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2020 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation | Restoring Heritage

Greater Kashmir The restoration of Amar Singh College Building by INTACH, Kashmir Chapter, wins the prestigious award The 2020 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation represent the significant progress of conservation within nine countries in the region. The restoration of the Amar Singh College Building by Intach, Kashmir Chapter, won the prestigious award…

Development in Southeast Asia: Opportunities for donor collaboration, Chapter 4. Education

George Ingram – Brookings Covid-19 has turned education systems globally upside down, with the unprecedented situation closing schools completely for several months, teaching moving to home-schooling and from the classroom to online lessons. In many countries, exams have been cancelled, not just for 2020 but for 2021 as well. The full damage that the pandemic…

China Lags as Thailand, Russia Rank Top Emerging Market Picks

Michelle Jamrisko and Simon Flint – Bloomberg Given the U.S.’ weariness of China’s increasing presence on the global stage and superpower status, it may be surprising to hear that China ranks 17th and last in Bloomberg’s Top Emerging Market Picks for 2021. The report studied 17 developing markets, rating their potential based on 11 financial and economic…

Art Collectors William And Lavina Lim Donate Nearly 100 Artworks To M+ In Hong Kong

Jianne Soriano – Tatler Hong Kong Art collectors William and Lavina Lim generously donated a major collection of artwork to the museum M+ in the hope that it will be discovered by more people and educate people on the contemporary art scene in Hong Kong. Enriching Hong Kong’s arts and culture scene, it is now…

Four of Asia’s top branch campuses

Study International With international education becoming increasingly popular among university students, UK and Australian universities are setting up more campuses internationally. The branch campuses make it convenient for Asian students to pursue a Western education within their home country or for Western students to move their studies abroad. In an era of hyper-globalisation, international education…

What Will the Biden Administration Mean for Southeast Asia?

Joshua Kurlantzick – World Politics Review With a Biden administration on the horizon, what will his approach to the Southeast Asian region look like? Will it resemble Trump’s or will he take a more engaging approach? Apart from containing the pandemic, Biden’s main aim for when he first takes presidency is to repair America’s frayed…

Are Indians losing trust in banks?

Aakriti Thapar – BBC News The past 15 months have made the dire financial situation of Indian banks more apparent, with experts asking questions as to why three major banks have collapsed under the strain of worsening debt. The Reserve Bank of India authorised a debt-repaying suspension for Lakshmi Vilas Bank last month due to…

Iranian arts reveal the unseen face of a nation

Kourosh Ziabari – Opinion, Asia Times Iran’s artistic and cultural contributions over the millennia are eclipsed by its modern political isolation Much of what the global media report about Iran these days revolves around its unpopular nuclear program, its involvement in proxy conflicts across the Middle East, and its human-rights violations. Yet the concealed face…