• SKorea ferry toll hits 146 as search gets tougher

    SKorea ferry toll hits 146 as search gets tougher

    The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 146, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters [...]

    24-Apr-2014 Intellasia | Business Week | 6:00 AM
  • Obama visit to Asia seen as counterweight to China

    Obama visit to Asia seen as counterweight to China

    President Barack Obama’s travels through Asia in coming days aim to reassure partners about the renewed US commitment to the region, with an eye both to China’s rising assertiveness and the fast-growing markets that are the centre of gravity for global growth. The question: Will it be enough? Nearly seven months after he cancelled an [...]

    24-Apr-2014 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM
  • Asia tensions simmer as Obama set to arrive in Tokyo

    Asia tensions simmer as Obama set to arrive in Tokyo

    US President Barack Obama arrives in a tense Asian region on Wednesday, faced with the delicate task of assuring Japan and other regional allies of America’s commitment to their defence without hurting Washington’s vital ties with a rising China. That difficult diplomatic balancing act was highlighted on Monday, when Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe sent [...]

    24-Apr-2014 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Submarine drone search for Malaysian plane to continue

    Submarine drone search for Malaysian plane to continue

    A US submarine drone will keep scouring the Indian Ocean floor for traces of a missing Malaysian jetliner after it finishes its current targeted search, Australian authorities told Reuters as a tropical cyclone suspended the air search. Authorities are under growing pressure to decide their next course of action as the Bluefin-21 drone nears the [...]

    24-Apr-2014 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Malaysia Airlines MH370 Death Certificates Issued for Passengers

    Malaysia Airlines MH370 Death Certificates Issued for Passengers

    Relatives of the 239 passengers and crew on board missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be issued with death certificates. The news opens the door for financial aid for grieving families as well as allowing any potential lawsuits against the airline to commence, as reported by CNN. Malaysian government officials met distressed relatives at a [...]

    24-Apr-2014 Intellasia | IB Times | 6:00 AM
  • Malaysia airliner forced back by emergency – was it sabotage?

    Malaysia airliner forced back by emergency – was it sabotage?

    Police in Malaysia have been ordered to investigate the possibility of sabotage after yet another Malaysia Airlines jet was forced to make an emergency landing shortly after departing from Kuala Lumpur. The captain of the Boeing 737-800, which was carrying 159 passengers and seven crew for what should have been a routine 90-minute flight to [...]

    24-Apr-2014 Intellasia | The New Zealand Therald | 6:00 AM
  • Fresh Thai election no closer despite multi-party meeting

    Fresh Thai election no closer despite multi-party meeting

    Thailand’s political impasse looked no closer to a solution on Tuesday despite a rare meeting of political parties and the Election Commission to discuss how and when a new vote should be held after a general election in February was declared void. About 58 parties including the ruling Puea Thai Party met in Bangkok to [...]

    24-Apr-2014 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM
  • Activity at NKorea site hints at nuke test preps

    Activity at NKorea site hints at nuke test preps

    Commercial satellite imagery shows increased activity at North Korea’s nuclear test site but not enough to indicate an underground atomic explosion is imminent, a US research institute said Tuesday. North Korea last month threatened to conduct its fourth nuclear test and there’s been speculation it may do so as President Barack Obama travels to Asia [...]

    24-Apr-2014 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM
  • Kashmir killings overshadow next round of voting in India

    Kashmir killings overshadow next round of voting in India

    Rebels shot dead two village heads and another man in Indian Kashmir, police said Tuesday, casting a shadow on the next round of India’s marathon general elections slated for later this week. The polls are being staggered in the disputed Muslim-majority region and across the subcontinent in a bid to ensure voter safety across the [...]

    24-Apr-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Taiwan anti-nuclear activist starts hunger strike

    Taiwan anti-nuclear activist starts hunger strike

    Former Taiwanese opposition leader and anti-nuclear activist Lin Yi-hsiung Tuesday launched an indefinite hunger strike in protest at a nearly completed nuclear facility, while some of his supporters clashed with police. “It’s very meaningful to be doing something good for Taiwan – I feel very calm,” Lin told a crowd of reporters and supporters before [...]

