Asia this week: 26 August – 1 September 2021

Summary of key events in Asia over the past week.

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🇦🇫 Afghanistan

Top US general defends Kabul drone strike

The U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark A. Milley. on Wednesday defended Sunday’s U.S. drone strike in Kabul despite reports of civilian casualties.

Several California public school students still trapped In Afghanistan

As many as 27 California public school students remain in Afghanistan. The students, from elementary to high school, are from 19 families from the San Juan Unified School District in Sacramento. Most of the students, the school district says, have family members with them.

Putin criticises US' ‘zero’ achievement

The Russian leader says 20-year occupation resulted in ‘sheer tragedies and losses’ for Washington and the Afghan people.

🇧🇩 Bangladesh

Six militants sentenced to death for killing gay activists

Six members of an Islamist militant group were sentenced to death on Tuesday by a court in Bangladesh for the brutal killing of two gay rights campaigners five years ago.

🇧🇹 Bhutan

COVID-19 immunisation of children 12 to 19 begins

The nation is following up on its success in vaccinating 90 per cent of its adult population against COVID-19 by embarking on a plan to immunise children in the 12 to 19 age group.

🇨🇳 China

Children banned from playing online games during the week

Online gamers under the age of 18 barred from playing on weekdays with play limited to just three hours most weekends, marking a significant escalation of restrictions on the country's massive gaming industry.

Communist party sets sights on super-rich

China's super rich has come afoul of President Xi Jinping, China’s “common prosperity” agenda to tackle inequality.

🇮🇳 India

Economy sees record growth during deadly wave

India's economy rebounded at a record rate in the three months to the end of June even as a devastating second wave of COVID-19 hit the country.

🇲🇾 Malaysia

Carsome reaches USD 1.3 billion valuation

The online platform for buying and selling used cars, said on Wednesday that it had become Malaysia’s largest tech unicorn after a USD 170 million funding round boosted its valuation to USD 1.3 billion.

Prime Minister needs new rights agenda says Human Rights Watch

New prime minister, Ismail Sabri Yaakob, should commit to respect the rights to free speech and peaceful assembly, which have long been suppressed in the country, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

🇳🇵 Nepal

Government moves to decriminalise abortion in response to rights campaign

After years of advocacy by women’s rights groups, the Government of Nepal has agreed to decriminalize abortion and protect the sexual and reproductive health rights of women and girls.

🇸🇬 Singapore

Singapore and the US to launch climate partnership

Singapore and the US have agreed to build a partnership and work on climate change, environmental governance, sustainable development and low carbon solutions.

🇱🇰 Sri Lanka

Paralympian wins gold

Dinesh Priyantha Herath won the Gold Medal and set a new Javelin F46 world record in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics; Samitha Dulan Kodithuwakku won  Bronze.

No food shortage says government

The government assured the public that there is no food shortage and advised not to panic as there are enough stocks.

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