Zanzibar in the Rain

  http://URL: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/20/travel/zanzibar-tanzania-food-culture.html If my circumstances had not been so dire – or rather, if my circumstances had been drier – I might never have found myself at the Zanzibar Curio Shop. At first glance, the store did little to distinguish itself from other trinket purveyors besieging the tangled lanes of Stone...
  The Central Bank of Myanmar has legalized interbank money market transactions in a bid to boost development of the banking and finance industry. Under the CBM’s directive, banks can carry out activities such as interbank lending, interbank savings and interbank trading in government securities. Banks can provide interbank loans with terms...

The “depth of the devastation” inflicted on Hong Kong’s economy by more than six months of anti-government protests will be seen in the coming weeks, the chief of the city’s stock exchange operator said January 9. The warning came as Hong Kong-based companies are expected to show the scars of...
  SINGAPORE/BEIJING For the first time, China will this year allow foreign companies to explore for and produce oil and gas in the country, opening up the industry to firms other than state-run energy giants, as Beijing looks to boost domestic energy supplies. The long-awaited opening accompanies a reshuffle of the so-called...
  NEW DELHI Oyo, a startup that offers budget hotel rooms, has grown into one of India’s most valuable private companies and aims to be the world’s largest hotel chain by 2023. But at least part of Oyo’s rise in India was built on practices that raise questions about the health of...
SYDNEY Bushfires across Australia’s east coast are set to pile on more pain for the country’s dairy industry, already hurt by a prolonged drought, as processors in one of the world’s largest exporters face tightening milk supplies. Australia has been battling wildfires across swathes of its east coast for weeks, with...
TOKYO Japan’s Fast Retailing Co. cut its full-year outlook after worse-than-expected quarterly results, hit by Hong Kong protests and a South Korean consumer boycott that dented sales at its Uniqlo stores. The company had come to depend on its Asian growth, especially in China, where Uniqlo’s mix of affordable basics and...
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) Thousands of Cambodians working for a Hong Kong-listed casino company have gone on strike for higher pay and better working conditions, they said on January 8. About 3,000 workers joined the strike in front of the NagaWorld hotel and casino complex, owned by NagaCorp Ltd., in Phnom Penh...
Sam Nussey (Reuters) TOKYO Japanese fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa is giving away $9 million to his Twitter followers in what he says is a “social experiment” to see if the payment boosts their happiness. Maezawa will give 1 million yen ($9,000) to 1,000 followers selected at random from those who retweeted a...
Swati Bhat (Reuters) MUMBAI, NEW DELHI India’s current fragile economic conditions call for government action to boost spending in the coming financial year, allowing for a widening in the fiscal deficit to bolster growth, a senior official familiar with government policymaking said. The government should invoke the escape clause under the Fiscal...