    24-Apr-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Mumbai slum-dwellers wary of India election promises

    Mumbai slum-dwellers wary of India election promises

    After four decades in the same Mumbai slum, Vimal Gaikwad is well used to politicians’ tall promises at election time, when the city’s millions of shanty dwellers become sought-after voters. “The candidates just promise and say they will help, and then they do nothing,” said the 60-year-old grandmother, perched on the steps of her green-painted, [...]

    24-Apr-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Pirates kidnap three on Singapore tanker off Malaysia

    Pirates kidnap three on Singapore tanker off Malaysia

    Armed pirates boarded a Singapore-managed oil tanker in the Strait of Malacca, kidnapping three Indonesian crew and stealing some of the vessel’s shipment of diesel fuel, the International Maritime Bureau said Wednesday. The attack occurred early Tuesday off Malaysia’s west coast, said Noel Choong, head of IMB’s Kuala Lumpur-based piracy reporting centre. The diesel oil [...]

    24-Apr-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

Society

Taiwan confirms 3rd imported H7N9 case

The Centers for Disease Control confirmed Tuesday the third imported case of H7N9 avian flu since April last year. The patient, a 44-year-old woman from China’s Jiangsu Province, entered Taiwan April 17 as part of a tour group. She is currently in serious condition in a hospital intensive care unit. The woman had a dry [...]

Boy ‘sexually assaulted’ at Indonesia international school

Indonesia has ordered the nursery of a prestigious Jakarta international school to close following an alleged sexual assault on a six-year-old boy by cleaning staff, an official said Tuesday. The case has sparked widespread public anger and focused attention on the high incidence of child abuse at educational institutions across the country. Police said the [...]

Vietnam minister inspects measles containment

Vietnam Health minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien visited several hospitals in Hanoi on Monday to inspect progress made in containing the measles outbreak that has so far claimed 116 lives nation-wide. She emphasized that the main reasons for the outbreak were the lack of vaccinations, concentration of patients in central hospitals and a lack of [...]

Health

Taiwan confirms 3rd imported H7N9 case

The Centers for Disease Control confirmed Tuesday the third imported case of H7N9 avian flu since April last year. The patient, a 44-year-old woman from China’s Jiangsu Province, entered Taiwan April 17 as part of a tour group. She is currently in serious condition in a hospital intensive care unit. The woman had a dry [...]

Boy ‘sexually assaulted’ at Indonesia international school

Indonesia has ordered the nursery of a prestigious Jakarta international school to close following an alleged sexual assault on a six-year-old boy by cleaning staff, an official said Tuesday. The case has sparked widespread public anger and focused attention on the high incidence of child abuse at educational institutions across the country. Police said the [...]

Vietnam minister inspects measles containment

Vietnam Health minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien visited several hospitals in Hanoi on Monday to inspect progress made in containing the measles outbreak that has so far claimed 116 lives nation-wide. She emphasized that the main reasons for the outbreak were the lack of vaccinations, concentration of patients in central hospitals and a lack of [...]

FinanceAsia

PE INTERNATIONAL Delivers Sustainability to The People’s Republic of China

PE INTERNATIONAL, a global sustainability software and services firm, has been selected by the Research Institute of Safety & Environment Technology of The China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), China’s largest oil and gas producer and one of the world’s largest oilfield service and construction engineering companies, to promote its sustainability research initiatives. The Research Institute [...]

NetSuite Selects SolarWinds for Global, End-to-End IT Infrastructure Management

SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today announced that NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry’s leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites, has selected the suite of SolarWinds solutions as its holistic IT infrastructure management solution for their global IT operations, which serve more than 2,400 [...]

Eleventh International Business Awards Issues Call for Entries

The Stevie® Awards today issued the call for entries for The 11th Annual International Business Awards, the world’s premier business awards competition, which attracts nominations from organizations in more than 50 nations and territories each year. All individuals and organizations worldwide — public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small — may submit nominations to [...]

Regional

Traditional welcome for William and Kate at Australia’s Uluru

Britain’s Prince William visited Australia’s Uluru on Tuesday, taking his wife Kate to the spectacular red monolith and evoking the visit by his parents Prince Charles and Diana in 1983. On arrival at Yulara airport after flying over the landmark formerly known as Ayers Rock, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were met by officials [...]

