'
Hong Kong, March 25 (IANS) Most rated infrastructure and project finance companies can manage their bond refinancing risks through 2023, because the bond maturities are highly skewed towards investment-grade companies, which tend to have strong access to funding, Moody's Investors Service said in a research report on Thursday.
2021-03-25
Category: International, Hong Kong,Business/Economy
'Most rated infra and project finance Cos can manage bond refinancing risks through 2023'
Hong Kong, March 25 (IANS) Most rated infrastructure and project finance companies can manage their bond refinancing risks through 2023, because the bond maturities are highly skewed towards investment-grade companies, which tend to have strong access to funding, Moody's Investors Service said in a research report on Thursday.
2021-03-25
Category: International, Hong Kong,Business/Economy
Strong smartphone biz helps Xiaomi log solid growth in 2020
Hong Kong, March 24 (IANS) Xiaomi on Wednesday reported a robust performance driven by its smartphone business last year, with a total revenue of 245.9 billion yuan (nearly $37.7 billion) which is an increase of 19.4 per cent (on-year) and net profit of 13 billion yuan (nearly $2 billion).
2021-03-24
Category: International, Hong Kong,Business/Economy,Technology
HK's Lam receives 2nd Covid shot
Hong Kong, March 22 (IANS) Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam was administered the second shot of the Covid-19 vaccine on Monday after which she urged residents of the city to actively get the jab in an effort to return to normal lives soon.
2021-03-22
Category: International, Hong Kong,Health/Medicine
2mn signatures collected to improve HK's electoral system
Hong Kong, March 22 (IANS) More than 2 million signatures were collected in Hong Kong in support of improving the city's electoral system during an 11-day campaign.
2021-03-22
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK probes death of chronically ill man after inoculation
Hong Kong, March 3 (IANS) Hong Kong's public health authorities are investigating the death of a chronically ill man with two days after he received the first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine, the Department of Health said on Wednesday.
2021-03-03
Category: International, Hong Kong,Health/Medicine
47 HK activists charged with 'subversion'
Hong Kong, March 1 (IANS) Police in Hong Kong have charged 47 activists, who were arrested in January, for "conspiring to subvert state power".
2021-03-01
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK reports 33 new Covid cases, tally over 10K
Hong Kong, Feb 27 (IANS) Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection (CHP) on Saturday reported 33 fresh Covid infections, taking the tally to 10,983.
2021-02-27
Category: International, Hong Kong,Health/Medicine,Politics
Hong Kong launches mass Covid-19 vaccination drive
Hong Kong, Feb 26 (IANS) Hong Kong started the Covid-19 vaccine rollout on Friday for priority groups, including medical workers and the aged, a week after the arrival of the first batch of mainland-made doses.
2021-02-26
Category: International, Hong Kong,Health/Medicine
Mainland-made Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines arrive in Hong Kong
Hong Kong, Feb 19 (IANS) The first batch of mainland-manufactured Covid-19 vaccines arrived in Hong Kong on Friday afternoon, which, as the first vaccines available here, will enable the financial hub to start inoculating its residents next week.
2021-02-19
Category: International, Hong Kong,Health/Medicine
Hong Kong approves Sinovac's vaccine for emergency use
Hong Kong, Feb 18 (IANS) The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on Thursday gave nod to the emergency use of the inactivated vaccine produced by Sinovac Biotech, two days after a panel of experts recommended the vaccine to the authorities.
2021-02-18
Category: International, Hong Kong,Health/Medicine
HK's daily Covid cases fall below 10, new low in months
Hong Kong, Feb 15 (IANS) Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection (CHP) on Monday reported nine fresh Covid-19 cases, a new low in about three months.
2021-02-15
Category: International, Hong Kong,Health/Medicine,Politics
HK govt official predicts jobless rate to surpass 7%
Hong Kong, Feb 14 (IANS) Law Chi-kwong, Secretary for Labour and Welfare of the Hong Kong government, predicted on Sunday that the upcoming jobless rate for the past three months will surpass 7 per cent.
2021-02-14
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK to invest $12.9bn annually on infrastructure projects
Hong Kong, Feb 14 (IANS) The Hong Kong government will invest over HK$100 billion ($12.9 billion) annually in infrastructure projects during the next several years, Financial Secretary Paul Chan said on Sunday.
2021-02-14
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK mulls relaxation of social distancing after Lunar NY holiday
Hong Kong, Feb 14 (IANS) Hong Kong is considering easing some social distancing measures to allow people's lives return to normalcy after the Lunar New Year holiday on condition that there is no major change in the pandemic situation, an official said on Sunday.
