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Ai is a Journalism graduate at a state university in the Philippines who considers "writing" and "enlightening the blind" as her passion.

Indonesia to vaccinate population starting next week

Indonesia is set to begin next week its mass vaccination program, with President Joko Widodo receiving the first jab, according to a report by Al Jazeera. According to Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin, the mass immunization program will begin on January 13 in Jakarta, to...

Philippines: no travel ban yet versus countries with new virus strain

The Philippine government was not keen on imposing a travel ban on other countries despite the more deadly strain of coronavirus, a Cabinet official said. In a televised meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte over the weekend, Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd said that he would...

Pharmaceutical sector buoys Singapore factory output

Singapore’s manufacturing industry rebounded last month, with the jump partly owed to the pharmaceutical sector which grasped opportunities during the global pandemic. According to a report by The Straits Times, the pharmaceutical sector rebounded along with the semiconductor industry, with the latter riding on the...

Indonesia launches $3-billion Patimban seaport

Indonesian President Joko Widodo inaugurated over the weekend the $3.07-billion Patimban seaport—one of the government’s priority infrastructure projects—paving the way for a boost in the Southeast Asian country’s economy. "I declare that Patimban Port is ready and can be used," the president was quoted as...

Philippines’ loan to ADB to reach $9.4 billion by 2023

The Philippine government’s loan to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) was expected to reach $9.4 billion over the next four years with funds sought to finance the country’s operations business plan. In an e-mailed statement on Wednesday, ADB said that at least two-thirds of the...

‘More carriers in the doldrums amid low travel demand’

More airlines were expected to go bankrupt this year as sales remained severely dampened by the weak travel volume. According to a report by The Philippine Star quoting global think tank Fitch Ratings, a bankruptcy trend was still possible for countries such as Indonesia, Thailand,...

Thailand now open to all travellers

Having been one of the first countries to combat the coronavirus outbreak at bay, the kingdom of Thailand is now opening its doors to international tourists wherever they come from and whatever the virus situation their country may have. The Bangkok Post reported on Thursday...

Singapore to host World Economic Forum next year

The World Economic Forum (WEF), one of the largest gatherings attended by business and political leaders globally, will make its debut in Asia as the high number of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) cases was making it hard for Europe to hold mass gatherings safely. The organizers...

Thousands granted royal amnesty in Thailand

The kingdom of Thailand pardoned and cut short thousands of prisoners’ sentences to mark the eve of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birth date. According to a report from Al Jazeera quoting the Royal Gazette, incumbent king Maha Vajiralongkorn issued a royal decree granting pardons to...

SEC approves Kerry Express 8.4-billion-baht IPO

Delivery operator Kerry Express was braving the Thai stock market through the conduct of an 8.4-billion-baht initial public offering (IPO). A report by the Bangkok Post on Thursday said that the Thai Securities and Exchange Commission has given the green light for Kerry Express to...

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