India and Indonesia pursue different economic paths

India and Indonesia, relegated to the ranks of the “fragile five” economies, have witnessed a sudden uptick in foreign investment as they go to the polls. Financial markets have responded exuberantly to the prospect of Narendra Modi and Joko “Jokowi” Widodo assuming power in New Delhi and Jakarta, respectively, where they are expected to initiate [...]

5 Reasons we wish Kate Middleton had Instagram

5 Reasons we wish Kate Middleton had Instagram

After Cressida Bonas’ no makeup selfie and Kate Middleton and Prince William getting in on the royal selfie action during their tour of Australia, we got thinking, how great would it be if Kate had Instagram. Thinking of this highly unlikely and probably improper idea, we wondered just what we’d expect to see from her [...]

China

HK-Shanghai Bourse Link Spurs Convertibles

China’s convertible bonds are rising at the fastest pace in 11 months as the linking of stock exchanges in Hong Kong and Shanghai fuels speculation that shares will advance. The S&P China Convertible Bond Index rose 2.1 percent in April, set for the biggest monthly gain since May 2013, as debt that can be exchanged [...]

China’s seizure of Japanese ship has pre-World War Two roots

China’s seizure of Japanese ship has pre-World War Two roots

It all began with a pre-World War Two contract between China’s then “ship king” and a Japanese company to lease two Chinese freighters. When the one-year lease was up in 1937, the ships were nowhere to be found. That year also marked the start of a full-scale war between China and Japan. And so began [...]

Japan lodges protest against China ship seizure

Japan lodges protest against China ship seizure

Japan said Tuesday it has lodged a formal protest against China’s seizure of a Japanese ship over unpaid bills dating back to the 1930s, the latest row to underscore their bitter enmity. Authorities in Shanghai said Saturday they had impounded the large freight vessel owned by Japanese shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. Lines in a dispute [...]

Malaysia

AirAsia brings long-haul services to Thailand

The new long-haul low-cost carrier was officially unveiled at an event in Bangkok on Tuesday (22 April 2014), with CEO Nadda Buranasiri announcing the airline’s first routes and in-flight products. Operating from its home base at Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport, Thai AirAsia X will start flying on 17 June 2014 with daily services to [...]

Malaysia Airlines MH370 Death Certificates Issued for Passengers

Malaysia Airlines MH370 Death Certificates Issued for Passengers

Relatives of the 239 passengers and crew on board missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be issued with death certificates. The news opens the door for financial aid for grieving families as well as allowing any potential lawsuits against the airline to commence, as reported by CNN. Malaysian government officials met distressed relatives at a [...]

Seabed hunt for Malaysia jet stretches beyond week

An air search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was suspended for a day due to stormy weather on Tuesday as the painstakingly slow sonar scanning of a targeted patch of seabed continued. Up to 10 planes were to scour the ocean surface for debris on Tuesday over an area covering 49,500 square kilometers (19,000 [...]

Indonesia

COLUMN-Indonesia to make it even harder for foreign miners: Clyde Russell

Indonesia’s decision to start cancelling investment treaties with 62 countries has passed with little comment, but the move may have a greater impact than the recent banning of mineral ore exports. Indonesia last month kick-started the process of terminating all of its bilateral treaties by notifying the Netherlands that its agreement to protect and promote [...]

Most wanted Indonesia militant in new call to kill police

Indonesia’s most wanted Islamist militant, Santoso, has issued a new call for attacks on anti-terror police, whom he accused of being Australian and US agents, a monitoring group said on Tuesday. Santoso, also known as Abu Wardah, who heads a group called the East Indonesia Mujahedeen from the mountains of Central Sulawesi, urged followers to [...]

Indonesian Clerics Call on Islamic Parties to Unite Ahead of Elections

Indonesian Clerics Call on Islamic Parties to Unite Ahead of Elections

Indonesia’s top Islamic authority is encouraging the country’s Islamic parties to unite in supporting a candidate for July’s presidential election. After a meeting Monday with dozens of Islamic organisations, whose members are some of the Islamic parties’ strongest supporters, the chair of the Indonesian Ulema Council, Din Syamsuddin, said he had received a “flood” of [...]

