Elsewhere, Benchmark Brent crude oil futures rose above US$30 a barrel on Friday after soaring as much as 47 percent in the previous session, on expectations of a huge global supply cut deal to support prices. … [Read more...] about SE Asia Stocks-Thailand posts best week since 2015 on oil surge; Singapore down
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A study by the London-based Centre for Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases released last week estimates that as few as 2% of Indonesia's coronavirus infections have been reported. That would bring the true number to more than 89,000 but a serious lack of testing, as with many other nations, means we will never be sure. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Indonesia grapples with fear of a hidden virus surge
VN education ministry agrees to cut back teaching programs due to school closure The Ministry of Education and Training has allowed education departments to cut curricula taught in primary, secondary and high schools due to the prolonged school closure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. … [Read more...] about How are foreign teachers earning their living in the COVID-19 crisis?
A number of non-profit projects have been initiated by young people across Vietnam to promote traditional art forms while keeping their values intact. These include a project on hát bội or Vietnamese classical opera, featuring more than 40 artists and approximately 100 volunteers working in different fields. The organizers wanted to invite art and culture enthusiasts to join a variety of activities, including a contemporary exhibition, a performance, and workshops. "It’s very encouraging that there is a growing number of young Vietnamese who are passionate about exploring traditional arts and developing their values. I’m very proud to be part of their projects and happy to see how creative and passionate they are," Emeritus Artist Thanh Loc told VOV. It has never been easy to draw young people’s attention to traditional art forms amid strong foreign cultural influences. At a recent national festival, the organizers were pleasantly surprised by the … [Read more...] about Youngsters fuel hope for revival of traditional arts
The investigation, led by Pearl's friend and former Wall Street Journal colleague Asra Nomani and a Georgetown University professor, claimed the reporter was murdered by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the September 11 2001 attacks, not Omar Sheikh. … [Read more...] about Pakistan overturns Briton’s death sentence in Daniel Pearl murder