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  1. Australia’s second-most populous state Victoria said on Tuesday military personnel will be deployed to enforce Covid-19 isolation orders, with anyone caught in breach of those rules facing tough new fines.Victoria earlier this week imposed a night curfew, tightened restrictions on people’s daily movements and ordered large parts of the local economy to close to slow the spread of coronavirus.But nearly a third of those who had contracted Covid-19 were not home isolating when checked on by…
  2. Space tourism company Virgin Galactic on Monday announced a partnership with engine-maker Rolls-Royce to build a supersonic commercial plane that flies at three times the speed of sound.The aircraft would travel at Mach 3 – rather than the Mach 2 speed of Concorde, the pioneering jet that operated from 1976 to 2003.Any new supersonic plane would have to solve the problems that doomed Concorde, in particular noise and fuel consumption.“We are excited to … unveil this initial design concept of a…
  3. North Korea is pressing on with its nuclear weapons programme and several countries believe it has “probably developed miniaturised nuclear devices to fit into the warheads of its ballistic missiles,” according to a confidential UN report.The report by an independent panel of experts monitoring UN sanctions said the countries, which it did not identify, believed North Korea’s past six nuclear tests had likely helped it develop miniaturised nuclear devices. Pyongyang has not conducted a nuclear…
  4. Police are investigating a student at a prestigious university in the Indonesian city of Surabaya after multiple people reported they had been sexually assaulted after he tricked them into being wrapped up like mummies on the pretence of academic research.The alleged perpetrator, Gilang, is accused of inviting other students from Airlangga University (Unair) to his house, asking them to take off their clothes and wrapping them in jarik, a traditional Javanese cloth.In some cases he allegedly…
  5. A government plan to increase the supply of car parking space in Hong Kong would do little to resolve the chronic shortage that supports their eye-watering prices in the near term, analysts said.The new proposals include building new car parks on land designated for “government, institution or community” use or open space, and carrying out a review of parking provisions laid out in guidelines with a view to adding more spaces, according to the Transport Advisory Committee.The government is…
  6. Online vitriol over one of China’s “left-behind children”, who was admitted to a top Chinese university but chose to study archaeology instead of a more lucrative major, has sparked debate about social class in China.Zhong Fangrong, a student in central China’s Hunan province, recently made news headlines for scoring 676 out of 750 on her college entrance exam and taking fourth place in her province. She told the media she would apply for the archaeology major at Peking University, one of the…
  7. This is the second instalment of a five-part series in which the Post takes a look at unemployment in Hong Kong, as the city grapples with the aftermath of the months-long civil unrest and the pandemic. You can read part one here.After Ken Yung lost his job in late January, he became irritable, lost his temper easily and kept picking quarrels with his wife over trivial matters.Sometimes, they fought so bitterly their 10-year-old daughter would cry her heart out and beg them to stop. That made…
  8. When scientists first unearthed fossils of a horned dinosaur called Centrosaurus in the badlands of Dinosaur Provincial Park in Canada’s Alberta province in 1989, they spotted a badly malformed leg bone they figured was a healed fracture.A fresh examination, researchers said on Monday, shows something different. The malformation was a manifestation of osteosarcoma, an aggressive bone cancer, making this Centrosaurus, which lived 76 million years ago, the first known example of a dinosaur…
  9. Dozens of mostly young Thais wearing striped “Harry Potter” scarves rallied Monday against the government, vowing to “cast a spell” for democracy as the nascent movement grows increasingly bold in targeting the powerful elite.For more than two weeks, young Thais across the country have held near daily protests at universities and town halls to denounce the military-aligned government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.Some have also waded into sensitive territory in recent weeks by holding up…
  10. A curfew has been imposed across Indian Kashmir just two days before the first anniversary of New Delhi’s abolition of the restive region’s semi-autonomy, officials said late on Monday, citing intelligence reports of looming protests.“These restrictions shall come into force with immediate effect and shall remain in force on 4 and 5 August,” stated the government order issued for the main city of Srinagar.“Full curfew will be enforced in all Kashmir districts,” said a senior police officer, who…