Singapore

Taiwan, Singapore to allow companies trade on each other’s bourses

The stock exchangees of Taiwan and Singapore will allow their companies to list on each other’s bourses by end of 2014, the Taiwan exchange said on Tuesday, in the island’s latest attempt to boost its competitiveness across Asian markets. Chair Lee Shui-der of the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE) said the TWSE and the Singapore Exchange [...]

More companies going green in Singapore

More local companies and organisations are seeking ways to integrate green features into their work spaces, according to environmental groups. They say it is a result of greater awareness of the long-term cost benefits that come with going green. The Westin Singapore, located in the heart of Singapore’s financial centre, launched its Green Rooms in [...]

Wikborg Rein and Pan Asia Law end Singapore alliance

Wikborg Rein has had an office in Singapore since 2000. It established a formal law alliance (FLA) with Singaporean firm Pan Asia Law in May 2008 in a bid to offer clients combined Singaporean, English and Norwegian legal advice. The two firms operated under the FLA branded Pan Asia Wikborg Rein until December 2013, when [...]

Thailand

Fresh Thai election no closer despite multi-party meeting

Fresh Thai election no closer despite multi-party meeting

Thailand’s political impasse looked no closer to a solution on Tuesday despite a rare meeting of political parties and the Election Commission to discuss how and when a new vote should be held after a general election in February was declared void. About 58 parties including the ruling Puea Thai Party met in Bangkok to [...]

Crunch time looms for Thailand

Thailand’s destructive political crisis is on the brink of its most dangerous phase yet as the prime minister’s opponents press for a “judicial coup” that critics claim risks tipping the country into dictatorship or even civil war. Supporters of Yingluck Shinawatra’s administration have vowed to rise to defend her if the country’s legal institutions eject [...]

Thailand Reacts to Plots Targeting Israelis

Thai authorities say they hope they have foiled the latest plot in the Southeast Asian country to attack young Israeli tourists. Thailand’s police agency says security around locations frequented by Israeli tourists has been increased, although government officials deny published reports that as many as nine people linked to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah may [...]

Philippines

Philippine Mayor in HK to Apologise Over Hostage Taking

Former Philippine president Joseph Estrada, now Manila’s mayor, traveled to Hong Kong Tuesday to try to end a dispute stemming from the Manila hostage crisis in 2010 that claimed the lives of eight Hong Kongers. Estrada said he is offering an apology from the Manila government. “I have to do something for our countrymen working [...]

China urges Philippines to find hostage solution: FM

China will continue to urge the Philippines to find a solution to the 2010 Manila hostage crisis which left eight Hong Kong tourists dead, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday. Qin Gang was commenting after the mayor of Manila arrived in Hong Kong to apologise for the crisis. He said at a daily press [...]

Plans for direct flights from the Philippines

Philippines budget airline Cebu plans to launch direct services to Auckland next year. Cebu has applied to the Filipino aviation regulator for the right to fly daily services to New Zealand under a bilateral agreement that allows for up to 21 flights per week between the two countries. Cebu spokeswoman Michelle Pestano-Fojas said the airline [...]

Japan

Japan has not narrowed trade differences with US, negotiator says

Japanese officials said on Tuesday there was still a significant way to go before reaching a broad agreement on trade with the United States, a day before President Barack Obama visits for a summit. A US-Japan agreement is critical to the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 12-nation grouping that would stretch from Asia to Latin [...]

Japan-based Cookpad acquires Indonesia’s DapurMasak

Tokyo-based recipe sharing service Cookpad has announced today the acquisition of 60 per cent stake in Indonesian recipe site DapurMasak for $600,000. This is in addition to its investment in January for an undisclosed sum of money. DapurMasak Founder Soeginato Widjaya had told e27 in a previous conversation that Cookpad was his inspiration for launching [...]

The second opening of Japan

US President Barack Obama is visiting Tokyo at a unique moment in my country’s history, with Japan’s economy moving onto a stable new growth path that will take full advantage of its geographic position. Japan no longer considers itself the “Far” East; rather, we are at the very centre of the Pacific Rim, and a [...]

