COVID-19 outbreak hits Asia; Tokyo, Thailand and Malaysia report record infections

The host city of the Olympic Games Tokyo, along with Thailand and Malaysia, announced record-breaking COVID-19 infections on Saturday, mainly due to the highly transmissible Delta variant of the disease. The increase in Delta variant cases is shaking parts of Asia that had been relatively successful in containing COVID-19, such as Vietnam, which will impose […]

COVID-19 residential eviction ban in US expires at midnight

A pandemic-linked US government ban on residential evictions was set to expire at midnight on Saturday, putting millions of US tenants at risk of being forced out of their homes. The U.S. House of Representatives adjourned on Friday without considering tenant protections after a Republican congressman blocked an offer to extend by unanimous consent until […]

e-RUPI: PM Modi will launch a new digital payment solution on August 2

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch a new digital payment solution – e-RUPI via videoconference on August 2. Emphasizing that Prime Minister Modi has always supported digital initiatives, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement that over the years many programs have been rolled out to ensure that benefits reach their intended beneficiaries […]