HONG KONG: Bankers and investors fear China's push to impose national security laws on Hong Kong threaten the city's future as an international financial centre. If it gets to that stage, Beijing's move will come at a cost for China's economy. WHY DOES CHINA NEED HONG KONG AS IT IS? China still has extensive capital controls and often intervenes in its financial markets and banking system. Hong Kong is one of the world's most open economies and one of the biggest channels for equity and debt financing. The size of Hong Kong's economy may only be the equivalent of 2.7% of mainland China's, down from 18.4% in 1997 when it reverted to Chinese rule, but the territory punches above its weight due to world-class financial and legal systems. As a gateway between China and the West, Hong Kong attracts global capital for China more efficiently than its other cities. HOW IS THAT CHANGING? Under the 'one country, two systems' formula agreed as part of Britain's handover of the territory … [Read more...] about How important is Hong Kong to China as a free finance hub?
For one of the most competitive smartphone markets in the world, delivering value is important. It’s no surprise then that Google wants a bigger slice of that pie. A cheaper Pixel would do it. The flagship Pixel devices have always been revered, even coveted. They took over the mantle from the Nexus phones - phones with the best of Google. They get the updates before anyone else. And despite the constant churn of devices in the market, they get software updates for a whole 3 years. With that groundwork laid, it’s time to talk about what Google has been cooking up. Comparing the 3a XL side-by-side with the 3XL, you can instantly see the family resemblance but you can also see compromises (chiefly the polycarbonate back). When the renders of the 3a and 3a XL leaked a few weeks ago, they only showed the back of the phones. I guess it was wishful thinking to expect them to be the same ID but with a mid-range processor. The smaller Pixel 3a is priced at Rs 39,999 (4/64GB) … [Read more...] about First impression of Pixel 3a XL: A capable phone at a much lower price than the Pixel 3/3XL
Cast: Sparsh Shrivastava, Anshumaan Pushkar, Monika Panwar, Aksha Pardasany, Amit Sial Director: Soumendra Padhi Critic’s Rating: 3.5 stars Duration: 10 episodes, 25-35 mins (approx.) per episode Language: Hindi Genre: Crime, Thriller Streaming on: Netflix STORY: A bunch of small-town young guns operate a successful phishing racket but then comes a corrupt politician who wants a share of the pie and a cop who wants to fight against them all. REVIEW: Sunny Mondal (Sparsh Shrivastav), his older cousin Rocky (Anshuman Pushkar) and their gang of school dropout friends run a phishing scam in Jamtara in Jharkhand. The gang admires Sunny, the brains behind the operation, and their thievery keeps the funds pouring into their accounts. Gradually, the group begins to crumble when their opinions start to mismatch. On top of all this, a local politician Brajesh Bhan (Amit Sial) gets to know about their illegal business and demands half of the stolen money as his share. To stop … [Read more...] about Jamtara- Sabka Number Ayega review: A gripping tale of phishing scams
Influx of NoRKSAlthough initially the number of people choosing institutional quarantine was at manageable levels, the influx of Non-Resident Keralites (NoRKs) now has led to concern among authorities as to how long they would be able to sustain the same level of services with their depleting resources. … [Read more...] about Quarantine costs a concern for Corporation
Hundreds of troops were deployed to the streets of Minneapolis and St Paul on Friday after a third night of rioting over police brutality against African Americans left hundreds of shops damaged and a police station on fire. In Louisville, Kentucky, seven people were hit by gunfire at a protest over the death of Breonna Taylor -- a black woman who was shot after police entered her home in March. One of those wounded was in critical condition, according to the Louisville Metro Police Department. It is not yet clear who fired the shots. Taylor's mother called on protesters to continue demanding justice but to do it in "the right way without hurting each other." Protests broke out in several cities across the country, including New York, where dozens of protestors were arrested; Phoenix, Memphis, and Denver. Soon after, President Donald Trump blasted local officials and labelled the protestors "thugs" and threatened a harsh crackdown. Black leaders continued to express outrage over … [Read more...] about Seven shot at in Louisville anti-race protests