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Thailand blames pollution crisis on Cambodian fires 

Thailand has blamed Cambodian farmers for thick clouds of smog that have led to the closure of hundreds of schools in the capital, Bangkok.  But increasing levels of smog in Chiang Mai and Bangkok have also resulted from construction, diesel use and crop fires in...

Singapore most vulnerable to coronavirus: analysts 

The coronavirus is expected to force Asean’s economies to either slow down rapidly or contract in the current quarter, according to economists.  Singapore is due to post its largest budget deficit since at least 1997, pledging US$4.6 billion in dedicated support for an economy being hammered by...

Singapore rejects migrants amid coronavirus panic 

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has rejected approximately 500 applications a day for work-pass holders with a travel history in China in measures to block the coronavirus.  MOM said the measures were managing the inflow of the migrants.  The ministry said it was approving an average...

Indonesia shares blame for rising seas 

It is customary to blame the developed world for creating climate change after centuries of putting profits before environmental concerns.  The argument goes that western capitalists have amassed wealth through industrialisation, leaving low-lying communities to pay the cost through flash floods and rising sea levels...

Indonesia counters coronavirus with interest rates cuts

Bank Indonesia (BI) has cut its benchmark interest rate to address the economic impact of the coronavirus.  The Indonesian central bank cut its benchmark interest rate, the BI seven-day reverse repo rate, by 25 basis points to 4.75 per cent. “The monetary policy remains accommodative and...

Indonesia eyes taxes on plastic bags, sweet drinks and cars 

Indonesia’s Finance Minister Mulyani Indrawati has submitted a proposal to parliament to impose environmental tariffs. She said the authorities were targeting sugar-filled and artificially sweetened drinks and polluting conventional vehicles.  Indrawati also asked MPs to reconsider her proposal to impose duties on plastic bags to...

Will Southeast Asia become a football superpower?

After decades of languishing in the footballing wilderness, Asia appears to be discovering a taste for the sport at last. In particular, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have seen a rapid rise in the profile of football in the region and a...

Thailand looks to boost food exports to China 

Chinese imports of food from Thailand are set to double in the second quarter as stocks have been depleted by the coronavirus. Visit Limlurcha of the Thai Food Processors Association (TFPA) said Chinese demand for Thai food can be expected to at least double during...

Thailand to probe Chinese surrogate gangs

Thailand says it is probing illegal surrogate births for Chinese customers after a series of raids this week. Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has ordered the police to find infants born under the surrogacy operation and probe any involvement of trafficking gangs. “He’s concerned that the...

Vietnam stigmatises LGBT children: HRW

Myths about sexual orientation and gender identity in Vietnam are fuelling violence and discrimination, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released today. The New York-based NGO’s study said young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Vietnamese citizens faced stigma and discrimination...

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