The Hanoi Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs has requested district People's Committees to screen 1.477 million employees eligible to receive the aids, of them 840,000 are people without labor contracts and have lost their jobs. Currently, the districts keep identifying the beneficiaries in accordance with the process and procedures. … [Read more...] about Latest Coronavirus News in Vietnam & Southeast Asia May 29
— RULES RELAXED FOR CHURCHES: Australia’s New South Wales state will allow larger religious gatherings starting Monday. Australia’s largest state changed its guidance after Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher noted the rules were unfairly more strict on churches than pubs. Their capacity limits will increase from 10 to 50 people from Monday. “It is crucial that worshipers remember to follow health advice,” especially people vulnerable to the virus, state Premier Gladys Berejiklian said. The state’s chief health officer, Kerry Chant, advised finding alternatives to church practices that might spread the virus, like singing, sharing books and passing around collection plates. … [Read more...] about Asia Today: Indonesians return to mosques, at a distance
Thailand is slowly starting to ease lockdown rules. While it is too premature to say whether the plastic waste levels are expected to go down, some delivery outlets have started offering bio-degradable containers and cutlery. Some online shopping companies are also giving the option of receiving packages without the use of plastic. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus aggravates Thailand’s plastic waste crisis
Cyclones, typhoons, hurricanes - the power of devastation A storm hits land When a tropical storm hits a coastline, it becomes weaker due to the lack of warm water. In Australia, "Marcia" was soon downgraded to a category one storm, while "Lam" weakened after striking near Brisbane. Masses of water from the sea often cause the worst damage - as seen here in China after Typhoon Nanmadol in August 2011. … [Read more...] about Cyclone Amphan: Is Bangladesh prepared?
As an example, Nariyanuri cited India where, after the government withdrew 500-rupee ($6.60) and 1,000-rupee notes from circulation in November 2016, a temporary cash crunch pushed Indians to opt for cashless payment. And, he said, while physical cash did eventually return, cashless transactions nonetheless continued to surge in India. … [Read more...] about SE Asia region adjusts to a cashless ‘new normal’