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US Mulls Over Indonesia’s Military Drones Purchase

Indonesia requested military drones from the US as an addition to its security,
The Indonesian government is considering military drones purchase from the United States. But, the State Department is still deliberating due to concerns about human rights abuses. Indonesia wants to advance the country's armada of maturing fighter planes. It plans to buy new planes from South...

Philippine Economy: Growing Slowly But Surely

The Philippine economy is striving to get back to its track.
The Philippine economy is making a comeback as it grows slowly but surely. Its gross domestic product (GDP) climbed 7.1% year-on-year during the third quarter. Even though it's slower than the second quarter, it's still beyond expectations. From July to September, goods and services output...

Unisex Condom: World’s First, Courtesy of Malaysian Gynecologist

Wondaleaf introduces the first unisex condom in the whole world.
It might sound awkward to some when people talk about intimacy. They need to be responsible enough to face the consequences of unsafe intercourse. Fortunately, a Malaysian gynecologist invented a unisex condom, a first in the world. John Tang Ing Chinh created the Wondaleaf Unisex...

Bitkub Coin Turns Unicorn Following Siam Commercial’s Huge Stake Purchase

Siam Commercial Bank acquired 51% stake in Bitkub coin.
Bitkub Online Co. has become Thailand's latest venture to secure equity of over $1 billion. Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) acquired a majority stake by market value. It made Bitkub coin triple its value following the announcement of the deal. The nation's king is the biggest...

Property Rental Market: Racial Discrimination in Malaysia

Racial discrimination also occurs in Malaysia's rental property market.
Racial discrimination exists anywhere in the world in different forms. Malaysian minister admits such behavior occurs in the property rental market in the country. Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican accepted that racial discrimination persists in the property rental market. “But in Malaysia, when we...

Nahdlatul Ulama Forbids Cryptocurrency Under Islamic Law

Nahdlatul Ulama bans the use of cryptocurrency in Indonesia under Islamic law.
Nahdlatul Ulama issues fatwa and forbids the use of cryptocurrency under Islamic law. Many people around the world have learned to embrace cryptocurrency. Since Satoshi Nakamoto's invention of bitcoin, countless transactions happen every second. Businesses and individuals use digital currency as an investment and mode...

Singapore-Based High Net Worth Investors Considers Relocation

Singapore-basesd high net worth investors are considering to relocate their family members somewhere else.
No one and nothing is safe from the pandemic. It is the reason why some Singapore-based high net worth investors (HNWI) consider relocating their families. Lombard Odier reports that more successful Singapore-based high net worth investors are regarding relocation for their family members. It could...

Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Plant Soon to Rise in the Philippines

South Korean company, ENPlus Co. Ltd. is inveswting in the Philippines to put up an electric vehicle manufacturing plant registered under PEZA.
The advent of technology gives rise to the emergence of e-vehicles (EV). A South Korean firm invests ₱5 billion to rise an electric vehicle manufacturing plant in the Philippines.  What is an electric vehicle? An electric vehicle can be partly or completely electrically powered. It has...

2021 World Travel Awards: Philippines, Asia’s Top Beach and Dive Destination

2021 World Travel Awards once again named the Philippines as Asia's Top Beach and Dive destination.
For the fifth time, the Philippines is once again named "Asia's Leading Beach Destination" in the 2021 World Travel Awards. The country also remained as "Asia’s Leading Dive Destination," since 2019. The Philippines Won 2021 World Travel Awards Again The Philippines did it again! Department of...

Malaysian Forest Reserves Denuded of Protection, on the Verge of Deforestation

Malaysian forest reserves are in the verge of deforestation due to logging, mining, and oil palm plantation.
Two Malaysian forest reserves in Johor, Malaysia, used to be jungles rich in wildlife diversity. Jemaluang and Tenggaroh are dense forests where elephants, sun bears, and tigers wandered. Extremely endangered However, in 2014, Johor’s list of permanent forest reserves comprises lands taken into private ownership. ...

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