2021-02-14
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HKTB launches virtual event ahead of CNY to promote Hong Kong tourism
Hong Kong, Feb 10 (IANS) In a bid to accelerate its promotional efforts as part of the post-Covid-19 tourism-recovery plan, the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has announced its first global fan-engagement programme called Hong Kong Super Fans.
2021-02-10
Category: International, Hong Kong,Human Interest/Society,Lifestyle/Fashion,Technology
HK media mogul Jimmy Lai to remain in custody
Hong Kong, Feb 9 (IANS) Hong Kongs top court on Tuesday ordered media tycoon Jimmy Lai to remain in custody before his trial on charges of fraud and colluding with foreign forces.
2021-02-09
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
Hong Kong strives to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050
Hong Kong, Feb 7 (IANS) In the wake of the of challenges brought by global climate change, Hong Kong's finance chief Paul Chan said on Sunday that the city strives to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and a long-term strategy to reach this goal will be announced in mid-2021.
2021-02-07
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
Jimmy Lai's lawyers ask for extra time over plea
Hong Kong, Feb 6 (IANS) The lawyers of Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai have asked for extra time to decide on a plea pending a verdict of a case related to an anti-government protest, according to media reports.
2021-02-06
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK lifts curbs from virus-stricken area as mandatory testing ends
Hong Kong, Jan 25 (IANS) Hong Kong has lifted restrictions from a coronavirus-stricken area in the Kowloon Peninsula after the mandatory Covid-19 screening for its residents was completed.
2021-01-25
Category: International, Hong Kong,Health/Medicine
Hong Kong's unemployment rate hits 16-yr high
Hong Kong, Jan 19 (IANS) Hong Kong's unemployment rate hit a 16-year high in the period between October-December 2020 as the fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic further compounded the city's labour market situation, official data revealed on Tuesday.
2021-01-19
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK finance chief warns of unemployment rate spike
Hong Kong, Jan 17 (IANS) Paul Chan, financial secretary of the Hong Kong government, said here on Sunday that the unemployment rate in the city will climb further as businesses and workers are still struggling amid the raging Covid-19 epidemic.
2021-01-17
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
China blocks 2 WHO team members after failed Covid test
Hong Kong, Jan 14 (IANS) As the World Health Organisation (WHO) team landed in Wuhan on Thursday to study the cause of the Covid-19 outbreak, China blocked two members of the 13-member international team from travelling to the epicentre of the pandemic after they failed the coronavirus antibody test in Singapore.
2021-01-14
Category: International, Hong Kong,National,Diplomacy,Health/Medicine
Prominent HK pro-democracy activist arrested
Hong Kong, Jan 8 (IANS) Joshua Wong, a prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activist, was arrested on Friday over "subverting the state power" under the national security law which China imposed in the city last year.
2021-01-08
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
3 in Hong Kong convicted over assaulting journalist
Hong Kong, Jan 6 (IANS) The district court of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Wednesday convicted three people arrested for assaulting Fu Guohao, a journalist from the Beijing-based Global Times newspaper, in August 2019.
2021-01-06
Category: International, Hong Kong,Crime/Disaster/Accident
HK to expand community testing, says Carrie Lam
Hong Kong, Dec 26 (IANS) Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced that the city government will expand community testing in order to identify silent carriers of the novel coronavirus as soon as possible and break transmission chains.
2020-12-26
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK extends Covid-19 quarantine for overseas arrivals
Hong Kong, Dec 26 (IANS) Visitors who have been to places outside China in the past three weeks will be put in compulsory quarantine at designated hotels for 21 days upon arrival in Hong Kong, instead of 14 days as previously required.
2020-12-26
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK tightens quarantine measures for visitors
Hong Kong, Dec 25 (IANS) Hong Kong has imposed stricter quarantine measures for visitors from places outside China as the city's Covid-19 pandemic situation was still severed with 71 new cases reported in 24 hours.
2020-12-25
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
Casino city Macau to host Las Vegas alternative of CES in 2021
Hong Kong, Dec 22 (IANS) Asias casino capital Macau is planning to host a tech fair next year that will aim to match the famous consumer electronics show (CES) held annually in Las Vegas, the media reported on Tuesday.
2020-12-22
Category: International, Hong Kong,Technology
HK to further tighten social distancing measures
Hong Kong, Dec 8 (IANS) Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday announced that in view of the worsening Covid-19 pandemic situation, social distancing measures will be further tightened, including the banning of dine-in services in restaurants after 6 p.m.
