The US will restrict travel from India starting on May 4, the White House said on Friday, citing a devastating rise in Covid-19 cases in the country and the emergence of potentially dangerous variants of the coronavirus.White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden’s administration made the determination on the advice of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.“The policy will be implemented in light of extraordinarily high Covid-19 caseloads and multiple variants…
Wi-Fi tracking fine highlights pseudonymisation risks
A fine imposed on a local municipality in the Netherlands highlights the substantial financial penalties organisations face if they fail to manage the risk of re-identification when processing pseudonymised data, Amsterdam-based specialists in data protection law have said.
Statements of truth
Under the rules of court in England and Wales, certain documents must include a statement of truth to verify an honest belief in the accuracy of the content.
Singapore tightens coronavirus restrictions amid hospital cluster fears. But will this affect travel bubble?
Singapore is enforcing stricter coronavirus measures after finding an infection cluster at one of its largest hospitals, with health authorities saying on Friday they may consider further restrictions if cases grow and indicate widespread transmission.The country this week reported its highest number of new domestic Covid-19 infections in about seven months, after a run of almost zero domestic transmissions. It currently has over 61,000 infections and this month reported 55 new local cases…
Australias Northern Territory creates new infrastructure body
Australia’s Northern Territory state government has set up a new infrastructure body, aiming to create jobs by developing projects that attract private investment to the state.
Japan approves RCEP free trade deal
Japan’s upper chamber of the National Diet has approved the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) free trade deal.
A message for US and China as India and Russia put two and two together
The decision by India and Russia to hold a “two-plus-two” meeting of their foreign and defence ministers is meant not only to clear up misunderstandings in their bilateral relationship, but to send a signal to both the United States and China, experts have said.New Delhi was keen to demonstrate that it retained its “strategic autonomy” in a signal to Washington, said Kanwal Sibal, a former Indian foreign secretary. The US has been trying to wean India off of Russian influence and has tried to…
Pensions disputes: Ombudsman re-states approach to complaints
Recent decisions by the UK’s Pensions Ombudsman (PO) emphasise that its role is to correct injustice, and not to fine or punish pension providers when things have gone wrong.
Will Malaysia dropping AstraZeneca from main inoculation drive fuel vaccine hesitancy?
Malaysia’s decision to exclude the AstraZeneca vaccine from its main Covid-19 inoculation drive is the latest vote of no-confidence in the jab, and complicates an already sluggish roll-out of vaccines across Asia.China on Thursday beat the United States in terms of total doses administered but Thailand, the Philippines and India are scrambling for available doses while in Hong Kong, take-up of a vaccination programme open to anyone above the age of 16 has been lacklustre.On Wednesday, Malaysia…
Myanmar anti-coup activist faces murder, treason charges: reports
Myanmar authorities have filed several lawsuits against one of the main activists of the campaign against military rule, including cases related to murder and treason, the state broadcaster announced on Wednesday.Wai Moe Naing was arrested on April 15 when security men rammed him with a car as he led a motorbike protest rally in the central town of Monywa.Myanmar Television, in its main evening news bulletin, broadcast a list of charges filed against him, including murder and treason.The move…