Korea

Alabama looks to strengthen trade ties with Korea, Taiwan

The Alabama Department of Commerce is eyeing stronger trade ties with Asia and recently led a delegation of state leaders to South Korea and Taiwan. The trip earlier this month included economic developers and community leaders who hail from communities across the state. Representatives of Alabama Power, PowerSouth and the Bradley Arant law firm also [...]

Grim SKorea ferry disaster search enters second week

Grim SKorea ferry disaster search enters second week

The search for scores of passengers still missing from South Korea’s ferry disaster entered a second week Wednesday, to the deepening distress of their grieving, angry and frustrated families. The confirmed death toll stood at 146, but 156 were still unaccounted for, their bodies believed trapped in the inverted, submerged ship that sank a week [...]

Divers feel with their hands for corpses in cold depths of Korean ferry

Divers feel with their hands for corpses in cold depths of Korean ferry

South Korean divers swam though dark, cold waters into a sunken ferry on Wednesday, feeling for children’s bodies with their hands in a maze of cabins, corridors and upturned decks as they searched for hundreds of missing. The divers, with oxygen and communications lines trailing, can only see a few inches in front of them [...]

Hong Kong

Some HK finance workers to join pro-democracy protest

Dozens of Hong Kong’s finance professionals have vowed to join a pro-democracy street protest which could shut down traffic in the Central business district later this year. The group of some 70 bankers, traders and other professionals said they would support the “Occupy Central” campaign by local activists, which aims to push China to allow [...]

Is HK Running Out of Room?

Tensions between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland have escalated again, this time ostensibly over a toddler’s diminutive bladder. On April 15, a scuffle broke out between young mainland parents, with their two-year old boy in tow, and a local man who tried to take videos of the child urinating on the side of a [...]

Philippine Mayor in HK to Apologise Over Hostage Taking

Former Philippine president Joseph Estrada, now Manila’s mayor, traveled to Hong Kong Tuesday to try to end a dispute stemming from the Manila hostage crisis in 2010 that claimed the lives of eight Hong Kongers. Estrada said he is offering an apology from the Manila government. “I have to do something for our countrymen working [...]

Taiwan

Taiwan hopes to ink fishery agreement with Philippines by July

Taiwan hopes to sign a fishery cooperation pact with the Philippines before July to better protect the lives of Taiwanese fishermen in disputed areas of the South China Sea, a Taiwanese official said Tuesday. Benjamin Ho, director general of the Foreign Ministry’s Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said he now expects the agreement [...]

Taiwan anti-nuclear activist starts hunger strike

Taiwan anti-nuclear activist starts hunger strike

Former Taiwanese opposition leader and anti-nuclear activist Lin Yi-hsiung Tuesday launched an indefinite hunger strike in protest at a nearly completed nuclear facility, while some of his supporters clashed with police. “It’s very meaningful to be doing something good for Taiwan – I feel very calm,” Lin told a crowd of reporters and supporters before [...]

Alabama looks to strengthen trade ties with Korea, Taiwan

The Alabama Department of Commerce is eyeing stronger trade ties with Asia and recently led a delegation of state leaders to South Korea and Taiwan. The trip earlier this month included economic developers and community leaders who hail from communities across the state. Representatives of Alabama Power, PowerSouth and the Bradley Arant law firm also [...]

Vietnam

Business Briefs April 24

* Vietnam Airlines will start check-in procedures for its Hanoi- Danang flights atRowEatNoiBaiAirport’s T1 terminal from this Friday. Passengers can now check in 13 domestics flights of the airline at Row E. * Hanoi-based City Cab 24/7 Company has teamed up with application development firm Ping Taxi to make use of their resources to offer [...]

Indonesia interested in tourism potential in Yen Bai

The Indonesian Ambassador to Vietnam visited the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai on April 22 with the aim of studying investment potential in the province’s tourism sector. At a working session with Yen Bai provincial officials, Ambassador Mayerfas said he wants to promote trade and investment ties between Indonesia and Vietnam. He invited Yen [...]

Corporate involvement in new rural development

Together with farmers, businesses play a very important role in Vietnam’s new rural development. The Nghe An Agricultural Materials company, for example, has for many years helped farmers boost their productivity. A report by radio The Voice of Vietnam (VOV). In response to a national programme of new rural development launched five years ago, the [...]