2020-12-08
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK's 4th Covid-19 wave could last till 2021: Experts
Hong Kong, Dec 7 (IANS) A fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic in Hong Kong due to a number of untraceable confirmed cases was getting worse and could last until 2021, experts said on Monday.
2020-12-07
Category: International, Hong Kong,Health/Medicine
HK media mogul denied bail in fraud case
Hong Kong, Dec 3 (IANS) Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai was denied bail on Thursday after he was charged with fraud and is likely to spend Christmas behind bars.
2020-12-03
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
Xiaomi logs record sales in Q3, smartphone biz shines again
Hong Kong, Nov 24 (IANS)  Xiaomi on Tuesday announced its third quarter results, beating industry estimates with record revenue and net profit riding on the stellar performance of its smartphone business.
2020-11-24
Category: International, Hong Kong,Technology
HK officials urge vigilance as new Covid-19 cases hit new high
Hong Kong, Nov 23 (IANS) The number of new confirmed Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong has reached a new high in over three months, prompting the city government to roll out more stringent measures to curb further spreading of the virus.
2020-11-23
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK tightens social distancing measures
Hong Kong, Nov 21 (IANS) Hong Kong has moved to tighten social distancing measures in response to a resurgence in new Covid-19 cases, with the city's Chief Executive Carrie Lam describing the situation as "fairly severe".
2020-11-21
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK suspends face-to-face classes amid worsening pandemic
Hong Kong, Nov 20 (IANS) Face-to-face classes for grade 1-3 primary school students in Hong Kong will be suspended from November 23 to December 6 as the Covid-19 situation in the city has worsened rapidly, the government said on Friday.
2020-11-20
Category: International, Hong Kong,Education,Politics
Cathay Pacific axes flights to NY, London, Washington
Hong Kong, Nov 17 (IANS) Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific has axed seven loss-making international routes, including New York, Washington, Brussels and London, as they were all losing money in the wake of flight suspensions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a source said on Tuesday.
2020-11-17
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK to inspect 2,500 buildings after fatal blaze
Hong Kong, Nov 17 (IANS) The Hong Kong government on Tuesday said it will complete the inspection of some 2,500 domestic or composite buildings aged 60 or above by the end of this year in the aftermath of a deadly fire that killed seven people.
2020-11-17
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
7 killed in Hong Kong building fire
Hong Kong, Nov 16 (IANS) At least seven people were killed and several others critically injured after a fire engulfed a tenement building in Hong Kong, the city government said on Monday.
2020-11-16
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Desperation of Kashmir separatists (COLUMN: Spy's Eye)
The annulment of Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution by the Indian Parliament in August last year shocked the pro-Pak Hurriyat Conference and the Valley-based political parties alike as it basically ended the era of their collusion that was dictated by their own vested interests -- the latter running the state as a fiefdom where the former would be allowed to merrily continue playing the Pak hand and subverting India's case. The rants of NC and PDP leaders against the deployment of the Army in Jammu and Kashmir always looked duplicitous because they never condemned Pakistan for pumping in Mujahideen into the Valley in the name of Jihad, did not shed their communal approach in not treating all subjects of the state on the same footing and did not discharge their administrative responsibility of taking action against Pak agents who were behind the forcible eviction of Pandits from the Valley and more recently the organised stone pelting that was meant to build the old narrative of the state witnessing 'popular discontent' against the Centre.
2020-11-15
Category: International, Hong Kong,National
HK steps up anti-pandemic efforts amid untraceable cases
Hong Kong, Nov 15 (IANS) Hong Kong has stepped up anti-pandemic efforts with strengthened social distancing measures as untraceable Covid-19 cases were reported for a fourth straight day.
2020-11-15
Category: International, Hong Kong,Health/Medicine
'US interference in Hong Kong affairs unacceptable, barbaric'
Hong Kong, Nov 11 (IANS) Matthew Cheung, Acting Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), said that the so-called sanctions imposed by the United States on four Chinese mainland and Hong Kong officials are barbaric interference in the affairs of Hong Kong and its motherland.
2020-11-11
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK to extend social distancing measures for 7 days
Hong Kong, Nov 10 (IANS) Hong Kong's Acting Chief Executive Matthew Cheung announced on Tuesday the city's existing Covid-19 social distancing measures due to expire on Thursday will be extended for another seven days.
2020-11-10
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics