• Air pollution linked to ‘missed’ miscarriages in China: study

    Air pollution linked to ‘missed’ miscarriages in China: study

    Ultrafine and ultratoxic Most human-made air pollutants are extremely small: Particulate matter is about the diameter of a hair, and ultrafine particulate matter is even smaller. It’s so tiny, in fact, it can travel from the lungs into our blood and circulate in the brain. The myriad harmful health effects of air pollution are well […]

    16-Oct-2019 Intellasia | | 8:11 AM
  • ‘Not feasible to relaunch a debate on universal suffrage now,’ Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam tells EU, according to internal report

    ‘Not feasible to relaunch a debate on universal suffrage now,’ Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam tells EU, according to internal report

    Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor told the European Union representative in the city that it was not feasible to relaunch a debate on universal suffrage now, as that would require constitutional steps by the National People’s Congress and society was too polarised, according to an internal EU report obtained by the Post. […]

    16-Oct-2019 Intellasia | SCMP | 8:10 AM
  • Hong Kong bans protesters from police housing areas amid escalating violence

    Hong Kong bans protesters from police housing areas amid escalating violence

    Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday ruled out making any concessions to pro-democracy protesters in the face of escalating violence, which police said was now “life threatening” citing the detonation of a small bomb. “I have said on many occasions that violence will not give us the solution. Violence would only breed more […]

    16-Oct-2019 Intellasia | Reuters | 8:07 AM
  • China’s economy cause of growing concern in Beijing as US-China trade war takes toll on growth

    China’s economy cause of growing concern in Beijing as US-China trade war takes toll on growth

    Chinese premier Li Keqiang has urged local government officials to do everything possible to keep economic growth on track, sending a strong signal that Beijing is increasingly concerned about a deeper-than-expected economic slowdown amid a trade war with the United States. Li told five provincial governors on Monday that local officials must “enhance the sense […]

    16-Oct-2019 Intellasia | SCMP | 8:06 AM
  • Clean-up, rescue efforts in Japan as typhoon toll nears 70

    Clean-up, rescue efforts in Japan as typhoon toll nears 70

    Rescuers in Japan worked into a third day on Tuesday in an increasingly desperate search for survivors of a powerful typhoon that killed nearly 70 people and caused widespread destruction. Hagibis slammed into Japan on Saturday night, unleashing fierce winds and “unprecedented” rain that triggered landslides and caused dozens of rivers to burst their banks. […]

    16-Oct-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM
  • Trump claims a victory in China trade war, but US farmers want details

    Trump claims a victory in China trade war, but US farmers want details

    Saying China has promised to buy up to $50 billion in US agricultural products, President Donald Trump is encouraging American farmers to prepare for a major influx of business. But after months of losses and uncertainty amid the trade war Trump launched, many in the farm sector say they need more detail before they pop […]

    16-Oct-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM
  • Indonesia arrests 22 militants following attack on minister

    Indonesia arrests 22 militants following attack on minister

    At least 22 suspected militants plotting bombings and other attacks have been arrested in a counterterrorism crackdown following last week’s assault by a knife-wielding militant couple who wounded Indonesia’s top security minister, police said Monday. National police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo told a news conference that the police’s elite anti-terror squad, known as Densus 88, seized […]

    16-Oct-2019 Intellasia | Stripes | 6:02 AM
  • 58 dead, rescuers in ‘day and night’ hunt for missing after Japan typhoon

    58 dead, rescuers in ‘day and night’ hunt for missing after Japan typhoon

    Fresh rain threatened to hamper efforts by tens of thousands of Japanese rescuers searching for survivors after a powerful typhoon that by early Tuesday had killed 58 people. Typhoon Hagibis crashed into the country on Saturday night, unleashing high winds and torrential rain across 36 of the country’s 47 prefectures, triggering landslides and catastrophic flooding. […]

    16-Oct-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM
  • US-China trade talks to resume next week, eyeing to clinch ‘phase one’ deal during November forum

    US-China trade talks to resume next week, eyeing to clinch ‘phase one’ deal during November forum

    High-level trade talks between China and the US will resume next week as the two sides aim to finalise a “phase one” agreement during an upcoming regional leaders forum next month, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday. Mnuchin and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthiser plan to have a phone call with Chinese vice-Premier […]

    16-Oct-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM
  • BreakingviewsUS-China trade deal augurs modest peace dividend

    BreakingviewsUS-China trade deal augurs modest peace dividend

    It’s premature to pop any champagne for a US-China trade deal. President Donald Trump says a partial pact with Beijing includes up to $50 billion in agricultural purchases. Important issues such as intellectual property theft are up in the air, though. And many companies have already started the pricey process of upending their supply chains. […]

    16-Oct-2019 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM
  • UPDATE 3-Tens of thousands of HK protesters plead for US help

    UPDATE 3-Tens of thousands of HK protesters plead for US help

    Tens of thousands of mostly young pro-democracy activists rallied in Hong Kong on Monday in the first legal protest since the introduction of colonial-era emergency laws and pleaded for help from the United States. They chanted “Fight for Freedom, Fight for Hong Kong” as they gathered peacefully near central government offices in the Admiralty district […]

    16-Oct-2019 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM
  • HK violence prompts debate but no division among protesters

    HK violence prompts debate but no division among protesters

    Hong Kong’s more hardline pro-democracy protesters have embraced increased violence towards private property, businesses and even people, triggering some soul-searching within the movement. But few moderates are willing to abandon their more radical comrades. Even by the standards of Hong Kong’s summer of rage, the last fortnight has been brutal. After months of focusing their […]

    16-Oct-2019 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM

Society

What is dengue, and why is it so widespread this year?

Dubbed “breakbone fever”, dengue is one of the world’s leading mosquito-borne illnesses and infects tens of millions across the globe annually. Around half of the planet’s population live in at-risk areas, mainly in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Outbreaks have ravaged Southeast Asia this year, infecting hundreds of thousands, killing hundreds, and crippling health care […]

Leave those kids alone

New Unicef campaign aims to make violence against children a thing of the past A father begins to raise his voice at the back of a restaurant, complaining about his daughter’s bad grades. The conversation ends with the sound of slaps. The customers, who have heard the girl plead for her father to stop, look […]

Ha Long heli: Vietnam launches chopper rides in famous bay

Most visitors to Vietnam’s famed Ha Long Bay opt for cruise views of the UNESCO heritage site but from Friday tourists can hop on a helicopter to see the area’s famous karst rock formations from the skies. Nervous flyers beware. A pair of five-seater helicopters soared up to 300 metres (1,000 feet) to offer passengers […]

Health

What is dengue, and why is it so widespread this year?

Dubbed “breakbone fever”, dengue is one of the world’s leading mosquito-borne illnesses and infects tens of millions across the globe annually. Around half of the planet’s population live in at-risk areas, mainly in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Outbreaks have ravaged Southeast Asia this year, infecting hundreds of thousands, killing hundreds, and crippling health care […]

Vietnam confirms first African swine fever cases on three farms

Vietnam confirms first African swine fever cases on three farms

African swine fever has been detected on three farms in Vietnam, authorities said on Tuesday, the first confirmed cases of the highly contagious disease in the Southeast Asia country. All pigs on the farms located in Hung Yen and Thai Binh provinces, southeast of the capital Hanoi, were culled, the Animal Health Department said in […]

Thirteen countries from Asia and the Pacific plan scale-up of PrEP and HIV self-testing

Representatives from 13 countries across Asia and the Pacific gathered in Bangkok, Thailand, from 29 to 31 October to develop road maps to implement and expand pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and HIV self-testing in the region. In discussions on building capacity for the rollout of PrEP and HIV testing innovations in Asia and the Pacific, policy-makers, […]

FinanceAsia

Asian markets edge up but caution keeps traders in check

Asian markets mostly rose but investor caution returned as the optimism fanned by Donald Trump’s much-vaunted China trade deal wore off, while the pound was boosted by a report saying a Brexit deal was taking shape. While Friday’s mini agreement between the world’s economic superpowers put off fresh tariffs and saw them reach common ground […]

Toyota Rolls Out New Compact Convertible Sports Car “Copen GR SPORT” in Japan

A new feel lightweight sports car combining the joy of the open air with the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing delight of handling at will. – Regardless of the road, from the moment you start driving on all speed ranges, you can enjoy a firm, stable ride, responsive linear handling, and superior comfort with a sense of […]

Mazda Included in Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index for Third Year Running

HIROSHIMA, Japan, Oct 15, 2019 – (JCN Newswire) – Mazda Motor Corporation has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices’ Asia Pacific Index for the third year running. The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices are among the longest-running(1) ESG investment indices(2) in the world. Corporations are assessed annually in the areas of environmental initiatives, social […]

