Modi’s world: Changing the terms of India’s global engagement

As the first year of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's second term draws to a close this week, his determination to change the terms of...

Regions prepare to spread wings again

As cases of Covid-19 begin to taper, it is natural that business travellers in the Asia-Pacific will want to fly again. For a region...

Covid-19: What workers should look out for during this period

You may have heard some of the horror stories. Out of the blue, an employee receives an e-mail from her employer, informing her that she...

Tweeter-in-chief Trump hands Facebook and Twitter a gift

If outrage is the business model of social media, then US President Donald Trump has just handed the shareholders of Twitter and Facebook another...

Prepare for an L-shaped recovery

June 1 is just around the corner. The number of community infections per day is down to single digits. The number of new cases in foreign...

The case for libertarian lockdowns

In March, an employee of a Melbourne bank was sacked after the bank concluded he had falsely claimed to be infected with the coronavirus,...

Celebrating in the right spirit

It is reasonable that the National Day Parade (NDP) executive committee is taking on board feedback that people should be able to opt out...

Gradual opening up after circuit breaker is wisest course for Singapore, say experts

Singapore has opted for phasing in the easing of circuit breaker measures over several weeks, perhaps even months, despite the fact that the number...

Hong Kong: Crisis or opportunity?

Every crisis brings its disaster as well as opportunity. If there can be cooperation and compromise, this pandemic is a good time to accept...

Time to wake up to Western media bias

Anyone without scales over his eyes and who has not succumbed to cerebral shampooing by the West will have realised by now that large...

How much should it cost to contain a pandemic?

Over the past week, protesters across the United States have held demonstrations to demand "liberation" from lockdown measures brought in by states to contain...

Fighting Covid-19 in the spirit of Ramadan

Yesterday was the first day of the Ramadan, and Muslims are fasting. Ramadan has always been a busy month, one which offers Muslims the opportunities...

Maintaining the lockdown and saving the economy are mutually compatible

"We can't have the cure be worse than the problem." Thus did US President Donald Trump capture a widely shared worry. Such a supposed...

Wishes for a post-pandemic future

My parents, both born-and-bred Singaporeans, have never flown the national carrier. Like many senior Singaporeans, they are frugal to a fault. They can afford the...

Gains from working in good company

Singapore's Best Employers 2020, a ranking of the 150 most attractive firms and institutions, reveals what makes a company attractive to its workers. Based...

Balancing needs and wants amid the outbreak

"Boba is life," some say. On Tuesday night, that love - or obsession, for some - for bubble tea was out on display, with queues...

With more neighbours staying home, abuse victims may now be heard

I was having a tug of war with someone - with my arm as the rope. The violence and shouting were in the street,...

10 ‘unthinkable questions’ for the US on relations with China

One thing is certain. The geopolitical contest that has broken out between America and China will continue for the next decade or two.Although President...

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