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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.

Temasek offers $600-million rescue to Singapore shipping giant

Singapore-based Temasek Holdings Inc. stepped in as a white knight for financially-strapped Pacific International Lines (PIL), offering the latter worth $600 million of rescue package amid the global pandemic that has dented most firms’ financial portfolio. According to a report by The Straits Times and...

US blacklists Brunei firm, 5 others over Iran links

Six companies including a Brunei-based firm were slapped with sanctions by the United States allegedly for supplying sensitive goods to an Iranian military firm. According to a report by Al Jazeera, the US Treasury Department blacklisted Brunei-based Soltech Industry Co, Ltd; Iran-based Hoda Trading; Hong...

Singapore, Qatar oil-makers partner for LNG project

Singapore has inked a deal with Qatar for the establishment of the first long-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) that details pollution from the fastest-growing fossil fuel. A report by Al Jazeera said that Singapore-based Pavilion Energy Pte inked a 10-year agreement with Qatar Petroleum’s trading...

Hundreds rescued as Indonesia’s Merapi spews ash

Hundreds of Indonesians were forced to evacuate following an increased volcanic activity from Mount Merapi. This after Yogyakarta’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center head Hanik Humaida said on Friday that Merapi, Indonesia’s most active volcano could erupt anytime and possibly send hot gas clouds...

Twin typhoon smashes into the Philippines

The Philippines was hit by a twin typhoon on Sunday--one of which considered the strongest for the year--claiming the lives of seven people amid the global pandemic that has been plaguing global economies. On Sunday, the state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services...

Laos to speed up immigration services for China

Laos was set to launch a fast-tracked immigration services for China as it relaxed restrictions at their shared border which was previously sealed to combat the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. The Diplomat reported on Friday that Laos sealed an agreement with China for a fast-tracked...

Moody’s: Borrowers to face debt shock next year

Governments and corporations accumulating a significant amount of debt to combat the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are bound to shell out expensive loan payments beginning next year, according to debt watcher Moody’s Investors Service. The scenario applies most especially to Southeast Asian...

Bid to put Malaysia under state of emergency rejected

Malaysian King Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin has rejected a proposal to declare a state of emergency to combat the increasing cases of coronavirus amid strong opposition from the public. In a statement read by Ahmad Fadil Shamsudin, comptroller of the royal household, the king “ of the...

Thailand government urged to boost ties with China

Thailand was seeking to deepen its trade relationship with China in a bid to support its ailing economy amid the global pandemic. In a report by Bangkok Post, Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce president Narongsak Puttapornmongkol was quoted as saying that China, whose economy was already...

Tokens get Singapore trace half of population

Singapore has collected more than 400,000 TraceTogether tokens, putting it at the 50% mark in digital contact-tracing amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to a report by The Straits Times and was picked up by Business Fast UK, the Singaporean government will ramp up the supply...

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