Regional

Vietnam pulls DreamWorks’ ‘Abominable’ film over South China Sea map

Vietnam has pulled DreamWorks’ animated film “Abominable” from cinemas over a scene featuring a map which shows China’s unilaterally declared “nine-dash line” in the South China Sea, state media reported on Monday. The U-shaped line is a feature used on Chinese maps to illustrate its claims over vast expanses of the resource-rich South China Sea, […]

British paedophile who operated in Malaysia, Cambodia found dead in prison

One of Britain’s most prolific child sex offenders, Richard Huckle, has died three years into a life sentence for abusing Malaysian and Cambodian children, Britain’s Ministry of Justice said on Monday, with media saying he had been stabbed to death. Huckle, 33, who abused children and babies during a nine year period, was sentenced to […]

Rakhine rebels abduct dozens after storming Burma bus: army

Rakhine rebels abduct dozens after storming Burma bus: army

Suspected ethnic Rakhine rebels disguised as a sports team stormed a bus in rural Myanmar and took 31 hostagesmostly off-duty firefighters and construction workersauthorities said Sunday. The state-backed Global New Light of Myanmar said the bustravelling to the Rakhine state capital of Sittwewas flagged down by a man dressed in civilian attire before 18 rebels […]

China

Air pollution linked to ‘missed’ miscarriages in China: study

Air pollution linked to ‘missed’ miscarriages in China: study

Ultrafine and ultratoxic Most human-made air pollutants are extremely small: Particulate matter is about the diameter of a hair, and ultrafine particulate matter is even smaller. It’s so tiny, in fact, it can travel from the lungs into our blood and circulate in the brain. The myriad harmful health effects of air pollution are well […]

China’s economy cause of growing concern in Beijing as US-China trade war takes toll on growth

China’s economy cause of growing concern in Beijing as US-China trade war takes toll on growth

Chinese premier Li Keqiang has urged local government officials to do everything possible to keep economic growth on track, sending a strong signal that Beijing is increasingly concerned about a deeper-than-expected economic slowdown amid a trade war with the United States. Li told five provincial governors on Monday that local officials must “enhance the sense […]

There’s a much bigger issue playing out in the background of the US-China trade war

The US-China trade war appeared to reach a breakthrough last Friday after President Trump announced that he had reached phase 1 of a trade deal with China. And although the tit-for-tat tariffs have been the focus of this trade spat, Neil Shearing of Capital Economics argued in a research note on Monday that the fact […]

Malaysia

Homes for families of armed forces in poor shape due to lack of funds, audit finds

Housing facilities for families of Armed Forces personnel (RKAT) are in poor shape due to insufficient financial allocations and inconsistent monitoring, as stated by the National Audit Department. The allocations provided to the Defence Ministry for maintaining RKATs were also inefficiently managed, such as being used to procure low-value movable assets, a weak adherence to […]

Malaysia to study impact of India’s planned trade action after Mahathir’s Kashmir comments

Malaysia’s prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said his government will monitor the trade situation with India, which is reported to be considering trade curbs on the Southeast Asian nation over his criticism of actions in Kashmir, news wire Bernama reported. Government and industry sources told Reuters last week that New Delhi is looking for ways to […]

Why the long wait at emergency and trauma units? Patient overflow, staff and medical equipment shortage

Some patients seeking treatment at the Emergency and Trauma Department (ETD) of hospitals in the country are forced to wait longer due to a lack of medical equipment and limited space, as revealed by the National Audit Department. The findings by the Auditor-General’s Report 2018 Series 1 on the activities of federal ministries, agencies, and […]

Indonesia

Indonesia’s newest billionaire after mysterious stock surge

Ask Nico Purnomo Po about the world-beating stock rally that turned him into Indonesia’s latest billionaire, and he’ll tell you the market is rewarding his property company’s ability to complete big projects in prime locations. “There were concerns before about whether we could execute what we had promised to customers, but we’ve proven ourselves,” Po, […]

Indonesia state miner agrees to buy 20pct stake in Vale Indonesia

Mining Industry Indonesia, the state miner formerly known as PT Inalum, said on Monday it has signed an initial agreement to buy a 20 percent stake in nickel miner PT Vale Indonesia (INCO.JK) for an undisclosed sum. The planned sale was flagged by the Indonesian government last week as Vale Indonesia seeks to comply with […]

