In Manila, which was not hit by the typhoon, Filipino Catholics were relieved to be able to return to churches on Christmas, although only a fraction were allowed inside and worshippers were required to wear masks and stand at a safe distance from each other.
More than 3,00,000 people so far have been evacuated as Typhoon Rai rampaged through southern and central island provinces of Philippines with wind speed of 195 km (121 miles) per hour which often gusts of up to 270 kph (168 mph)
Officials are constantly monitoring the damage and casualties caused by one of the strongest typhoons to hit the country in recent years with deadly winds of 150 kilometers (93 miles) per hour speed that often gusts of up to 205 (127 mph).
It was the latest flare-up in the long-simmering territorial disputes in the strategic waterway, where China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have overlapping claims.
Duterte announced the surprise decision Saturday after accompanying his former longtime aide, Senator Bong Go, who instead filed his own candidacy for the vice presidency at a Commission on Elections centre.
Of the 122 people infected, 99 are age 18 and younger while the rest are personnel of the Gentlehands Orphanage, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said in a statement
The announcement came even as the country recorded its second highest number of COVID-19 cases with 20,310 infections on Friday, pushing the national tally to 2.04 million, The Manila Times newspaper reported.
With a population of roughly 110 million, the Philippines is experiencing a deadly COVID-19 outbreak. Only 7 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated, and another 11 million have received their first dose.
Rodrigo Duterte will be winding down his six-year term amid a raging pandemic, a battered economy and his legacy
In the hard-hit city of Marikina in the capital region, nearly 15,000 residents were evacuated to safety overnight as waters rose alarmingly in a major river.
Through a video conference, Antony Blinken urged Myanmar's highest-ranking diplomats to return to the road of democracy, while also assuring states at odds with China over the South China Sea of US assistance.
Indian men's team face defending champions Indonesia in the semi-final of the Badminton Asia Team Championships on Saturday
The Indian team has been placed in Group B alongside Malaysia and Kazakhstan. The top two teams in each of the four groups will make it to the quarterfinals. India play Malaysia on Thursday
Known for pathbreaking ground reportage and strong criticism of TV media in India, Kumar once again underlined the 'crisis' facing the Indian media which, according to him, isn't 'accidental or random but structural.'
They will be formally conferred the Magsaysay Award during formal presentation ceremonies to be held on August 31, 2018 at the Cultural Centre of the Philippines.
Trump, whose insurgent election victory was built on his willingness to disrupt political convention, was supposed to cross his arms and join hands with the men on either side of him.
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.PTI Photo
Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
He would take his colour, brushes and canvas outside to paint and talk with his love. He would stand close to the window and paint, keeping an eye on his muse.
They say the violin mimics the human sound. In his case, it was that of love, of longing. He didn’t know any other way of loving.
Younger people do not have much progressive beliefs; a 2017 survey found that one-third of young people opposed inter-caste marriage.
The pandemic has made it clear that virtual learning is here to stay. In the West, the big question is whether it will dilute the quality of the college experience and education. In India, which grapples with digital divide, the question remains whether this will reach most people at all.
Even after two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, many 'informed' individuals in India continue to deny the virus with unscientific claims and unfounded data. The latest? Omicron will end the pandemic.
Across Asia there are deeply entrenched obstacles to a mode of higher education that is liberal in multiple senses – disciplinary and epistemological but also social and political.
The two incidents in the recent past, one in Mon district of Nagaland and the other at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, undermined the core principles democracy and federalism.