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SEOUL: When Ryu Han-na, a 20-year-old university student, got cosmetic surgery on her nose in mid-December, she had a simple reason: it might be the last chance to do so covertly before people start taking off masks this year as vaccines are distributed.
THE year 2020 will be remembered in history as a year everyone would rather forget. It will also be a year that will be remembered for one word but then again, there are multiple words to describe the year itself.
NEW DELHI: India is set to swing from being a cautious spender in 2020 to opening the fiscal floodgates as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to pull Asia’s third-biggest economy back from the worst of the pandemic.
HONG KONG (AFP): Asian markets mostly enjoyed more gains Wednesday (Dec 30) following the previous day's advances, with vaccine and economic recovery optimism helping investors look past a frightening surge in virus cases around the world.
HONG KONG (AFP): Asian markets mostly rose Tuesday (Dec 29) following a record-breaking lead from Wall Street as investors cheered the passage of a huge US stimulus bill, which has helped temper fears about surging coronavirus infections and a new, fast-spreading strain of the disease.
SEOUL (Reuters): South Korea unveiled a fresh 9.3 trillion won (US$8.49 billion) package on Tuesday (Dec 29) to support small businesses hit by a third wave of coronavirus and those vulnerable to unemployment due to the outbreak.
KUALA LUMPUR: There is a sense of hopefulness that comes with ushering in the new year and closing the books on 2020, especially with news of Covid-19 vaccine already being distributed all over the world.
HONG KONG (AFP): The pound extended gains Thursday (Dec 24) and equity markets mostly rose as Britain and the European Union finally homed in on a Brexit trade deal, while traders brushed off concerns about the US stimulus package after Donald Trump slammed it.
Counters tied to economic performance are back in favour as rebound picks up pace