‘Vocal, unafraid’: Indonesia activist’s sudden death questioned

Environmental campaigner and lawyer Golfrid Siregar was found dead by the side of the road in suspicious circumstances. Khairul Bukhari is in mourning. On October 3, Golfrid Siregar, his friend and colleague at the biggest environmental group in Indonesia, was found in an underpass in the city of Medan on the island of Sumatra with […]

Singapore

Singapore’s F-15 fighter jet training programme in Idaho turns 10 years old

Singapore commemorated 10 years of its Boeing F-15 training programme in the US during an October 11 ceremony, at which officials unveiled new artwork painted on one of the jets. The ceremony was held at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho where the Republic of Singapore Air Force, or RSAF, maintains the Peace Carvin […]

Singapore’s rail operation and maintenance capabilities need to be expanded: Khaw Boon Wan

As Singapore’s rail network grows, the country needs to expand its local operations and maintenance capabilities, minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan said on Monday (October 14). He said that while Singapore’s rail capabilities are better than they were four years agowhen he first took over the helm of the transport ministrymore needs to be […]

More young Singapore citizens to get fee waiver for first passports

More Singapore citizens will be able to get their first passports free of charge, following a review of the eligibility criteria by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). In a media release on Tuesday (15 October), the ICA said that the waiver of the first passport’s application fee which applied to citizens born on or […]

Thailand

Rescuers capture four-metre-long King Cobra in Thailand

Rescuers captured a four-metre-long adult king cobra in Thailand’s tourist district of Krabi on Sunday. The rescuers from the Krabi Pitakpracha Foundation fought for roughly one hour to capture the snake, which was found near a shopping district. The rescuers said that they entered a sewer longer than 30 metres and had a difficult time […]

Thai Airways granted a 30-day lifeline

Authorities order airline to revamp its financial recovery plan as part of restructuring effort to return the company to profitability Thai transport authorities have given national carrier Thai Airways 30 days to revamp its financial recovery plan as part of a major restructuring effort to drive down costs and return the airline to profitability, AINonline.com […]

Holding up the train

Objections raised by the bid winners, land expropriation troubles and turmoil at the SRT have put a key high-speed rail project’s future in doubt, write Lamonphet Apisitiran and Chatrudee Theparat The saga surrounding the high-speed railway linking three airports has hit a snag, undone by land expropriation, eviction problems and the entire board of the […]

Philippines

Philippines police chief and Duterte drug war enforcer resigns in meth scandal

The chief of police in the Philippines has stepped down after facing historical accusations in the Senate that he protected officers who had resold confiscated drugs and received some of the profits. It was a rapid fall from grace for Oscar Albayalde, the head of the Philippine National Police (PNP), who rose to fame as […]

Philippines’ top drug enforcer steps down over ‘drug recycling’ probe

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said on numerous occasions that no illegal drugs trade will prosper without connivance by the police or the military. During this presidential campaign, he promised to solve illegal drugs in “three to six months”. After he won by a landslide in 2016, he further raised the rhetoric, saying he would […]

Top Philippine cop resigns after accusation of link to drug scandal

The Philippines’ police chief stepped down on Monday less than a month before his retirement, after he was accused of involvement in “recycling” confiscated drugs, an allegation that could undermine the government’s anti-narcotics campaign. President Rodrigo Duterte has made a bloody war on drugs his signature campaign, to the approval of most voters, despite international […]

Japan

Clean-up, rescue efforts in Japan as typhoon toll nears 70

Clean-up, rescue efforts in Japan as typhoon toll nears 70

Rescuers in Japan worked into a third day on Tuesday in an increasingly desperate search for survivors of a powerful typhoon that killed nearly 70 people and caused widespread destruction. Hagibis slammed into Japan on Saturday night, unleashing fierce winds and “unprecedented” rain that triggered landslides and caused dozens of rivers to burst their banks. […]

Japan storm victims felt worst had passed, then floods came

After the worst of Typhoon Hagibis passed over this town north of Tokyo, Kazuo Saito made sure there was no water outside his house and went to bed. He woke up a few times throughout the night to check, but by the time he woke for good on Sunday morning, the view outside his window […]

Shinzo Abe’s rivals warn against political pardons to mark Japanese Emperor Naruhito’s enthronementShinzo Abe’s rivals warn against political pardons to mark Japanese Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement

A senior opposition politician in Japan has warned the government against granting pardons to political allies to mark the upcoming enthronement of Emperor Naruhito, claiming such action would be an abuse of power. The government reportedly has a list of 600,000 people found guilty of white-collar or relatively minor crimes who will have their criminal […]

Korea

Cyber-bullied K-pop star found dead at her home

A popular K-pop star who had long been the target of abusive online comments was found dead at her home Monday, South Korean police said. The body of Sulli, a former member of top girl group f(x), was discovered by her manager at her home on the outskirts of the capital, Seoul. Police said in […]

Son leads Korea across great divide to face ‘Ronaldo of the North’

The two Koreas meet on Tuesday in Pyongyang, where officials will hope that this World Cup qualifier ends in a better fashion than the last. The abiding memory of the Seoul game in April 2009 was the eternally glum North Korea coach, Kim Jong-hun, striding into the post-match press conference flanked by two minders. Taking […]

Korea deploys snipers and thermal vision drones to kill infected pigs coming from North

South Korea is deploying snipers to the Demilitarised Zone with orders to shoot any wild boar that are seen in the buffer zone with North Korea before they can bring more cases of African swine fever into the South. Sharpshooters from the military will be sent to the border on Tuesday, supported by civilian hunters […]

Hong Kong

‘Not feasible to relaunch a debate on universal suffrage now,’ Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam tells EU, according to internal report

‘Not feasible to relaunch a debate on universal suffrage now,’ Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam tells EU, according to internal report

Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor told the European Union representative in the city that it was not feasible to relaunch a debate on universal suffrage now, as that would require constitutional steps by the National People’s Congress and society was too polarised, according to an internal EU report obtained by the Post. […]

Hong Kong bans protesters from police housing areas amid escalating violence

Hong Kong bans protesters from police housing areas amid escalating violence

Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday ruled out making any concessions to pro-democracy protesters in the face of escalating violence, which police said was now “life threatening” citing the detonation of a small bomb. “I have said on many occasions that violence will not give us the solution. Violence would only breed more […]

What keeps the months-long, massive HK protests going? ’60 Minutes’ reports

“When you lose freedom, you lose everything,” a successful Hong Kong businessperson says, explaining why he is part of the pro-democracy street protests This weekend, as they have each weekend for the past four months, pro-democracy protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong, with a message meant to reverberate all the way to Beijing. […]

Taiwan

Taiwan exports fall in September

Taiwan’s exports dropped 4.6 percent year-on-year to 28.1 billion US dollars in September, the latest trade data showed. The export fall was mainly due to the exports of base metals and articles of base metal, machinery, and plastics and rubber and articles thereof, which declined 17.1 percent, 16.6 percent, and 16.35 percent, respectively. For the […]

Tsai details two tasks for Taiwan Apec Summit representative

Retired Taiwanese entrepreneur Morris Chang was presented with two missions by President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday as Taiwan’s representative to the leaders’ meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) in mid-November. The 2019 Apec Leaders Summit is scheduled to be held from November 16-17 in Chile. At a press conference, Tsai said she designated […]

Tourist, 26, is fined for wearing bikini ‘that was literally just a piece of string’ to a beach in the Philippines after police saw photos of it posted online by shocked locals

A Taiwanese tourist has been fined for wearing a bikini that was described as being just a piece of string. Lin Tzu Ting, 26, was on holiday with her boyfriend in the popular tourist island of Boracay in the Philippines. She had visited Puka Beach in the area twice wearing a thong bikini. Stunned onlookers […]

Vietnam

Business Briefs 16 Oct 2019

* LDG Group has signed an agreement with Red Brick International, an investment fund from Singapore, to develop the Bai But Sea Tourist Area project in Danang City. Under the deal, the fund will inject US$350 million into the project. * Construction JSC No.3 (VC3) has released its consolidated financial report in the third quarter […]

Clearing the path for foreign investors in Vietnam

New foreign investment regulations will have a positive impact on foreign investors in Vietnam for the foreseeable future. Lawyers at Yingke Vietnam, a subsidiary of Yingke Global, have been quite busy helping major foreign clients seeking investment opportunities in Vietnam. Tony Hieu, Legal manager at the company, told VET that a mere five months into […]

More banks pushes deposit rates to 9pct per annum

Viet Capital Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Viet Capital Bank) has just announced an increase in deposit interest rates for all customers from October 14 to 18. Accordingly, the maximum interest rate will be adjusted by the bank to 8.9 percent per year, an increase of 0.3 percent compared to the current maximum interest rate. Specifically, […]